Author Interview


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The Christmas Wager by Holly Cassidy

“Tis getting to that time of year — Christmas books are starting to put us in the mood. So you will enjoy Holly Cassidy’s THE CHRISTMAS WAGER.

This is an absolutely delightful book. No  wonder it has received such acclaim:

  • One of Library Journal’s ‘Tis the Season for Romance Reads
  • One of Scary Mommy‘s 8 Holiday Novels to Buy This July—Because Christmas Can’t Come Soon Enough
  • One of Cultress’s New Romance Books of September 2023
  • One of Nerd Daily’s September 2023 Romance Book Releases

It is well deserved. The writing is clever and charming. The story offers all the things you want in a romance–great characters, interesting location, and lots of good humor. Love the idea of a wager that pits a sophisticated real estate developer, Bella Ross, against the grandson of a store own, Jesse Harrison, who puts stumbling blocks (or perhaps snowmen) into her plans.

About the book:

A delightful enemies-to-lovers holiday rom com set in the quaint mountain town of Maple Falls, Colorado, about a city girl and a small-town boy who compete in the town’s annual holiday games, Both refuse to budge, until an unlikely wager is struck: Bella and Jesse will compete in the Maple Falls Holiday Games, an annual tradition of eccentric feats of strength and skills. Winner decides the selling price. They’ll give each other a run for their money, but as the competition heats up, Bella and Jesse’s icy feelings toward each other begin to thaw. It’ll take a Christmas miracle for them to admit there’s a spark, but what if it’s just another game.

Carol J Perry was in the studio with me when we chatted with Holly Cassidy about her Christmas book.  

(Holly is one of Joy on Paper’s favorite authors: Hannah Mary McKinnon. Find out more about her on her website:



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