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- Print Length: 361 pages
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- Publisher: Forget Me Not Romances, a division of Winged Publications (February 1, 2017)
- Publication Date: February 1, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01N7ZJPH1
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O'Christmas Town: Five Romantic Christmas Novellas Kindle Edition
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Where I’ve lived has always been fast paced with no time, especially during the holiday season, for a romance to grow. These stories had me stepping into the shoes of the female protagonist in each of these stories, enjoying the Christmas spirit in a manner you can only find in small quaint towns, as well as finding the true meaning of the holidays.
Besides Valentine’s Day, there’s no better time for romance to occur than the Christmas holiday season. It’s a time when Kismet can run amok, bringing two lonely individuals together through chance meetings, couples getting a second chance for the HEA they desire.
I love collections like these, collections where multiple authors agreed to use their creative romance writing talents to come up with stories surrounding a specific idea, like here with stories of the way the holidays got celebrated years ago. I loved being transported back in time; to a time when life wasn’t as harried as it is today. And instead of merely the names for the quaint towns these stories take place, these authors have chosen real ones which have a Christmas theme to them.
The Humbug, Arizona; Mistletoe, Kentucky; Noel, Missouri; and Shepherd, Michigan; are quite easy to see the Christmas connection with; and Fort Wainwright, Alaska is near the Artic Circle and somewhat close to Santa’s location.
This collection I believe offers its readers a wonderful range of storylines, storylines with a broad range myriad of emotions, emotions might have them looking at their own lives, if not of people they know; I know since I felt a little from my own life experiences.
For getting their readers truly in the mood and spirit of the Christmas holiday season, I’m glad to give this collection 5 STAR
Thea Knight returns to Humbug Creek Ranch to help her aunt and uncle out at their ranch. It is 1933; she has not lived in Arizona for several years. An excellent seamstress, she works at RKO Studios in wardrobe.
Eugene Tanner is part of a team that writes music for movies. His partner wrote the score but Eugene has not come up with lyrics. It is the first year that the music can be given an award, and he wants to pen the lyrics to the winning song, not just for himself but for the studio. His partner sent him to Humbug Creek Ranch to help break the writer’s block.
The heartbreaking news of the murder of a long-time family friend shattered those at the Ranch. He had once been a gold miner, and on Sunday led a w--orship service. Thea’s cousin, Rick, runs his own ranch in competition with Humbug Creek Ranch. They also have a special visitor for the Christmas holiday, a couple who look kind of like the famed John Dillinger and his gun moll. Rick disappears, leaving his beloved daughter and pregnant wife and her family.
Thea gives Eugene a horseback tour so she can check the mining camp where their friend lived. He was fascinated by the beautiful young woman who lives in Burbank and spends her holiday as a ranch hand for her family. She doesn’t welcome Eugene’s friendship until she knows more about the man behind the fancy suit. As she plays the score on the piano, Eugene has to write the lyrics to keep his own job.
The characters in Desert Duet are very likable, especially Thea, Eugene, and Thea’s aunt and uncle. They are drawn with care as Christians at different places in their faith walks; their relationships with the Lord make this novella to life!
There is suspense against the beautiful backdrop of a former northern Arizona mining camp. The setting, to me as an Arizona resident, is interesting and painted beautifully. It is a delightful tale of mystery and romance that can be enjoyed at any time of the year. The mysteries of the murder and kidnapping me engaged even more than Eugene and Thea’s friendship. I highly recommend Debra E. Marvin’s Desert Duet; if it is a predictor of the rest of the box set, it will be a great set to read anytime of the year!
From a grateful heart: I won a copy of this collection from the author of Desert Duet, and so far have read only this novel. I was under no obligation to give a review.