I liked that the stories were related, but the first one was historical and the second one was contemporary. These stories were very different, but I really enjoyed both of them. I would recommend this book.
I won a copy of this book in a giveaway and was not required to give a review.
When Julia Mayfield returns from serving in the WACs in World War II she attempts to fulfill her only sisters dying request, to take her son to his dead father's family in Mistletoe, Kentucky. The trip to Mistletoe was a test in itself, she wasn't used to children, her nephew didn't really know her and when she gets off the bus in Booneville she has no way to get to Mistletoe and Booneville has no hotel. When she finally makes it to her sister's in-laws, they have locked themselves away in their house since hearing of their sons death and they don't know about Bobby so when she goes knocking on their door Bobby's grandfather threatens to kill her if she doesn't get off of his property. Now she has a decision to make, stay there and try to fulfill the promise she made to her sister or return home.
ONCE UPON A CHRISTMAS EVE
by Anita Higman
A baby was left on the steps of The Little Bethlehem Shoppe in the village of Noel, Missouri. Albert Goodnight, a single man, was the owner of the shop and found her sound asleep a wicker basket. Albert adopted Holly Rose but it was never discovered who left her or who her mother was. The residents of Noel knew the story and it was never talked about, until now that is. Someone told an author about the story so he decides he wants to write a story about Holly Rose Goodnight, if she'll agree to it.
I really enjoyed "An Appalachian Christmas" and found it entertaining to read but "Once Upon A Christmas Eve" did not seem as good to me. I liked the story but had trouble keeping interested in it, like it was dragging to me, but you have to know that I prefer more historical genre over modern day, so that could be my problem. All-in-all they were both nice Christmas stories and I feel that others would enjoy both.
Two novellas joined by mistletoe. Both books were very enjoyable reading and the authors cleverly link the stories by a mistletoe ball, which is not clear till close to the end of the second book - kept reading to find out the link! The Appalachain Christ is a heartwarming story with dear characters. Once Upon a Christmas has humor and spunky characters. Great Christmas Gift!
The Love Finds You series has another winner with two well-written stories that resolve under the mistletoe. As other reviews have outlined, Christmas past and Christmas present show that no matter our location or circumstance in life, the most important people and moments are often waiting right under our noses. A cozy read any time of the year.