1. A Joyful Christmas: 6 Historical Stories - eBookThis product is an eBook
    Cynthia Hickey, Liz Johnson, Vickie McDonough, Liz Tolsma & 2 Others
    Barbour Publishing / 2020 / ePub
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    4.5 out of 5 stars for A Joyful Christmas: 6 Historical Stories - eBook. View reviews of this product. 5 Reviews
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  1. The Flipped Page
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Holiday Christian period romance collection
    December 28, 2020
    The Flipped Page
    Romance, clean, period; collection

    Collection of Christmas romance, some set in the Civil War. I chose to review this collection as I love one of the authors. This was a mixed read for me. Some of the novellas were strong and compelling, with good pacing and natural resolution. Others felt a bit forced, or rushed. Novellas are a tricky genre sometimes to 'complete' a story without those faults. All in all though, it was a fun holiday read, and a fun way to pass some time. Would still recommend to others to read.

    I received an ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review. My opinions are my own.
  2. sgreene01
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A Historical Christmas Novella
    October 11, 2020
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Six joyful Christmas novellas make up this fun, historical Christmas book.

    Each novella is set in the Civil War era, emphasizing challenges of the time and how each primary character learned to work with their faith and love.

    I enjoyed this sweet, clean romance book and made for a great addition to holiday reading.

    I highly recommend this book.

    I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and NetGalley and was under no obligation to post a review.

  3. Phyllis - Among the Reads
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: Female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A great variety of Christmas stories
    September 8, 2020
    Phyllis - Among the Reads
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: Female
    My rating is 4.5 stars

    Today I'm featuring another Christmas story. Yes, it's that time of year already! At least where books are concerned.

    All the stories take place in the United States. Two take place during the Civil War, and several take place in the Midwest after the war. While each one touches on Christmas and the Christmas story in at least a small way, only one had Christmas as the major theme rather than a setting. Most of the stories did have a strong faith message.

    My favorite here was Christmas Service by Erica Vetsch. It was much more light-hearted than The Lost Lieutenant, which is the only other one of hers that I have read. This sweet story had a powerful message as Beth had to learn that the church is indeed a body and no member is more important than another. I loved Todd, the blacksmith, and the way he relentlessly pursued her to woo her and yet was not afraid to speak the truth to her to show her the error of her thinking.

    As with many such collections, my ratings for the various stories differ, ranging from 3 1/2 stars to 4 1/2 stars. If you are intrigued by the sound of any of the stories in the collection, I encourage you to grab a copy - if a story isn't to your taste, there are many more to choose from.

    Read my review of A Joyful Christmas by Cynthia Hickey at AmongTheReads.net

    I was given a copy of this book. I was not required to give a favorable review nor was any money received for this review. All comments and opinions are my own.
  4. Mel
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    A sweet historical Christmas collection
    August 31, 2020
    A Christmas Castle by Cynthia Hickey - Drake and Annie are thrown together under unusual circumstances, but it is beautiful to watch their relationship develop as they serve each other. This was a beautiful story.

    A Star in the Night by Liz Johnson - Cora and Jed also met under less than ideal circumstances, but I enjoyed reading about their relationship as it grew. They were so sweet as they worked to serve each other and their love grew.

    An Irish Bride for Christmas by Vickie McDonough - Jackson is such a wonderful man and I was so mad at how things turned out for him in the beginning. Mrs. O'Keefe is a terrible person. Luckily love comes out of the situation. Larkin is a wonderful Irish lass and you couldn't help loving her and Rosie. I'm glad they all got their HEA.

    Under His Wings by Liz Tolsma - Noah and Adie are such sweet people in a really rough situation. This story reminded me a little of the gift of the magi. They were both willing to give up their dream for each other.

    Shelter in the Storm by Carrie Turansky - Rachel and James are both sweet people. I enjoyed reading about their friendship budding through his recovery and finally becoming more. I can't imagine how hard it was for Rachel to see him return to the war. I'm glad they got their HEA.

    Christmas Service by Erica Vetsch - Beth is a very determined woman even though her priorities may be a little misplaced. However, I relate to her when it comes to delegating. I'm terrible at it. However, I'm learning that her grandpa is right and easier is not always better. I really felt for her though when things went south and imagine I would have said the same things. Lucky for her Todd was there and what a good guy he is. I liked him and how he tried so hard to show his love. He is just the man she needs.

    I received this book from the publisher Barbour Publishing through Netgalley. This is my honest review of this book.
  5. CB
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    August 9, 2020
    I often struggle to enjoy novellas. The characters seem to get over their struggles so quickly that it's almost unbelievable. I cannot imagine how difficult it is to condense a story down to novella length.

    I was impressed by this group of authors and how they made me forget my misgivings. Each story drew me in and made me smile. I could relate to something in each of the historical stories and it helped the experience

    If you love Christmas stories or historical Christian romance, I believe you will love this collection. make sure you preorder it soon!
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