Description of Christmas At Dove Creek
With snow on the prairie and the stars heralding new hope, it’s the season for the lost to find their way home—and love to unite solitary hearts…
She rides like an angel and she’s a crack shot. And Lily Starr is determined to shepherd a helpless group of outcasts from Missouri to Wyoming by Christmas—including a pregnant woman whose blessed event is drawing near. So encountering handsome Thorpe Turlow along the dangerous trail is a welcome unexpected gift, for he’s as formidable as he is reserved. Besides, understanding this gentle, secretly wounded man is another challenge Lily isn’t about to resist…
After the heartbreak he’s found, Thorpe just wants to retreat to his peaceful Dove Creek ranch. But he’s never met anyone as resourceful and straightforward as Lily. Somehow, she’s reigniting his faith and giving him the courage to trust again. And if they survive the arduous trip ahead, he’ll do whatever it takes to give her a lifetime of joy and love…
My review of Christmas at Dove Creek
What a great book! I couldn’t put it down. I had to find out what Lily was going to do next. For a woman that had so many talents, she sure got herself into some trouble.
I loved the Christmas Miracle! It gave me goose-bumps. I liked the symbolism that went with the two doves.
I think it only fitting that two people who give so much of themselves to help others, find true happiness.
I love Blue! Wouldn’t it be cool to have a wolf as a protector?
If you like stories set in the late 1800’s, wagon trains and settlers, you will like this story. The fact that the author throws in a romance or two and gun fights with bandits is just the icing on the cake.
Give this book a try. I think you will like the story.
About the author
Scarlett Dunn lives in Kentucky surrounded by all manner of wildlife, and enjoys long “God walks” where most inspiration strikes. Possessing an adventurous spirit, and a love of history, particularly the pioneers of the West, she has a special place in her heart for all cowboys, past and present. Readers can visit her website: www.scarlettdunn.com.
Description of Twelve Days of Christmas
Continuing in a festive annual tradition, #1 New York Times bestselling author Debbie Macomber returns with a new original holiday novel full of romance and cheer—and the magical prospect of finding love in the most unexpected places.
Friendly and bubbly, Julia Padden likes nearly everyone, but her standoffish neighbor, Cain Maddox, presents a particular challenge. No matter how hard she’s tried to be nice, Cain rudely rebuffs her at every turn, preferring to keep to himself. But when Julia catches Cain stealing her newspaper from the lobby of their apartment building, that’s the last straw. She’s going to break through Cain’s Scrooge-like exterior the only way she knows how: by killing him with kindness.
To track her progress, Julia starts a blog called The Twelve Days of Christmas. Her first attempts to humanize Cain are far from successful. Julia brings him homemade Christmas treats and the disagreeable grinch won’t even accept them. Meanwhile, Julie’s blog becomes an online sensation, as an astonishing number of people start following her adventures. Julia continues to find ways to express kindness and, little by little, chips away at Cain’s gruff façade to reveal the caring man underneath. Unbelievably, Julia feels herself falling for Cain—and she suspects that he may be falling for her as well. But as the popularity of her blog continues to grow, Julia must decide if telling Cain the truth about having chronicled their relationship to the rest of the world is worth risking their chance at love.
My Review of Twelve Days of Christmas
I worked all day at a friends crop maze. When I got home I changed into some pj’s and grabbed a glass of iced tea. I wanted to relax. Hubby was watching NASCAR in the den so I pulled out my iPad to look and see if I had any books from NetGalley. I saw the title Twelve Days of Christmas and kinda turned up my nose and was ready to skip over it. I mean I had just spent the day immersed in pumpkins, scarecrows, and a crop maze. I wanted a comfy, feel-good book. Not a Christmas book to remind me I haven’t even purchased one Christmas gift yet. I saw the book was by Debbie Macomber. I love Debbie Macomber books! So I settled in and began to read.
It is now 1:00 am. I just finished the book and I have to tell you I still have that warm fuzzy feeling all over and a smile on my lips. I don’t know where she gets her ideas, but this one was brilliant. I can so see people getting invested and wanting to know what happens next on Julia’s blog posts. In this day and time, we hear all the time about something “going viral”. Killing someone with kindness and seeing what happens is a great concept. A Biblical concept.
Julia gets way more than she bargained for when she begins “killing her neighbor with kindness” twelve days before Christmas. She might have hoped to vent about her rude neighbor online in the hope she would get enough of a response to win a contest for a social media job. What she found out about herself and her Ebenezer neighbor was life changing.
I loved this book. I hope they make this one into a Hallmark movie. Want to get in the Christmas spirit? Buy this book and cuddle up for a thoroughly heart warming story.
About the author
Debbie Macomber is a #1 New York Times bestselling author and one of today’s most popular writers with more than 200 million copies of her books in print worldwide. In her novels, Macomber brings to life compelling relationships that embrace family and enduring friendships, uplifting her readers with stories of connection and hope. Macomber’s novels have spent over 950 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list. Ten of these novels hit the number one spot.
In 2016, Macomber’s all-new hardcover publications include A Girl’s Guide to Moving On (February), Sweet Tomorrows (August), and Twelve Days of Christmas (October) and an adult coloring book, The World of Debbie Macomber: Come Home To Color (April). In addition to fiction, Macomber has also published two bestselling cookbooks, numerous inspirational and nonfiction works, and two acclaimed children’s books.
Celebrated as “the official storyteller of Christmas”, Macomber’s annual Christmas books are beloved and five have been crafted into original Hallmark Channel movies. Macomber is also the author of the bestselling Cedar Cove Series which the Hallmark Channel chose as the basis for its first dramatic scripted television series. Debuting in 2013, Debbie Macomber’s Cedar Cove was a ratings favorite for three seasons.
Macomber owns two businesses in Port Orchard, WA, the town which inspired the Cedar Cove Series. These include The Grey House Café, formerly the Victorian Rose Tea Room, featured in the Cedar Cove Series, and A Good Yarn Shop, introduced in her popular Blossom Street novels. They are located on the Village Square campus, which also serves as Debbie’s corporate headquarters.
She and her husband, Wayne, serve on the Guideposts National Advisory Cabinet, and she is World Vision’s international spokesperson for their Knit for Kids charity initiative. A devoted grandmother, Debbie and Wayne live in Port Orchard, Washington and winter in Florida
Description of Ornamental Graces
After his duplicitous girlfriend left, Dan Malone spent six months in a tailspin of despair and destruction: emotional, physical, and spiritual. Just when his life seems to be back on track, he meets Emily Kowalski, younger sister of his new best friend.
Emily’s the kind of girl he’d always dreamed of—sweet, smart, and sincere. But he’s made a mess of his life and ruined his chances for earning the love and trust of a woman like her.
Could Dan be the man Emily’s been waiting for? How could he be when every time they get close he pulls away? And will he ever be free from his shady past and the ex-girlfriend who refuses to stay there?
An inspirational Christmas romance that spans every season.
My review of Ornamental Graces
This is a good, clean love story. It is a about two people who meet and realize they have a special chemistry between them, but both are afraid to take the first step. Both, for very different reasons.
Dan has been burned by an ex-girlfriend. He has so much debt from this past relationship that he has to work all of the time. He doesn’t want anything to do with women in general. Not to mention the guilt he carries around about things he did while in this relationship.
Emily has low self esteem and doesn’t believe she is good enough for Dan. She doesn’t feel she is attractive and has resigned herself to the fact that she may live in her brother’s basement for the rest of her life.
Both are believers, so they know it is no coincidence that they keep being thrown together. But, will they trust that the Lord knows better than they what is best for them?
I loved this story. If you are looking for a clean love story, this is the book. Carolyn’s writing is witty and true to her characters. You can totally empathize with their struggles as they travel along this slippery path.
Though I received an advance copy of the book in exchange for a review, I would have bought the book anyway. I will be ordering it for friends at Christmas.
In this day and time it is difficult to find a good love story without all of the sex. It is even more difficult to find a well written love story that shows Christians who struggle with the moral issues in addition to trying to figure out if this is the person they want to spend the rest of their life with.
Give this new book a try. I don’t think you will be disappointed. Let me know what you think of it.
About the author
Carolyn Astfalk resides with her husband and four children in Hershey, Pennsylvania. For ten years, she served as communications director for the Pennsylvania Catholic Conference (PCC), the public affairs agency of Pennsylvania’s Catholic bishops. The PCC advocates for religious liberty, prolife, pro-family, Catholic healthcare, and Catholic education issues before state government Carolyn’s column on state and national news related to the PCC’s interests appeared regularly in Pennsylvania’s diocesan newspapers. She also appeared on the statewide television program PCN Live and was a guest on then-Bishop Donald Wuerl’s television program, “The Teaching of Christ.” In 2005, she resigned from the PCC to be home full-time with her children. Carolyn is volunteer chairperson of Real Alternatives, Inc., a nonprofit, charitable organization that administers alternative-to-abortion funding in Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Indiana. She is a member of the Catholic Writers Guild, Pennwriters, and the Pennsylvania Public Relations Society. Her writing has appeared in New Covenant and Lay Witness magazines. Stay With Me is her debut novel.
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Description of A Baxter Family Christmas
Karen Kingsbury’s most beloved characters are back!
From #1 New York Times bestselling author Karen Kingsbury comes A Baxter Family Christmas, a life-changing story of love and hope featuring the Baxter family.
Whether you’re meeting the Baxter family for the first time, or finding them all over again…A Baxter Family Christmas will leave fingerprints on your heart forever.
Two years have passed since the terrible car accident that took the life of John Baxter’s daughter, Erin, her husband and three of their four daughters. Prompted by grief, and missing his daughter, John has invited a stranger for Christmas Eve dinner—Kendra Bryant, the transplant recipient who now has Erin’s heart.
In light of their father’s idea, Ashley and her brother Luke don’t think it’s right. They want to protect their ten-year-old niece, Amy—the only surviving member of the accident. But John is determined and believes meeting this woman is something his deceased daughter would want.
At the same time, Maddie West, the eighteen-year-old daughter of Brooke Baxter West, is praying for meaning this Christmas. Could she find it in a newfound friendship with a boy she never expected to see again? Maddie believes in miracles, especially at Christmastime, but this is a stretch even she can’t imagine.
Meanwhile, Kendra Bryant has been struggling these past few years to find purpose in the tragedy that gave her a second chance. She believes the invitation to see the Baxters and witness their unwavering faith in God can instill peace and happiness back into her life.
Heartwarming and touching, filled with love and redemption, A Baxter Family Christmas brings together two families in the aftermath of loss and in the midst of an unfolding love story, all with the help of one very special child.
My review of A Baxter Family Christmas
I loved this book!
I love the close knit Baxter family.
In this particular book The Baxter’s faith is really tested. John Baxter is missing his daughter Erin, who was killed in accident along with her husband and three of their four daughters. He has decided to invite Kendra, his daughter’s heart recipient to spend Christmas Eve with the family.
Erin’s sisters and brothers have mixed emotions about meeting Kendra.
I think Karen Kingsbury has captured the conflicting emotions I’m sure everyone was feeling. Their first Christmas without Erin was going to be hard anyway. Having the young woman who received Erin’s heart with them on what would normally be a family get together is bound to stir up some hard to deal with emotions.
Without their faith I think the outcome would have been very different. The Baxter’s love and committment to each other along with their undying faith is what binds them together and helps them get through life’s trying times. This trial was no exception.
My favorite part of the story was Erin’s daughter, Amy’s response to Kendra. (just beautiful) Equally beautiful was the gift Kendra gave Amy. (I think I cried quite a bit over that touching moment)
This is a warm, feel good kind of story.
You needn’t have read the previous books to enjoy this one, but I think it would help to know eveyone’s back story.
Give it a try, I’m sure you won’t be disappointed.
Thank you Net Galley for providing me with an advance copy.
About the author
About the author #1 New York Times Bestselling novelist Karen Kingsbury writes Life-Changing Fiction™ and has been called America’s favorite inspirational author. There are more than 25 million copies of her award-winning books in print, including several million copies sold in the past year. Karen’s last dozen titles have topped national bestseller charts and many of her novels are under development as feature films and television movies.
In addition, Roma Downey and MGM Studios announced this year that they are developing 22 of Karen’s Baxter Family novels into a TV series. She lives in Tennessee with her husband Don and their five sons, three of whom are adopted from Haiti. Their actress daughter Kelsey lives nearby and is married to Christian recording artist Kyle Kupecky. The couple recently welcomed their first child, Hudson, making Karen and Don grandparents for the first time.
Liberty University: Karen is a visiting professor at Liberty University where she teaches master classes in a number of disciplines two weeks each semester. Karen has often said if Heaven had a university, it would be Liberty.
Movies: Two of Karen’s bestselling books were made into Hallmark Channel movies. The Bridge 1 & 2 are now available on DVD through Hallmark. Roma Downey and MGM Studios announced this year that they are developing 22 of Karen’s Baxter family novels into a TV series. In addition, several of Karen’s books are in development as feature films and television movies. In 2011, Karen’s novel Like Dandelion Dust was made into a highly acclaimed feature film starring Barry Pepper and Mira Sorvino. Like Dandelion Dust released in theaters across the country and is now also available on DVD.
Radio: In addition, Karen has recently been added as an on-air talent with the #1 syndicated morning radio program Keep the Faith. Karen’s segment, “The Heart of the Story” airs several times an hour every day of the week during the program.
Speaking: Karen is also a public speaker, reaching tens of thousands of women annually through various national events. She talks about having “One Chance to Write the Story of Your Life”, encouraging her fans to love well, laugh often, and find a life of faith.
Readers: Karen is actively involved with her readers and often shares time with them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. She has a free newsletter, which she uses to keep readers up to date on new releases, movies, TV shows, blogs, and book giveaways. Readers can sign up for Karen’s free newsletter on her website: www.KarenKingsbury.com
Description of A Royal Christmas Wedding
Avery Truitt aches for true love—the kind she once shared with Prince Colin. Can she dare to hope for happily ever after, or is a fairy-tale ending beyond reach?
College volleyball star Avery Truitt has not seen her former flame, Prince Colin of Brighton Kingdom, since he suddenly pushed her away five years ago. But now, the sadness of losing her father and the joy of her sister Susanna’s pregnancy have brought Avery back to Brighton just in time for Cathedral City’s enchanting Christmas season.
Avery knows she can’t avoid seeing Colin—now the Kingdom’s most eligible bachelor—whether or not her heart is ready to relive the pain. But seeing him again might bring her the closure she needs after all this time.
When Colin finds himself at the center of a centuries-old Brighton tradition, he must decide whether to follow the path laid out before him or follow his heart to the only woman for whom he would ring the Pembroke Chapel Bell.
Can Colin convince Avery to meet him at the chapel on Christmas morning—as tradition dictates—or will Avery run back to her St. Simons home and pursue a coaching career as planned?
In the fourth installment of the Royal Wedding Series, New York Times bestselling novelist, Rachel Hauck, weaves a charming story of holiday romance as two broken hearts seek the love they once knew.
My Review of A Royal Christmas Wedding
Another great love story by Rachel Hauck!
I am so happy to that Rachel decided to write the Colin and Avery story. They had a brief romance in a previous book and I hoped they would get their happily ever after.
I love the centuries-old Brighton tradition of the bell being rung and of the man declaring his love for his special woman. I also like how Rachel turned this tradition into a spiritual event. (really cool)
I picture Brighton as a quaint old town, maybe Swiss or Bavarian in style. (These are just my mind pictures, may not be anything like what the author was picturing as she wrote it) I see flower boxes in the windows of all the little shops in town. Of course, all of the inhabitants of the town are super friendly. It is the perfect backdrop for Avery and Colin’s romance to unfurl.
It wouldn’t be a Rachel Hauck novel if everything was smooth sailing for the two love birds. The difficulties Colin and Avery face are some of the same things we all face. Are we going to listen to the Holy Spirit and follow the Lord’s plan for our lives or are we going to be headstrong and do what we want to do?
This is a wonderful story. I’m sure you will enjoy reading it as much as I did.
If you like a good clean love story, this is the book for you.
Available for pre-order now on Amazon or wait until October 18 when it will be released.
About the Author
Rachel Hauck is a New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal Bestselling author.
A graduate of Ohio State University with a degree in Journalism, Rachel and her husband live in central Florida. She is a huge Buckeyes football fan.
Visit her at www.rachelhauck.com or www.facebook.com/rachelhauck