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Westward Christmas Brides Collection: 9 Historical Romances Answer the Call of the American West Paperback – September 1, 2014
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About the Author
Wanda’s ancestors were part of the Anabaptist faith, and her novels are based on personal research intended to accurately portray the Amish way of life. Her books are well-read and trusted by many Amish, who credit her for giving readers a deeper understanding of the people and their customs.
When Wanda visits her Amish friends, she finds herself drawn to their peaceful lifestyle, sincerity, and close family ties. Wanda enjoys photography, ventriloquism, gardening, bird-watching, beachcombing, and spending time with her family. She and her husband, Richard, have been blessed with two grown children, six grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.
To learn more about Wanda, visit her website at www.wandabrunstetter.com.
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 Vickie McDonough grew up wanting to marry a rancher, but instead married a computer geek who is scared of horses. She now lives out her dreams in her fictional stories about ranchers, cowboys, lawmen, and others living in the Old West. Vickie is the award-winning author of more than forty published books and novellas. Her novels include the fun and feisty Texas Boardinghouse Brides series and the Land Rush Dreams series. Vickie has been married forty-one years to Robert. They have four grown sons, one of whom is married, and a precocious ten-year-old granddaughter. When she’s not writing, Vickie enjoys reading, antiquing, watching movies, and traveling. To learn more about Vickie’s books or to sign up for her newsletter, visit her website: www.vickiemcdonough.com
Olivia Newport’s novels twist through time to find where faith and passions meet. Her husband and twentysomething children provide welcome distraction from the people stomping through her head on their way into her books. She chases joy in stunning Colorado at the foot of the Rockies, where daylilies grow as tall as she is.
In first grade, Janet Spaeth was asked to write a summary of a story about a family making maple syrup. She wrote all during class, through morning recess, lunch, and afternoon recess, and asked to stay after school. When the teacher pointed out that a summary was supposed to be shorter than the original story, Janet explained that she didn’t feel the readers knew the characters well enough, so she was expanding on what was in the first-grade reader. Thus a writer was born. She lives in the Midwest and loves to travel, but to her, the happiest word in the English language is home.
Jennifer Rogers Spinola, a Virginia/South Carolina native and graduate of Gardner-Webb University in North Carolina, just moved to the States with her Brazilian husband, Athos, and two sons. Jennifer lived in Brazil for nearly eight years after meeting her husband in Sapporo, Japan, where she worked as a missionary. During college, she served as a National Park Service volunteer at Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks. In between homeschooling high-energy sons, Jennifer loves things like adoption, gardening, snow, hiking, and camping.
MaryLu Tyndall, a Christy Award finalist and bestselling author of the Legacy of the King’s Pirates series, is known for her adventurous historical romances filled with deep spiritual themes. She holds a degree in math and worked as a software engineer for fifteen years before testing the waters as a writer. MaryLu currently writes full time and makes her home on the California coast with her husband, six kids, and four cats. Her passion is to write page-turning, romantic adventures that not only entertain but open people’s eyes to their God-given potential. MaryLu is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and Romance Writers of America.
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2. Beryl is a young woman traveling west with her father and little brother. Due to circumstances they find themselves stuck at a reading post throughout the winter months. James' parents own the reading post. As the last wagon train of the season leaves, it is clear that their unexpected guests will be staying until spring. As the months go by, he realizes he doesn't want them to leave.
3. Isaac finds a beautiful woman, Lavinia, sleeping in his abandoned barn. Lavinia has fled from her cruel step brother and the man he is forcing her to marry.
4. Molly feels the stage coach slow, then stop in the middle of nowhere, a raging storm outside. After several minutes she opens the door to see why they are no longer moving. Samuel just wants to be on his way, but when he sees the stage in the lane without a driver, he stops to check it out. That's when he sees a red headed beauty peek out. His first instinct is to get back on his horse and not look back.
5. Elizabeth and her father are stuck in a small Texas town when a flash flood takes out the bridge. Cade is a blacksmith, a widower, and a father. She wishes she wasn't just passing through...so does he.
6. Belinda waits with her parents at a restaurant for her fiancee to show up so they can announce their engagement. Hayden is about to go meet Belinda when a messenger arrives with an urgent message. A six year old child is alone and in danger and only he knows where to find her and how to restore her to her father.
7. Suzette lived a privileged life. Her parents had everything planned out. Even as a child she knew that she would be expected to marry her friend, Harrison. He was nice, but....boring. When she leaves for her one chance at adventure she discovers that she didn't really know Harrison after all.
8. Juliet is a nurse traveling in a wagon train. She served in the civil war and is still traumatized by her experience and loss. Jacob was a soldier for the confederate army, still healing from his injuries. She wants nothing to do with him. He is her only chance of survival.
9. Caroline is desperate. She and her children are in danger. The question is, who is more dangerous? The men trying to destroy her vineyard, or the pirate she just brought home? Dante can't believe his luck. From noose to marriage all in an afternoon. It shouldn't take long to pilfer enough from the beautiful widow and her children to redeem his ship and be on his way. All he needs to do is keep from getting attached.
Each story was unique and distinct in characterization and story line.
A Christmas Prayer by Wanda E. Brunstetter
A nice easy read.
Another Christmas Story by Susan Page Davis
This was an unusual Christmas story and I reviewed it on my blog. Lots of bibliotherapy elements. Warning to the reader there is a fair amount of sadness in the novella about a young woman and her brother who stay with an outpost store owner when their father is injured and unable to go on with their wagon train.
The Reluctant Runaway by Melanie Dobson
A wealthy young woman escapes her horrible step-brother and ends up in Colorado, taking refuge in a barn on a mine owner's property. Sparks fly between the two. Lovely sigh-worthy romance!
A Stagecoach Christmas by Cathy Liggett
When a stagecoach is caught in an ice storm the travelers are rescued by a young man trying to escape sorrow. When they take refuge in his home, romance begins with a sweet young woman in the caravan. Another lovely romance!
Forging A Family by Vickie McDonough
Loved this story. A physician and his daughter are among the occupants of a train that can't continue on when a storm knocks out a bridge. A blacksmith has a young daughter he can't care for now that his wife has died. His unheroic action of trying to send the child off to be adopted was offset by the author's skill at explaining how that motivation came about. The heroine was transporting children West as she accompanied her father West and was arranging for adoptions along the way. She has a young child with her who has yet to be adopted. My one complaint was that this particular child never consistently seemed to behave in the same age as which she was supposed to be.
Snow Song by Olivia Newport
Really different story and complex plot. A little unbelievable at the beginning as far as the heroine simply running off when she believes her fiancé has jilted her. But the rest of the story really takes off and although it is spent mostly on a train stuck in the snow, the characters are very engaging.
Christmas Maybe by Janet Spaeth
The heroine has to fall in love with the real man who is her fiancé and not the cooped up young man she knew at home. When she goes to help her friends, and her fiancé follows her, she finally falls in love with him. This one was a little slow but sweet.
The Christmas Bread by Jennifer Rogers Spinola
This is not what I think of as a Christmas story. It is about a renegade Indian attack on travelers. It didn't fit with the rest of the collection but I think it might appeal to some people who are coping with the aftermath of war themselves.
Christmas Bounty by MaryLu Tyndall
My favorite in the collection, set in early California. MaryLu seamlessly weaves in the history of this state, which had been Spanish/Mexican owned prior to America acquiring it. The heroine is a widow running a vineyard, with a daughter and a son, and she's being pursued by a local man who wields a lot of influence. MaryLu is known for her pirates and so we have consistency here with the hero being a pirate rescued by the heroine. I reviewed this novella on my blog, also.