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

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Maryann McFadden
If you have not read this author, you must! I love her books! And here is a great way to get acquainted!Let's gather in an online zoom room to meet one another in person and kick off the holiday season with JOY! For years, y'all have shared your inspiring stories with one another through my newsletter and social media. You've reached out across the cyberspace to extend kindness in all the most beautiful ways. But I've never opened the doors to create a living, breathing space for you all to interact directly, and I believe that's long overdue! So grab a cup of tea/cocoa or your favorite cocktail/mocktail, and come meet some like-minded friends who want to make this world the best it can be. We have readers from all around the world who celebrate in many beautiful ways. Come share your favorite gift ideas/holiday traditions/recipes with us. The holidays are a busy time of year, but the room will be open for you to join us this THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 30 from 7-8 PM CENTRAL TIME. It's free and open to anyone longing for a safe, kind, positive space to interact. We'll avoid discussions of politics, trauma, and controversial news stories. Instead, we'll focus on gratitude and compassion for ALL people, and we'll focus on ways we can use our time, energy, and talents to love one another. If you want to wear something festive—a holiday hat, ugly sweater, or tinsel—feel free. And … I just may be giving away a few gifts too. LIMITED SPOTS AVAILABLE. Use the link in the comments to RSVP. See MoreSee Less
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