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A Pioneer Christmas Collection: 9 Stories of Finding Shelter and Love in a Wintry Frontier
     

A Pioneer Christmas Collection: 9 Stories of Finding Shelter and Love in a Wintry Frontier

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by Lauraine Snelling, Margaret Brownley, Kathleen Fuller, Marcia Gruver, Shannon McNear
 

Journey along with American settlers who learn that despite where the trail takes them or how primitive their lodgings may be Christmas is all about the heart. Determined to honor Christ’s birth, these pioneers find a way to make Christmas happen in places like a cave, a tipi, and a dugout. Modern readers will enjoy a peek into life before commercialism took

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Journey along with American settlers who learn that despite where the trail takes them or how primitive their lodgings may be Christmas is all about the heart. Determined to honor Christ’s birth, these pioneers find a way to make Christmas happen in places like a cave, a tipi, and a dugout. Modern readers will enjoy a peek into life before commercialism took over the sacred day, distracting us from the true blessings of faith, hope, and love. Enjoy nine original novellas of Christmas romance as penned from many of today’s leading Christian authors, including Lauraine Snelling, Kathleen Fuller, and Vickie McDonough.

Editorial Reviews

Reviews by Jenilee - Jenilee Goodwin

As the weather turns cooler and the leaves start to turn and homes start settling in for the holidays, this is the perfect book to turn to on those cool fall or cold winter evenings.
 
A book full of quick, easy to read, encouraging stories that will help put you in the Christmas spirit. Each author brings a story that will capture you from the first page to the last.
 
I love these collections because they are not meant to be in depth or full of thought provoking content. They are meant to bring warmth, hope, love and faith by way of short stories. Yes, they can be very predictable at times but that is part of the charm of each collection.
GoodReads - Amy Campbell

A Pioneer Christmas is a beautiful collection of historical Christmas stories. I loved them all but Buckskin Bride by Vickie McDonough was my favorite of the nine. Most of these authors are new to me and will be looking for more full length stories by them in the future. I recommend this book to get you into the holiday spirit.
Fresh Fiction - Pat Richardson

This collection brought me the scent of Christmas cooking and the tingle of snow. There's excitement, occasional violence and good fellowship. A PIONEER CHRISTMAS COLLECTION is writing of impressive quality by seven female authors and any reader would be glad to find this under the Christmas tree.
Proverbial Reads - Sally McCombs

This collection was a nice harkening back to days past and shows the reader that, despite the difficulties faced, these pioneers still made Christmas a priority. We could perhaps learn a thing or two from them.
NetGalley - Faith Oygard

Overall a terrific collection of wonderful stories. I enjoyed every single one. A terrific Christmas gift for you or a friend :)
The Christian Manifesto - Tammy Cook

You will not be able to finish this book without seeing that God is our ultimate shelter and love. He sent or provided each of the characters just what was needed when they needed provision and help. Each novella has a satisfying ending but I wished the stories would keep going. I wanted to know more about the characters’ lives because I was so drawn into their situations. To me that is the sign of a well written story which is why I recommend this as a great Christmas read to fans of Inspirational Romance and Historical Fiction.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781624161902
Publisher:
Barbour Publishing, Incorporated
Publication date:
09/01/2013
Pages:
448
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.40(d)

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Meet the Author


CBA and ECPA bestselling novelist Kathleen Fuller is the author of over twenty novels and novellas, including An Amish Wedding, which was recently voted as the number one collection of the year by the Family Fiction 2012 Readers Choice Awards. Kathleen lives with her husband and three teenaged children in Geneva, Ohio. When she’s not writing she enjoys teaching, swimming, and traveling.

Bestselling author Vickie McDonough grew up wanting to marry a rancher, but instead married a computer geek who is scared of horses. She now lives out her dreams in her fictional stories about ranchers, cowboys, lawmen, and others living in the Old West. Vickie is the award-winning author of thirty-five published books and novellas. Her novels include the fun and feisty Texas Boardinghouse Brides series, and Gabriel’s Atonement, Book 1 in her Land Rush Dreams series.
Vickie has been married thirty-nine years to Robert. They have four grown sons, one of whom is married, and a precocious eight-year-old granddaughter. When she’s not writing, Vickie enjoys reading, antiquing, watching movies, and traveling. To learn more about Vickie’s books or to sign up for her newsletter, visit her website: www.vickiemcdonough.com
 

Lauraine Snelling is an award-winning author with over 75 published titles including two horse series for kids. With more than 3 million books in print, Lauraine still finds time to create great stories as she travels around the country to meet readers with her husband and rescued Basset Sir Winston.

Bestselling author Margaret Brownley has published more than thirty-five books and has written for a daytime TV soap.The third book in her popular Undercover Ladies series, Calico Spy, will be published December 2015. She is currently working on a new series. A past Romance Writers of America RITA finalist, she has won many literary awards including Readers Choice. Margaret and her husband have three grown children and live in Southern California. Margaret can be reached through her website; www.margaret-brownley.com

Marcia Gruver’s southern roots lend touches of humor and threads of faith to her writing. Look for both in her Texas Fortunes and Backwoods Brides series. When she’s not perched behind a keyboard, you’ll find her clutching a game system controller or riding shotgun on long drives in the Texas Hill Country. Lifelong Texans, Marcia and her husband Lee have five children. Collectively, this motley crew has graced them with a dozen grandchildren and one great-granddaughter—so far.

Cynthia Hickey grew up in a family of storytellers and moved around the country a lot as an army brat. Her desire is to write about real, but flawed characters in a wholesome way that her seven children and five grandchildren can all be proud of. She and her husband live in Arizona where Cynthia is a full-time writer.

Michelle Ule is a musician, historian and Bible study leader who graduated from UCLA. She’s the author of five historical novellas and a Navy SEAL novel. Married to a now retired submarine officer whom she followed all over the world, she lives with her family in northern California. You can learn more about her at www.michelleule.com
 

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A Pioneer Christmas Collection: 9 Stories of Finding Shelter and Love in a Wintry Frontier 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
GHott More than 1 year ago
Defending Truth Truth can’t believe it when she encounters a Tory on her mountain! Her father is still off defending the area from those silly Torris and this man, Will, is here starving. Well, God put him in her path for a reason. Hopefully, he’ll leave before her father returns – or he eats her out of house and home! Review: So cute! I enjoyed this novella but it was so full that it didn’t feel like a novella at all!! Author: Shannon McNear Grade: A Ages: 16+ Setting: 1781 North Carolina The Calling Should Ethan follow his heart or follow his calling. Ethan has been hiding from his legacy – his father and grandfather are preachers – because he’s just afraid. Well, except when he’s in Milly’s tavern. Until he gets his life straight he can’t be a husband – especially, if he’s pioneering for God. Review:I loved this! It was so sweet and fun. The bickering and relationships in this tavern were perfect! Author: Kathleen Fuller Grade: A+ Ages: 16+ Setting: 1820 Ohio A Silent Night Iain never came home and Lorna, totally unprepared to make it it alone with her daughter, Ashton, is left struggling to know God’s will. Especially, with the two men offering their help. Review: This was the sweetest novella I’ve read in a long time. Though definitely a novella, A Silent Night is a must have on your reading list. Author: Anna Urquhart Grade: A Ages: 16+ Setting: 1830 Michigan Territory A Pony Express Christmas Alone on a trail searching desperately for her missing brother, Ellie May comes upon an imminent hanging. Deciding upon looking at the group that her best chance was with the soon to be hanged, Michael, she purchases him from his pursuers and puts him right to work. But will Michael be able to rescue her from this disastrous mission she’s bent on and help her to find her brother? Review: A Pony Express Christmas sucked me right in. I couldn’t say what was my favorite part of this because it was amazing! It was fun, silly, action-packed, and interesting. There were facts and verses mixed in with the most delightful conversation!! Author: Margaret Brownley Grade: A+ Ages: 16+ Setting: 1862 Nebraska Territory A Christmas Castle Married by proxy, Annie arrives at her new home to find a grave and little girl – one she was completely unaware of but is now responsible for. Within twenty-four hours she’s offered marriage by two very different men. Can God show her the right path to follow? Review: I loved every word!Just couldn’t put this one down. Plus, it had some very wonderful nudges about how a husbands needs to be treated that were very timely! Author: Cynthia Hickey Grade: A+ Ages: 16+ Setting: 1867 Arizona Territory The Cowboy’s Angel What’s a cowboy to do? On the way to his boss’s northern territory Jeremiah comes upon a very sick man who dies moments after asking Jeremiah to check on his family. Jeremiah arrives to find an hours old baby, young boy, and new widow deep in the snow and without hope to make it through to spring. Jeremiah’s conscience won’t let him leave but he can’t stay either… Review: At first The Cowboy’s Angel seemed like another I’d read in this book but as I kept reading I realized how absolutely different and wonderful it really was. I really can use Belle’s thankfulness as an example! Author: Lauraine Snelling Grade: A Ages: 16+ Setting: 1875 Dakota Territory A Badlands Christmas Is he serious? When her father tells Noela and her sister Bea that they’re visiting Medora for Christmas they’re in shock. But when they arrive to find that this is their new home and they’ve moved from New York City life to a crumbling Soddy in the middle of nowhere. Can God be found in this vast wilderness? Review: WOW. I really loved this. The romance was downplayed to Noela fixing her relationships with her family and God. Author: Marcia Gruver Grade: A Ages: 16+ Setting: 1885 Dakota Territory Buckskin Bride What’s a girl to do? Father left Milly in charge of her two sisters several weeks ago and hasn’t returned. When the youngest sister, Jess, breaks her ankle the girls end up at the mercy of brothers living in the area. If only Father hadn’t told them to stay away from men… Review: Author: Vickie McDonough Grade: Ages: Setting: 1889 Oklahoma Territory The Gold Rush Christmas “How often had Mama warned Samantha to use her head and curb Peter’s fancies? How many times had Mama told her to watch out for bookish Miles?” Yet, here she is on a trip to Alaska disguised as a boy and searching for her father as Miles gets himself into trouble and Peter guides them unwittingly. Review: For me this just wasn’t a great close to the book. It didn’t have enough pull. Author: Michelle Ule Grade: DNF Ages: — Setting: 1897 Alaska Hott Review: This was a really long book and took me forever to read but I loved every second – I even purchased a physical copy to share! More… Source: Barbour via Netgalley (a really long time ago!) Grade: A Ages: 16+ Steam: YA Setting: Historic US
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
WildflowerMom More than 1 year ago
A wonderful slice of Americana over the centuries by some exceptional authors. Great read at Christmas or anytime of year!
wfnren More than 1 year ago
9 Great stories by 9 great authors Nine short, wonderful, Christmas stories written by nine authors: Lauraine Snelling, Margaret Brownley, Kathleen Fuller, Marcia Gruver, Cynthia Hickey, Vickie McDonough, Shannon McNear, Michelle Ule and Anna Urquhart. I really enjoyed this book, these stories, and they are all quick reads. Of course there were some that touched my heart more than others as I'm sure any reader would feel that way, having different stories touch their heart. They take place in a variety of locations and even though they aren't long, they are great reads. I think there will be something special for all Christian Historical Fiction lovers in this book. I have read books by many of these authors and have found some new ones that I will be watching for. Thank you for putting this collection together.
amybooksy More than 1 year ago
A Pioneer Christmas is a beautiful collection of historical Christmas stories. I loved them all but Buckskin Bride by Vickie McDonough was my favorite of the nine. Most of these authors are new to me and will be looking for more full length stories by them in the future. I recommend this book to get you into the holiday spirit. 4 stars.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a great collection. I really enjoy these authors and the theme of Christmas made them very special. A must have for anyone who enjoys Christian holiday literature.