by Andrea Renee Cox
Mountain Christmas Brides is a wonderful collection of Christmas novellas by a host of Christian fiction authors. Some of the authors were new to me, while others were old favorites. Each brought their unique writing style and creativity to the project, which made it something of an adventure to read. When I began each new novella, it was fun to discover what made this particular story shine brightly among the others in the book. This collection would make a great gift, and Christmas is coming quicker than we know.
Here are my thoughts on a few of my favorite novellas in Mountain Christmas Brides:
A Trusting Heart by Carrie Turansky
What if a mail-order bride was unwanted by the groom? Carrie Turansky’s A Trusting Heart is a beautiful answer to that question. She uses emotions well to pull in the reader. Her characters invoke hope even when things look their gloomiest. The heart with which she writes is quite exquisite and is evident on each page.
A Carpenter Christmas by Mary Davis
Aw! A Carpenter Christmas was so sweet I stayed up way too late to finish it. The romance of Willum and Natalie made me laugh, cry, chuckle, sigh, smile, giggle, gasp, and ask, “What in the world is he doing?” It’s found a place in my heart, and I hope it will yours too.
Almost Home by Susan Page Davis
Almost Home surprised me. I’ve never before read a story about a couple of folks traveling through a blizzard, nor would I have expected such a treasure of a tale to come of it. But put the pen in Susan Page Davis’s hand, and the dreary premise suddenly turns downright entertaining, winding its way around my heart. So glad to see she’s still on top of her game. I’m certain many readers will pass her stories along to the next generation.
*I received an electronic copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.
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