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Spy on History: Victor Dowd and the World War II Ghost Army by Enigma Alberti
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Thornhill by Pam Smy
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Winter Wonders: 07/09/18

Winter Wonders

Winter Wonders by Kate Hannigan is the third of the Cupcake Cousins series. The family is all gathered back at Saugatuck for another wedding, this time of Cat and Mr. Henry.

It's going to be a Christmas day wedding. The cousins are in charge of the desserts but their hard work keeps going missing. Everyone claims it's Santa's Elves but they suspect something more sinister.

Just as Sweet William was the saboteur of the kitchen in Cupcake Cousins, I suspected the twins this time. Primarily I suspected them because of the reprise of the wedding as the thematic reason for the book.

That said, the book didn't end up being a retelling of the first book just redressed for Christmas. There's more going on here; the importance of community service, for instance. There is still, though, the on-going plot device of this family failing to communicate important things to their children. Basically anyone younger than teenagers is left to guess at what's going on, or is given half truths instead of useful, pertinent information.

Four stars

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