A Carol for Karol

by Ann Roberts

Trouble is brewing in Tucson’s JOY neighborhood, known for its vibrant holiday traditions and…joy. Just a few days before the festivities begin, Carol “CJ” Joy, the granddaughter of JOY’s founders, discovers a looming eviction for Santa’s Workshop and for Santa himself. Property owner Karol Kleinz has eyes on a swift sale and dreams of an early retirement. 

Tucson once held memories of young love between Karol and CJ. But now as Karol returns—she’s torn, wrestling with ambitions of a future elsewhere and the magnetic pull of her reignited feelings for CJ.

Dive into a festive tale by award-winning author Ann Roberts, where love and laughter blend seamlessly, honoring the magic of the most wonderful time of the year.





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Genre Romance
Length 240 pages
Publication Date November 16, 2023
Publisher Bella Books
ISBN 9781642475005e
Editor Katherine V. Forrest
Cover Designer Kayla Mancuso



"My wife got me a shirt for Christmas one year that read, “Careful or You’ll Wind Up in my Novel.” I only wore it once as it sparked a lot of conversation with strangers in the supermarket, and resulted in a two-hour shopping trip, but my wife knew the sentiment rang true. I’m always ready for the next idea, listening, watching, and often asking questions. A Carol for Karol began as a spontaneous conversation between my cousin and his son while I was visiting them in Tucson, Arizona just before Christmas. They mentioned a community that went over the top with holiday displays, carriage rides, and lighting displays, and they’d been staging the event for decades. Another friend mentioned she thought participation was required when someone bought a house in that neighborhood. And thus, a seed was planted."

—Ann Roberts


Shimere A. - …If you're looking for a fun holiday read that's full of love, tons of laughter, and the magic of the season, this is the perfect choice. Ann Roberts has crafted a story that honors the most wonderful time of the year, and you won't be able to resist getting caught up in the joy of it all. So grab a cozy blanket, a hot cocoa, and immerse yourself in this enchanting holiday extravaganza for a truly heartwarming experience.

Henrietta B. - Hallmark Christmas cheer and a romance between mature women…An enjoyable holiday read which surprisingly adds a romance between two mature women (both around 60) to the mix. A very welcome addition to my ever growing sapphic holiday library.

KP P. - The best part is that the author built this incredible world that is inclusive to all people. The neighborhood where this story takes place has people of all generations, many different letters within the LGBTQ+ spectrum, various religions, multiple ethnicities and racial groups, a range of financial levels, and so much more all living together in harmony. This book is so wholesome and the perfect escapism for when reality becomes too much!

Women Using Words
A festive and heartwarming backdrop is wonderfully constructed for this holiday-themed, second-chance romance, providing cozy feelings of joy and Christmas sentimentality that really resonate with readers. Roberts masterfully uses the themes of love, family, and community associated with the holidays to enhance the emotional connection between her main characters, making this romance more than appealing.

Jessica P. - What a cute Christmas novel! The writing was excellent and captured my attention straight away. This was a first for me by this author and I will definitely read more!

Darlene V. - Very entertaining and well written romance… A fun holiday read.

Eve R. - It's a delightful addition to the holiday reading list!

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