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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 forty 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: www.susanpagedavis.com.
Award-winning author and speaker Darlene Franklin recently returned to cowboy country—Oklahoma. The move was prompted by her desire to be close to her son’s family; her daughter Jolene has preceded her into glory. Darlene loves music, needlework, reading and reality TV. Talia, a Lynx point Siamese cat, proudly claims Darlene as her person. Darlene has published several titles with Barbour Publishing.
Lynette Sowellis 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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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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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.Read more ›
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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I have to say while I loved this book I have to give it three stars. If I were rating it as one story I would but I am rating it for the four individual stories inside of it and two of them seemed to just drag on and weren't that exciting for me while the other two were really exciting and I was on the edge of my seat to see how they ended. It's a must read at any Christmas time though I think.
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I would love to visit an inn like The Barncastle, to experience a special theme Christmas with my family! I enjoyed each story but the WWII "White Christmas" theme was my favorite. Perfect book for getting me in the holiday spirit but wonderful anytime of the year.