By Stephanie Perkins
If you happen to love vacation tales, vacation video clips, made-for-TV-holiday specials, vacation episodes of your favourite sitcoms and, particularly, when you love vacation anthologies, you're going to fall in love with My real love Gave to Me: Twelve vacation tales by means of twelve bestselling younger grownup writers (Holly Black, best friend Carter, Matt de l. a. Peña, Gayle Forman, Jenny Han, David Levithan, Kelly hyperlink, Myra McEntire, Rainbow Rowell, Stephanie Perkins, Laini Tayler and Kiersten White), edited by means of the overseas bestselling Stephanie Perkins. no matter if you have a good time Christmas or Hanukkah, wintry weather Solstice or Kwanzaa, there's anything right here for everybody. So curl up via the hearth and get comfortable. you might have twelve purposes this season to stick interior and fall in love.
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