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Book Description

Each Christmas the Barncastle family transforms its sprawling Victorian bed and breakfast into a fantasy world. A medieval castle, a World War II inn, a pirate’s lair, and ancient Bethlehem in turn become fertile ground for the development of four modern romances. Will guests also discover that forgiveness is timeless?

About the Author

Susan Page Davis is the author of more than fifty novels, in the romance, mystery, suspense, and historical romance genres. A Maine native, she now lives in western Kentucky with her husband, Jim, a retired news editor. They are the parents of six, and the grandparents of nine fantastic kids. She is a past winner of the Carol Award, the Will Rogers Medallion for Western Fiction, and the Inspirational Readers’ Choice Award. Susan was named Favorite Author of the Year in the 18th Annual Heartsong Awards. Visit her website at:

Best-selling author Darlene Franklin’s greatest claim to fame is that she writes full-time from a nursing home. She lives in Oklahoma, near her son and his family, and continues her interests in playing the piano and singing, books, good fellowship, and reality TV in addition to writing. She is an active member of Oklahoma City Christian Fiction Writers, American Christian Fiction Writers, and the Christian Authors Network. She has written over fifty books and more than 250 devotionals. Her historical fiction ranges from the Revolutionary War to World War II, from Texas to Vermont. You can find Darlene online at

Lynette Sowell is an award-winning author with New England roots, but she makes her home in Central Texas with her husband and a herd of five cats. When she’s not writing, she edits medical reports and chases down stories for the local newspaper.


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Product Details

  • Series: Romancing America
  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Barbour Books (September 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1616264381
  • ISBN-13: 978-1616264383
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 5.1 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #712,922 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jodie A. Wolfe on October 31, 2011
Format: Paperback
Christmas at Barncastle Inn is a collection of four stories that take place at a Victorian bed and breakfast set in Vermont. The first story, Love Comes to the Castle by Susan Page Davis follows Jayne Barncastle as she wavers on the decision to purchase the inn from her parents and provide specialized Christmas celebrations for families. The Dillards are her first opportunity to test whether or not her entrepreneurial idea will work.

Christmas Duets by Lynette Sowell tells the story of two sisters who are trying to recreate the World War II era with hopes of bringing their grandparents back together after an estrangement. Marcella Gordeau and Amity Carruthers decide to perform songs from White Christmas. What they didn't count on was their grandfather bringing along Sean McSweeney, the man they feel is partially responsible for their grandparents split-up.

Where Your Heart Is by Janelle Mowery weaves the tale of Stephanie Minter, nanny to the Tolliver siblings. She hopes to recreate a swashbuckling Christmas for the children. Stephanie wasn't anticipating Matthew Raynor to be part of the Barncastle Inn staff, the man she walked out on years ago.

First Christmas by Darlene Franklin follows unwed mother Waverly Coe, veterinary assistant to Alec Ross as they work together as animal specialists at Barncastle Inn for their production of the first Christmas. Waverly's long time crush on the veterinarian still burns, although she feel unworthy of love.

I found this collection of four different Christmas mini-novels a delightful read, and highly encourage others to pick up a copy. Snuggle up with this book as you prepare for the holidays. You won't be disappointed.

This book was provided free for review by Barbour Publishing, Inc.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Valerie Comer on January 6, 2012
Format: Paperback
This four-in-one romance novella collection is SUCH a great idea I can only wish I'd thought of it first!

Imagine a bed-and-breakfast set in a castle in Vermont. In the first novella, Love Comes to the Castle, by Susan Page Davis, Jayne visits her parents, the owners of Barncastle Inn. Her dream is to allow well-heeled guests to choose what era they'd like to have Christmas in, and transform the inn into that scenario. Their first guests include the Dillard family, who are trying to reconnect with their widowed son-in-law, Luke, and their grandson. A medieval Christmas, complete with dragons and sword fights, is what young Andy wants most. He also wouldn't be against Jayne for a mama. Kathy Harris posted a great interview with Susan a couple of weeks ago.

The second novella, Christmas Duets, is by Lynette Sowell. Two sisters rent the inn and invite their whole family as a way to get their estranged grandparents back together. Marcella did not expect her grandfather's roommate to accompany him-or that Sean would be so young and attractive. A World War II Christmas is in the wings, and Sean is the only one who can sing Bing Crosby's part in White Christmas for the musicale Marcella and her sister have planned. Not only that, but he's worked his way into Marcella's heart after all.

What's a theme inn if you can't do pirates? In the third novella, Where Your Heart Is by Janelle Mowery, Stephanie Minter is accompanying the family she nannies for to Barncastle. Years before she'd walked out on an engagement to Jayne's cousin Matthew when the glitz of a big city job blinded her to love. She's shocked to find him working for Jayne and Luke, and it's awkward dealing with him in her plans to make a pirate Christmas come true for the children.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By C. Shaw on June 18, 2012
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This is the best collection of stories I have read in a long time. I would have loved to be the heroine and run a bed and breakfast that caters to their customer's Christmas dreams!! What a lovely book!! Makes you warm in fuzzy in your Christmas heart!
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By Lollipops on December 10, 2011
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Four couples find romance at Barncastle Inn in Vermont.

Love Comes to the Castle by Susan Page Davis: Jayne Barncastle has earned her MBA in marketing and has a job offer in Boston. But when she visits her parents she learns they are hoping to retire in the New Year and sell the inn--if she doesn't take over. Jayne has some big ideas, but will they work? Luke Gilbert's wealthy in-laws want to rent the inn for a Christmas gathering--if Luke's six year old son likes it. Luke agrees to take Andy up and visit for the weekend, but he doesn't expect to be attracted to the pretty hostess. But with her considering a big city job and the fate of the inn in his in-laws hands, things could go bad very quickly.

Christmas Duets by Lynette Sowell: Sean McSweeney has "kidnapped" Marcella Goudreau's grandfather, destroying what Marcella perceived as a happy marriage. She invests her life's savings into renting the inn for a week so her grandmother and grandfather can get back together. But when her grandfather brings Sean along, Marcella sees her plans for reuniting her grandparents dying. But Sean isn't want he seems. Is there hope they might by able to save their grandparents' marriage?

Where Your Heart Is by Janelle Mowery: Stephanie Minter is a nanny to two young children and she agrees to accompany the family to Barncastle Inn when they go for their Christmas vacation. But the last person she expects to see there is her former love, Matthew Raynor, at the inn. Matt has been hired as a set designer at the Inn. He's not overly thrilled to see Stephanie there, and harbors a lot of hurt over their breakup. Is there any hope that the two of them will get beyond their past and find a future?
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