G.P. Putnam's Sons Christmas by the Book
G.P. Putnam's Sons Christmas by the Book

Christmas by the Book

By Anne Marie Ryan

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Publication Date: October 12, 2021

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“A heartfelt and lovely Christmas tale for book lovers everywhere!”—Jenny Colgan, author of The Bookshop on the Shore

In small-town England, two booksellers facing tough times decide to spread some Christmas cheer through the magic of anonymous book deliveries in this uplifting holiday tale for book lovers everywhere.

Nora and her husband, Simon, have run the beautiful oak-beamed book shop in their small British village for thirty years. But times are tough and the shop is under threat of closure—this Christmas season will really decide their fate. When an elderly man visits the store and buys the one book they’ve never been able to sell, saying it’s the perfect gift for his sick grandson, it gives Nora an idea. She and Simon will send out books to those feeling down this Christmas. Maybe they can’t save their bookstore, but at least they’ll have one final chance to lift people’s spirits through the power of reading.

After gathering nominations online, Nora and Simon quietly deliver books to six residents of the village in need of some festive cheer, including a single dad of twins who is working hard to make ends meet, a teenage boy grieving for his big sister, a local Member of Parliament who is battling depression, and a teacher who’s newly retired and living on her own. As the town prepares for a white Christmas, the books begin to give the recipients hope, one by one. But with the future of the bookshop still up in the air, Nora and Simon will need a Christmas miracle—or perhaps a little help from the people whose lives they’ve touched—to find a happy ending of their own….

Story Locale: Cotswolds, UK

About the Author

Anne Marie Ryan is a book editor at Hachette Children’s Books in the UK, and has written and published children’s books under several pseudonyms. She lives in London with her husband, two daughters, and an indifferent cat. Christmas by the Book is her first novel for adults.

Author Residence: London

Format: Trade Paperback

Length: 320 pages

Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons

Publication Date: October 12, 2021

ISBN: 9780593331248

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