We are thrilled to announce that author of THE CHRISTMAS WAGER, Hannah Mary McKinnon’s second novel writing as Holly Cassidy’s THE CHRISTMAS COUNTDOWN has been acquired by Ashley Di Dio at Putnam and Deborah Sun de la Cruz at Penguin Canada for publication fall 2024!

THE CHRISTMAS COUNTDOWN is a grumpy-sunshine romantic comedy about a recently heartbroken woman who’s given up on love and the holidays, until she’s tasked by her sister to complete Advent calendar challenges in the lead up to Christmas and that bring her face-to-face with a charming baker who just might be the spoonful of sugar she needs to reignite her belief in herself, love, and Christmas again, again. 

Deal arranged by Carolyn Forde at Transatlantic Literary Agency (world).

Holly Cassidy is the pen name for internationally bestselling author Hannah Mary McKinnon. Her suspense novels include The Neighbors, Her Secret Son, Sister Dear, You Will Remember Me, Never Coming Home, and The Revenge List publishing May 2023. McKinnon was born in England, grew up in Switzerland, and now lives in Ontario, Canada with her husband and three sons. The Christmas Wager is her first novel writing as Holly Cassidy.

Holly (Hannah Mary) is represented by Carolyn Forde.