In this most recent Christmas collaboration between Jillian Hart and Janet Tronstad, the two mail-order brides are again connected by their train ride out west. Both stories were very enjoyable and heartwarming. What I love is that although they are both novellas, the characters and plots are well- developed, and leave the reader wanting the stories to continue.
Christmas + Mail Order Brides + Adorable Children = Warm fuzzies
Oh, OK, throw in a couple of guys who aren't sure if they can ever love again. ;)
Both stories in this book are enjoyable. I loved how Mercy and Cole took their children's feelings into consideration and didn't get married right away just so Amelia would have a mom and George would have a dad. The whole story was just so very sweet. I love "visiting" Angel Falls, and it was fun to see Molly and Cora and other characters from previous books.
I loved Maeve and little Violet. I wanted to love Noah, too, but I ended up just liking him. I liked his ranch hands more. There's a couple of scenes involving the ranch hands where I either laughed outright or just merely smiled. Although Noah did do something special for Violet that just about made my heart melt. OK, maybe I really like him. *grin*
A big "Thank-You" to author Janet Tronstad for sending me a free review copy. I was not obligated to write a positive review.
Christmas Hearts is the story of Mercy Jacobs and her seven year old son George. Since the death of her husband Mercy had done everything she could to take care of George, but the one thing he needed was a father, so when she answers an ad from Cole Matheson who happens to be looking for a mother for his 13 year old daughter Amelia she hopes Cole will be the father her son needs. Cole not only lost his heart when he buried his wife and son he also lost his faith as well. He only wants a mother for Amelia, but when he meets Mercy and George it seems his heart might have other ideas.
Mistletoe Kiss has Maeve Flanagan and her four year old daughter Violet headed to Dry Creek in the hopes of a new beginning. After the death of her husband Maeve couldn't find work in Boston and knew the only answer left was becoming a mail order bride. Noah Miller's ranch hands want a good cook and decide to send away for a mail order bride for their boss. Thing is Noah has had his heart broken once and plans on keeping his distance making it a marriage in name only. When he meets Maeve and Violet though his heart can't help but become involved, thing is Maeve has a secret that might cause Noah to change his mind!
One of my favorite types of historical read is mail-order brides. My curiosity is always piqued at what would make someone decide to marry someone that they intend to spend their life with sight unseen. With Mail Order Mistletoe Brides we get two such stories,two women with different backgrounds headed west to the Montana Territory at Christmastime in the hopes of a new beginning not only for themselves but for their children as well. I don't really remember reading very many mail-order bride tales where there were children involved, and with this one both mothers are willing to do whatever it takes for their children.The children add another layer to the story making the story more interesting. Young George was such a likeable child, and I couldn't help but think that Amelia would be a real handful in a few years.Violet was such a sweet child who had witnessed something horrible, and what the cowboys did in order to make her comfortable was so sweet. While each story is a short read the characters are well developed allowing the reader to understand who they are. Even though you really know what will ultimately happen in the end its the twists the stories take to get us to that ending that makes for such a sweet story. Anyone looking for a couple of mail order bride stories that are heart touching,and inspirational along with a historical western flavor will certainly enjoy Mail Order Mistletoe Brides. While these stories take place at Christmas I would easily recommend them any time of the year!
A complimentary copy of this book was provided for review.
Classic Christmas and so much fun to read! Both novellas pack a wallop of romance guaranteed to curl your toes and warm your heart. There is something so special about a Christmas love story and these authors know how deliver the best. There's laughter and frustration and misguided love not to mention adorable children and infuriatingly compelling heroes. You'll find the spirit of Christmas in the pages of this book. I'm still grinning just thinking about Maeve and Mercy's stories.