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Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Book Review - A Texas Christmas by Jodi Thomas, DeWanna Pace, Linda Broday and Phyliss Miranda

It's 75 days until Christmas, and already the Christmas books are beginning to roll out! 

One that I have eagerly looked forward to is "A Texas Christmas" by Jodi Thomas, DeWanna Pace, Linda Broday and Phyliss Miranda.



About The Book:
In the Texas Panhandle, the winters are long, the storms fierce--and the Yuletide nights are sizzling. New York Times bestselling author Jodi Thomas along with Linda Broday, Phyliss Miranda and DeWanna Pace, bring you one tempting holiday delight. . .
On the eve before Christmas a blizzard arrived, transforming a small Texas town into a night to remember. Four ladies desperately in need of saving, four hard-ridin' cowboys who aim to please. . .

When a lone farmer strides to a pretty store owner's rescue, their deepest wishes just might come true. . .

A brave heiress can't believe a rugged angel is riding out of the night to save her and her fellow train passengers--until she gets him under the mistletoe. . .

A quiet loner wants to help a stranded widow have a holiday to remember. . .

And a female saloon owner tired of being scorned by respectable folk gets some very naughty help from a handsome greenhorn. . .


I always enjoy the anthologies that Jodi, Linda, Phyliss and DeWanna write, but I think that "A Texas Christmas" has to be one of the best collaborations these four ladies have published to date!

All four stories are set in and around Kasota Springs, Texas in the winter of 1887. All four tales intertwine with each other as a Christmas blizzard rages, with cameos of different characters showing up in each story, giving the whole book a feeling of connection and community.

Jodi Thomas' story, "One Wish" finds storekeeper Maggie Allison making her annual wish - for one man to truly love her for herself. When her childhood friend Sam Thompson suddenly appears, saving her from a band of ruthless thieves, Maggie wonders if this is her wish coming true. As their friendship is renewing, Maggie and Sam find a sweet love blossoming between them, but when evil comes knocking at the door, will their fragile new love be strong enough to overcome the danger they find themselves in?

A sassy saloon keeper and a slighty nerdy botanist are thrown together during the Christmas blizzard in DeWanna Pace's contribution, "Naughty or Nice." Searching for an elusive pink bluebonnet, James Elliott, III is caught by surprise by the sudden snowstorm. But as luck would have it, Anna Ross, the saloon owner from Kastoa Springs, happens by and rescues the half-frozen man. White-out conditions force them to take shelter at a friend's home during a Christmas party where most of the town's folks are celebrating. As James finds himself falling for the fiesty Anna, she is sure that his interest will fade once he finds out her secret. Will love triumph over the whisperings? (Love the little one-eyed dog Jack in this story!!)

Linda Broday brings her sweet storytelling skills to her tale, "The Christmas Bell." Tess Whitgrove has been given the task of bringing home Kasota Springs' new church bell, but when the blizzard causes the train she is on to be stranded, it falls upon Tess to take care of the passengers, among them four orphans, a hateful matron, and an elderly man who seems to have the beginnings of scarlet fever. Relief comes when a sled full of wood and food arrives, but the man delivering the help is no other than Sloan Sullivan, the man who has avoided Tess in town for years. But as Sloan gives a lending hand, Tess soon finds that perhaps they have both misjudged each other in the past, and the stirrings of a new love begin to ignite on the snowbound train.

And, last, but not least, Phyliss Miranda's tale, "Away In A Manger," finds Rand Humphry, the town blacksmith, giving shelter to a single mother, Sarah Callahan, with a lively set of twins during the storm. The grumpy ol' gus finds his cold heart thawing as the "ready-made" family settles into his bachelor life, but will love flame to life in time for a Christmas miracle?

All four of these stories are charming, romantic and just a pure delight to read. Get ready for a wonderful holiday season with these heartwarming tales that are filled with Christmas spirit!






5 comments:

Mary (Bookfan) said...

This looks like a great intro to new authors. I've only read Jodi Thomas's books (LOVE them) so she's a draw. Adding this to my buy list. Great review, Sharon.

And: 75 days? Really??? *sigh*

Linda Broday said...

Sharon, thank you for the wonderful review! I'm so glad our Christmas stories tickled your fancy. We do try to please.

Mary, I hope you take a chance on us. You can't go wrong when Jodi Thomas is involved. I think she's one of best storytellers around. Of course, I may be a bit prejudiced since she's also a good friend. I eagerly await every new book she puts out.

holdenj said...

The book does sound good and like above, I have only read Jodi Thomas before! Love the ornament!

Diane D - Florida said...
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Diane D - Florida said...

I really like your "Halloween" theme here. I enjoyed listening to "Falling Leaves", it was so lovely and relaxing.

No need to enter me into the contest. I just wanted to voice my thoughts to you.

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