They didn’t believe in holiday magic… until it happens to them.

Anna McKinnon is a free spirit. As a bartender in New York City, she answers to no one, keeps what she calls “vampire hours” – and likes it that way. She secretly wishes to find real love, the forever kind her brothers have all found. But love has not only eluded her, it’s burned her badly. Keeping things light is how Anna copes.

David Beren is a high-powered, intense investment banker in the heart of Manhattan. His 80-hour work weeks took over his life long ago, but now, at 35, he’s ready for something more. But what? And then he meets Anna. She’s unexpected – full of light, color and laughter. Anna knocks him off his game and his feet and he’s never been happier.

Can total opposites – a feisty, bold girl from Ireland and a quiet, straight-laced Jewish guy from New Jersey – find love at the holidays? With the double whammy of a Hanukkah miracle and some Christmas magic, they just might.



“Over the course of her series on the wealthy, powerful and truly dysfunctional Harrison family, Gracen has proven that she is a star on the rise! With this final chapter in the saga, Gracen reaches new heights by bringing in a secret-baby storyline that detonates like a bomb within the family. All the previous protagonists make appearances, some of whom do not react well initially. This terrific series has been about individuals finding love, but also about the building of strong family bonds where none existed before. This is one fantastic, emotional ride!”

RT Book Reviews, 4.5 Stars, Top Pick


“Gracen wraps up her Harrisons contemporary series with this heart-stealing fifth novel, cementing her reputation as a writer to watch… Gracen’s appealing tale makes it nearly impossible to say goodbye… Her hot yet sweet treat is headed for many a keeper shelf.”

Publishers Weekly, STARRED REVIEW

‘TIS THE SEASON by Jennifer Gracen (Zebra MM/October 2016/978-1-4201-3918-1)

Gracen’s third contemporary featuring the Harrison siblings (after Someone like You) is her best yet, the story of a straitlaced, high-profile businessman and the shy but charming nanny to his three kids. Unlike most of the Harrisons, eldest child Charles Harrison III has always toed the line, and after his well-publicized divorce, he’s not sure love is for him. Lisette Gardner, who’s overcoming her own painful history, has always been in love with her employer but is determined not to show it, thinking he couldn’t possibly reciprocate her feelings. At Charles’s surprise 40th birthday party, Charles realizes that his feelings for Lisette go far beyond the boundaries of employer/employee, and after a few post-party drinks, he makes a move. But their relationship may not survive the differences between their worlds, Charles’s snobby father, and Lisette’s insecurities. Gracen skillfully takes a common setup far past its usual limits to deliver a story that will tug hard at the heartstrings and make readers root for a happy ending. In particular, readers will fall in love with Lisette, whose anguish about aspects of her past rings all too real. – Publishers Weekly

‘TIS THE SEASON by Jennifer Gracen

“In the newest emotional and compelling romance from rising star Gracen, the oldest Harrison sibling gets his shot at love. Over the course of this series, Gracen has explored the dysfunctional family dynamics that have kept a distance between the siblings and their dictatorial father. The protagonists in this story have known each other for a couple of years, but a night of forbidden passion changes everything. Gracen’s skill and storytelling ability grows with each new tale.”

– RT Book Reviews, 4 Stars