'Tis the Season
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Lauren's year has been perfect . . . at least, according to social media. Pictures of her hot surfer husband and their beautiful new home, mixed with updates from her amazing job, have everyone around her drooling with envy. But when the screens power down, she's stuck with the truth: everything is falling apart. At the heart of it all lies a secret diagnosis, one that threatens to snatch away her dreams of motherhood for good.
This Christmas, the last thing Lauren wants is to venture out into the real world, where filters and hashtags can't help her. But when her husband Joe cashes in a long-owed favor, she's forced to tag along on a trip to see her least favorite people on earth: her in-laws.
As Lauren and Joe navigate the tangled web of family drama, deception, and unexpected tragedy, the fault lines in their marriage are exposed for all to see. Will this be their last Christmas?
Birds of a Feather
Cooking instructor Paris Evans spends her time showing novices how to create kitchen magic. Her only problem? She’s running out of inspiration. There’s only so many ways you can dice tomatoes, and besides, what’s the point of cooking gourmet meals when there’s no one to share them with? No one except BakerDude893, that is—the anonymous commenter in an online baking forum and the only person who seems to recognize her potential. With his encouragement, Paris hesitantly enters the town’s annual Tinsel Treat Festival Bake-Off, determined to recapture her imagination while also snagging the grand prize.
But when a major network catches wind of the competition and decides to televise the event, her perfect plan is rendered useless. Instead of a simple contest between individuals, the bake-off is now a week-long series of events filled with celebrity judges, elimination rounds, and worst of all, teamwork. She’s partnered off with Jude Grayson, a professional DC pastry chef who’s just as handsome as he is snobby and irritating. Will they be able to work past their differences long enough to win? Or will they discover that, beneath the surface, they’re not so different after all?