‘Tis the Season by Olivia Folmar Ard


Lauren's year has been perfect . . . at least, according to social media. Pictures of her hot surfer husband and their beautiful new home, mixed with updates from her amazing job, have everyone around her drooling with envy. But when the screens power down, she's stuck with the truth: everything is falling apart. At the heart of it all lies a secret diagnosis, one that threatens to snatch away her dreams of motherhood for good.

This Christmas, the last thing Lauren wants is to venture out into the real world, where filters and hashtags can't help her. But when her husband Joe cashes in a long-owed favor, she's forced to tag along on a trip to see her least favorite people on earth: her in-laws.

As Lauren and Joe navigate the tangled web of family drama, deception, and unexpected tragedy, the fault lines in their marriage are exposed for all to see. Will this be their last Christmas?

“Although it is a quick read, ‘Tis The Season is not light in subject. The beginning of the novella is warm and funny as you watch the lovely Lauren go about her great life. However, as the plot moves forward, it suddenly goes deeper than you ever thought it would. Olivia Folmar Ard manages to create such a beautiful story that is cheery and heartbreaking all at the same time. The way she captures the characters' raw, genuine emotions is stunning. Instead of ‘Tis the Season turning out to be another simple novel, it manages to make you feel like you are involved in a real-life situation. The overall pacing of the novella is just right, and the writing is top notch. If you are looking for a way to really get into the holiday season, this is the book for you. It will make you feel so many things, but above all, it will remind you to be thankful for all that you have. Be warned – you'll need lots of tissues!” -Katherine Williams, Readers' Favorite