STATS: Paperback, 352 pages
Published September 1, 2013
Series - No
Desription from Goodreads:
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?
This book is a collection of novellas all taking place in the same house over a huge span of time and history. Each novella is written by a differnt author. I loved that they were different and still had so many things in common.
I also love reading novellas. They are great when you don't have time to commit to a long book. I was able to read each story in a sitting or two and when I finished the book, I really had read four. The books are also faithbased, Christian Lit, that are set around Christmas Traditions. I loved all four and it would be hard to pick a favorite. Although, I really loved Mercy Mild.
I must also say that I love a good Christmas book as much as I love a good Christmas movie. I would read and watch them all year long.
Season for Love - 1820 German Valley, NJ
Annaliese is a very sprited doctor's daughter who falls for the town carpenter, Stephen. The two met due to her horses being startled by a boy who whistles to get medical attention for his uncle. Annaliese and Stephan are from different social classes and are looking for different things. Neither are looking for the love that they find. Annaliese's father buys a large farm house that he has Stephan work on. This is the same house in the coming stories and what ties them together.
Mercy Mild - 1968 German Valley, NJ
Zeke is the town deputy and a former soldier of the Civil War. He is the person in charge of finding homes for the orphans. He is love with a widow, Mariane. He wants children and she doesn't. He places a girl that need a temporary home with Mariane. We soon find out why she doesn't want children. It is a story of truth, love, hope, and courage.
Midnight Clear - 1910 German Valley, NJ
This is the story of Teddy and Olympia. They grew up together in the same orphanage and were even childhood sweethearts. After becoming adults they went separate ways. Olympia now runs the orphanage that she has always felt was her home. She owes back taxes which leaves the house in danger of being autioned off to a company that wants to build a resort attraction. And it seems Teddy is that person.
Comfort and Joy - Present Day German Valley, NJ
Joy runs a halfway house for foster children. The ones that are too old to still be in the system yet not ready to be adults in charge of their own lives. Her boss and owner of the house dies leaving the house to a new owner who wants to evict her and the children. Evan is a handsome lawyer that shows up to bring the eviction papers. And once again we are given two people from different worlds, in the same house, that fall in love with the magic of the mistletoe.
I would totally recommend this book to anyone looking for romance and wanting to get in the mood for Christmas.
More About Jennifer AlLee, Carla Olson Gade, Lisa Karen Richardson, and Gina Welborn.
It is important to note that I received this Kindle edition as a courtesy from Barbour Books via NetGalley in return for a book review. That being said, the feelings expressed in this review are my own and were not influenced by an outside source.
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