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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 Green Dress (True Colors: Historical Stories of American Crime)


BOOK BY: Liz Tolsma

Another well-written edition to the True Colors series.

The Green Dress focuses on a Boston family in 1886. A mysterious illness takes the lives of various family members and doctors are baffled as to what the illness even is. Harriett Peters is the best friend of Lizzie Robinson, who falls suddenly ill with an ailment that has already taken the lives of her aunt, uncle, father and younger sister. Harriett fears for her friend’s life and goes in search of a new doctor who may be able to shed some light on the plight of the Robinson family.

Dr. Michael Wheaton has a past he is trying to escape. When he comes to Harriett’s aid, if what he suspects isn’t true, the past will catch up to him and leave him with a tarnished reputation and inability to practice medicine on the east coast.

The author draws the reader in right from the first page. Vivid descriptions enable the reader to imagine the gut-wrenching pain the patient is going through and through the narrative, readers begin to question along with Dr. Wheaton if things are all they seem. Readers can look for the clues as they read the story to solve the mystery.

Relatively new science techniques are indirectly introduced.

I enjoyed the sweet story between Michael and Harriett. Harriett’s character is sweet and devoted, and Michael is kind but careful. Both have come from traumatic experiences and take small steps toward complete trust in the other. They are likeable characters and readers will be rewarded with a satisfying conclusion to their story.

Oh, and the title, The Green Dress? I shuddered when it was revealed the reason for it.

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

The Chisholm Trail Bride (The Daughters of the Mayfield #12)


BOOK BY: Kathleen Y’Barbo

The newest release of The Daughters of the Mayflower will keep you turning the page until the very end. The Chisholm Trail Bride by Kathleen Y’Barbo is full of suspense and twists that the reader may not see coming. Exciting from page one, I had a hard time putting this one down to go to sleep.

Eliza is a likeable, if not head strong character, who tends to get herself in less than ideal situations. The story opens with her as a twelve year old girl helping her rancher father move cattle through the Chisholm Trail. Two young men, completely opposite in character, vie for Eliza’s attention. But one night on the trail, all of their young lives will change forever.

Fast forward ten years and Eliza is still the decisive type. Engaged to someone not of her parents choosing, Eliza eventually learns the truth of what happened in surprising ways.

There are characters to love and characters to hate in this story.

Politics, scandal, good-old fashioned detective work and secrets that spiral out of control fill the pages of this enjoyable read, that keeps the reader engaged until THE END.

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

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