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Mountain Christmas Brides: Nine Historical Novellas Celebrate Faith and Love in the Rocky Mountains Paperback – September 1, 2016
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Mildred often sets her stories in her home state of Missouri where she lives with her husband of almost fifty years. They have three adult children and three grandchildren. You can find Mildred online at http://www.infinitecharacters.com and on Facebook at Romantic Reflections by Mildred Colvin.
Mary lives in the Colorado Rocky Mountains with her husband of over thirty years and two cats. She has three adult children and one grandchild. She enjoys playing board and card games, rain, and cats. She would enjoy gardening if she didn’t have a black thumb. Her hobbies include quilting, porcelain doll making, sewing, crafts, crocheting, and knitting. http://marydavisbooks.com https://www.facebook.com/mary.davis.73932
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
Tamela Hancock Murray is the author of over thirty novels and nonfiction works. She feels honored and humbled that her books have placed her on bestseller lists and that one of her Barbour titles, Destinations, won an RWA Inspirational Readers Choice Award. Tamela has been a literary agent since 2001 and is with The Steve Laube Agency.
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ECPA- bestselling author Gina Welborn worked for a news radio station until she fell in love with writing romances. She serves on the American Christian Fiction Writers Foundation Board. Sharing her husband's love for the premier American sportscar, she is a founding member of the Southwest Oklahoma Corvette Club and a lifetime member of the National Corvette Museum. Gina lives with her husband, three of their five Okie-Hokie children, two rabbits, two guinea pigs, and a dog that doesn't realize rabbits and pigs are edible. Find her online at www.ginawelborn.com!
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This is a wonderful collection of Christmas novellas set in the Rocky Mountains during the 1880's. A theme of faith, Christmas spirit and family tie the novellas together.
A Trusting Heart by Carrie Turansky
October 1880...Annika Bergstrom leaves her home in Chicago to become a mail-order bride in Laramie, Wyoming. Will her groom, Charles Simms, be all he appears in the letters they shared? She certainly hoped and prayed so. However, she has a surprise once she arrives in Laramie—a life altering surprise. What is she to do now? Charles has a big surprise of his own—one he did not like or appreciate. Thus Charles and Annika find themselves in a situation that they are not sure how to “fix”. This story is filled with hope, even when things look bleak. It will tug at your heartstrings and emotions. There are certain characters that I liked more than others and one that captured my heart.
...(the next 4 novellas are set in Tumwater, Washington Territory)...
Home for the Holidays by Mildred Colvin
October 1888...Tumwater, Washington Territory...Anna Wilkin, is a petite, feisty woman who would rather go fishing than dress up in fancy gowns, be bothered with boys or romance. Jeremiah Tucker, a logger from Seattle, has no plans on falling in love ever again and risk loosing the one he loves. However, God may have other plans for the both of them. I like the way they meet and their unusual courtship. This is a fun and heartwarming story that had me laughing and shaking my head at the situations in the story-line.
One Evergreen Night by Debby Lee
September 1889...Tumwater, Washington Territory...Emma Pearson is determined that her brother will stay safe. So, with that in mind she stays near him by working in the logging camp. One man in the logging camp, Frederick Corrigan, the train engineer, seems to invite danger as far as Emma is concerned. She warns her brother over and over to stay away from Frederick and thereby dangerous situations. Will her brother listen to her warnings? Will Emma's heart? I like that we return to Tumwater and some of the characters. We see how fears and challenges are faced and following God's leading in their lives. A fun and heartwarming story.
All Ye Faithful by Gina Welborn
December 1890...Tumwater, Washington Territory...Larkin Whitworth longs for the love of her life but her father has a stubborn mind and won't listen to reason. What can she do to change his mind? When a potential scandal threatens, can the truth set her free? E.V.— Eric Valentin Renier IV—is in love with Larkin, has been for years. How can he prove himself worthy and convince her father he is not after her money? Surprise situations and an opportunity develop that may be the answer for both Larkin and E.V. I was so happy to see Larkin and E.V.'s story. This story is filled with hope despite how things appear. Fun, heartwarming story.
A Carpenter Christmas by Mary Davis
June 1891...Tumwater, Washington Territory...Natalie Bollen's heart knows what—or who—it wants, but does the gentleman even notice her? Well, she has decided he will notice her! Willum Tate is a busy man and has doubts about finding love again.
Dare he risk his heart again? This is a cute, fun story that had me chuckling at times and in tears at other times.
...(the next 4 novellas are set in Denver, Colorado)...
Fires of Love by Tamela Hancock Murray
December 1913...Denver, Colorado...Thalia Bloom is hosting the first Christmas party of the season and is a bit nervous. All is going well with one exception, Maximillian Newbolt is there. The one man she did not want to see—he broke her heart all those years ago. Maximillian on the other hand is not sure what Thalia thinks about him and is hoping for forgiveness at least. In the midst of a blizzard another crisis occurs, potentially giving them a second chance. What better time to find each other anew than being stuck inside during a blizzard? Can they move past their heartbreak and finally find love? I enjoyed the “other” crisis situation and how they handled it as well as Thalia and Maximillian's story.
The Best Medicine by Lena Nelson Dooley
December 1913...Denver, Colorado...Rose Fletcher is one of the guests and good friend of Thalia. Although she has enjoyed the Christmas party she is now stuck at Thalia's home, as are the other guests, due to the blizzard. Which is fine but she is a bit anxious about the doctor, Dr. Thomas Stanton. It seems she should know him, but how? Once she remembers, she tries to avoid him. However, Thomas seeks her out and wants to learn how the young girl he once knew has turned out. It was fun to watch these two as they danced around each other and when they finally did stop and talk... This is a fun and heartwarming story.
Almost Home by Susan Page Davis
December 1913...Denver, Colorado...Patricia—Trisha Logan was at her friend's Christmas party but is now trying to get home to her aunt before her baby is born. However, she is stuck because of the blizzard is is frantically trying to procure a way home to no avail. She begs Jared Booker to help her get home. He is reluctant to help but finally agrees. As they trudge through drifts of snow on horseback can they mend the drift between them? I enjoyed the little surprises in this fun and sweet story.
Dressed in Scarlet by Darlene Franklin
December 1913...Denver, Colorado...Natalie Daire had been to Thalia's Christmas party but decided to drive home despite blizzard conditions. She ends up having an accident resulting in her meeting Fabrizio Ricci. Now stranded at the Brown Palace hotel—where Fabrizio is employed in the garage. Natalie's kind heart shines as she helps make everyone comfortable during a trying time at the hotel. Natalie and Fabrizio come from two very different backgrounds, hers a life of privilege and his the working class. Can such two different people find love? A sweet, fun and heartwarming story. I especially like the paragraphs on page 439.
This was not my favorite collection from Barbour Publishing but the stories are well done, however, they are what I refer to as Christian light. Meaning that they do refer to God, but the redemptive message of salvation is a bit lacking. I thought that each author did a good job with their characters and story lines but there was a bit too much of "this one loves that one, that one loves this one, but they don't know they love each other" kind of theme throughout the book.
So this may not have been my favorite type of collection but the character development was well done. All the authors did a good job of furthering the story and developing the next characters. It is an easy read and the time period is one of my favorites in American history.
This book was given to me by Barbour Publishing for my honest review.
One of my favorite stories of the collection was A Trusting Heart by Carrie Turansky. I felt sorry for the situation that Annika found herself in and enjoyed watching the way the entire scenario played out.
The other stories that stood out as favorites of the collection for me were: One Evergreen Night by Debby Lee, All Ye Faithful by Gina Welborn, and A Carpenter Christmas by Mary Davis. These stories took place around a logging camp and I just really enjoyed the setting and watching the various characters find their happily ever afters.
The remaining stories were set during a Colorado blizzard and were about a set of friends finding their own happy endings and true love in each novella.
I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions in this review are my own.
Most recent customer reviews
I enjoyed this set very much. Each of the stories kept my interest.