A Texas Christmas: Six Romances from the Historic Lone Star State Herald the Season of Love - eBook
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Vendor: Barbour Books
Publication Date: 2015
RAMONA K. CECIL is a wife, mother, grandmother, freelance poet, and award-winning inspirational romance writer. Now empty nesters, she and her husband make their home in Indiana. A member of American Christian Fiction Writers and American Christian Fiction Writers Indiana Chapter, her work has won awards in a number of inspirational writing contests. Over eighty of her inspirational verses have been published on a wide array of items for the Christian gift market. She enjoys a speaking ministry, sharing her journey to publication while encouraging aspiring writers. When not writing, her hobbies include reading, gardening, and visiting places of historical interest.
She has been on both the CBA Bestseller list and several Amazon Bestseller lists. Her 2010 release Love Finds You in Golden, New Mexico, from Summerside Press, won the 2011 Will Rogers Medallion Award for excellence in publishing Western Fiction. Her next series, McKennas Daughters: Maggies Journey appeared on a reviewers Top Ten Books of 2011 list. It also won the 2012 Selah award for Historical Novel. The second, Marys Blessing, was a Selah Award finalist for Romance novel. Catherines Pursuit released in 2013. It was the winner of the NTRWA Carolyn Readers Choice contest, took second place in the CAN Golden Scroll Novel of the Year award, and won the Will Rogers Medallion bronze medallion. Her blog, A Christian Writers World, received the Readers Choice Blog of the Year Award from the Book Club Network.
In addition to her writing, Lena is a frequent speaker at womens groups, writers groups, and at both regional and national conferences. She has spoken in six states and internationally. She is also one of the co-hosts of the Along Came a Writer blog radio show.
Lena has an active web presence on Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, Linkedin and with her internationally connected blog where she interviews other authors and promotes their books.
Award-winning author and speaker, Darlene Franklin recently returned to cowboy countryOklahoma. The move was prompted by her desire to be close to her sons family; her daughter, Jolene, has preceded her into glory. Darlene loves music, needlework, reading, and reality TV. Talia, a Lynx point Siamese cat, proudly claims Darlene as her person. Darlene has published several titles with Barbour Publishing.
PAMELA GRIFFIN lives in Texas with her family. She fully gave her life to Christ in 1988 after a rebellious young adulthood and owes the fact that she’s still alive today to an all-loving and forgiving God and to a mother who steadfastly prayed and had faith that God could bring her wayward daughter “home.” Pamela’s main goal in writing Christian romance is to help and encourage those who do know the Lord and to plant a seed of hope in those who don’t.
Cathy Marie Hake is a Southern California native. She met her two loves at church: Jesus and her husband, Christopher. An RN, she loved working in oncology as well as teaching Lamaze. Health issues forced her to retire, but God opened new possibilities with writing. Since their children have moved out and are married, Cathy and Chris dote on dogs they rescue from a local shelter. A sentimental pack rat, Cathy enjoys scrapbooking and collecting antiques. "Im easily distracted during prayer, so I devote certain tasks and chores to specific requests or persons so I can keep faithful in my prayer life." Since her first book in 2000, shes been on multiple best-seller and readers favorite lists.
Bestselling author Kathleen YBarbo is a Romantic Times Book of the Year winner as well as a multiple Carol Award and RITA nominee of more than fifty novels with almost two million copies in print in the US and abroad. A tenth-generation Texan, she has been nominated for a Career Achievement Award as well a Readers Choice Award and Book of the Year by Romantic Times magazine.
Kathleen is a paralegal, a proud military wife, and an expatriate Texan cheering on her beloved Texas Aggies from north of the Red River. Connect with her through social media at www.kathleenybarbo.com.
muss carol5 Stars Out Of 5a Texas ChristmasAugust 11, 2016muss carolQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5couldn't put the book down. I am hooked!
Robin Willson5 Stars Out Of 5Christmas bridal stories from some of the best authors - with a Texas theme.December 20, 2015Robin WillsonQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5As I've said before, I'm not usually a fan of short stories. I like a book that I can hang on to and continue the story for several days. I've come to realize the talent in a really good short story - one that still has that richness of tale. This book combines both. With four novellas by different authors that have characters that overlap, you get the best of each. The depth of these Christian Historical Romances and that connectiveness makes it feel more like you're reading a series. I highly recommend this!
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the Barbour Publishing - Netgalley book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising. http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html.
VeraGender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5sweet and clean romanceAugust 29, 2015VeraGender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5The book has 6 of the sweetest, wonderful, and clean, in some cases hilarious, romances I have ever read.
The first book Here Cooks the Bride by Cathy Marie Hake takes place in 1879; a hilarious romance between a young woman Lacey, and the local blacksmith Jeff, in Cut Corners, a small town in Texas. She came to town to help her sick aunt, who is a miserable cook, with her diner. Between every swain in town wanting to marry her for her cooking, the 4 old men, retired Texas Rangers, that founded the town plotting to keep her in town to cook at the diner, and Jeff teaching her to make real Texas chili I laughed and laughed. This was a treat to read. Watching Jeff and Lacey fall in love was a joy. This was a clean Christian read with strong Christian values.
The 2nd book A Christmas Chronicle by Pamela Griffin takes place in Cut Corners, Texas again in 1881. The four Meddin Old Men are at it again, this time trying to marry off Stones nephew Travis to Vivian who is clumsy and awkward. Travis is a photographer or Chronicler, and he is not looking for a wife, at least he didnt think he was until he came to Cut Corners. It was fun to watch Vivian and Travis travel the road to love. Shy, clumsy, awkward Vivian reads the penny westerns and wants adventure; Travis wants to travel and photograph the country. They were made for us other, it just a while to bring it together. Good clean romance with Christian values.
The 3rd book To Hear Angels Sing by Romana Cecil takes place in Pinewood, Texas in 1883. Seth Krueger has left God behind him as he felt God took his family away; a Quaker father and a Lutheran mother raised him. Violet Barton, a spinster schoolteacher, came to Pinewood to teach Indian children at the orphanage her friends started. Violet has a deep faith in God, and along with Gabe Noell, a carpenter and carver show Seth Gods love thru friendship and witnessing in everyday life. Romance blooms between Violet and Seth, and God has a wonderful surprise in store for Seth. A clean romance with Christian values.
The fourth book, The Face of Mary by Darlene Franklin takes place in Breading, Texas in 1880. Polly Jessup was twelve when Joey Carpenter, her best friends brother told her he would have to come back and marry her one day as she loved the law of the Lord like the psalmist in the bible. Polly had held this in her heart for years, knowing it would never come true, but still it was hidden. Polly is a faithful Christian young woman; Joey is a new attorney with an eye towards connections in town to help his practice. Joey is also a talented painter. We also see Gabe Noell in this story as well, witnessing and dispersing the words of God and wisdom. I loved watching Joey realize Polly was the woman for him and how he helped Polly and her family as well as how this town pulled together for each other. Christian values are displayed throughout this story and a clean Christian romance.
Book five, Charlseys Accountant by Lena Nelson Dooley takes place in Horsefly, Texas, in 1890. Harold Miller is a dandy from Boston, very citified and dressed to the nines by standards of the Boston. His father has purchased a ranch in Texas and sent him to the Ames to learn how to run a western ranch. Charlsey Ames is a strong independent woman; she helps her father run their large ranch along with her sisters. Charlsey can do most anything a man can on the ranch. Harold has a hard time accepting the fact that Charlie on the range is the same Charlsey in the parlor, and calls her indecent as she wears pants. Harold learns to be a cowboy and accept the western values. Needless to say the road to happy ever after is not smooth, but they do get there. A wonderful story of opposites that attract. A clean Christian romance.
The sixth book, Plain Trouble by Kathleen YBarbo takes place in Horsefly in 1893. Texas Ranger Josef Mueller is after a killer and robber called the Pale Indian who has been tracked to Horsefly. Bessie Mae Ames has known Josef all her life, in fact, he called her Bessie Mae plain as day. Bessie was not pretty but this hurt her deeply and the name has stuck in her subconscious. She is the last Ames girl not married. Her father seems to be ready to wed again and this adds tension in the story. The romance road in this story is very rocky, but God and love will conquer everything and bring it right. The end of the story finally solves the mystery of the identity of the Pale Indian and a happy every after ending.
Each story was unique in its own way and gives you the feeling of continuity in the stories. Each was a joy to read, and were clean Christian reads.
I would recommend this book to anyone that loves strong stories, strong character, Christian values without being pushy or preachy, and clean happy ever after romance.
I received this book from the publisher and Netgalley in exchange for an honest opinion.