From Eric Hoffer Award-Winning Author Lindy Miller, comes an uplifting novella about the magic of Christmas, the strength of family, and finding your path where you least expect it. This enchanting and inspirational read will have you both laughing and crying while it warms your heart. This festive Christmas treat is perfect for fans of Trisha Ashley, Jenny Hale, and Sheila Roberts.
“A delightful holiday read highly recommended for romance readers seeking a blend of life-changing encounters and love.” ~Midwest Book Review
Christmas isn’t fashion editor Roxanne Hudson’s style, but when she finds herself snowed in with a handsome stranger, she might just discover the magic of the season after all.
Roxanne Hudson does not like the holidays. They come with too many family obligations that take her away from work as a rising fashion editor in New York City. But this Christmas might be Grandma Myrtle’s last, and Roxanne’s parents want her to spend the holiday at the family cabin in the Green Mountains. So, she decides to brave the long commute—and the wilderness—to spend Christmas in Vermont.
After an uncomfortable call from her on-again, off-again ex-boyfriend starts the trip off badly, Roxanne is blindsided by a blizzard on the snowy mountain road, where the last thing she hears before losing consciousness is sleigh bells. When she’s rescued by Mark Foster, a handsome park ranger who’s the exact opposite of everything she always thought she wanted, Roxanne seeks her grandmother’s wisdom and discovers an uncanny connection that could be a sign of what her life is really meant to be.
“This was the perfect story to put me in the Christmas spirit! If you're looking for the perfect book to get you excited for Christmas, pick this one up!” ~Katie, NetGalley
“This was the cozy winter love story that I want to read and watch all season long.” ~Crystal L, NetGalley
“I loved this book! All the coziness and warmth of a Christmas romance, whilst also touching on some important societal issues. The little touches of magic were adorable, and I can just picture this as a Christmas movie!” ~Sara H, NetGalley
Lindy Miller is an award-winning author of feel-good love stories that are full of sweet moments and happily ever afters. She believes the best time to fall in love is during the holidays, preferably over a cup of warm tea or a delicious vegan pastry - two things she can't get enough of.
Lindy is represented by Gandolfo Helin & Fountain Literary Management and supported by Smith Publicity. Several of her projects have been adapted for screen.
Member Romance Writers of America (RWA) and Romantic Novelist Association (RNA).
TITLE: Sleigh Bells on Bread Loaf Mountain AUTHOR: Lindy Miller PUB DATE: 12.7.2021 @rosewindbooks
Are you looking for the perfect Christmas read that will warm your heart, have you giggling and swooning between a woman who has had enough of the holidays, and a handsome park ranger who is the opposite of anything she imagined to be.
I am really enjoying this gem, and as I relax and snuggle in this weekend, with holiday music 🎶 playing in the background, I could not be in any more perfect mood.
5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️. For the months of November and December I am all about Christmas books and Hallmark movies so I was thrilled to be approved for this short novel. It had me smiling from beginning to end. It had everything I was looking for in a holiday romance…a book filled with Christmas details, a love story of how opposites attract, an ex-boyfriend entering the picture, making decisions about following your dreams while exploring new exciting adventures, the importance of spending time with family while you still have them….and a main male character that immediately makes you crush on him! Ranger Mark Foster was definitely the highlight of this book!
One of my favorite parts of this book was when Roxanne was having a conversation with Grandma Myrtle about love and Christmas time. Here’s just a little sneak peak of that bonding moment that I can vividly picture being replayed in a Hallmark movie. (Grandma Myrtle: “Because it’s Christmas. The season of love - love of the deepest kind. Not the kind that can be bought in a store, either. The kind what makes Christmas so magical is in here” and she places her hand over Roxanne’s heart). ❤️
This wonderful Christmas book will be available on 12/7/21 and I highly recommend picking up a copy!
Thank you to NetGalley, Rosewind Books and Xpresso Book Tours for an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.
Roxanne hates Christmas. Or better yet she just hates visiting her family. She has been in New York pursuing her Cason career. She has avoided going home for the holidays these last few years, afraid of the disappointment her family may bestow on her. But when her parents call and say this may be her grandmother’s last Christmas with everyone, she realizes she can no longer put it off. And so our story begins…..
This book has a Hallmark worthy storyline filled with dreams, broken hearts and love found. The story and characters are so beautifully written, it warms your soul and melts your heart.
I believe that Roxanne gets a new glimpse at her life when a car accident has her hearing bells. On her journey to a new self discovery, Roxanne learns an important life lesson. All the things she thinks are her, really might not be.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this wonderful Christmas romance. I thought the story to be original and heart warming. This book should be on everyone’s top ten books to read this holiday season.
After hearing that this may be her Grandma Myrtle’s last Christmas, glamorous city girl Roxanne Hudson heads home for the holidays to her family’s mountain cabin in Vermont. When a blizzard derails her travels, a handsome park ranger rescues her from the storm, and romance sparks between them.
At about 150 pages, this novella is perfect to read in one sitting curled up by the fire this holiday season. The story is brimming with Christmas cheer, love, magic, and all the Hallmark vibes. This cozy Christmas romance will be sure to deliver some extra joy to your holiday season!
Roxanne heads to her family‘s cabin for the holiday. She had no idea she was going to run into a snowstorm. She ends up being rescued by a handsome ranger and fireworks soon go off. This is a quick feel good book. It was descriptive, I could feel the snow , cold and the warm fire. I enjoyed the book! Thanks to Hidden Gems for the early copy
This is a wholesome, charming, clean Christmas romance. The main character is a busy clothing designer in New York City who is called home to her family's winter cabin for Christmas. If you want a cozy, comfortable read with your favorite happy holiday tropes, this is a wonderful choice. Quite a fun read, and a great Christmas gift.
I received a free ARC of this book and am leaving a voluntary and honest review.
Once I got into Sleigh Bells on Bread Loaf Mountain, it read quickly. I felt it took me a little to be prepared enough for it, though I can't exactly pinpoint why.
The consistent mentions of the modeling and fashion worlds and their negative impacts were both important and well-done, though when they were first mentioned, it felt a little out-of-place. We see Roxanne go on a rant about the modeling world and its effects on women especially, but I didn't feel like that issue was set up with her character until then, so a long rant about the topic was a little random at that point. Later on, because Roxanne had already discussed the issue once, a repeat of her rant made more sense because it flowed with her character. I think in the beginning she could have made a few comments to show her stance before delving deeper later.
I liked the writing style and the characters, though the love-at-first-sight-but-with-sleigh-bells was questionable. The love-at-first-sight trope is typical and it fits with the story, but I was operating under the assumption that she had a concussion the entire story, thanks to the constant ringing of sleigh bells. That... fantastical element threw me off, and I could have done without it. And on a personal note, I understand the book is about Christmas, but the constant flirting jokes about Santa went on for too long. There's a limit to how many Santa jokes I can take in less than 200 pages, and this book crossed that line.
Sleigh Bells on Bread Loaf Mountain was a fun, quick, surface-read for when I had time and needed something to do. But it made a lot of sense with the characters and the plot, and the romance was (mostly) believable as well.
Big thanks to Xpresso Book Tours and NetGalley for providing a copy!
Short and cute Christmas story! Sure, a lot of Christmas novels are pretty predictable, but that's exactly what I need right now. And of course, there is a mountain man in this book and I can already imagine what he might look like in real life. I really liked the feeling created by the book - to be snowed in the mountains, a house in the middle of the forest, a fireplace, chopping wood and a dog by your side. It seems that nothing could be better than Christmas in a cottage with a mountain man.
Definitely, I see this book as a movie! Thank you!
I started way back in October and it's still going strong. The best part about it, besides putting me in the best festive mood, is finding new gems. Books I'll read for years to come, again and again, cause they are magical. :) Sleigh Bells on Bread Loaf Mountain is one of the best ones I've read so far. :)
Roxanne is on a path to achieving her dreams, she is a fashion editor at a high-end magazine and dreams of having her own designs on a runway. Christmas is filled with family stuff, and she isn't a fan.
This year it's very hard to say no. Her grandma is sick and it might be her last Christmas. They are celebrating at a family cabin in Green Mountain. At the last minute she decides to go and leaves way too late. She gets into a car accident only to be saved by a handsome park ranger. Because of the blizzard, they can't get to her family's cabin and she gets snowed in with him. :)
The more time they spend together, the more sparks fly. There is much more to him than just rugged handsomeness. He is giving and kind and perfect for her. :) But ex. boyfriend gets back into the picture. It will take a bit of Christmas magic, to get her to her happily ever after. :)
It's magical, it's romantic and it made me smile all throughout the book.
Do you want to spend this evening in a warm and cozy environment with an amazing Christmas book in your hands? Then grab Sleigh Bells on Bread Loaf Mountain, turn on the christmas tree lights, make yourself comfortable in the armchair and get ready for an exciting journey to the Green Mountains!
The book is read in one breath, easily immerses a reader in the Christmas atmosphere, it is a beautiful winter fairy tale that makes to wish to visit it, to live it. And those recipes at the end of the book are just treasures! Really! I will definitely try to bake them.
I enjoyed reading the book so much. I even heard the bells ringing myself, such pleasure!
I will recommend the book to all my bookish friends who love well-written romance and Christmas, and even to people who don't like Christmas holidays, maybe they will change their mind after reading this amazing book.
Thanks to Lindy Miller, Rosewind Books and NetGalley for the opportunity to read and review this book!
My first question, when seeing this book, was "Isn't "Bread Loaf" is an odd name for a mountain? " My second question: "Why would the author use that rather unromantic name in the title of her romance book?"
So, of course, inquiring minds need to know, and I had to investigate. Turns out there really is Breadloaf Mountain in Vermont. And from looking at the photos, it really is shaped like a loaf of bread!
Okay, mystery solved. Now I can go on to read and enjoy the book!
This story is about Roxanne Hudson, a woman who doesn't have time to celebrate Christmas, especially if it takes her away from New York City and her hectic job as a rising fashion editor. But she finally gives in to her family's pleading and heads to Green Mountains in Vermont, to spend the holidays with what will probably be her grandmother's last Christmas. She misjudges the weather on her trip to her family's' remote cabin, and drives right into a snowstorm. She skids off the road, hits her head against the window, and hears the sound of sleigh bells right before losing consciousness.
She regains partial consciousness a bit later to a man who is flashing a pen light in her eyes, trying to see if she has a concussion. That man is park ranger Mark Foster. Roxanne doesn't realize it at the time, but this cute-meet is the beginning of a new journey for her -- a journey that leads her to question her life and career in New York. The more she runs into Mark (who, it turns out, knows her family well), the more she wonders if , her on-again, off-again boyfriend Hunter is really what she wants for her future.
This charming, light romance is a nice change from some of the books I've read recently, where the hero and heroine seem to jump into bed within hours of meeting each other. I yearned to see a slow build in a romantic relationship, where the hero and heroine really get to know each other and like each other as friends "with a spark". This book met that desire. The holiday setting put me in a festive mood, even though I read this in February! (Christmas at a mountain cabin in Vermont? Count me in!)
Thank you to Netgalley and Hidden Gem Books for the opportunity to read and review this book.
Four and a half stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭒ Sleigh Bells on Bread Loaf Mountain by Lindy Miller is a fun and festive story that is exactly what I want from a holiday book. Set in a gorgeous snowy small town with lively characters and even a cute dog, this book will give you all the Christmas feels you need.
Roxanne Hudson is a fashion editor at the trendy magazine Divine. She lives in New York City and is determined to make her mark in the fashion industry. Trips to her family cabin in the Green Mountains of Vermont are few and far between because Roxanne is focused on her career and can’t afford to spend anytime away. But, when her family begs her to come to the cabin for Christmas, she can’t refuse as this may be Grandma Myrtle’s last Christmas.
Roxanne makes the long drive by herself to meet with her family at the cabin. She didn’t anticipate, nor did she pack for the huge blizzard that was sweeping the northeast. When her car gets stranded on the way to the cabin, she’s rescued by a handsome park ranger, Mark. Due to the blizzard, he can’t get her to her family’s cabin, but he does take her to his cabin until the worst of the blizzard is over.
I really enjoyed this story, it feels so much like a Hallmark movie, and the holiday atmosphere throughout the story is just what I wanted in a Christmas book. Although it’s a light romantic story, it also touches on some of the difficult issues of modeling and the hazards of that profession. This story swept me away to the beautiful mountain cabin with Roxanne and Mark as they navigated their close quarters during the snowy storm. I enjoyed the Christmassy atmosphere especially when Mark and Roxanne delivered Christmas presents to homes on a SnowCat!
I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves a Christmas romance with a Hallmark movie feeling. I received a complimentary copy of this book. The opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
Thank you to Rosewind Books, Miller, and Xpresso Book Tours for a free eARC in exchange for an honest review. Time to turn off the Hallmark Channel because I've found the perfect book to read that will make you feel like you're in one of their Christmas movies.
Miller writes a very sweet romance between a woman who's been fighting hard to shape herself into someone who will succeed in her line of work and an unlikely down to earth hero. Roxanne finds herself challenged to look at this life she's built for herself in a very honest way to see what she is pushing away in the meantime. A trip she didn't even want to take to be with family for Christmas ends up making her question why she was distancing herself from her family in the first place. And a very attractive park ranger helps her understand the magic and meaning of Christmas.
I was very enchanted by the Christmasy spirit intertwined in the story with a cute romance to boot. There were some inconsistencies that bugged me, which brought down my review some, including a very big emphasis placed on how unprepared Roxanne was for all the snow and cold in Vermont. She is in fact from New York, which DEFINITELY get lots of snow and even blizzards sometimes. It's very impossible to live in New York full time without a warm winter coat. The fact that this detail kept being harped on made me feel like Miller thought her reader was dumb. Aside from this, this Christmas romance warmed my heart and put me in the holiday spirit.
Independent reviewer for Archaeolibrarian, I was gifted my copy of this book.
If you follow my reviews, you'll know I'm all about the book feelings and how much I hate using the word NICE to describe a book. But sometimes, that word sticks at the tip of my fingers and I can't shift it no matter what.
So, this is a nice book.
Roxy goes home for Christmas for the first time in several years, at the request of her aging grandmother. Her (currently) off-again boyfriend is in Milan. A conversation between them sets Roxy off in a bad mood and things go downhill from there. Or rather, Roxy goes uphill but the weather turns for the worse and Roxy runs off the road in a blizzard and she only packed her good clothes. Ranger Mark finds her, and there follows a lovely tale of finding your true self.
I liked it. It's relatively clean, just some kissing. Low angst, although Roxy does have to dig deep to make the decision she does. Just Roxy has a say though, and maybe if Mark had been given a voice, I might have enjoyed it more.
I refer back to the book feelings. My first and most lasting feeling about this book is that it's a Hallmark Christmas movie, wrapped up in some 178 pages. It didn't seem that long though.
It's incredibly sweet, and I think, for ME, just a bit too much.
But! This is the first I've read of this author, under either name she uses, and I'd certainly give her another go. A book with a bit more bite might be more for me.
Thank you Meryl Moss Media Group for the advance copy of Lindy Miller's Sleigh Bells on Bread Loaf Mountain.
I am pleasantly surprised how much I enjoyed this book. It is a Hallmark holiday movie in written form. Roxanne, an up and coming fashion designer who lives in NY, travels to Vermont for the first time in seven years to see her family because her grandma's health is declining. Roxanne then gets in a car accident where a handsome ranger saves her.
Then all the amazingly wonderful things that occur in a Hallmark movie ensues: * snowed in one cabin * decorating Christmas trees * delivering presents to young children * the return of an ex boyfriend * an undeniable spark between two people that you find yourself truly routing for
I don't think it gets better than this. My notes kept stating..."Of course that happens or of course he does or of course she did". I would definitely watch this movie and I think most Hallmark fans would too.
This one goes under the “city girl climbing the corporate ladder is too busy for Christmas” category. At fewer than 100 pages, it was a very quick read. I think I read this one plus one more on Veterans Day as I recovered from my Covid booster.
To distinguish this one from the others, there’s a little bit of…magic? Fate? Something, as Roxanne keeps hearing sleigh bells that no one else can hear.
I’m sure you can figure out how things go, with the ex-boyfriend, with Mark, and with Roxanne’s family. It definitely follows the formula. However, the author also has a definite message about ties between the fashion industry and the prevalence of body-image problems and eating disorders.
Another one for your “clean reads” pile.
Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for the ARC in exchange for my honest review.
Sleigh Bells on Bread Loaf Mountain was a book I wanted so much more from than I got. Roxanne is a fashion editor who truly does not enjoy the Christmas season at all, but she knows she needs to be with her family this year because it could be the last one, she will have with her grandmother. So off she goes to the Green Mountains to spend the holiday at the family cabin with everyone. She goes alone because her boyfriend is busy. After an accident she is recused by Mark a local ranger. A storm causes him to only be able to get her to his cabin. The story had so much potential, but I did not find myself feeling any connection between the two. The story was set to be a should be fall for Mark or stay with her boyfriend. It was an OK book but left me not caring what her decision was going to be. Thank you NetGalley and Rosewind Books for this copy. This is my personal review.
I received this E-book ARC from NetGalley, so first and foremost thank you!!
I’ve been in the middle for something light and fluffy, and this was perfect….maybe even “quaint”. 😉 It’s one of those predictable ones that you enjoy because you do know what’s going to happen. A definite holiday mood book! 🎄
Roxanne is a up and coming fashion designer living the dream in New York City. With Christmas on the horizon, she decides to head home to her family’s cabin to spend the holiday with them. An unexpected meeting with Ranger Foster however turns out to be more than she expected, and when her on and off boyfriend shows up at her family’s cabin - it’s even more unexpected! Roxanne must make a choice on who she was and who she wants to be.
I really enjoyed reading, Sleigh Bells on Bread Loaf Mountain: A gorgeously heartwarming Christmas romance by Lindy Miller because it was such a great story about Roxanne and Mark. Roxanne's character does not like Christmas and she makes a promise to go home to her family's cabin for Christmas and runs into a blizzard and Ranger Mark. Mark's character is a good guy who likes helping people. He helps Roxanne and their chemistry is undeniable. I loved the sweetness of this story and the close proximity of the characters. I would highly recommend reading this sweet Christmas story. I received a free copy of the book via Hidden Gems Books and I am choosing to voluntarily leave this review. It is a feel good story to read!!!
~~~ I received an ARC of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review ~~~
Sleigh Bells on Bread Loaf Mountain is a nice short holiday story that takes place in Virginia's Green Mountains. The book follows the chance meeting and development of Roxanne and Mark's relationship. Roxanne is at a crossroads in her life and she finds that Mark (and Vermont) is just what she needs in her life. This is a book about family, Christmas magic, romance, and being true to yourself... it has a very "Hallmark-esque" feel- and needs to be on your holiday book list. Lindy Miller is a new-to-me author and after reading this book, I definitely would like to read more of her books in the future.
I like to try and read at least a couple, and this year Sleigh Bells on Bread Loaf Mountain was my first! Thank you to @meryl_moss for sending this one my way. It was an adorable, short and sweet Christmas read that takes place in a small town and gives you all the cozy feels. It definitely played out like a cute Hallmark movie (which I have playing pretty much 24/7 these days). You've got the NYC big-shot fashion editor going out of town for the holidays, getting stuck in a snowstorm, and being rescued by a handsome, gruff gentleman with a big heart.
A note: a lot of my romance recs have a fair bit of spice in them lately, but this one is a very PG read, which I know a lot of you prefer as well!
This was a lovely short novel. I really enjoyed reading it. It is one of them stories where you finish the book with a smile on your face. It was fairly predictable as quite a few romance novels are. But it's the way this love story develops that made this story so great. It was a great heartwarming story which was just what I needed. For a short book at 160 pages the characters were well developed and lovable. My favourite character has to be the ranger mark. I actually think this story would make a great Christmas film. I definitely recommend this cosy Christmas story. I thought it was great that the author put a recipe at the end of the book. Many thanks to the author and publishers for creating this wonderful story that has put me in the mood for Christmas.
Roxanne is a high-maintenance fashion editor for a magazine in NYC who doesn't like Christmas. She also dreads the annual trip to her family's mountain cabin in Vermont. --Insert a snowy mountain drive with white-out conditions, and a gorgeous bearded park ranger named Mark in flannel who lives in an isolated cabin in the woods with a dog. And he bakes. -- Roxanne gets saved from the harsh elements and is forced to stay the night at beautiful mountain man's cabin with nothing to wear except 𝘩𝘪𝘴 clothes. Doesn't this sound so perfectly cliche and cute? Well, it is! This book was perfect Hallmark-movie material. So, to you avid Hallmark movie devotees, you might thoroughly enjoy this one!
This Christmas novella is sweet and heartwarming. Roxanne is going to spend the holidays with her family, whom she hasn't seen in a while, in the family mountain cabin. After an accident, Mark, a ranger rescues her but can only get her to his cabin because of weather conditions. She is a fashion editor and not equipped for the weather conditions. Mark enlists her assistance to provide Christmas gifts for neighboring children. While it seems unlikely that Roxanne would fall for Mark and make changes needed to have a life with him, it is the season of magic! I read this book on Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
This book read exactly like a Hallmark or Lifetime Christmas movie. The characters were stereotypes with a sassy gay bestie who uses multiple versions of "spill the tea" in the same conversation, a heroine with all the wrong priorities, and a leading man with a heart of gold. It all takes place in a few days, which always makes the love story harder for me to believe, but it kept me captivated. I tend to allow a higher level of sap at this time of the year, but this one came close to my limit. Final verdict: if you are looking for a short holiday read this one is sure to be a quick, fun read; however, it's not a book I will be returning to.
Roxanne came off as the ever uptight New Yorker heading away to the family mountain cabin. Mark the down to earth sweet mountain ranger, I liked how mark didn’t come across as an ass toward Roxanne for being the way she is, he was sweet and kind from the outset. Although I would have loved a little more from mark, I didn’t feel like there was enough about him in the story. Loved that it also had an underlying message around body positivity. A super sweet story for the Christmas season
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I loved this book! All the coziness and warmth of a Christmas romance, whilst also touching on some important societal issues. Roxanne and Mark are very sympathetic characters and I loved the plot of him rescuing her and them being snowed in together. The little touches of magic were adorable and I can just picture this as a Christmas movie! This is the first book I’ve read from this author, but I’ll be looking for more of her books now.
This Christmas romance had some good moments. But overall, it just fell flat. Partly it was underdeveloped, more novella, so I never felt connected and the main character felt pretty forced. Her decisions seems random and need more building at the start so I could understand her motivation and change of heart.
Full disclosure- I received a copy of the book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review .
This was the perfect story to put me in the Christmas spirit! I loved everything about it. Except Hunter. He was an asshat. I also love that there is a recipe included for Maple Cream Pie at the end! If you are looking for the perfect book to get you excited for Christmas, pick this one up when it comes out on Dec. 7! Thank you to Lindy Miller, Rosewind Books, and NetGalley for an e-ARC of this novel in exchange for my honest review.