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There is no way beauty expert Jeanette Brioche is going to let her happily married friends meddle in her nonexistent love life; she's single and content to stay that way-even when they try to set her up with gorgeous, newly arrived city manager Tom McDonald. Attracted to the spunky Jeanette and intrigued by her obvious resistance, Tom is determined to win her over, and, ironically, the town's Christmas festival committee gives him just the opportunity he needs. A pair of protagonists who want nothing to do with Christmas, a delightful assortment of townsfolk who do, and a bevy of helpful friends and difficult relatives result in a lively, upbeat story that sparkles with holiday fun and tugs at the heartstrings. Enjoyable and well written, this is a worthy addition to Woods's "Sweet Magnolias" series. Woods (Seaview Inn) is noted for appealing character-driven stories that are often infused with the flavor and fragrance of the South. She lives in Colonial Beach, VA, and Key Biscayne, FL.