Christmas at Holly Hill, Winds Across the Prairie Series #6  -     By: Martha Rogers
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Realms / 2012 / Paperback

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It is October 1898, and Clayton Barlow has just returned home after serving time in prison for his part in a bank robbery. His family welcomes him, but the townspeople are skeptical. Bored with life in the small town but determined to make a new start, he goes to work with his father, hoping to regain the town's trust.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 304
Vendor: Realms
Publication Date: 2012
Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.50 X 0.76 (inches)
ISBN: 1616388374
ISBN-13: 9781616388379
Availability: In Stock
Series: Winds Across the Prairie

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Can Clayton Barlow prove he has changed his ways in time for Christmas?

 
It is October 1898, and Clayton Barlow has just returned home after serving time in prison for his part in a bank robbery. His family welcomes him, but the townspeople are skeptical. Bored with life in the small town but determined to make a new start, he goes to work with his father, hoping to regain the town’s trust. 
 
Clayton recognizes the schoolteacher at the Prairie Grove School as his childhood friend, Merry Lee Warner, and old feelings surface. Still, he doubts that he could ever get a woman like Merry to love him.
 
As the townspeople prepare for Christmas, their suspicions about Clayton lead to trouble. Will the trusting heart of an unlikely new friend be enough to restore Clayton’s relationships with his neighbors and reunite him with God and Merry?

Author Bio

Martha Rogers’s novel Not on the Menu debuted on May 1, 2007, as a part of Sugar and Grits, a novella collection with DiAnn Mills, Janice Thompson, and Kathleen Y’Barbo. Her series Winds Across the Prairie debuted in 2010 with Becoming Lucy, Morning for Dove, Finding Becky, and Caroline’s Choice. Her other credits include stories in anthologies with Wayne Holmes, Karen Holmes, and Debra White Smith; several articles in Christian magazines; devotionals in six books of devotions; and eight Bible studies. Martha served as editor of a monthly newsletter for the writer’s organization Inspirational Writers Alive! for six years and is the state president. She is also the director for the annual Texas Christian Writer’s Conference and is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers, for whom she writes a weekly devotional. Martha and her husband are active members of First Baptist Church.

Editorial Reviews

"Martha Rogers, with her winsome yet powerful writing style, immediately pulls readers into the 1898 setting of small-town Prairie Grove, Kansas. The story carries us into the approaching holidays with passion and purpose, keeping us eagerly engaged right up to the satisfying ending."  —Kathi Macias, author of The Deliverer and Unexpected Christmas Hero
 

"Martha has given us a story about Christmas right before the turn of the twentieth century. The characters and plotline kept me turning pages. I highly recommend this wonderful read."  —Lena Nelson Dooley, author of Maggie’s Journey, Mary’s Blessing, and the Will Rogers Medallion Award winner Love Finds You in Golden, New Mexico

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  1. Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A Wonderful read - Christmas time or not...
    November 7, 2014
    JCMorrows
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Can you go home again? is one of the classic questions that we see in books and movies alike.

    Andmore often than not, it is the one where we see the most interesting story lines!

    Christmas At Holly Hill

    is no exception to that.

    I REALLY hope to see more Christmas books from Martha Rogers!

    I have read many stories with this sort of theme and this is certainly among the best!

    Martha has a way with words and with characters and their stories!

    From the moment Clayton steps off the train, we are with him emotionally.

    Im not about to ruin anything for you but Martha writes the story so well its impossible not to put yourself in the characters shoes.

    Again Well done Martha! An exceedingly well-written book.

    I said it before and Ill say it again. I LOVE finding new authors!

    And I hope to see many more wonderful books by such a talented author!
  2. Southern Illinois
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Christmas to Holly Hill
    October 24, 2014
    Vickie
    Southern Illinois
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Loved the book.
  3. Missouri
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Exciting and Intriging
    December 21, 2012
    GrandmaCee
    Missouri
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This book was the best of the Christmas reads I purchased this year. Suspence along with frustration and finally romance. A book that is hard to put down. Leaves you wanting more of the story when you are done.
  4. Oviedo, FL
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Excellent Story
    November 12, 2012
    mimi
    Oviedo, FL
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Really enjoyed reading this book. It was a fast read too!
  5. Cleveland, Texas
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Christmas at Holly Hill
    November 1, 2012
    Its About Time Mamaw
    Cleveland, Texas
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Clayton Barlow arrives at his Father's store not sure what kind of welcome if any he will receive. You see he has been in prison for the past five years of his life for bank robbery.

    To his surprise and great pleasure his parent's welcomed him back with open arms. His father did advise him to keep on the straight and narrow and stay away from bad company.

    But not everyone was as glad to see him back home. When Merry Lee Warner, the new Prairie Grove school teacher caught sight of Clayton standing in the door of his father's store she ran to him throwing her arms around him. Merry was his sweetheart when she was sixteen years old. But he must not let on how much he is still in love with her for fear of destroying her reputation with the school board. He has to prove to this community that he is a changed man before he let's her know how he really feels. If not he might have to leave town.

    Merry was so glad to see him but he did not seem to have the same feelings. This really hurt and confused her. She would not give up, she would come and talk to him everyday until she figured out where her school sweetheart was under this man's tough exterior.

    Has Clayton turned his life around? Does he trust God enough to ask for help? He feels as if God had turned His back on him when he went to prison.

    Many of us feel at times that God may have abandoned us when in reality we abandoned Him. God is constant He never leaves us. Clayton's character learned this lesson the hard way and then God Blessed Clayton Abundantly with a Very Merry Christmas.

    Martha always entertains me with her writing. The characters are bold, heroic, soldiers of God ready to do his bidding. I always come away feeling as if I have learned a great lesson after reading one of her books.

    I highly recommend this book.

    Disclosure

    I received a free copy of this book from Charisma/Realms for review. I was not compensated in any way for this review. It is my own opinion.
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