A Cranberry Inn Christmas
by Beth Ehemann
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Plans of cookie baking, sleigh ride taking, and snowman making are quickly put in jeopardy when Kacie receives devastating news—her mom has sold the beloved Cranberry Inn.
Not one to let his wife stay sad for long, hockey hunk and husband extraordinaire, Brody Murphy, hatches the ultimate surprise to save Kacie’s perfect Christmas.
When fate and the weather threaten his plans once again, Brody, Viper and Andy might just have to phone in a favor to Santa himself to save Christmas at the Cranberry Inn.
This low-angst, heartwarming novella of family and Christmas is the final farewell of the Cranberry Inn gang that readers have grown to love over the years.
I always get sad when a series that I adore ends, but all good things must come to an end, right?. Beth had been teasing us readers (for a month!) about a secret project she was working on and when she announced it would be Christmas themed and and also the last of the Cranberry Inn series I was both happy and sad. I love the Murphy clan and everyone that comes along with them and I hate to see them go.
We’d been in the car for three hours and only gone sixty-five miles. “This sucks,” I groaned, suddenly glad that we didn’t tell the girls we were leaving. At this rate, there was a chance we really wouldn’t make it home before Christmas Day.
“Yep,” Viper agreed. “It’s hard to drive in this shit, and if I go any faster than twenty we lose traction and swerve all over the fucking place. Not to mention, when was the last time you saw another car? It’s like a damn ghost town out here.”
“I know, kinda creepy. And I think we lost Andy.” I peeked into the backseat. Andy had rolled up a hoodie and was sleeping on it against the window, his mouth hanging open. “ His mouth is open. Should I throw something in it?”
“Yes!” Viper growled. “ I have a box of Red Hots in my bag. Grab them.”
I bent down and picked up Viper’s backpack from the floorboard, searching quickly for the box of cinnamon candy before Andy switched his position. Finally I found it. I ripped open the tab and pulled a couple pieces of candy out before unbuckling and turning around in my seat.
“Hold the car steady.” I shot Viper a warning glare, “And don’t kill me.” He rolled his eyes but didn’t take them off the road. “Please. I probably need to go more than twenty miles an hour to kill you. At this rate, the best I could hope for would be a broken arm or maybe some internal bleeding.”
Ignoring him, I pinched a piece of candy in between my pointer finger and thumb, aiming it like a dart at Andy’s mouth. I cocked my hand back and let it go, hoping it would land on his tongue and eventually burn the crap out of it, waking him up. Instead, it did go into his mouth, but skipped the tongue all together and went straight down his throat. He sat straight up, his eyes snapping open and his hand at his throat as he coughed and choked.
Once he calmed down, he looked at me like I was insane. “What the fuck is wrong with you?”
I laughed and turned back around without saying anything.
“Where are we anyway?” he grumbled.
I checked the map again. “Uh . . . Eolia, Missouri.”
“Did you just say areola? Because if you did, I’m fucking packing my family up and moving here.” Viper laughed.
UGH! I LOVE THOSE GUYS SO MUCH. I think I will miss them the most.
I can't think of a more fitting way to end this series. Basically anyone who has ever been in this series makes an appearance. There are some truly hilarious moments that I laughed out loud and also some emotional ones that made me cry a little. AND THAT EPILOGUE. Forget it. If you're a fan of the series and you are able to read it and not get emotional, well you must be a robot. Talk about tying everything up with a nice red bow. It was absolutely perfect. Thank you Beth for giving us this amazing series and throughout it all, sharing a part of your life with us.