Friday, November 20, 2020

Take a Right at the Mistletoe Blog Tour: Book Review + Giveaway

**I received a complimentary copy of this book for consideration. All thoughts are my own. 

Take a Right at the Mistletoe Blog Tour
Welcome to the Blog Tour & Giveaway for Take a Right at the Mistletoe by Barbara Brutt, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

Take a Right at the Mistletoe

Title: Take a Right at the Mistletoe 
Author: Barbara Brutt 
Publisher: Vinspire Publishing 
Release Date: November 9, 2020 
Genre: Contemporary Romance (Clean) 

Each and every holiday season at Vienna's Christmas market, Matilda bakes confections for holiday tourists and quirky locals alike. Looking to escape the market drama, she sets her heart on culinary school. 

Dylan has come to Vienna and the market to recover from a career-upending mistake and to unearth new inspiration. But when he nitpicks Matilda's marzipan, she hears fighting words and perhaps the key to her culinary school application. They strike a deal: he'll taste test and she'll show him around Vienna. With each new pastry experiment and Viennese adventure, their relationship sweetens. 

But their relationship doesn't seem written into life's cookbook. Dylan can't stay in Vienna, and Matilda has to follow her dreams, so it seems some ingredients just don't belong together. And yet, their hearts have already committed. Will a Christmas filled with marzipan and mistletoe give them both what they want the most? 

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Barbara Brutt 

Barbara Brutt, a born and raised Pittsburgher, spent her growing-up years with her nose in a book. After claiming her bachelor's degree in English, she plunked down hard into a smattering of jobs from shop girl to communications director with a healthy dose of nanny and house-cleaner. Flying to new adventures is her favorite, especially on an airplane or aerial silk. Barbara adores ice cream and only buys purses that provide room for a book or two. 

Barbara talks books, aerial silks, faith, and travel on her website and blog at

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First and foremost, as I primarily review Christian reads, it is important to note that Take a Right at the Mistletoe is NOT a Christian read but rather a clean holiday romance. Still, as such there are some things in the book that might be objectionable to conservative readers... the most notably being that it does feature a same sex couple. The lead character Matilda has two moms and while they are not the focus of the story, she does live with them and they are mentioned many times throughout the story. I realize for many this will be an absolute deal breaker and so it is worth mentioning before reading. For those able to look past it, you will find a short and sweet holiday romance that will transport you to Vienna for the season. 

In this book, we meet Matilda who is working at a Christmas market with her moms and a variety of quirky character. While working there, she meets a tourist--- an American visiting Vienna for the season. When he critiques her marzipan, she makes it her mission to create a marzipan creation he will enjoy and one worthy of her culinary school application... her dream. What follows is a romance that has all the makings of a good ol' fashioned Hallmark movie... and as anyone who knows me well knows, that is certainly a compliment. 

As a novella, it was quite short and perhaps not quite as fleshed out as I would have liked to have seen, but sometimes that is just what we need during the busy holiday season--- something quick and filled with holiday joy. It certainly was that. Overall, a delightful read worth checking out this holiday season. 

(1) winner will receive a pair of socks "So many books, so little time," a Vienna Skyline Votive Cutout, a $25 Etsy Giftcard, and a signed copy of Teal Paisley Tights!

Take a Right at the Mistletoe JustRead Giveaway

Be sure to check out each stop on the tour for more chances to win. Full tour schedule linked below. Giveaway will begin at midnight November 16, 2020 and last through 11:59 PM EST on November 23, 2020. Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. US only. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.

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  1. Thank you for sharing! - JustRead Tours

  2. I love holiday stories and this sounds like a good one. Would love to read it.
    Thank you!

  3. Randi, thank you so much for taking the time to read Take a Right at the Mistletoe and share your thoughts online. I so appreciate it. I too would have loved to flesh this story out more, and I hope to only improve in my writing and storytelling! I'm delighted that you enjoyed this Holiday getaway. Hahah. Thank you again!


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