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Peace and Goodwill (The Minstrel Series) (Volume 4) Paperback – October 21, 2014
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"I kept wondering the whole time how these two women would pull the story together. And in the end I was in tears. I honestly didn't see it coming...5 Pulls At Your Heart Stars!" - Mandy Anderson, I read Indie
"The writing is wonderfully evocative with a gentle story that pulls at your heart-strings." - MSEreads
"The ending was amazing, I have to say it blew my mind. This is a sweet clean romance that doesn't take very long to read." - My Book A Day
"...it takes you on emotional roller coaster ride that will leave you spent but with a smile on your face." - Jersey Girl Book Reviews
"..for all the pain, there is happiness; for all the loneliness, there is hope; and for all the loss, there is love." Felica - Amazon reviewer
From the Author
The story in Peace & Goodwill was inspired by Hans Christian Anderson's famous classic, The Little Matchstick Girl.
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This is a story of two women. Belle works in a used book store and meets a soldier named Ian Connor who sweeps her off her feet. He is perfect for her and things are going well until he reveals something to her. Anna is alone with her dog, Angel, for the holidays. She's finished chemo but is still pretty sick and can't afford rent anymore so she's on the verge of being kicked out of her apartment. She meets Rhys Williams, an attractive man who's in town visiting family. She's definitely not looking for a relationship but she keeps running into him and they might be what the other one needs.
The story switches back and forth between Belle and Anna. Belle's story is full of hope and promise and Anna's story was pretty sad to me. I kept wondering how their paths were going to cross and, when it happened, I was surprised because I didn't see it coming. I love how it all came together in the end and it brought tears to my eyes.
This is truly a stand alone novella. You don't need to be familiar with any of the other stories in the series. It's a quick, feel-good read which is perfect for Christmas!
I received a copy of this book to review. My opinion is 100% my own.
Peace & Goodwill follows the story of two women who are both struggling through the Christmas season. For Belle loneliness turns to love when a soldier home on leave stops in at the used bookshop where she works and a mutual attraction develops. For Anna, living in the moment with only her dog as a companion is what she strives to do while battling cancer. For both women, their paths will cross on Christmas Eve and change everything ... Christmas is the season for miracles, peace, and goodwill.
This is a lovely little novella that easily draws the reader into Belle and Anna's alternating stories. You can't help but get wrapped up in their stories, it takes you on emotional roller coaster ride that will leave you spent but with a smile on your face. Peace & Goodwill is the perfect inspirational and feel good story to kick off the Christmas holiday season.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of the book from the author / publisher in exchange for my honest review.
When I first started PEACE & GOODWILL I was wondering how the two POVs would intersect and cross paths. I kept wondering the whole time how these two women would pull the story together. And in the end I was in tears. I honestly didn't see it coming. I was very pleased however with what Strauss had created and the story she had to share.
I have been a fan of this series from the start and this book just added to it. Even though the story is a quick one it’s a good one none the less. I happily suggest it to all readers, especially those who need a quick read to tide them over between books. And you can trust me when I say that it is not lacking in the emotions. Oh no! They are there. Sweet and sad all rolled into this surprising little novella.
5 Pulls At Your Heart Stars!
Belle's mother died three years earlier and she doesn't want to be a burden on anyone's family holiday celebrations. Her life takes a turn for the better when a soldier on leave stops by the used bookstore she works at to purchase a book. There is attractions from the first meeting and a sweet love story is told.
Anna has her dog as her only companion. She is dying of cancer. She faces eviction from her apartment because she is too sick to work and pay the rent. She survives off of the love of her dog and the charity of other's.
I kept looking for when the lives of the two characters would intersect. I was completely taken by surprise on how the stories came together. Wow!
This book takes a look at the Christmas season. It made me think more about the people around me and how it is not a holiday that many people look forward to. The title "Peace and Goodwill" takes on a different meaning when you think about the stories portrayed.
I received a complimentary copy of the book in exchange for an honest opinion.
This story is split between the points of view of Belle and Anna. They both have some similarities in their lives. Both are lonely. Both wish that they had a better chance for a happy Christmas. Belle sees a chance when she meets the handsome Ian in the used book store she works in. Anna on the other hand has a tumor that won't stop growing. This quick read takes some very surprising turns. It all leads up to an interesting and uplifting finale. This story gives some good cheer and hope even in the saddest of circumstances. Miracles still happen, and when is a better time for a miracle than Christmas?
Novella provided for review.