A Prairie Christmas Collection: 9 Historical Christmas Romances from America's Great Plains - eBook
A Prairie Christmas Collection: 9 Historical Christmas Romances from America's Great Plains - eBook  -     By: Tracie Peterson, Tracey Bateman, Pamela Griffin
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Experience Christmas on the historical American Great Plains as retold by nine different multi-published authors, including Tracie Peterson and Deborah Raney. Follow pioneers, immigrants, and orphans through their adventures, heartaches, challenges, victories, and romances. You are sure to find more than one favorite among the nine holiday romances in this unique collection to warm your heart and inspire your faith. This book has deckeled edges for the nostalgic feel.

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Format: DRM Free ePub
Vendor: Barbour Books
Publication Date: 2010
ISBN: 9781607428848
ISBN-13: 9781607428848

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Experience Christmas on the historical American Great Plains as retold by nine different multi-published authors, including Tracie Peterson and Deborah Raney. Follow pioneers, immigrants, and orphans through their adventures, heartaches, challenges, victories, and romances. You are sure to find more than one favorite among the nine holiday romances in this unique collection to warm your heart and inspire your faith.

Author Bio

Tracie Peterson, bestselling, award-winning author of over ninety fiction titles and three non-fiction books, lives and writes in Belgrade, Montana. As a Christian, wife, mother, writer, editor and speaker (in that order), Tracie finds her slate quite full.

Published in magazines and Sunday school take home papers, as well as a columnist for a Christian newspaper, Tracie now focuses her attention on novels. After signing her first contract with Barbour Publishing in 1992, her novel, A Place To Belong, appeared in 1993 and the rest is history. She has over twenty-six titles with Heartsong Presents book club (many of which have been repackaged) and stories in six separate anthologies from Barbour. From Bethany House Publishing, Tracie has multiple historical three-book series as well as many stand-alone contemporary womens fiction stories and two non-fiction titles. Other titles include two historical series co-written with Judith Pella, one historical series co-written with James Scott Bell, and multiple historical series co-written with Judith Miller.
TRACEY V. BATEMAN serves as president of the American Christian Fiction Writers and has more than thirty stories in print. She believes all things are possible and encourages everyone to dream big. Tracey lives with her husband and four children in the beautiful Missouri Ozarks.

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.


JoAnn lives on the Minnesota prairie which is a setting for many of her stories. Once a full-time CPA,  JoAnn now spends most of her time researching and writing. JoAnn has published historical nonfiction books for children and several novels with Barbour Publishing in the Heartsong Presents line as well as the American Adventure and Sisters in Time series for children. Several of her novellas are included in CBA best-selling anthologies by Barbour Publishing. JoAnn’s love of history developed when she worked at an historical restoration in North Carolina for five years. She enjoys researching and weaving her fictional characters’ lives into historical backgrounds and events. JoAnn believes that readers can receive a message of salvation and encouragement from well-crafted fiction. She captivates and addresses the deeper meaning between life and faith.

MARYN LANGER descends from a long line of storytellers. She combines the history of the West with the romance of the heart. She gave her life to the Lord at an early age. He has shepherded her beside still waters and green pastures and through the valleys of temptation. Her prayer is that those who read her books will be entertained and reassured that there is a loving God who loves us and answers our prayers.
DARLENE MINDRUP is a full-time homemaker and home-school teacher. Once a 'radical feminist,' she fanned her independent streak in the army, then turned into a 'radical Christian' after a heart changing encounter with the Lord. Darlene lives in Arizona with her husband and two children. She believes 'romance is for everyone, not just the young and beautiful.' She has a passion for historical research, which is obvious in her detailed historical novels about places time seems to have forgotten.
DEBORAH RANEY is an award-winning novelist, who lives with her husband and children in a small Kansas town.

In first grade, Janet Spaeth was asked to write a summary of a story about a family making maple syrup. She wrote all during class, through morning recess, lunch, and afternoon recess, and asked to stay after school. When the teacher pointed out that a summary was supposed to be shorter than the original story, Janet explained that she didn’t feel the readers knew the characters well enough, so she was expanding on what was in the first-grade reader. Thus a writer was born. She lives in the Midwest and loves to travel, but to her, the happiest word in the English language is home.

JILL STENGL was born and raised in Southern California, the youngest of four children in a wonderful Christian family. She met her husband Dean in 1982 at Green Oak Ranch children's camp, where she was a counselor and he was a lifeguard. (Her e-mail address contains her old camp name 'Popcorn,' in case anyone wonders). Dean and Jill married the next summer. Dean was an air force pilot for fifteen years, so Jill traveled with him all over the country and to England, having children at various military bases--Tom in AZ, Annie in WA, Jimmy in the UK, and Peter in NC. Now Dean is out of the military and working as a commercial pilot, so the family has settled in Wisconsin. In the fall of 1999, they built their dream house, a log home on a lake. Everyone pitched in, staining logs, laying tile, sanding, painting. Jill says: 'We're all enjoying the novelty of putting down roots and spending holidays with family.' The Stengle family also includes Jill's constant shadow, a ten-year old miniature schnauzer named Fritz, and Rilla, Annie's abyssinian cat. While they were living overseas, Jill decided to try writing romance books, choosing for her first Heartsong book a topic she knew very well--military life in England. Jill had one firsthand experience with F-15E Strike Eagles: a fast taxi ride down the runway--she even got to do the radio calls to the control tower. It was very exciting! But for the most part she relied upon Dean for technical details. Jill keeps very busy at home schooling the children. Raising and training her family is her full-time career for the present. She maintains that 'If God wants me to write books, He will provide the time for me to do it without neglecting my primary responsibilities.' So far, God has provided time for five Heartsongs books. Jill's fictional characters tend to learn the same spiritual lessons she has learned or is in the process of learning--writing Heartsong books can be a spriritual challenge, she finds. Her greatest hope is that her readers will learn to love God and their spouses more because of reading her romantic books.

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  1. Tennessee
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Nine Historical Christmas Romances
    December 19, 2016
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    Take Me Home by Tracey Bateman (Coon's Hollow, Iowa, 1887)

    This story was included in a book that I read a couple of years ago (Christmas on the Prairie), but I enjoyed reading it again. As a new teacher in a strange town, Kathleen struggles to fulfill the expectations of her mother.

    One Wintry Night by Pamela Griffin (Leaning Tree, Nebraska, 1871)

    Good story about a young woman coming to terms with the realities of life and learning about the things that are really important to a persons happiness. Excellent characters and storyline.

    Image of Love by Jo Ann Grote (Peace, Minnesota, 1869)

    I didnt read this one, as Id read it quite a few years ago in the collection, A Currier & Ives Christmas.

    The Christmas Necklace by Maryn Langer (Chicago, Illinois, 1871)

    The Christmas Necklace has a very unusual and mysterious storyline. It ends in a lovely allegory. I found it compelling.

    A Christmas Gift of Love by Darlene Mindrup (Dakota Territory, 1869)

    A Christmas Gift of Love is the touching story of love lost and love found. Very sweet romance of sacrificial love.

    God Jul by Tracie Peterson (Lindsborg, Kansas, (1884)

    God Jul, which is Swedish for Merry Christmas, includes several Swedish recipes. This story takes place during the time when the railroad was first coming through Kansas.

    Circle of Blessings by Deborah Raney (Dakota Territory, 1871)

    Circle of Blessing is a good Christmas story. The characters are appealing and the story is interesting.

    Christmas Cake by Janet Spaeth (Nebraska)

    Sweet story about giving Christmas gifts with very little resources, but much love.

    Colder Than Ice by Jill Stengl (Coons Hollow, Iowa, 1885)

    This last novella by Jill Stengl is my favorite. I had read it once before, but thoroughly enjoyed it again. It is wonderful to see two characters surprised by love.

    I recommend this collection to those who enjoy Christmas novellas.
  2. Central Texas
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    October 23, 2014
    Eula Mckown
    Central Texas
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for A Prairie Christmas Collection.
    Although I had read most of the stories before, I enjoyed all of them. My only suggestion is to read the last story first because it takes place two years before the first story. Reading Colder Than Ice before Take Me Home make it easier to understand statements in Take Me Home. Great read!
  3. Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    9 great stories
    October 20, 2014
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 3
    This review was written for A Prairie Christmas Collection.
    I have only read about half of the stories, but I enjoyed the most recent one so much I just had to come leave a review. In some of them, I felt that subplots and other story lines somewhat overpowered the main plot, especially since they are shorter stories to begin with. However, the ones I have read so far were still very enjoyable.

    Take me Home: This is a sweet story. The hero/heroine story was a great one, and there is a subplot romance that I enjoyed maybe even more than the main one. Beautifully written characters.

    One Wintry Night: I enjoyed this story. It was more of a traditional romance with hero/heroine. The hero was a very good, respectable character, self-sacrificing and steady throughout. I came to love him, and it was nice to see the growth of the heroine through the story.

    Image of Love: I was surprised by her circumstances of pining for her lost fiance for so many years, but aside from that fact it was a great story otherwise. Again, I really had a lot of respect for the hero, and I liked the sweet way that things came together.

    The Christmas Necklace: This was a good story, but it was more about the history and other elements than it was about the romance, which was really a very small element of the plot. So, it would be good if that's what you were expecting, but I prefer the romance to be in the forefront. There were also a couple of story elements that I felt were left with loose ends. The ending was very sweet though.

    A Christmas Gift of Love: This is the story that compelled me to write this review. So often it seems that novellas are probably, by design, going to leave the reader wanting to an extent, because of the short length. However, this one proves it doesn't have to be that way. I enjoyed everything about this story. The characters were both respectable and did things exactly as I wanted them to. The romance was sweet from the very beginning and it was a pleasure to watch these two characters fall in love. (This is the story that made me give a 5-star review, without this one, it would have been more like 4)
  4. Barre, NY
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    A Prairie Christmas Collection
    October 2, 2014
    Barre, NY
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 2
    This review was written for A Prairie Christmas Collection.
    I bought it because is was only $1.99, expecting that most would be stories of beautiful young women meeting handsome young men who, in a matter of just a few weeks, would decide to marry and live happily ever after. And so they were, differing from secular novels in that the main characters generally attended church and prayed--well, except for one, in which the storyline was so shredded (the main character rode off in a blizzard with a man she had known for maybe 48 hours) that it was too preposterous to be at all plausible. But then I reached the last story in the collection: "Colder Than Ice" by Jill Stengl. This centered around an older, more ordinary-looking woman, and woven into the story was a presentation of the gospel. It was so good I read it twice. I had planned to donate this collection of stories to a thrift store, but instead will keep it based on Jill Stengl's engaging work.
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