Nutcracker Sweets At Moonglow – Book Review


The small Montana town of Timberton has a way of bringing magic to the holidays, especially for guests of the local hotel. Resident artist and chef Mist has a way of touching people’s lives with exquisite cuisine, imaginative art, and her own ethereal nature.

When a nearby theatre burns down just before Christmas, cast members of The Nutcracker arrive at the Timberton Hotel with only a sliver of holiday joy. Camaraderie, compassion, and shared inspiration combine to help at least one hidden dream come true. As with every Christmas season in Timberton, this year’s guests will face the New Year with a renewed sense of hope.

*Cookie and candy recipes included!

The Moonglow Series…

Mistletoe at Moonglow, Book 1

Silver Bells at Moonglow, Book 2

Gingerbread at Moonglow, Book 3

Nutcracker Sweets at Moonglow, Book 4

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Also available in The Moonglow Series

Each book may be read as a stand-alone novel, or as part of the series.

Mistletoe at Moonglow, The Moonglow Series, Book 1

The Timberton Hotel has always provided a perfect Christmas retreat for regular guests, as well as newcomers. But the small town of Timberton, Montana, hasn’t been the same since resident chef and artist, Mist, arrived, bringing a unique new age flavour to the old western town.

When guests check in for the holidays, they bring along worries, fears and broken hearts, unaware that Mist has a way of working magic in people’s lives. Old-fashioned time spent together, exquisite food, conversation and a snowball or two offer guests a chance to trade sadness for hope. One thing is certain: no matter how cold winter’s grip is on each guest, no one leaves Timberton without a warmer heart.

Silver Bells at Moonglow, The Moonglow Series, Book 2

Christmas at the Timberton Hotel arrives each year with a unique set of guests, some returning, some new. When this holiday brings a celebrity seeking reprieve, sisters who are distant yet closer to each other than they think, a widow approaching a new horizon, and an eclectic smattering of local townsfolk and visiting relatives, the season is certain to be eventful. Add in a hint of romance and there’s more than snow in the air around the small Montana town.

Elegant decor and exquisite cuisine from resident artist and chef, Mist, form a backdrop to much-needed camaraderie, bringing strangers and friends together. When the last note of Christmas carols has faded away, the soft whisper of silver bells from the front door’s wreath will usher guests and townsfolk alike back into the world with hope for the coming year.

Gingerbread at Moonglow, The Moonglow Series, Book 3

The small town of Timberton, Montana, boasts an ambience of near-magical proportions during the Christmas season, due in no small part to resident artist and chef Mist’s mysterious way of working small miracles in people’s everyday lives. Each year, return guests and new arrivals mingle with local townsfolk to enjoy companionship, exquisite decor, and exceptional cuisine at The Timberton Hotel.

As the aromas of ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg and molasses mix with heartfelt camaraderie and sweet romance, guests share reflections on family, friendship, and life. Although decorating the outside of a gingerbread house may prove easier than deciding what goes inside, no one leaves Timberton without renewed hope for the future.

My Review

Nutcracker Sweets at Moonglow is a festive treat for the senses.  Readers who enjoy a bit of outright sentimentality and a feel-good tale at Christmas will love this and there is even a selection of candy and cookie recipes to enjoy at the end of the story.

A novella rather than a full novel, I devoured Nutcracker Sweets with as much enjoyment as the hotel guests tucked into artist and chef Mist’s Christmas Eve buffet.

The burning down of the local theatre leads to extra guests at the Timberton Hotel for Christmas – dancers who were putting on the Nutcracker Ballet.  Mist takes the opportunity to share their talents with her guests whilst making a young girl’s dream come true at the same time.  But who is the mysterious Olga and what part does she play in all this?

Garner draws a picture which is as delightful as a Christmas snow globe with her descriptions of decor, dancing and above all food.  I’m passing this one on to my daughter Caitlin to read as it contains two of her most favourite things – ballet and sweets.

I’m off the read the previous three books in the series as this one is a perfect antidote to grey skies, cold weather and daily drudgery.  Nutcracker Sweets at Moonglow will appeal to anyone who likes their Christmas with a dollop of festive magic.

About the author

Deborah Garner is an accomplished travel writer with a passion for back roads and secret hideaways. Born and raised in California, she studied in France before returning to the U.S. to attend UCLA. After stints in graduate school and teaching, she attempted to clone herself for decades by founding and running a dance and performing arts centre, designing and manufacturing clothing and accessories, and tackling both spreadsheets and display racks for corporate retail management. Her passions include photography, hiking and animal rescue. She speaks five languages, some substantially better than others. She now prides her time between California and Wyoming, dragging one human and two canines along whenever possible.


1 Comment

  1. Troy Easton
    11 September, 2019 / 4:46 pm

    The Christmas theme sounds good.

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