As cold winds bring drifts of soft snow, readers will find WARMTH IN WINTER (4.5). Authors Lori Copeland and Angela Hunt have another stellar novel as inviting as the smell of Bea and Birdie's bakery. There's much to do on the island of Heavenly Daze as residents prepare for Christmas. Vernie Bidderman, proprietor of Mooseleuk's, seems to be in a daze. Meanwhile, Salt Gribbon's secret is getting more difficult to keep. Birdie Wester wants to help, but Salt is determined to do things his way, which may have a cost. On the mainland, Annie Cuvier struggles with her desire to take a fun cruise at Christmas rather than visit the island, especially since Dr. Marc hopes to set her up with his son, Alex. Yes, life on the small Maine island is unusual, its inhabitants almost eccentric, but there's no other place they'd rather be. From the moment you open the book, until that final sigh when you close it, you'll laugh, cry, and rejoice. A combination of "It's a Wonderful Life" and A Christmas Carol, this is a book you'll read every Christmas. (Jan., 270 pp., $12.99)

Reviewed by: 
Bev Huston