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Head to the majestic Northwest where logging history comes to life in four Christmas romances. Insecurity brings a logger and a young woman together, but will a “perfect” sister tear them apart? Will the dangers of the woods derail a young couple’s hopes and their chance at love? Amid town gossip, can a work-focused sawmiller win the heart of a prim-and-proper heiress? Will second thoughts have a sentimental girl and a hardhearted carpenter losing love? Find the answers in this...
Head to the majestic Northwest where logging history comes to life in four Christmas romances. Insecurity brings a logger and a young woman together, but will a “perfect” sister tear them apart? Will the dangers of the woods derail a young couple’s hopes and their chance at love? Amid town gossip, can a work-focused sawmiller win the heart of a prim-and-proper heiress? Will second thoughts have a sentimental girl and a hardhearted carpenter losing love? Find the answers in this heartwarming holiday collection.
Posted September 7, 2012
A Cascades Christmas by Mildred Colvin Debby Lee, Gina Welborn and Mary Davis
A Cascades Christmas is four novels in one collection about 4 friends come to a small town in Washington. It's 1888 thier is a logging business, saw mill town. All four books are clean reads and I enjoyed them.
Home for the Holidays by Mildred Colvin
Anna Wilkin loves being a tomboy, she loves to fish and work outside with her father when she gets the chance. She also wears pants outside but her mother does not know about that. Her father does though. Her mother and sister always telling she needs to grow up and be a lady.
At a Christmas party at her's friends house she gets knocked into the new comer Jeremiah Tucker. When fishing is brought up he thinks she is kidding. Jeremiah can't see her putting a worm on the hook. So they make a date to see who will catch the most fish. Jeremiah thinks she will back off.
Anna reminds him a little of his sister and she is tiny so he calls her little bit.
Jeremiah likes Anna but decides to court her sister instead.
One Evergreen Night by Debby Lee
Emma Pearson is a orphan with her only relative her brother. They are working in the lumber camp and she hates it. She knows it is such a dangerous place to work.
Frederick Corrigan has a risky job driving the train and just last week the other train crashed and killed its conductor. Frederick is trying to get a promotion he wants to get his father's house from being auctioned off.
Frederick wants Emma to like him when he rescues a little runt of piggletss he gives it to her. He named it Bacon.
All Ye Faithful by Gina Welborn
E.V. for every week has been asking if Mr Whitworth if he can court his daughter Larkin. He always get told no. He runs a saw mill.
Larkin keeps hoping E.V. will ask her father if he can court her not knowing that he has been doing that for two years.
Mr. Whitworth thinks he only wants to marry her for the family money.
The Whitworth family lost their son a few years ago and are holding tight onto Larkin.
Larkin almost gets brave enough to ask him about courting her.
Another family is trying to use a lumber contract to make his own daughter a better match. E.V. wants the contract so he does escort her to help others to pay more attention to her.
A Carpenter Christmas by Mary Davis
Natalie Bollen wants Willum Tate to ask her father if he can court her. When she turns 18 she lets him know it. Her father is the preacher.
Willum was engaged a few years ago but was left at the alter when his bride ran off with a richer suiter. He has trust issues.
A fire burnt down a couple of businesses and the church. They all hire Willum to build them again. The church building fund was stolen.
Natalie reacted and fainted when she saw the little shack Willum was living in. She accepted a ride in another gentleman buggy after and 'willum saw.
Willum left town after but he kept hearing a voice at night saying build my house. So he went back and paid for the lumber and could not accept help on the church.
Natalie was determined to win his trust back in her.
I enjoyed reading these books. I wish some of them were a little longer but they were a quick read. Thier was no sex scenes in any of them, or swear words.
I was given this ebook to read in exchange for honest review from Netgalley.
09/01/2012 PUB. Barbour Publishing 355 pages
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Posted December 11, 2012
I love it when you can find a really great value and still get something special!!! In the short story collection, A Cascades Christmas, authors Mildred Colvin, Mary Davis, Lee Debby and Gina Welborn each take a turn with a series of characters that we meet in four different stories. These are perfect for nightly reading and you'll find yourself learning more about each of them as each story continues. This is truly four books in one setting.
In the first, Home for the Holidays by Mildred Colvin, the reader is taken back to 1888 to the deep Pacific Northwest, where we are introduced to Anna Wilkin, turning 18 in just three short months. She is a girl of unconventional ways and is considered a tomboy by most who know her. Her mother and older sister, Kathleen, try to steer Anna into spending her time learning how to become more of a woman, but Anna would love nothing more than to spend time with her father in the woods, fishing and climbing trees among the logging camp. When she runs quite literally into Jeremiah Tucker, she soon learns that you don't have to change who you are to truly fall in love. Jeremiah finds Anna similar to his younger sister, Rebekah that died too soon. He desires to build a home and a family but can he do it with someone as unrefined as Anna?
In the second story, One Evergreen Night by Debby Lee, we pick up with two characters that are briefly introduced in the first one, Emma Pearson and Frederick Corrigan. Frederick Corrigan is responsible for getting loads of logs to the mill by train on time, even if at times it means taking some risks for the Kenicky Logging Company. Yet he knows how far he can push it and would never put anyone at risk. Yet that is not what Emma Pearson has heard. She works cleaning the bunkhouses and lives in a loft at the Wilkins. She's had an issue trusting men who said they were sorry for their mistakes like her mother. She has vowed not to wind up the same way. Now that its only her and her brother Jake, she feels like it's her responsibility to ensure nothing happens to him. When she learns Jake going to train to be an engineer and that Frederick will be the one to train him, she isn't so sure that Jake will remain safe. Will she learn to trust again or will Jake become her greatest liability?
In the third addition, All Ye Faithful by Gina Welborn, we are introduced to E.V. Renier, owner of Renier Lumber Company, and Larkin Whitworth, who is Anna's dearest friend and isn't highly looked upon by the other girls in town because she is wealthy and most consider her to be a bit of a snob except for Anna Wilkin. Her father's the richest man in town. However after waiting for two years since E.V. has confessed his love for her and still no proposal or offer to court her, Larkin is about to take matters into her own hands. When she sees Abigail Leonard occupying E.V.'s attention at the party and filling her dance card, Larkin wonders if perhaps his feelings have changed for her after all. Since turning 21, she is the only female in Tumwater of courting age who had never had a suitor. Either non one had the courage to approach her father, or worse, none wanted a nicer than nice wife.
Finally A Carpenter Christmas by Mary Davis wraps the collection up with Natalie Bollen and Willum Tate. Willum Tate has been the towns carpenter and often times finds himself called upon to build houses or renovate rooms as needed. He's been a recluse since moving to Tumwater and has hoped that during all this time, his heart has healed. Natalie Bollen, is the daughter of the town's pastor and has hopes of wooing Willum. In the three years since she has known him, she has only grown to love him more. When he finally does ask her father for permission to court her, Natalie makes a fatal mistake that will cause Willum to realize that perhaps his heart will never heal from the pain that women seem to inflict on him. It is too late for them to find love or will their pasts keep them from forever finding the future that awaits them both?
I received A Cascades Christmas compliments of Barbour Publishing and Net Galley for my honest review. Each of these stories takes you back to a much simpler times when women dreamed of falling in love and being romanced by some charming man. What I enjoyed the most about this collection is that even though they are four separate stories they are joined together but the same characters and setting throughout each of them. It's like you get a chance to know each of them a little bit more and see how their individual interactions bring them the romance each of them desires in different ways all set during Christmas in the late 1800's. For those of you that love a bit of something special and unique in your historical romances, then I would highly recommend this collection to you. I personally rate this a 5 out of 5 stars!!!
Posted October 4, 2012
Four young ladies in a sawmill town find love in this enjoyable book. In the first story Anna craves acceptances for who she is tom boy that she may be. Jeremiah is attracted to Anna but thinks her sister would be the proper choice will love win out? In the 2nd story we meet Emma who only wants her brother to be safe but will the seemingly reckless log train engineer win her heart? Story number three is about Larkin who is in love with E.V and can’t figure out why he does not ask her to marry him. The finally story is about Natalie who is finally 18 and able to court. Now if Willum would just do the honors!
This is another good installment to the Romancing America line.
What I liked: I liked how the stories flowed together. They went in order and also the other characters made small appearances at times so it felt more like one book not just four short stories. I enjoyed all the stories for the most part.
What I did not like: The girls where over all very young in this book 18 or a little older. I know that back in that time most people married young but there where a few times I wanted to tell one of them to grow up. It was not annoying enough not to like the book but just something I noticed. Also there was one female character who caused some trouble in the first 3 stories and I admit I was hoping she would be the 4th story and she might find happiness. It did not work out that way but the way the book was going I though she might get her own story.
Over all a good read. The characters where well written and the story-lines interesting. If you’re a fan of this series I recommend this book or if you just like historical romance check this book out.
Posted January 6, 2013
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