14 October 2022

Bentonsport – A Christmas Story | Excerpt + Giveaway

JustRead Publicity Tours


What if you found the love of your life right in your hometown—in another century? Bentonsport—two different eras in one special town, two lonely persons, and one miraculous Christmas…

For Bentonsport Academy Headmaster Thomas Barton, Christmas emphasizes his loneliness. He has given up hope of discovering a woman to share his heart and life and plans to return to his hometown for the holidays. But when his friend’s preposterous prophecy comes true, he finds himself having traveled not by train, but through time, from 1869, to Bentonsport today! Now he must navigate a modern world for the two weeks before Christmas and discover what he was sent to find.

Baker Sarah Peterson has everything she wants in the small historic town of modern-day Bentonsport—everything but a man with whom to share her dreams and future. And, in a town of under fifty residents, where’s she going to encounter a soulmate? But when Thomas walks into her bakery, seemingly odd and out of place, but handsome and charming, she finds herself hoping something special might happen this Christmas.

Publisher: Scrivenings Press
Release Date: September 27, 2022


He closed his eyes and opened them again. He must still be sleeping or in a hazy state of shock. When he leaned back, his head hit something hard. A high ornately carved headboard. Where was he?

“Breakfast comes with the room. Dinner too, but not lunch.” She raised the shade a few inches.

Where was his robe? He generally draped it across the walnut nightstand. But the table beside his bed, painted white with pink flowers, held a clock and a lamp—a strange paper-like shade rested on a glass globe.

He folded his arms across his chest. What was he to make of this? Any of this.

“What a lovely day.” The woman fluffed the two embroidered pillows on a high-back chair.

Finally, he saw something familiar: His bags stacked neatly against the wall. But why here? The last he remembered, they were waiting at the top of the stairs, ready for him to take to the station.


Lisa Schnedler writes cozy romances. She has lived in Bentonsport, Iowa, for more than 25 years, the setting of her latest series. A certified Christian Life Coach, Lisa has a Christian life planning ministry, Branch Living, to help Christians live out their God-given purposes. This ministry includes retreats, classes, a website, blog, and podcast. She is president of a health system in Wisconsin. She is a pastor’s wife, mother of three, and grandmother of six.

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(1) winner will receive a $25 Amazon gift card & bookmarks.

Full tour schedule linked below. The giveaway begins at midnight October 10, 2022 and will last through 11:59 PM EST on October 17, 2022. Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. US/CAN. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.

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  1. Sounds like a great story

  2. I look forward to reading this.

  3. I can not wait to check this book out.

  4. I Love Sweet Romance Reads. Especially Christmas Stories. Thank You For Sharing This Book & It's Book Tour With Us.

  5. My niece would like this book.
    Thanks for the contest.