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Everyone needs the right mix of Hope and Christmas Spirit and the mysterious Natalie Hope has both in abundance.

She’s a woman on a mission: every December she has just 24 days to make sure four unhappy people have a Christmas to remember.

This year she’s landed in the small town of Winstanton, twenty miles north of Glasgow, and, in next to no time, she’s working her magic: re-uniting families, bringing lovers together and generally stirring things up.

It’s all a bit clichéd but who cares?

Author Susan Buchanan writes with warmth and charm, endowing The Christmas Spirit, first in her Christmas Spirit series, with a great big dollop of the feel-good factor that makes the big screen’s Miracle on 34th Street a perennial favourite.

What the blurb says:

Christmas is coming, but not everyone is looking forward to it.

Rebecca has just been dumped and the prospect of spending the holiday period with her parents is less than appealing.

Eighty-two-year-old Stanley lost his beloved wife, Edie, to cancer. How will he cope with his first Christmas without her?

Jacob’s university degree hasn’t helped him get a job, and it looks like he’ll still be signing on come New Year.

Workaholic Meredith would rather spend December 25th at home alone with a ready meal and a DVD box set. Can anything make her embrace the spirit of the season?

The enigmatic Natalie Hope takes over the reins at the Sugar and Spice bakery and café in an attempt to spread some festive cheer and restore Christmas spirit, but will she succeed?

Ah, yes: Miracle on 34th Street. Natalie is no Kris Kringle, but she’s had a number of different aliases: Joy Makepeace, Charity Goodwill and Gabriella Goode. And there’s no mobile phone reception where she lives most of the year…

Impossible not to wallow in as delightful a measure of The Christmas Spirit as you can expect to find anywhere.

Review by Sue Featherstone.

Available to buy on Amazon.

About the author:

Susan Buchanan lives in Scotland with her husband and their two children.

The author of four novels: Return of the Christmas Spirit, The Christmas Spirit, The Dating Game, and Sign of the Times, she is currently working on books five and six: The Proposal and Just One Day.

Susan is also a proof-reader, editor and translator, and, when not working, writing, or caring for her two delightful cherubs, loves reading, the theatre, quiz shows and eating out. Not necessarily in that order!

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