By Various Authors (Carrie Fancett Pagels, Erica Vetsch, CJ Chase, Susanne Dietze, Rita Gerlach, Kathleen L. Maher, Gabrielle Meyers, Vanessa Riley, Lorna Seilstad)
This collection of Christmas novellas is a fun Christmas read. Some stories take place in England and others take place in America.
The first story grabbed my attention right away, One Golden Ring by C.J. Chase. This is a beautiful story of unknown sacrifice, reunion, and restoration. Marianna once used to be part of high society until the death of her father brought her to poverty. She sacrificed what she could for the man who wanted to marry her so that his family would not be brought to shame by their connection. Years later the couple are brought into circumstances in which allows them the freedom to speak the whole truth of the past and realize what true love means.
The second story was a bit of a mystery as the Star of Wonder by Susanne Dietze, a precious set of jewels passed down from generation to generation of which the groom presents as an engagement gift on Christmas Eve, and had a bit of action involved. There’s a slight twist to who the thief turns out to be – I’m not sure I liked that part at all. It’s a cute story of trying not to fall in love.
The Holly and the Ivy by Rita Gerlach – This is a fun story about a set of lost letters from the civil war making its way into the hands of an English professor teaching in Georgetown, and the woman who found them. As the two try to figure out who the letters belong to, there’s another mysterious stranger who appears claiming to know who they belong to. Eventually the mystery is solved in a fun, even if it seems “coincidental” kind of way.
Love Brick by Brick by Kathleen Maher – This story is a beautiful reunion story of family and the doctor in training who was instrumental in bringing it about. It’s also a story filled with hope for women who studied medicine in the Victorian days.
Other stories and authors included in the collection:
A Christmas Promise by Gabrielle Meyer
The Sugarplum Ladies by Carrie Pagels
Paper Snowflake Christmas by Vanessa Riley
Father Christmas by Lorna Seilstad
A Perfect Christmas by Erica Vetsch
If you don’t have the time to read a full novel but still want to enjoy feel good Christmas reads, this is the collection for you! Grab a cup of cocoa and snuggle by the fire.
I received an ecopy from the publisher through NetGalley. All opinions expressed are my own.