I have only read about half of the stories, but I enjoyed the most recent one so much I just had to come leave a review. In some of them, I felt that subplots and other story lines somewhat overpowered the main plot, especially since they are shorter stories to begin with. However, the ones I have read so far were still very enjoyable.
Take me Home: This is a sweet story. The hero/heroine story was a great one, and there is a subplot romance that I enjoyed maybe even more than the main one. Beautifully written characters.
One Wintry Night: I enjoyed this story. It was more of a traditional romance with hero/heroine. The hero was a very good, respectable character, self-sacrificing and steady throughout. I came to love him, and it was nice to see the growth of the heroine through the story.
Image of Love: I was surprised by her circumstances of pining for her lost fiance for so many years, but aside from that fact it was a great story otherwise. Again, I really had a lot of respect for the hero, and I liked the sweet way that things came together.
The Christmas Necklace: This was a good story, but it was more about the history and other elements than it was about the romance, which was really a very small element of the plot. So, it would be good if that's what you were expecting, but I prefer the romance to be in the forefront. There were also a couple of story elements that I felt were left with loose ends. The ending was very sweet though.
A Christmas Gift of Love: This is the story that compelled me to write this review. So often it seems that novellas are probably, by design, going to leave the reader wanting to an extent, because of the short length. However, this one proves it doesn't have to be that way. I enjoyed everything about this story. The characters were both respectable and did things exactly as I wanted them to. The romance was sweet from the very beginning and it was a pleasure to watch these two characters fall in love. (This is the story that made me give a 5-star review, without this one, it would have been more like 4)
I bought it because is was only $1.99, expecting that most would be stories of beautiful young women meeting handsome young men who, in a matter of just a few weeks, would decide to marry and live happily ever after. And so they were, differing from secular novels in that the main characters generally attended church and prayed--well, except for one, in which the storyline was so shredded (the main character rode off in a blizzard with a man she had known for maybe 48 hours) that it was too preposterous to be at all plausible. But then I reached the last story in the collection: "Colder Than Ice" by Jill Stengl. This centered around an older, more ordinary-looking woman, and woven into the story was a presentation of the gospel. It was so good I read it twice. I had planned to donate this collection of stories to a thrift store, but instead will keep it based on Jill Stengl's engaging work.