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Bayside Mistletoe ~ Stacy Claflin


Today's 12 days of Christmas Romance book is Bayside MIstletoe: A Sweet Christmas Novella by Stacy Claflin. I read this book in about 90 minutes. It was a short, but sweet story about a couple torn apart and brought back together. This book is $2.99 or free if you have Kindle Unlimited.


He broke her heart. She never moved on. Can the magic of Christmas bring them back together?

Judy Rivera has kept busy with college life, but she never forgot Gary Hunter. She’d really thought he was “the one” but was obviously wrong—she hadn’t seen or heard from him since the day he walked out of her life. When he walks back into it, more gorgeous than ever, she’s shocked. And embarrassed. Her only recourse is to pretend not to notice. And then not to care.

Gary Hunter hasn’t stopped regretting the day he stormed away from Judy after a stupid argument then moved out of state. When he returns, hoping they might work things out, he finds her more confident and beautiful than ever. When he sees her in the arms of another man, he fears he’s too late. But he’s determined to win back her affections. 

Little does he know her date is the least of the obstacles they have to overcome.

(This novella is the story of the Bayside Hunter parents.)

Bayside Mistletoe is a timeless second-chance romance set in an era before cell phones and laptops. Get swept away in nostalgic Christmas magic and enter a decade long gone, where lifestyles were simpler and love was every bit as complicated—and equally as wonderful.


Bayside Mistletoe was a sweet book that takes place in the late 70s early 80s when Jimmy Carter was president and Walkman's were popular. It's a story of a couple who due to an argument and meddling family, were torn apart years early. Now Gary is back in town and Judy is still pining for him as she finishes her college degree. When they see each other at the local diner they both realize they still love each other.

If you're looking for a sweet Christmas read with nothing more than kissing, then you'll love this book. It's written in the way you'd expect a book about a couple in the 70s to be written. The writing was simple, uncomplicated, and told the story quickly, which was necessary since it was a novella. In the end you get to see Gary and Judy get their happily ever after, even with the meddling of Judy's father.

A couple of things disappointed me about this story. The letter she made such a big deal about she never even read, at least not that the reader is told. I really wanted to know what was in the letter, but never found out. I wish the author had at least let the reader read the letter with her. There was a big deal made about her being the first to get a college degree, but even at the end, three years later, we don't know if she got it, what it was in, etc. Not knowing kind of bugs me, but since this is about a series of Hunters, I assume maybe later on we find out in a subsequent book. I would have liked a mention though for those of us who aren't going to read all 10 of the other books. Not the end of the world nor did it ruin the story for anyone. If you're looking for a clean, sweet romance that will get you in the holiday romance spirit then you'll like Bayside Mistletoe.


I give Bayside Mistletoe 4 cups of spiced hot apple cider!


Stacy Claflin is a USA Today bestselling author who writes about complex women overcoming incredible odds. Whether it's her Gone saga of psychological thrillers, her various paranormal romance tales, or her sweet romance series, Stacy's three-dimensional characters shine through.


Decades after she wrote her first stories on construction paper and years after typing on an inherited green screen computer that weighed half a ton, Stacy realized her dream of becoming a full-time bestselling author.


When she's not busy writing or educating her kids from home, Stacy enjoys watching TV shows like Supernatural, Pretty Little Liars, and Once Upon a Time.


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