The only part about reading and reveiwing this book I didn't like was that I had to read it early. Each year I like to have one great romance, centered in some way around Christmas, that I read the week between Christmas and New Year's when my family is a little relaxed, in low gear. Believe me when I say that Anita Higman and Irene Brand wrote a wonderful Christmas read! The blending of past and present was perfect. The love stories were sweet and left you both touched and angered at the humanness of the characters. I shall not tell you the story, it would spoil it for you! But I do highly recommend this book as a heartwarming Christmas read and a great gift for those in your life who love romances! Grab some hot chocolate, a cozy blanket and enjoy!
Loved both stories by my favorite was the 2nd one.
November 25, 2010
At first I thought I'd like the first book by Irene Brand best, since I'm a fan of historical fiction and have always enjoyed her Love Inspired stories. But then I decided to read Anita Higman's book and ended up loving it even more. Probably because it was deeper in regards to love, the heart, motivation, infatuation, and what it means to be committed to someone. However, I really enjoyed the first book, too.
They were both very different and spoke to different issues of the heart. What I enjoyed about the first book was the idea that if you love someone, are you willing to give up what you think you want and be open to something better? It also had to do with keeping promises and what real love is, versus a commitment made while grieving. Do you honor it even if it no longer applies?
Regarding the second story, I loved the whole "nobody wanted me then I received two marriage proposals in the same day" theme. I loved how the author had the heroine examining her heart and her motivation. Did she want what was comfortable and safe because of her abandonment issues? Did she want something new and exciting if it meant losing her best friend? How do you decide for the long haul what is best? Also, do you do what people expect, or do you risk doing the right thing when no matter what you do somebody gets hurt? Where does God fit into all of this...? :)
Great stories, both of them, but if I were to choose my favorite I'd have to say I liked the second story best. But they were both heart-warming and can be read any time of year, not just during the holidays.
Irene Brand's short novel in the Love Finds You Under The Mistlele is a delightful story set in the 40s when women's lives were so different than today. The characters were well-developed and the setting, the small village of Mistletoe, was brought to life. The plot kept me riveted and I loved the unexpected twist that made it an extra special book. Don't miss this one for holiday read.
Unlike most readers I know, I'm not usually fond of Christmas stories. THIS BOOK IS AN EXCEPTION. Irene Brand's tale of Appalachia in the 1940s took me back to a time before commercialism ran rampant and reminded me of how Christmas - and life - could still be celebrated with true thankfulness and spiritual blessings. It's a treasure.
I really enjoyed these two stories. Both had excellent characters that I loved spending time with and was sad to say goodbye to.
An Appalachian Christmas, by Irene Brand is set around WWII. I'm normally not a fan of novels set in that time era, but I really, really enjoyed this one. Fabulous story about the power of forgiveness.
Once Upon a Christmas Eve, a contemporary novel by Anita Higman is set in a Christmas shop in Noel, Missouri. This story shows how love truly can find you anywhere. In your own backyard or even on a doorstep.
I highly recommend, Love Finds You Under the Mistletoe.