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Enjoy a Heartwarming Christmas with TWELFTH CAKE HOUSE by Heidi Eljarbo

Ready for a warm and cozy historical Christmas? We are (always)! Books and Benches is pleased to welcome author Heidi Elbarjo to the blog as we spotlight Twelfth Cake House. We want to know two things: Will there really be cake? And, are we invited?

“The kind of light Christmastime story that warms the heart and soul. Grab a steaming cup of your favorite drink and curl up in a cozy spot with this novella, guaranteed to put a smile on your face and a spark of magic in your heart.” -Jenny Knipfer, bestselling Christian historical fiction author on Fair Mountain Christmas

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Twelfth Cake House by Heidi Eljarbo

A Charming Holiday Novella in the author's Heartwarming Christmas Collection

Even a clever matchmaker may need a push in the right direction if she’s to find true love. When she’s asked to find a match for herself, it proves to be the most difficult task she’s ever undertaken.

Mid-December 1796.

Sixty-year-old spinster Miss Jemima Thurgood has three weeks to finish the preparations for her annual Twelfth Night party. In her position as a matchmaker, for over forty years she has assumed a grave responsibility. Luckily, she’s a shrewd observer of people, and many happy reunions have come about due to her exceptional talent for nudging kindred hearts in the right direction.

Every year, Jemima invites twelve carefully selected men and women to her festivity, and each guest is assigned a dinner partner. The days before the merrymaking are constantly disrupted by one unforeseen event after another. Jemima must work hard to be ready in time, and more importantly, to provide the kind of celebration her chosen guests deserve.

But this year, what Jemima doesn’t know is that her life is about to take a sudden change of course—one she could not have predicted or planned for. As the days pass, several gentlemen indicate they are interested in becoming better acquainted with her, but only a very special man can charm a matchmaker.

Publication Date: December 15, 2023

Genre: Historical Romance/Heartwarming Romance/Christmas

At this posting, this title is available to read with #KindleUnlimited.

More of Heidi's Heartwarming Christmas Novellas

Heidi Eljarbo's Heartwarming Christmas books

“The story of this friendship growing and changing is one of hope and love that can only come from open trust and sharing life. It is a beautiful story.” —Lori H., Amazon Review on The Warmth of Snow

Meet Author Heidi Elbarjo

Author Heidi Eljarbo

Heidi Eljarbo is the award-winning author of dual-timeline historical fiction with heartwarming clean romance, wit, and adventurous mystery.

Heidi grew up in a home filled with books and artwork and never imagined she would do anything other than write and paint. She studied art, languages, and history, danced on the BYU Ballroom Dance Team, and still sings in choirs.

After living in Canada, six US states, Japan, Switzerland, and Austria, Heidi now calls Norway home. She and her husband have a total of nine children, and fifteen grandchildren—so far—in addition to a bouncy Wheaten Terrier.

Their favorite retreat is a mountain cabin, where they hike in the summertime and ski the vast, white terrain during winter.

Heidi’s favorites are family, God's beautiful nature, and the word whimsical.

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