Tacos for Two by Betsy St. Amant

About the Book

Food truck owner Rory Perez enters Modest’s annual food truck festival with hopes of using the prize money to help her cousin and keep her business afloat.  However, she can’t cook—and her chef suddenly becomes ill at the last minute.  Lawyer Jude Strong is passionate about cooking and is excited to cook in the food truck festival, but if he loses, he has to give up cooking to focus on law.  Rory and Jude are both determined to win, sparking lots of spirited competition between the two.

About the Author

Betsy St. Amant is the author of more than fifteen inspirational romances, including The Key to Love, and a frequent contributor to iBelieve.com. She lives in north Louisiana with her husband, two daughters, a collection of Austen novels, and an impressive stash of pickle-flavored Pringles. When she’s not composing her next book or trying to prove unicorns are real, Betsy can usually be found somewhere in the vicinity of a white chocolate mocha–no whip. Learn more at http://www.betsystamant.com.

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My Thoughts

If you love the movie You’ve Got Mail, you are going to love Tacos for Two!  Full of spirited banter, great characters, and fun romance, this novel is an enjoyable contemporary read.  Jude is the perfect heroine—he is patient, kind, and humorous, but even better, he can cook!  I thought Rory had great growth in the story.  The secondary characters are also equally lovable.  The lighthearted humor is mixed with some wonderful spiritual truths.  I enjoyed the text messages in the story and, of course, all the yummy descriptions of food!  I liked a lot of things about this novel and definitely recommend it to those who enjoy contemporary romance!

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author.  Opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.

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A Flicker of Light by Katie Powner

About the Book

Newly pregnant Bea is forced to move in with her father after her husband loses his job, a situation that causes tension in their family.  Her father, Mitch, is grateful to have his daughter home again, but is less than pleased with some of her life choices.  And Grandma June contributes to the full house; however, her dementia is worsening and playing a role in the family stress.  Additionally, she has a few secrets that further disrupt the family dynamic.

About the Author

Katie Powner is an award-winning author who lives in rural Montana, where cows still outnumber people. She is a two-time OCW Cascade Award and ACFW First Impressions Award winner. Katie is a biological and adoptive mother of three and foster mother to many more. She and her husband have been in youth ministry for over a decade. Visit http://www.katiepowner.com to learn more.

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My Thoughts

I really enjoyed this novel about family and community.  The setting of Moose Creek, Montana, is written beautifully and is the perfect backdrop for the development of the characters in the novel.  I really liked the way the author approached the family struggling with a loved one with an Alzheimer’s diagnosis; it was told in such a raw and real way.  I enjoyed reading about the growth and change that occurred in each character and the way the family grew and evolved as well.  There is depth and substance to the story.  The power of love is strong and weaves its way through each of the character’s lives in a unique way.  If you’re looking for a heartwarming story where hope triumphs, I highly recommend this book!

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author.  Opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.

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The Heart of a Cowboy by Jody Hedlund

About the Book

Linnea Newberry longs to be taken seriously as a scientist, so she is excited to travel on the Santa Fe Trail with her grandfather, botanist Dr. Howell.  However, situation after situation threatens to send her packing.  After a particularly harrowing disaster, her grandfather hires Flynn McQuaid as a bodyguard for Linnea.  Flynn has sworn off all women after his mother passed away in childbirth.  But as he gets to know Linnea more and more, he starts to wonder if perhaps he could make an exception to his rule about women.

About the Author

Jody Hedlund is the author of over thirty historicals for both adults and teens and is the winner of numerous awards including the Christy, Carol, and Christian Book Award.

Jody lives in central Michigan with her husband, five busy children, and five spoiled cats. Although Jody prefers to experience daring and dangerous adventures through her characters rather than in real life, she’s learned that a calm existence is simply not meant to be (at least in this phase of her life!).

When she’s not penning another of her page-turning stories, she loves to spend her time reading, especially when it also involves consuming coffee and chocolate.

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My Thoughts

Jody Hedlund once again knocks it out of the park!  I have greatly enjoyed this series so far and this second book is a wonderful addition to the series.  I really liked Linnea for her spunk, her tenacity, and her passion.  The chemistry she has with Flynn is perfect and the right amount of romance for this western tale.  The author did a great job of balancing the independence of Linnea against the knight-in-shining-armor heroism of Flynn.  There is some exciting action packed among the romance and the Civil War era is interesting to read.  I also liked the theme of trusting in God despite our own human fears.  I really loved this novel and look forward to the next one.  Highly recommended!

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author.  Opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.

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Celebrate Lit Tour – A Warrior’s Heart by Misty M. Beller

About the Book

Book: A Warrior’s Heart

Author: Misty M. Beller

Genre: Christian Historical Romance

Release date: August 31, 2021

Brielle Durand still feels haunted by the massacre that killed her mother a dozen years before. Vowing to never let it happen again, she’s risen to be the key defender for her people’s peace-loving French settlement living in hidden caves in the Canadian Rockies. When a foreigner wanders too near to their secret homes, she has no choice but to disarm and capture him. But now, what to do with this man who looks at her in a strange way and insists he can be trusted?

Hoping to escape past regrets, Evan MacManus ventured into the unknown, assigned to discover if the northern mountains contain an explosive mineral that might help America win the War of 1812. Despite being taken prisoner, Evan is determined to complete his mission. But when that assignment becomes at odds with his growing appreciation of the villagers and Brielle, does he follow through on the promise he’s made to his government or take a risk on the path his heart is leading him down? Either choice will cause harm to someone.

Brielle and Evan must reconcile the warring in their hearts, if they’ve any hope to find the peace the seek.

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About the Author

Misty M. Beller is a USA Today bestselling author of romantic mountain stories, set on the 1800s frontier and woven with the truth of God’s love.

She was raised on a farm in South Carolina, so her Southern roots run deep. Growing up, her family was close, and they continue to keep that priority today. Her husband and children now add another dimension to her life, keeping her both grounded and crazy.

God has placed a desire in Misty’s heart to combine her love for Christian fiction and the simpler ranch life, writing historical novels that display God’s abundant love through the twists and turns in the lives of her characters.

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A secret village living in hidden caves for a century…

One of the fun things about being a writer is letting your imagine run away with itself at times. In general, I’ve never considered myself a creative person. Not like my grandmother, who’s an amazing artist and decorator. She can look at something plain and normal and, with a little paint, create something truly beautiful.

But little by little, I’ve finally learned that just because I don’t feel creative like she is, I still have an imagination that can come up with intriguing ideas.

For example, I was listening to a historical podcast a few years ago that talked about the Vikings and the female warriors who would sometimes gain fame among them. As the hosts talked about the first Viking raids to North America, I started thinking… “What if one of those groups went farther west than any of us thought? What if they found the Rocky Mountains and lived there in a hidden community for centuries?” The thought took hold, and little by little, the idea for the Brides of Laurent series came to life.

I eventually changed the village to be a French settlement named Laurent. The village’s primary warrior was a woman named Brielle Durand, who’d worked hard to win her place as Le Commandant, leader of the Guards and Hunters. I love Brielle’s strength and wit, but also how real her personal struggles became as I wrote her character.

Add in a mountain man spy working for the United States government, and you have the secret for a romance with sparks to light up the mountain sky!

I pray you love A Warrior’s Heart, the first book in this new series. And keep an eye on some of the other characters in the book who might get their own stories soon!

Blessings!

Misty

My Thoughts

I enjoyed reading this novel!  The descriptions are beautifully told and I had no trouble envisioning the scenes.  The premise of the story caught my attention right away, and although the story started a little slow, as the tale unfolded, it began to capture my attention.  I liked the romance a lot and enjoyed getting to know the main characters in the book.  Brielle is a strong female character with a remarkable passion for those she loves.  There is adventure and danger as well as mystery that kept me reading and even surprised me with a twist that I was not expecting.  This novel is well written and definitely worth the read!  I look forward to more in the series.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Celebrate Lit Tours.  Opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.

Blog Stops

Texas Book-aholic, September 29

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, September 29

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, September 30

Jeanette’s Thoughts, September 30

An Author’s Take, September 30

Remembrancy, October 1

Bigreadersite, October 1

lakesidelivingsite, October 2

Book Bites, Bee Stings, & Butterfly Kisses, October 2

Joanna Bair, October 2

Inklings and notions, October 3

To Everything There Is A Season, October 3

Reviewingbooksplusmore, October 3

Wishful Endings, October 4

For Him and My Family, October 4

Mary Hake, October 4

deb’s Book Review, October 5

Life of Literature, October 5

Betti Mace, October 6

Blossoms and Blessings, October 6

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, October 6

Blessed & Bookish, October 7

Connie’s History Classroom, October 7

For the Love of Literature, October 8

Library Lady’s Kid Lit, October 8

Connect in Fiction, October 8

Tell Tale Book Reviews, October 9

Locks, Hooks and Books, October 9

A Modern Day Fairy Tale, October 10

Through the Fire Blogs, October 10

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, October 10

Musings of a Sassy Bookish Mama, October 11

Simple Harvest Reads, October 11 (Guest Review from Donna Cline)

The Meanderings of a Bookworm, October 12

Pause for Tales, October 12

Live. Love. Read., October 12

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A Season on the Wind by Suzanne Woods Fisher

About the Book

Ben Zook is passionate about everything birds; so much so that he has made a career writing books about rare birds.  As he chases the rare White-winged Tern, he comes back to his Amish home in Stoney Ridge, a place he did not think he would return.  There he hires Micah Weaver, a local field guide, to help him hunt for the bird.  Micah’s sister, Penny, remembers Ben as a man for whom she once developed an infatuation, but Ben does not remember Penny.  Penny hopes that after Ben finds the bird, he might consider staying in their Amish community, but Ben is setting his sights on spreading his wings and leaving forever.

About the Author

Suzanne Woods Fisher is an award-winning, bestselling author of more than 30 books, including The Moonlight School and the Three Sisters Island, Nantucket Legacy, Amish Beginnings, The Bishop’s Family, The Deacon’s Family, and The Inn at Eagle Hill series. She is also the author of several nonfiction books about the Amish, including Amish Peace and Amish Proverbs. She lives in California. Learn more at http://www.suzannewoodsfisher.com and follow Suzanne on Facebook @SuzanneWoodsFisherAuthor and Twitter @suzannewfisher.

My Thoughts

This author is one of my favorite authors of Amish fiction because she weaves tales so well that respectfully integrate the Amish culture into the story while simultaneously crafting unforgettable characters.  This particular novel is so unique in its topic of bird watching.  I felt like I learned so much!  The pacing is a little slower than some novels, but I think this matches the simple life of the Amish and really allows the reader to get to know the characters and the setting.  The themes of faith, trust, friendship, and forgiveness are well woven into the story and the spiritual truths did not feel overwhelming or preachy.  I enjoyed this book and recommend it even to those who are (like I once was) hesitant about trying Amish fiction.  I think you will like this author!

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell Publishing.  Opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.

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Celebrate Lit Tour – Undercurrent of Secrets by Rachel Scott McDaniel

About the Book

Book:  Undercurrent of Secrets

Author: Rachel Scott McDaniel

Genre: Christian Romance

Release date: September 2021

Two women, a century apart, are bound by a haunting secret aboard a legendary steamboat.

Walk through Doors to the Past via a new series of historical stories of romance and adventure.

As wedding coordinator for the 100-year-old steamboat The Belle of Louisville, Devyn Asbury takes pride in seeing others’ dreams come true, even though her engagement had sunk like a diamond ring to the bottom of the Ohio River. When the Belle becomes a finalist in the Timeless Wedding Venue contest, Devyn endeavors to secure the prestigious title with hopes to reclaim some of her professional dreams. What she hadn’t planned on was Chase Jones showing up with a mysterious photo from the 1920s.

A century earlier, Hattie Louis is as untamable as the rivers that raised her. As the adopted daughter of a steamboat captain, her duties range from the entertainment to cook. When strange incidents occur aboard the boat, Hattie’s determined to discover the truth. Even if that means getting under First Mate Jack Marshall’s handsome skin.

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About the Author

Rachel Scott McDaniel is an award-winning author of historical romance. Winner of the ACFW Genesis Award and the RWA Touched By Love award, Rachel infuses faith and heart into each story. Rachel can be found online at http://www.RachelScottMcDaniel.com and on all social media platforms. Her work is represented by Julie Gwinn of the Seymour Agency. Rachel resides in Ohio with her husband and two children.

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A Century on the River

In 1914, America hadn’t joined WWI yet. Airplanes, or flying machines as they were called, were still a phenomenon. Radios weren’t a thing. Hawaii and Alaska weren’t part of the United States. The world as a whole looked different than the one we walk today. But one thing remains true as it had 100 years ago—The Belle of Louisville graced the waters. In fact, the century-old steamboat is like a floating time capsule.

First named the Idlewild, this boat was built in Pittsburgh, PA and was launched in October 1914. It began its days as a packet boat, hauling freight and ferrying passengers. During the ‘Roaring 20s’ there wasn’t much documentation for her travels. But it’s believed the Idlewild spent the decade tramping—a steamboat term for going up and down the river, stopping at various towns and taking passengers for excursions. Which worked perfectly for Undercurrent of Secrets.

The boat was then sold to New Orleans where it continued to ferry passengers. In 1931, The Idlewildspent a season in Louisville running trips to Rose Island and Fontaine Ferry amusement parks. It then spent the next several years coursing the waterways from Canada to New Orleans, living upon the Mississippi and Ohio river systems until WWII. The second world war brought a lot of action to the Idlewild which was then outfitted with special equipment to push oil barges along the river. She also served as a floating USO nightclub for troops stationed at military bases along the Mississippi River.

In 1947, she was sold and renamed the Avalon. For the next two decades the legendary lady spent her days along the rivers, hosting excursions, bringing adventure to the hearts of many Americans. But all those years and miles eventually caught up to her and she fell in disrepair. In 1962, she was put up for auction in Cincinnati where she was purchased by Jefferson County Judge Executive Marlow Cook for $34,000. She then received her third name, The Belle of Louisville.

The restoration of the boat was supervised by marine architect Alan L. Bates (later Captain Bates). Capt. Bates’ books, Str. Belle of Louisville, and Moonlight at 8:30, were a huge help to me while researching the history of the boat and the crews who worked on her. The reno crew worked tirelessly rebuilding the Belle and on April 30th, she tested the waters again by racing against the Delta Queen in the first Great Steamboat Race. The Belle has been wharfed in Louisville ever since. This century-old steamboat has stood the test of time, surviving decades, sinkings, storms, weathering all the trials with grit and grace. If you ever find yourself in Louisville, you could book a cruise on the Belle and experience history.

My Thoughts

What a fantastic dual timeline story!  I loved the plot, the characters, the romance, and the setting—really, every part of this book was so good!  The author did a wonderful job of painting such a vivid historical story with Hattie’s 1920s steamboat era as well as an equally intriguing tale set in the 21st century.  I loved the way the stories connected and came together so beautifully.  The romance in this book is clean but dreamy and wonderful.  I loved the way the characters grew and changed in the story and loved the theme of courage and faith.  This book made me laugh, cry, and feel all of the emotions!  Rachel Scott McDaniel continues to write amazing books again and again!  She is one of my favorite authors and I am so looking forward to more of her books.  I highly recommend this novel!

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Celebrate Lit Tours.  Opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.

Blog Stops

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, September 25

Rachael’s Inkwell, September 25

Texas Book-aholic, September 26

Christian Bookaholic, September 26

Where Faith and Books Meet, September 27

Inklings and notions, September 27

Genesis 5020, September 27

For Him and My Family, September 28

Life of Literature, September 28

deb’s Book Review, September 29

Jeanette’s Thoughts, September 29

Remembrancy, September 30

Locks, Hooks and Books, September 30

She Lives to Read, October 1

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, October 1

Older & Smarter?, October 1

Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, October 2

Mary Hake, October 2

A Modern Day Fairy Tale, October 3

Simple Harvest Reads, October 3 (Guest Review from Mindy Houng)

Bizwings Blog, October 3

Musings of a Sassy Bookish Mama, October 4

For the Love of Literature, October 4

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, October 5

Through the fire blogs, October 5

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, October 6

Pause for Tales, October 6

Artistic Nobody, October 7 (Guest Review from Donna Cline)

Just Your Average reviews, October 7

Splashes of Joy, October 8

Labor Not in Vain, October 8

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To celebrate her tour, Rachel is giving away the grand prize package of a $25 Amazon gift card and a copy of the book!!

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The Matchmaker’s Lonely Heart by Nancy Campbell Allen

Quick Facts

Title: The Matchmaker’s Lonely Heart: Proper Romance Victorian

Author: Nancy Campbell Allen

Genre: Historical Romance, Historical Mystery/Suspense, Inspirational Fiction

Publisher: Shadow Mountain Publishing (September 7, 2021)

Length: 336 pages

Format: Trade paperback, eBook, & audiobook

About the Book

London, 1885

Amelie Hampton is a hopeless romantic, which makes her the perfect columnist to answer lonely heart letters in The Marriage Gazette. When Amelie plays matchmaker with two anonymous lonely hearts, she also decides to secretly observe the couple’s blind date. To her surprise, the man who appears for the rendezvous is Harold Radcliffe―a grieving widower and a member of Amelie’s book club.

Police detective Michael Baker has been struggling ever since his best friend and brother-in-law died in the line of fire. Because he knows the dangers of his job, he has vowed never to marry and subject a wife and family to the uncertainty of his profession. But when he meets Miss Hampton, he is captured by her innocence, beauty, and her quick mind.

When a woman’s body is pulled from the river, Michael suspects the woman’s husband―Harold Radcliffe―of foul play. Amelie refuses to believe that Harold is capable of such violence but agrees to help, imagining it will be like one of her favorite mystery novels. Her social connections and clever observations prove an asset to the case, and Amelie is determined to prove Mr. Radcliffe’s innocence. But the more time Amelie and Michael spend together, the more they trust each other, and the more they realize they are a good team, maybe the perfect match.

They also realize that Mr. Radcliffe is hiding more than one secret, and when his attention turns toward Amelie, Michael knows he must put an end to this case before the woman he loves comes to harm.

About the Author

Nancy Campbell Allen is the author of fifteen published novels and numerous novellas, which span genres from contemporary romantic suspense to historical fiction.  In 2005, her work won the Utah Best of State award, and she received a Whitney Award for My Fair Gentleman. She has presented at numerous writing conferences and events since her first book was released in 1999. Nancy received a BS in Elementary Education from Weber State University. She loves to read, write, travel, and research and enjoys spending time laughing with family and friends. She is married and the mother of three children.

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My Thoughts

I think I was expecting the romance in this novel but I did not expect the amount of suspense, which was such a delightful addition to the story!  The mystery kept me guessing the entire novel.  The last few chapters in particular were very hard to put down.  The plot was well written, and I also found myself greatly enjoying the characters.  Amelie and Detective Barker have great chemistry together but the growth and development of them individually is also commendable.  Their relationship is the perfect blend of sweet romance with the natural companionship often found with these romances.  The secondary characters were also a delight to read.  Overall, the story is clean and easy to read.  I recommend it to those who enjoy Victorian romance novels with a bit of a suspenseful twist.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author.  Opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.

The Healing of Natalie Curtis by Jane Kirkpatrick

About the Book

After classically trained musician Natalie Curtis faces a career downfall, she joins her brother on the Western frontier.  There she discovers the beautiful music of the indigenous Native Americans.  However, she soon realizes that their music is under attack and in danger of extinction after an American law prohibits them from singing, dancing, or speaking their native tongue.  Based on a true story, this remarkable tale follows Natalie’s fight to preserve the customs of the Native Americans.

About the Author

Jane Kirkpatrick is the New York Times and CBA bestselling and award-winning author of 40 books, including Something Worth DoingOne More River to CrossEverything She Didn’t SayAll Together in One PlaceA Light in the WildernessThe Memory WeaverThis Road We Traveled, and A Sweetness to the Soul, which won the prestigious Wrangler Award from the Western Heritage Center. Her works have won the WILLA Literary Award, the Carol Award for Historical Fiction, and the 2016 Will Rogers Gold Medallion Award. Jane divides her time between Central Oregon and California with her husband, Jerry, and Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Caesar. Learn more at http://www.jkbooks.com.

My Thoughts

What a fascinating story!  I really like how Jane Kirkpatrick typically writes stories that are based on true historical characters.  Natalie Curtis is an incredible woman who was passionate about the indigenous Native Americans.  This book contains great depth as Natalie faces great trials, but also develops tenacity as she fights for what she believes in.  I enjoyed reading about her personal journey and thought the author did a good job of giving us a fictional perspective of this amazing woman.  I did think parts of the story were a little slow and occasionally this read more as non-fiction than fiction, but I think that the book is well written and worth reading.  I think that if you like novels that focus on the history and the story, then this book is for you!

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell Publishing.  Opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.

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The Secret Keepers of Old Depot Grocery by Amanda Cox

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About the Book

Sarah returns to her small town after a family tragedy to help her mother, Rosemary, and grandmother, Glory Ann, manage their small grocery store.  While Rosemary would like to sell the struggling store, Glory Ann is determined to keep it open as she reflects on the many memories the store has provided through the years.  Sarah, too, has happy remembrances of growing up with the store and joins her grandmother’s determined plan to keep the store open.  However, each lady is harboring a secret that could forever change the lives of their families and their community.

About the Author

Amanda Cox is the author of The Edge of Belonging and The Secret Keepers of Old Depot Grocery. A blogger and a curriculum developer for a national nonprofit youth leadership organization, she holds a bachelor’s degree in Bible and theology and a master’s degree in professional counseling, but her first love is communicating through story. Her studies and her interactions with hurting families over a decade have allowed her to create multidimensional characters that connect emotionally with readers. She lives in Chattanooga, Tennessee, with her husband and their three children. Learn more at AmandaCoxWrites.com.

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My Thoughts

Once again, Amanda Cox pens a novel that is rich with character development, realistic struggles, and spiritual growth that is hard to put down!  I loved all the characters, but my favorite was Glory Ann and I loved the jump back in time as I learned more about her early life and her romantic past.  The storylines fit together so well and I really enjoyed how the author crafted personalities that were similar enough to make their familial connection believable but also unique enough that each lady was interesting on her own.  As always, the spiritual growth and testing and development of faith really shine in her novels.  There is a romance in the book that is sweet and wonderful, but the focus is really on the changes in relationships between grandmother, mother, and daughter, which is wonderfully written.  The descriptions are well written and I could easily envision the wood floors and piles of produce in the grocery.  I really enjoyed this novel and look forward to more by this talented author!

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author.  Opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.

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Under the Christmas Mistletoe by Karen Witemeyer

About the Author

Winner of the National Reader’s Choice Award, HOLT Medallion, ACFW Carol Award, Inspirational Reader’s Choice Award, and a finalist for both the RITA and Christy Awards, Karen Witemeyer is a firm believer in the power of happy endings. . . and ice cream. She also loves to reward her readers. Every month she gives away two inspirational historical novels to someone from her newsletter list and offers substantial bonus content on her website. To learn more about Karen and her books, or to join her subscriber list, please visit www.karenwitemeyer.com.

About the Novellas and My Thoughts

“A Texas Christmas Carol”

Eben is the town’s wealthy bachelor and his Scrooge-like gruff exterior keeps people at a distance, but Felicity is determined to draw him out as she seeks donations for the poor.

I loved how Felicity is the perfectly charming antidote to Eben’s tough demeanor.  Their interactions are fun and their romance is believable.  The lesson of learning the true meaning of Christmas is well woven in the story.  This novella is the perfect way to get into the Christmas spirit!

“An Archer Family Christmas”

Cassie and Jim Archer find themselves find themselves praying for a Christmas miracle to get through a tough situation.

It is such a treat to be able to read more about the Archer family!  This novella has some sad moments but the thread of hope is well integrated in the story and the plot has a satisfying conclusion.  The story flows well and is fast-paced; I had a hard time setting this one aside!  The themes of family and faith are once again strong and make a great overall story.

“Gift of the Heart”

Ruth has to offer up a treasured possession in order to secure a loan to help her young daughter, Naomi.

With amusing bits and charming wit, this novella shines the brightest in this collection.  There are several Biblical connections in the story that are such a neat link.  I like that the characters are strong in spirit, but also relatable and needing to rely on God’s strength just like we do.  This story did not feel like a novella for it flowed as well as a full-length novel.  I greatly enjoyed this story!

Each of these novellas has charm, romance, and faith that together create a collection that is well worth the read!

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author.  Opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.

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