Sunday, December 03, 2023

Virtual Book Tour & Giveaway: Countdown to Christmas (Holiday Countdown, #1) by Dianna Houx


Countdown to Christmas
A Sweet Romance Christmas Book
Holiday Countdown Series
Dianna Houx

Holiday Romance
1st in Series
Setting - Small Rural Town
Independently Published
Publication Date: December 23, 2022
Paperback page count: 226 pages
ISBN-13: 979-8371024350 / Digital ASIN: B0BR4PDW72




Welcome to Winterwood… a small town with more heart than people!

When Grace is told it's unlikely Granny will live to see another Christmas, she comes up with a unique plan to transform her home into a festive inn for the holidays, offering an authentic, old-fashioned Christmas experience to her guests. To make her plan a reality, Grace must convince her small-town community to get on board and help her bring her vision to life. Along the way, she meets a diverse group of people who all have their own issues and struggles, but they come together at the inn to celebrate the holiday season and find hope and joy in the midst of their challenges.

If you love, small-town, holiday romances, you'll love Countdown to Christmas. A story about love, family traditions, and memories that last a lifetime.



5 stars!

Sweet and satisfying Christmas-themed feel-good story!

Countdown to Christmas is the first book in author Dianna Houx’s holiday-themed sweet romance series, Holiday Countdown, and it is a perfect story to indulge in during the hectic run-up to Christmas. With its engaging main character and her heartfelt goal of making this probably last Christmas with her ailing, aged grandmother memorable, this sweet story is enjoyable, endearing, and one you will also want to remember. 

Grace Parker is the young, determined heroine of this often emotional story. She devises an ambitious plan to recreate the Christmases of her grandmother’s childhood and convinces her small town to help her make it a reality in less than a month. As part of this, she opens her home to paying guests for a traditional Christmas experience and thus draws in five different bookings: two families and three singles. Each of the five has a special story that brings additional dimensions to the main plot, including a love interest for Grace. 

The guests are treated to a variety of traditional Christmas and winter activities, all ending with everyone gathered around a cozy living room fireplace, with warm drinks and the unexpected arrival of Christmas puppies. The story is filled with second chances, friendships, and new beginnings. 

I recommend COUNTDOWN TO CHRISTMAS to romance readers, especially those who enjoy Christmas tales.


Dianna Houx is a wife, mother, reader, writer, and small-town girl at heart. She resides in a rural Missouri town of less than twenty-five hundred people with her husband and three boys in a late 1800s home they’ve been lovingly restoring when she isn’t busy working on her next book.

A romantic at heart, she believes in happily-ever-afters rooted in realism and, most importantly, humor!

She is the author of Forsaking the Dark, a paranormal romance, The Queen’s Revenge, a historical romance, and the Holiday Countdown series, a sweet, small-town romance series.


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