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You can experience Christmas during the time period of your choice—if you rent the entire Barncastle Inn of Vermont for the whole week of Christmas. When they first decided to do this, Jayne Barncastle is determined to prove to her parents it will work. Will she overlook her own chance for romance in the process? Will a World War II era “White Christmas” recreate a scene of forgiveness for an embittered couple? Can a pirate’s lair be the place of fun-filled reunion for old lovers? When coworkers assist in ...
You can experience Christmas during the time period of your choice—if you rent the entire Barncastle Inn of Vermont for the whole week of Christmas. When they first decided to do this, Jayne Barncastle is determined to prove to her parents it will work. Will she overlook her own chance for romance in the process? Will a World War II era “White Christmas” recreate a scene of forgiveness for an embittered couple? Can a pirate’s lair be the place of fun-filled reunion for old lovers? When coworkers assist in recreating the first Christmas for the inn, will they discover romance?
Posted January 11, 2013
Posted December 2, 2012
The four novellas that make up "Christmas at Barncastle Inn" take the reader through four depictions of love. The book covers several years because Barncastle Inn's new marketing niche allows patrons to rent the entire bed-and-breakfast for the holidays and enjoy Christmas with their family and guests in the era of their choice.
Part of the fun in the stories comes from how each era is recreated and the various snags that are encountered. The love stories at the core of each novella share a locale but little else as each author brings a different perspective to the individual story. Each couple is different and the road they must travel to romance takes a variety of forms.
These tales are good, clean fun with a Christmas heart and very readable. If you enjoy history, romance, Christmas or any combination of the three, you should put "Christmas at Barncastle Inn" on your list for Santa!
Disclaimer: This review is based on a purchased copy of the book.
Posted January 5, 2012
The Christmas goose is long gone, the packages are long unwrapped, it is time to kick back and enjoy a good book. This is it. The novellas all center around a bed and breakfast, the first story shows how the B & B becomes successful and the other stories are Christmas gatherings at the inn.
It is cute and fun, just what a Christmas book should be.
Posted December 14, 2011
Novels involve fantasy. Because I¿ve always dreamed of ways to drop people into historical settings and let them experience how things were then, I thought Barncastle Inn was a great idea.
Jayne Barncastle turns her back on a dream job in the city and transforms her parents bed and breakfast into the holiday time and place visitors long for. It will be an expensive holiday celebration because of all that is involved in the creations, and only the wealthy can afford it.
She would even take them back to Charlemagne¿s coronation on Christmas Day in 800 AD, playing up the castle aspects of the large inn. Food from the Middle Ages would be served with the staff wearing medieval costumes.
Jayne creates a World War II era Christmas, too Another time guests could experienced the simpler times of the 1930s with sledding parties, caroling and gifts typical of the era. Then they go back to the time and place where it all began in Bethlehem.
A young widower and his son check out the place in order to recommend the holiday package to his former mother-in-law. His little son loves castles, dragons, sword fighting with harmless little weapons in the novella by Susan Page Davis, Love Comes to the Castle.
Three other authors tell the stories about Barncastle Inn: Darlene Franklin, Janelle Mowery and Lynette Sowell. As characters experience Christmas in a fresh new way, trouble and Cupid always show up.
I enjoyed this book. A review copy was provided.
Posted September 24, 2011
Four authors, Susan Page Davis, Darlene Franklin, Janelle Mowery and Lynette Sowell, team up in their new book, "Christmas at Barncastle Inn" published by Barbour Publishing Inc. to give us four stories about Christmas specifically at the Inn.
The premise is this: what if the Barncastles take their family Bed and Breakfast Inn and once a year allow someone to rent it out for a week to recreate a Christmas theme from a different time? Jayne Barncastle has come up with this plan and while the rest of the family do not have high hopes for this to work they do allow her to promote the idea to the public. And much to everyone's surprise they line up for a chance to rent the Inn for the week.
Susan Page Davis provides the first story, "Love Comes To The Castle" where the Dillard family rent the week and want a medieval Christmas. While working with them to recreate their wishes Jayne falls for Luke Gilbert but will the wealthy Dillard family object to the romance with their widowed son-in-law? Lynette Sowell is up next with, "Christmas Duets", set in a WWII theme. Marcella Goudreau is looking forward to having her family together but not to seeing Sean McSweeney. Will the different era allow God to heal their hearts and restore their romance? Janelle Mowery gives us number three, "Where Your Heart Is" a pirate Christmas. Stephanie Minter returns to the Inn working as a Nanny and is surprised to see Matthew Raynor, her old love, working there. Will this be their second chance at romance? Finally it is Darlene Franklin with, "First Christmas", set at the time of Jesus' birth. Can Waverly Coe, veterinarian's assistant, find romance with veterinarian Alec Ross?
"Christmas at Barncastle Inn" is great fun to read. The four stories are so well written and the romance is perfect, tender not overboard or forced. All the characters need God to work out their relationships. I do hope that next year there will be a sequel it is that well done.
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