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It’s that time again when I scroll through the photos on my Facebook page and plead with family members to send me their favorite travel photos of the year to include in our family holiday card. In 2020 all the traveling I did involved my imagination and the wonderful information about new places, real and imagined, found in books. Here’s five places I would include on the card.

1. Ransom Canyon, Texas
Christmas In Winter Valley, Jodi Thomas

Synopsis
Cooper Holloway would take nature over people any day—especially visiting relatives. That’s why he’s headed for a rustic cabin in remote Winter Valley, where he’ll care for a herd of wild mustangs.
Elliott is busy trying to keep Maverick Ranch running smoothly with Cooper gone, which is no easy task with family visiting.
With a big, chaotic family Christmas around the corner and love blooming in surprising ways, the Holloway men will have to make big choices about the future—just in time for the holidays.

2. Burning Cove, California (1920’s)
Close Up, Amanda Quick

Welcome to Burning Cove, California where 1930s Hollywood glamour conceals a ruthless killer…
Vivian Brazier never thought life as an art photographer would include nightly wake-up calls to snap photos of grisly crime scenes or headshots for aspiring male actors. 
Nick Sundridge has always been able to “see” things that others don’t, coping with disturbing dreams and visions.  It is a cutthroat world of allure and deception that Vivian and Nick must traverse—all in order to uncover the killer who wants to add them to their gallery of murders.

3. Yorkshire, England (Regency)
A Duke by Any Other Name, Grace Burrows

Synopsis
Nathaniel, Duke of Rothhaven, lives in seclusion, leaving his property only to gallop his demon-black steed across the moors by moonlight. Exasperated mamas invoke his name to frighten small children, though Nathaniel is truly a decent man — maybe too decent for his own good. That’s precisely why he must turn away the beguiling woman demanding his help.

4. England (Contemporary)
The Summer of Wishful Thinking, Eve Edwards

Synopsis
She’s the last person he wants moving in. But maybe she’s just what he needs. Gemma Whitehall helps people tie the knot as the local registrar, but watching loved-up couples exchange their vows serves only to highlight what’s missing from her own life. Gemma cant ignore the fact that life and love are slipping through her fingers. Sam Ranworth has spent the best part of a decade building walls around himself after tragedy struck. When Gemma rents the ramshackle cottage on Sam’s neglected country estate, neither of them can ignore the spark of attraction. 

5. Oklahoma’s Kiamichi Mountains
A Thousand Voices by Lisa Wingate

Synopsis
Adopted at thirteen, Dell Jordan was loved, mentored, and encouraged to pursue her passion for music. Now, at twenty, after a year abroad with a traveling symphony, a scholarship to Julliard is within reachas are mysteries from her past.
To find answers, Dell sets off on a secret journey into Oklahoma’s Kiamichi Mountains, drawn by the only remaining link to her origins- a father’s Native American name on her birth certificate.

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