5 and 4.5 Stars for Talk Turkey (Sleigh Ride – 2015 Advent Calendar) by Bru Baker #MM #Holiday @bru_baker @dreamspinners


Title: Talk Turkey (Sleigh Ride – 2015 Advent Calendar)
Author Name & Publisher: Bru Baker (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: December 1, 2015 – 58 pgs


Carson is a California transplant settling into life in the Windy City. On his first Christmas away from home, he assures his worried family he’ll be having a real Christmas dinner.

Recent culinary school graduate Tom Stockton earns some extra money giving out cooking advice at the Talk Turkey hotline. Tom’s honeyed voice and sharp sense of humor are attractive to the lonely Carson, and Carson finds reasons to call the hotline again and again. But on Christmas Eve, Carson’s call is less playful and more panicked with the big meal looming. Carson is just looking for advice, but Tom has a surprise in store that might lead to much more.

A story from the Dreamspinner Press 2015 Advent Calendar package “Sleigh Ride”.

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This holiday story was seriously the most sweetest but at the same time funny story I have read in awhile!!!

So this is Carson’s first holiday alone since he has just moved away from his family. Not wanting to worry his mother and family about him being alone for the holidays he decides to act like he is having a friend over for dinner so he must make a turkey on his own for the first time which he has no idea what he is doing. So he sees a sign for a how to cook a turkey hotline and from there this story gets hilarious..

You get the humor between the banter of Carson and the hotline operator, then there was Carson trying to figure out how to cooks this turkey. But you also get the sweet with a little sad mixed in. With Carson and this mysteries phone line operator which honestly was just so sweet! Then there was Carson feeling alone on the holidays which was sad that he would not have his family around him celebrating.

So without giving away any more spoilers which hopefully I did not lol. I will leave this review with I loved the way this author wrote these characters and this sweet holiday story!!

I would definitely recommend this book!



I loved the humor in this book, it was sweet and funny and I immediately love Carson. Tom was also great and it was clear that Carson got to him with his inability to prepare a turkey. This was definitely a hotline romance. Great job Ms. Baker



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Bru Baker got her first taste of life as a writer at the tender age of four when she started publishing a weekly newspaper for her family. What they called nosiness she called a nose for news, and no one was surprised when she ended up with degrees in journalism and political science and started a career in journalism.

Bru spent fifteen years writing for newspapers before making the jump to fiction. She now works in reference and readers’ advisory in a Midwestern library, though she still finds it hard to believe someone’s willing to pay her to talk about books all day. Most evenings you can find her curled up with a mug of tea, some fuzzy socks, and a book or her laptop. Whether it’s creating her own characters or getting caught up in someone else’s, there’s no denying that Bru is happiest when she’s engrossed in a story. She and her husband have two children, which means a lot of her books get written from the sidelines of various sports practices.


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