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Holiday | Women's Fiction
To outsiders, Appleville, New Hampshire, is a storybook
small town complete with a little white church and a
gazebo on the village green. To Gincy Gannon Luongo, it
was a place to escape from as quickly as she could. Since
she moved away twenty years ago, Appleville has been her
hometown in name only. But at her brother Tommy’s urging,
Gincy is coming back to visit their recently widowed
mother in the weeks leading up to Christmas—and she’s
bringing her teenage daughter, Tamsin, with her.
Ellen Gannon, once feisty and strong-willed, is mired in
depression. Tommy isn’t doing much better. Gincy starts
restoring order to the household in her usual practical
way, but it’s clear that imagined slights and lingering
resentments have created deep chasms between them all.
With each day, she realizes she has seriously undervalued
her mother and her brother. Only now, with the support of
her husband, daughter, and best friends, does she see how
much she may have missed. For beyond the surface of every
family and every picturesque town is something more
complicated but infinitely more rewarding—a tapestry of
those small acts of acceptance, love, and loyalty that
could transform this Christmas into the best Gincy’s ever
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