Thursday, September 29, 2011

Susan Page Davis' Christmas at Barncastle Inn

Susan Page Davis is an award-winning author with thirty-six published novels and novellas. A Maine native, she has also lived in Oregon and recently moved to western Kentucky.

In January, 2011, she was named Favorite Author of the Year among readers of Heartsong Presents books. She’s a member of Women Writing the West and American Christian Fiction Writers and a past winner of the Carol Award (ACFW’s Book of the Year) and the Inspirational Readers’ Choice Award.

Susan has six children and eight grandchildren and loves to spend time with them. She loves animals, puzzles, reading, and genealogy.

You can find Susan online at,,

Christmas at Barncastle Inn

Each Christmas, the Barncastle family’s sprawling Victorian B&B becomes a fantasy world where guests can rent the entire inn and celebrate the season in whatever historical period they choose.

Jayne Barncastle is anxious to prove her big idea won’t break the bank by re-creating a medieval Yuletide for the wealthy Dillard family. But will the Dillards be less than pleased when Jayne falls for their widowed son-in-law, Luke? Other families in the other stories celebrate a World War II Christmas, a Pirate Yule, and the First Christmas. Will four bygone Christmas seasons bring timeless forgiveness and love?

Here's an excerpt of Christmas at Barncastle Inn:

Jayne faced the newcomers with her brightest smile.

“Welcome to Barncastle Inn.”

“Hi.” The man smiled and looked down at his companion.

Instead of the twenty-something couple she had expected, a boy of six gazed up at his father, shivering with excitement. Jayne couldn’t tell if he was glad to be inside the fairytale inn, or if he wanted to turn and bolt.

She extended her hand. “I’m Jayne Barncastle.”

“I’m Luke Gilbert, and this is my son, Andy. We have a reservation.”

“Yes, you do.” Jayne bent forward and smiled at the boy. He stared at her with round blue eyes. His blond hair lay tousled over his forehead, sun-bleached a shade lighter than his father’s. “Hello, Andy. I’m glad you and your dad came to stay with us. Do you like this house?”

“It’s cool,” he whispered.

“I think so, too.” Jayne straightened. “Let me check you in, Mr. Gilbert, and then I’ll take you and Andy up to your room. We put you in the Squire’s Room. It’s a beautiful room, with a balcony and a gorgeous view of the lake. But I have to confess, I thought a married couple was coming.”

Jayne quickly completed the check-in. She’d have to clue Mom in as soon as possible to nix the candles and romance at dinner. The couple staying in the Library Suite was going out to eat, so Luke and Andy Gilbert would be the only ones in the dining room. They’d probably rather not have dim lights, soulful music, and open flames on the table. And Andy might not go for the crab bisque and prime rib Mom had taken so much trouble to prepare.

“Do you have other luggage?” she asked as she closed the computer check-in program.

“No, this is it,” Luke said.

Andy held on to the straps of his backpack, as though afraid she would try to take it from him.

“Right this way, then.” She led them to the stairs.

“Do you have any armor?” Andy’s plaintive voice wrapped itself around her heart. She’d told her father at least a thousand times over the years that the house cried out for a suit of armor.

“We don’t.” She turned to face him on the landing where the stairs turned. “But I’ve always thought this corner would be the perfect place for a suit of chain mail.”

He nodded, his eyes huge.

Luke smiled at her over Andy’s head. “Next he’ll be wanting a steed.”

Jayne caught her breath. “That’s not a bad idea.” Plans whirled through her mind as she continued up the stairs. If this little boy wanted knights and armor, the Barncastle Inn was up to the task.

You can purchase Christmas at Barncastle Inn from Amazon.

Susan is giving away a copy of Christmas at Barncastle Inn. To be entered in the book giveaway, leave a comment. You can enter the book giveaway twice--once on each spotlight post.


marybelle said...

I love Christmas stories. They always feel so festive & joyful. CHRISTMAS AT BARNCASTLE INN looks wonderful.


Judy said...

I love reading Christmas stories. Most leave you with such a feel good attitude! When I finish the book I'm reading right now, I plan to start reading some Christmas books.

I would love to win a copy of Christmas At Barncastle Inn.



Anonymous said...

This looks like a good read!


Tracy Smith said...

I love the Christmas stories and really want to feature some on my blog so this would be wonderful to win. Thank you for giving us this chance.

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Trinity Rose said...

Would love to win this book. I've never read any of Susan's books and just love Christmas stories.
Who doesn't.
Many blessings,
Trinity Rose
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wfnren said...

Thank you for hosting this giveaway.


lgm52 said...

Love Christmas and reading Christmas books! Thanks for the giveaway.

Teela said...

Just in time to boost my Holiday Spirit, you are offering a chance t win Christmas at Barncastle Inn. Sounds wonderful, I hope I win! I love Christmas, and add a good romance story...WOW! Thanks for the chance to win! teelayoung at hotmail dot com

Susan H said...

I love Christmas books. This sounds like a great one to add to my collection.

Jo said...

I love reading Christmas stories and this sounds like a fun read.


Rebecca said...

Thank you so much for the chance to win this. I absolutely love Christmas books. This would be a wonderful book to add to my collection. Thanks again.


ann said...

I love Christmas stories like everyone does and it sounds like my kind of reading to

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Linda Kish said...

I love Christmas anthologies.

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Charity said...

Sounds like an interesting book! I have always loved Susan's stories and this one is a Christmas one:) Thanks for the chance at winning it!


Pam K. said...

I really enjoy Christmas books; this one sounds delightful. Thanks for giving away a copy of "Christmas at Barncastle Inn." I'd love to win!


PriviesAndPrims said...

Sounds like a fun story! And I bet she comes through with the armor. :)

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Joy said...

I Love Christmas books and I love Susan Page Davis' books so this would be awesome to read!

Anonymous said...

I love Christmas books, and my mom loves reading books by Susan Page Davis.


apple blossom said...

This title is very catchy thanks for a chance to win.

love Christmas stories.

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karenk said...

thanks for the chance to read this novel :)

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Merry said...

What a unique Christmas story, I wish I could experience something like it! Please include me in the drawing.
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Amy said...

Souns like a great holiday read. Thanks for the giveaway.

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Roanna said...

Sounds like an interesting story, and at Christmastime makes it even better. :)

Please enter me.

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