Saturday, March 19, 2016

The Fruitcake Challenge



When new lumberjack, Tom Jeffries, tells the camp cook, Jo Christy, that he’ll marry her if she can make a fruitcake, “as good as the one my mother makes,” she rises to the occasion. After all, he’s the handsomest, smartest, and strongest axman her camp-boss father has ever had in his camp—and the cockiest. And she intends to bring this lumberjack down a notch or three by refusing his proposal. The fruitcake wars are on!  

My Review:

A sweet novella brimming with faith and humour. Loved the whole concept of the fruitcake challenge -- which took on an engaging life of its own. And the fascinating details of life in a Michigan lumber camp created the perfect backdrop for these star-crossed lovers. Jo is so hard on poor Tom at the beginning, but then he's a tad brash and tends to grate on her nerves. Me thinks the lady doth protest too much. A delightful novella with a light Christmas theme which makes it suitable to read in any season.

My thanks to the author for providing me with a copy of this book.


If you would like an opportunity to win a copy of  The Fruitcake Challenge please leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. If you post a comment and add your email address, please use AT and DOT instead of @ and . in the address to protect yourself from spammers. If you enter the draw via email please remember to put the title in the subject line so that it's easy for me to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday March 20  2016 . Offer open to international readers. Good luck!


  1. Thanks so much for reading The Fruitcake Challenge, Kav, and for the lovely review!!! So very glad you enjoyed this story. I loved writing it -- it was like spending time with my mom who is the inspiration for Jo! Blessings!

    1. Love hearing where an author gets her inspiration from. Thanks for stopping by, Carrie.

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    1. You're entered, Boos Mum. Good luck.

  4. I always enjoy a good romantic comedy. Humor draws me in.

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