Dear Readers,

I am an author who refused to give up her dream. I am now an internationally published novelist and three-time American Bookseller Association “Must Read” author. My originally self-published novel, THE RICHEST SEASON, sold at auction to Hyperion Books and became a Target Breakout Novel, a Book-of-The-Month Club pick in Germany and translated into Italian and Spanish.

I now have three additional novels published: CAPE COD LIGHT (previously published as So Happy Together) also translated into multiple languages THE BOOK LOVER, and THE CEMETERY KEEPER’S WIFE, a historical novel based on true events that has become a book club sensation.

I am thrilled to announce the release of my 5th novel, The Christmas Star, inspired by the star that shines over my hometown! It’s a moving story of family secrets, second chances, and finding love when you least expect it. 

When you see the star, you’ll know you’re home…

When single mom Hope Reynolds returns to her small New Jersey hometown a decade after a rift with her father, there’s only one thing she’s looking forward to: seeing her beloved Christmas Star shining across the valley. For townspeople, it’s been a beacon of hope, a symbol of miracles. Though she long ago stopped believing, Hope needs a miracle now more than ever.

But the star on Buck Hill, which has been shining over Hackettstown every Christmas since welcoming its soldiers home from World War II, is no longer lit, damaged from a recent superstorm. Hope is devastated and her son Zach is disappointed.

The Christmas Star by Maryann McFadden

Soon, though, Hope begins to feel the magic of Christmas for the first time in years and is persuaded to spearhead a fundraiser to bring back the star. Though extending her stay could jeopardize the new life she’s building down south to give Zach roots, how can she say no? The star is part of her family history.  

Just when it seems she might actually pull off this miracle, Hope finds one final obstacle standing in her way: Ryan Miller, a former Marine and local handyman, who has awakened in Hope feelings she’s avoided for years.

Will Hope be able to convince Ryan to let the star shine once again? Or will it be Ryan who shows Hope that sometimes miracles come where we least expect them?
Order from your favorite bookstore ( or online at According to NYT bestselling author Julie Cantrell, “This story feels like a gift in itself.” 

Maryann McFadden

Novels by Maryann McFadden

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Maryann McFadden

I am an author who refused to give up on my dream! I am now published in multiple countries!