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Mountain Christmas Brides, by Mildred Colvin, Mary Davis, Susan Page Davis, Lena Nelson Dooley, Darlene Franklin, Debby Lee, Tamela Hancock Murray, Carrie Turansky, Gina Welborn
Nine Historical Novellas Celebrate Faith and Love in the Rocky Mountains
Meet nine couples who find that Christmas is the perfect time for climbing to the heights of romance. From a Wyoming ranch in 1880, to a logging camp in Washington Territory in the late 1800s, to Denver, Colorado, in 1913. Their faith and courage carry them through challenges that come with mountain winters to cozy fireside celebrations that lead to lasting promises of love.
Number of Pages: 448
Vendor: Barbour Publishing
Publication Date: 2016
|Dimensions: 8.00 X 5.19 (inches)|
Mildred Colvin is the author of more than thirty romance novels in both contemporary and historical time settings, including the best seller "Mama’s Bible" which is the first in a series of Oregon Trail stories. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers as well as a wonderful critique group. Mildred often sets her stories in her home state of Missouri where she lives with her husband of almost fifty years. They have three adult children and three grandchildren.
Mary Davis is an award-winning author of over a dozen novels in both historical and contemporary themes, four novellas, two compilations, and three short stories, as well as being included in various collections. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and is active in two critique groups. Mary lives in the Colorado Rocky Mountains with her husband of over thirty years and two cats. She has three adult children and one grandchild. She enjoys playing board and card games, rain, and cats. She would enjoy gardening if she didn’t have a black thumb. Her hobbies include quilting, porcelain doll making, sewing, crafts, crocheting, and knitting.
Susan Page Davis is the author of more than sixty Christian novels and novellas, which have sold more than 1.5 million copies. Her historical novels have won numerous awards, including the Carol Award, the Will Rogers Medallion for Western Fiction, and the Inspirational Readers Choice Contest. She has also been a finalist in the More than Magic Contest and Willa Literary Awards. She lives in western Kentucky with her husband. She's the mother of six and grandmother of ten.
Darlene Franklin is a bestselling author. Her greatest claim to fame is that she writes full-time from a nursing home. She lives in Oklahoma, near her son and his family, and continues her interests in playing the piano and singing, books, good fellowship, and reality TV in addition to writing. She is an active member of Oklahoma City Christian Fiction Writers, American Christian Fiction Writers, and the Christian Authors Network. She has written over fifty books and more than 250 devotionals. Her historical fiction ranges from the Revolutionary War to World War II, from Texas to Vermont.
Debby Lee was raised in the cozy little town of Toledo, Washington. She has been writing since she was a small child, and has written several novels, but never forgets home. The Northwest Christian Writers Association and Romance Writers of America are two organizations that Debby enjoys being a part of. As a self professed nature lover, and an avid listener of 1960's folk music, Debby can't help but feel like a hippie child who wasn't born soon enough to attend Woodstock. She wishes she could run barefoot all year long, but often does anyway in the grass and on the beaches in her hamlet that is the cold and rainy southwest Washington. During football season, Debby cheers on the Seattle Seahawks along with legions of other devoted fans. She's also filled with wanderlust and dreams of visiting Denmark, Italy, and Morocco someday.
Tamela Hancock Murray is the author of over thirty novels and nonfiction works. She feels honored and humbled that her books have placed her on bestseller lists and that one of her Barbour titles, Destinations, won an RWA Inspirational Readers Choice Award. Tamela has been a literary agent since 2001 and is with The Steve Laube Agency. She lives in Virginia with her husband of over thirty years. They are the parents of two lovely daughters, enjoys church, reading, and spending time with her immediate and extended family and friends.Tamela is passionate about edifying and encouraging other Christians through her work. She always enjoys hearing from readers.
Carrie Turansky is an award-winning author of more than a dozen novels and novellas. She has been the winner of the ACFW Carol Award, the Crystal Globe Award, and the International Digital Award, and a finalist for the Inspirational Readers Choice Award and the ACFW Carol Awards and Genesis Contest. She has written contemporary and historical romances, women's fiction, short stories, articles, and devotionals. She lives in New Jersey with her husband, Scott, and they have five adult children and four grandchildren.
Gina Welborn is an ECPA- bestselling author worked for a news radio station until she fell in love with writing romances. She serves on the American Christian Fiction Writers Foundation Board. Sharing her husband's love for the premier American sportscar, she is a founding member of the Southwest Oklahoma Corvette Club and a lifetime member of the National Corvette Museum. Gina lives with her husband, three of their five Okie-Hokie children, two rabbits, two guinea pigs, and a dog that doesn't realize rabbits and pigs are edible.
Rhonda Nash-hallMadison Heights VAAge: 45-54Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5nice quick readAugust 26, 2017Rhonda Nash-hallMadison Heights VAAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I've always wanted to visit the Rocky Mountains. I live in the Blue Ridge Mountain region with my home being only a 10-minute drive from an entrance to them. Mountains spell enjoyment and instantly remind me of God's wondrous creation. I can't help being filled with wonder at the beauty and knowing that God is indeed an incredible artist! Spanning three states, and leading from the 1880 to 1913, the characters' use a variety of means of transportation....horses, cars and the newly invented railroad, but romance is a common thread. Faith is another common thread among the stories and authors. Different traditions are experienced and the Christmas spirit is alive and well in the hearts of budding love.
The novellas are sweet, fun, and quick to read. I enjoy being able to read one or two of the novellas and picking up on others another day. One can easily read the entire collection in one sitting or spread them over a period of time. While the novellas are predictable in romance stories, they are well-written and research into the time periods and regions are evident.
I am rating this novella collection 4 stars and highly recommend it, whether it is read near Christmas or at another time of year. I personally enjoyed reading it in summer and thinking ahead with expectation of the coming Christmas season.
I received an ebook from netgalley and Barbour Books in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.
GrannyARAge: Over 65Gender: female2 Stars Out Of 5Mountain Christmas BridesJanuary 29, 2017GrannyARAge: Over 65Gender: femaleQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0The font is so small it is almost unreadable.
susanmsjOdessa, TXAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Great CollectionJanuary 16, 2017susanmsjOdessa, TXAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0This was a great collection and I really enjoyed reading it. The book consisted of nine novellas written by nine different authors. The first story was a stand alone. The next four stories were connected and even though they were written by four different authors, they did a great job of connecting these stories. The same is true for the last four stories. Although all these stories took place around Christmas, they would be good to read any time of the year. I would definitely recommend this collection.
DeannaNEAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Wonderful, romantic collection from nine authors!December 30, 2016DeannaNEAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This nine author collection takes place in the late 1800's and centered around nine couples who find that Christmas was the perfect time to fall in love. I really enjoyed how the stories were connected, yet still a story all of their own. Getting snowed in during a blizzard with a person that can turn it into a romantic start to a relationship, loved it!! These authors know how to make it happen.. I couldn't pick a favorite because I enjoyed everyone of them!
BookwormMama14Age: 25-34Gender: Female4 Stars Out Of 5Lovely Christmas Collection!December 29, 2016BookwormMama14Age: 25-34Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I adore reading Christmas books! I think I may have mentioned that a few times this year. I love the time of year and reading books specifically centered around winter and Christmas just makes everything more special. This collection of Christmas novellas is a great way to boost the Christmas spirit. Full of faith, romance, and all things Christmas.
From Wyoming to Washington, you will be swept off your feet as these couples conquer the odds and true love prevails.
Snuggle up in your favorite reading spot with a blanket and mug of your favorite steaming beverage (if you have a fireplace, even better), and get lost in the mountains of the west.
I received a copy of Mountain Christmas Brides from Carrie Turansky as a gift. I was not required to write a review. All opinions expressed are mine alone.