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A Joyful Christmas (6 Historical Stories): Book Review

BOOK BY: Cynthia Hickey; Liz Johnson; Vickie McDonough; Liz Tolsma; Carrie Turansky; Erica Vetsch

A lovely collection of inspirational Christmas stories just in time for the season!

As always, Barbour Publishing brings talented authors together to create a delightful collection of stories that will leave readers with a smile on their faces. Feel-good holiday stories with just enough tension and more than enough romance to satisfy an appetite for light, Christmas reads.

Each author brings her own voice and own spin to Christmas tales of faith, hardship and Christmas joy from the 1800s. Some stories have been published before and others are brand new.

You’ll be in for a treat if you pick up this collection.

I received a copy from the publisher through NetGalley. All opinions expressed are my own.

The Christmas Table

BOOK REVIEW

BOOK BY: Donna Van Liere

This is another Christmas story that takes us to Glory’s Place and the colourful cast of characters readers have been introduced to in previous novels. It does help to read earlier novels as there are so many characters now it may be a bit confusing for readers unfamiliar with Ms. Van Liere’s books.

I loved how this novel connected two different time periods – 1972 and 2012. I quite enjoy reading time slip novels so this was definitely a treat.

This story picks up with Lauren and Travis setting up house after their wedding. Lauren purchases a refinished table and discovers recipe cards tucked inside a secret drawer. Never having cooked much or memories of family dinners around the table, Lauren is determined to start now before little ones arrive.

In 1972 we see the love and dedication that went into crafting the walnut table and the tragedy that surrounded the young family who built it.

What I found a challenge was to read both stories in present tense as if it was happening RIGHT NOW. It was a bit jarring at first, but after a while I got used to it.

There are characters to love and moments to cry along with them. But, it is a Christmas story so there is a happy (or at least satisfying) ending.

This story has all the feels.

I received an ecopy from the publisher through NetGalley. All opinions expressed are my own.

A Highlander is Coming To Town (A Highland Georgia Novel)

BOOK REVIEW: A Highlander is Coming To Town (A Highland Georgia Novel)

BOOK BY: Laura Trentham

A cute Christmas romance set in Highland, Georgia.

There’s some heat to this romance novel which is something that I’m not crazy about (and frankly, I skip over those parts).

Claire is not your typical heroine. Some might call her a spoiled rich kid, but money had never made her happy. Money drove her parents and left Claire neglected as a child. She’s taken time to establish herself in the music industry, but even that isn’t working out well for her. Hiding out in Highland, Georgia gives her time to collect herself before she steps out of anonymity and into her parent’s world and the celebrity she’s tried to keep hidden.

Holt is sweet, sometimes a bit too much, but he’s the kind of guy that makes a good hero. He, like Claire, appears to have no choice in accepting the fate his family’s business pushes on him.

There are some memorable secondary characters that add colour to the story. Ms. Meadows is just the companion Claire needs at this point in her life. She made be old and crotchety at times, but she appears to care deeply about Claire who is there to help her.

The text was easy to follow and the opening chapter of Claire and Holt’s introduction to each other was entertaining. There are some nice setting descriptions that help to envision the farm, town and home of Ms. Meadows.

I received an ecopy from the publisher through NetGalley. All opinions expressed are my own.

Northern Hearts (Heroes of the Tundra #2)

BOOK REVIEW: Northern Hearts

BOOK BY: Laurie Woods

I quite enjoyed this Christmas novella by Laurie Woods. Readers return to Churchill, MB a perfect setting for a suspenseful read. With no road access and wild polar bears roaming the street, residents and visitors to this town beware!

I loved the character of Jake Miller, part owner and chef of The Great Northern Lodge. He’s worked hard for what he has and as eager as Kali (the surprise niece of his recently deceased partner) is to change things up, he’s kind to her.

Once again Laurie Woods creates an exciting reader experience.

A sweet Christmas romance with intense moments, this is one of those novels readers will be happy to read again.

A Mrs. Miracle Christmas

Book by: Debbie Macomber

Debbie Macomber always delivers wonderful tales of hope, love, and miracles at Christmas.

When I started reading this newest novel, the first chapter or two caught me by surprise. I don’t know what it was, but it felt “off” for a Debbie Macomber book. Perhaps it was the voice or clipped narrative that didn’t feel quite Macombish, but because I’m familiar with her books I kept reading. The story itself did not disappoint.

It really was a different story this time round, even though Mrs. Miracle is a recurring character. Her character spent a lot of time talking about heaven, about the future for the characters in the story, she revealed quite a bit about things she knew from the past, and even helped to bring back items thought to be lost or destroyed. This was a bit out of character (I thought anyway), but it still worked for this particular story. Mrs. Miracle is a Caring Angel for Helen, a woman with early onset of dementia. I think part of the comfort Mrs. Miracle provides is in assuring her patient everything happens for a reason and will happen in time.

Overall, a quick and easy read for Christmas.

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