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Thursday, December 12, 2013

Book Review - Mistletoe Memories by Jennifer AlLee, Gina Welborn, Lisa Karon Richardson and Carla Olson Gade

About The Book:

Spend a heartfelt Christmas on Schooley’s Mountain as four generations make a house a home.

Carpenter Stephan Yost vows to build a precocious spinster a home by Christmas.

Civil War widow Mary Ann Plum learns the greatest peace on earth comes from giving and receiving love.

Olympia Paris must protect the orphanage she grew up in from a man intending to play Father Christmas to most of the town.

Joy Benucci turns to a modern-day Scrooge to save a transitional home for foster kids.

Will Christmas be a season of miracles in their lives?


My Thoughts:

I loved the unique premise behind this book - One house, four different families, and four different situations, but all with the theme of love, faith and family, and, of course, the holiday spirit.  It was fascinating to follow along the history of the families - from the 1820s to the present - to read of the different outlooks on life, the traditions and how they changed, and how the people themselves approached Christmas.

This is also a faith-based story as well as a story of romance, and it all ties together beautifully in four separate but cohesive short stories.

I highly recommend this book for holiday reading, and for those who love historical romantic fiction.

About The Authors:

Jennifer AlLee believes the most important thing a woman can do is discover her identity in God – a theme that carries throughout her stories. She has written skits, activity pages, and over one hundred contributions to Concordia Publishing House’s popular My Devotions series. Her novels include The Love of His Brother (Five Star, 11/07), The Pastor’s Wife, (Abingdon Press, 2/10), The Mother Road (Abingdon Press, 4/12), and the upcoming A Wild Goose Chase Christmas, book two in the Quilts of Love series (Abingdon Press, 11/12). She’s an active member of American Christian Fiction Writers and Romance Writers of America. Jennifer resides in the grace-filled city of Las Vegas with her husband and teenage son. Visit her website at www.jenniferallee.com

Carla Gade has been imagining stories for most of her life. Her love for writing and eras gone by turned her attention to writing historical Christian romance. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and Maine Fellowship of Christian Writers. An autodidact, creative thinker, and avid reader, Carla also enjoys genealogy, web design, and photography. A native New Englander, she writes from her home in beautiful rural Maine where she resides with her “hero” husband and two young adult sons. You may visit her online at www.carlagade.com.

Lisa Karon Richardson is an award-winning author and a member of American Christian Fiction Writers. Influenced by books like The Little Princess, Lisa’s early books were heavy on creepy boarding schools. Though she’s mostly all grown-up now, she still loves a healthy dash of adventure in any story she creates, even her real-life story. She’s been a missionary to the Seychelles and Gabon and now that she and her husband are back in America, they are tackling new adventures—starting a daughter-work church and raising two precocious kids.

RWA-FHL Chapter President Gina Welborn worked in news radio scripting copy until she took up writing romances. Mercy Mild is her third Barbour novella. A moderately obsessive fan of Community and Once Upon a Time, Gina lives in Oklahoma with her pastor husband, their five Okie-Hokie children, a rabbit named Hobbit, and two Lab mixes that don’t retrieve much of anything.

My thanks to Barbour Books for providing the review copy of this book. I was not compensated for my opinion.

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1 comment:

Sheila (Bookjourney) said...

Another sweet looking read Sharon. Enjoy the weekend ;)