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Christmas at Barncastle Inn (Romancing America) Paperback – September 1, 2011

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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 sixty Christian novels and novellas, which have sold more than 1.5 million copies. Her historical novels have won numerous awards, including the Carol Award, the Will Rogers Medallion for Western Fiction, and the Inspirational Readers’ Choice Contest. She has also been a finalist in the More than Magic Contest and Willa Literary Awards. She lives in western Kentucky with her husband. She’s the mother of six and grandmother of ten. Visit her website at: www.susanpagedavis.com.
 



Bestselling 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 www.darlenefranklinwrites.com
 



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 (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #286,947 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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Loved reading this book. It was just a fun and loving book
to read when two people find each when they aren't looking.
I wish Barncastle Inn was a real place. It would be a wonderful
vacation.
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There are 4 different stories of 4 sisters that worked at Barncastle Inn and who and how they fell in love. I liked the characters and the stories. Each was different but connected in a way because the four main characters were sisters.
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This was very refreshing and a place I would like to stay for the Christmas Holidays. I really liked reading it as I could picture myself in each room and feel the surroundings and the smells, it felt warm and alive. It was somewhat predictable, but still fun and enjoyable. I would recommend it for easy reading and a true Christmas experience.
Elaine
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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.
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I chose this book because I've been reading lots of Christmas themed books during the Christmas season. CHRISTMAS AT BARNCASTLE INN was one of my favorites. I loved the setting and the characters, and of course the season. I read so many books that I don't remember them all, but this is one that stood out in my mind long after reading it.

Kathy Huff
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