A Log Cabin Christmas: 9 Historical Romances during American Pioneer Christmases

A Log Cabin Christmas: 9 Historical Romances during American Pioneer Christmases


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Experience Christmas through the eyes of adventuresome settlers who relied on log cabins built from trees on their own land to see them through the cruel forces of winter. Discover how rough-hewed shelters become a home in which faith, hope, and love can flourish. Marvel in the blessings of Christmas celebrations without the trappings of modern commercialism where the true meaning of the day shines through. And treasure this exclusive collection of nine Christmas romances penned by some of Christian fiction’s best-selling authors.

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ISBN-13: 9781624162510
Publisher: Barbour Publishing, Incorporated
Publication date: 09/01/2013
Pages: 448
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.80(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Bestselling author Margaret Brownley has penned more than forty historical novels and novellas. Her books have won numerous awards, including Readers' Choice Award of Excellence. She's a former Romance Writers of American RITA® finalist and has written for a TV soap. She is currently working on a new series. Not bad for someone who flunked eighth grade English. Just don't ask her to diagram a sentence. 

New York Times bestselling and award-winning author, Wanda E. Brunstetter is one of the founders of the Amish fiction genre. She has written close to 90 books translated in four languages.  With over 10 million copies sold, Wanda's stories consistently earn spots on the nations most prestigious bestseller lists and have received numerous awards.

Wanda’s ancestors were part of the Anabaptist faith, and her novels are based on personal research intended to accurately portray the Amish way of life. Her books are well-read and trusted by many Amish, who credit her for giving readers a deeper understanding of the people and their customs.

When Wanda visits her Amish friends, she finds herself drawn to their peaceful lifestyle, sincerity, and close family ties. Wanda enjoys photography, ventriloquism, gardening, bird-watching, beachcombing, and spending time with her family. She and her husband, Richard, have been blessed with two grown children, six grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.

To learn more about Wanda, visit her website at www.wandabrunstetter.com. 

Award-winning author, Jane Kirkpatrick is well known for her authentically portrayed historical fiction. She is also an acclaimed speaker and teacher with lively presentation style. She and her husband live in Oregon and, until recently, lived and worked on a remote homestead for over 25 years.

Kelly Eileen Hake received her first writing contract at the tender age of seventeen and arranged to wait three months until she was able to legally sign it. Since that first contract a decade ago, she’s fulfilled twenty contracts ranging from short stories to novels. In her spare time, she’s attained her BA in English literature and composition, earned her credential to teach English in secondary schools, and went on to complete her MA in writing popular fiction.

Writing for Barbour combines two of Kelly’s great loves—history and reading. A CBA bestselling author and member of American Christian Fiction Writers, she’s been privileged to earn numerous Heartsong Presents Reader’s Choice Awards and is known for her witty, heartwarming historical romances.

Liz Johnson holds a degree in public relations from Northern Arizona University, in Flagstaff, and works as a full-time marketing specialist for a major Christian publisher in Nashville, TN.

Liz Tolsma is a popular speaker and an editor and the owner of the Write Direction Editing. An almost-native Wisconsinite, she resides in a quiet corner of the state with her husband and their two daughters. Her son proudly serves as a U.S. Marine. They adopted all of their children internationally, and one has special needs. When she gets a few spare minutes, she enjoys reading, relaxing on the front porch, walking, working in her large perennial garden, and camping with her family.

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

Debra Ullrick is an award winning author who is happily married to her husband of thirty-seven years. For over twenty-five years, she and her husband and their only daughter lived and worked on cattle ranches in the Colorado Mountains. The last ranch Debra lived on, a famous movie star and her screenwriter husband purchased property there. She now lives in the flatlands where she’s dealing with cultural whiplash. Debra loves animals, classic cars, mud-bog racing, and monster trucks. When she’s not writing, she’s reading, drawing western art, feeding wild birds, watching Jane Austen movies, COPS, or Castle.  Debra’s other titles include, The Bride Wore Coveralls, Déjà vu Bride, Dixie Hearts, A Log Cabin Christmas, The Unexpected Bride, and come January 2012, The Unlikely Wife.

Erica Vetsch is a transplanted Kansan now residing in Minnesota. She loves books and history, and is blessed to be able to combine the two by writing historical romances. Whenever she’s not following flights of fancy in her fictional world, she’s the company bookkeeper for the family lumber business, mother of two, an avid museum patron, and wife to a man who is her total opposite and soul mate. Erica loves to hear from readers. You can sign up for her quarterly newsletter at www.ericavetsch.com
And you can email her at ericavetsch@gmail.com or contact her on her author Facebook page.

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A Log Cabin Christmas: 9 Nine Romances of American Pioneer Christmases 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 33 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A nice collections of inspirational historically based novels. They are great for a cozy read with a cup of tea or coffee on a chilly afternoon or evening
Blooming-with-Books More than 1 year ago
A LOG CABIN CHRISTMAS COLLECTION 9 Romances of American Pioneer Christmases A Log Cabin Christmas Collection is a compilation of 9 heart-warming Christian romances by favorite authors created for the Christmas season. 1) SNOW ANGEL by Margret Brownley. Miss Maddie Parker is the new school teacher straight from Boston. When personalities clash and a snow storm traps the young teacher, three students, and Sheriff Brad Donovan in an old mine cabin sparks are bound to fly. 2) THE CHRITMAS SECRET by Wanda E. Brunsetter. Elizabeth Canning and David Stinner are perfect for each other and are planning a Christmas wedding, but when a secret from the past is brought to light will they ever have a happily ever after? 3) CHRISTMAS TRAPS AND TRIMMINGS by Kelly Eileen Hake. Mina Montrose is determined to protect her inheritance and not be forced into marriage with her cousin Elton, but to accomplish this she must escape London and make her way to Kentucky and her guardian - Sam Carver. As Mina and her nurse Belinda turn Sam's cabin into something cozy they disrupt his life. When an earthquake strikes the region more than their cabin gets shaken! 4) A STAR IN THE NIGHT by Liz Johnson. The Civil War is raging and Cora Sinclair has just found a wounded Yankee soldier near her home, as she and her grandfather care for Jed Harrington she relives the horrors of war that she has seen. As Jed and Cora help each other they fight to keep from falling in love because they both know that the war will soon take Jed away. When Jed leaves on Christmas Eve, both are left wondering what the future holds for them. 5) THE COURTING QUILT by Jane Kirkpatrick. Mary Bishop runs the local mercantile, but times are changing and competition is moving in. When salesman Richard Taylor arrives trying sell her wares for her store it seems an answer to prayer. Mary and Richard form a partnership he will take her cart to the surrounding areas and sell her wares as he travels. As Mary's traveling mercantile makes the rounds Richard somehow manages to convince half the ladies that he is going to propose to them if them "meet the test" as a quilter. Everything comes a head at the Church Bazaar when the ladies get together. Who will Richard choose or will he be left quilt-less when the ladies are done with him? 6) UNDER HIS WINGS by Liz Tolsma. When Adie O'Connell's father dies in a logging accident she is the lone woman in the camp and without protection. Noah Mitchell who was Quinn O'Connell's partner agreed to protect Adie if anything should happen to Quinn, little realizing just how big a promise he was making. But Adie is convinced she doesn't need protecting. Can Noah protect Adie from her own stubbornness and the threats that surround her? 7) DOGTROT CHRISTMAS by Michelle Ule. Molly and her brother, James Faires are building a "dog trot" cabin on their new claim. But their new claim was never put up for sale by the owner Luis Vasco de Carvajal. Who is in the right and who will keep the land? Can Luis forgive his brother-in-law Manuel or will peace elude him? Can Molly's kindness help a soul damaged by war? 8) A GRAND COUNTRY CHRISTMAS by Debra Ullrich. What do you do when your father has been murdered? Can Amadeus and Awyna make a home together and become a family? 9) CHRISTMAS SERVICE by Erica Vetsch. Do you need to be a minister's wife to serve? Beth Sorenson is about to find out with the help of Todd Rambek & a wayward sheep. Publisher provided Advanced
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. The stories are of a time I can only dream about. Great stories from authors I will be looking into for many more great books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Being from Michigan and having a 1935 built log cabin in the family, I found these short stories very entertaining. I could relate to the times and places of the stories and put myself right in the log cabins. Good read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! The nine short, historical romances left me feeling warm and toasty, and oh-so-ready for Christmas.
GHott More than 1 year ago
Awesome! There were a couple of stories in there that were a bit slow for me and I didn't enjoy that so many of the books centered around women without parents but overall this was a terrific series of novellas that I enjoyed immensely. Especially that last one! I'll absolutely be reading this again!!
Gwen3095 More than 1 year ago
I just love Wanda Brunstetter's "The Christmas Secret". The Amish life is just so beautiful to me and I love reading the stories about them.
KidsDoc More than 1 year ago
Wonderful historical romance collection by some favorite Christian romance writers. Each novella was short enough to read in one sitting and the overall log cabin theme will take you away to the struggles of life and love in the winter during the late 1800s. This is a great deal for a lot of good stories and I discovered some new authors whose works I really enjoyed. If you liked "A Prairie Christmas Collection" published in 2010, then you will enjoy this book as well.
Jutzie More than 1 year ago
Nine different stories and authors make this book well worth reading. They all involve a log cabin, whether it be a honeymoon cabin or a mercantile store built out of logs they all come together for heart warming stories. ©2011 Snow Angel by Margaret Brownley Maddie Parker is the new schoolteacher in Maverick, Texas. Sheriff Donovan the man that hears all the complaints against her. When the two of them and three students get stranded in a cabin for a few a days, all their lives change in some way. ©2011 The Christmas Secret by Wanda E. Brunstetter Have Kleenex nearby as you read David and Elizabeth's story. While preparing her grandfather's cabin for her upcoming marriage Elizabeth finds her aunt's journal and it changes her future plans in a way she never expected. ©2011 Christmas Traps and Trimmings by Kelly Eileen Hake Mina Montrose escapes to America with her nurse, Mrs Banks, to find Samual Carver. To avoid an unwanted marriage by a cousin who wanted her inheritance she had to reach her guardian. Samuel did not know he had a ward until she arrived at his hunting cabin in Kentucky. ©2011 A Star in the Night by Liz Johnson Cora Sinclair lives in Tennessee with her grandfather. When she finds Jed Harrington, a union soldier, wounded they take him in their home. ©2011 The Courting Quilt by Jane Kirkpatrick Mary Bishop runs a mercantile out of the log cabin that she built with her late husband. Richard Taylor is selling threads. With competition closing in on her small store they become partners to sell her goods by going to the homes. Richard takes the route and charms the ladies so well they all think he plans on marrying them. ©2011 Under His Wings by Liz Tolsma Adie and her dad, Quinn, work in the lumber camps. When her dad dies his last words are for Noah Mitchell to take care of Adie. He knows the money he was earning to go to seminary will have to be used to take care of a wife but Noah feels it is what God wants him to do. Adie knows if she marries Noah she may never get the farm and log cabin she dreams of. ©2011 The Dogtrot Christmas by Michelle Ule Luis comes home from the war to find his land sold to Anglos and he finds Molly beautiful but he thinks she is Jamie's wife. Jamie is Molly's brother. Molly finds Luis handsome but he wants her brother to give up his land that he paid for. This story shows that with a common love for God people can cross cultural barriers. ©2011 A Grand County Christmas by Debra Ullrick Keep kleenex handy. Awnya meets Amadeus while she is hunting for food and is aiming to shoot his pet deer. He brings her home to his mom and three children. Being alone in the world since her fathers suspicious death she enjoys her stay, even with the disdaining looks his daughter gives her. Amadeus sees her as his Christmas gift. ©2011 Christmas Service by Erica Vetsch Beth thought by trying to prove she could be the perfect preachers wife she was in God's will. When Todd wanted to court her she refused as he was a blacksmith not a preacher. It takes a mere sheep going wild in a Christmas practice to open Beth's eyes.
wearylibrarian on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
There are 9 stories in this book. Some were very good and deserve a 4-5 star rating. However, there were a couple of stories that I did not enjoy. One of them I finally gave up on and did not finish. All 9 stories take place in 'log cabin times' and the writers are very careful about being historically correct in their stories. This is a good book to read on a chilly night while you sit in front of a roaring fire. The stories tell of a time when Christmas was much simpler but living was much more difficult.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great collection of stories, delightful and entertaining. Clean romance. Happy Reading! Appx. total number of pages on my nook 506. ****vrnb****
MrsTina42MR More than 1 year ago
A Log Cabin Christmas Collection: 9 Historical Romances during American Pioneer Christmases (Barbour Christmas Collections)***** by Wanda E. Brunstetter, Margaret Brownley, Kelly Eileen Hake, Jane Kirkpatrick, Liz Johnson, Liz Tolsma, Michelle Ule, Debra Ullrick and Erica Vetsch 1-Snow Angel by Margaret Brownley 1885, Maverick, Texas....Sheriff Brad Donovan seems to be spending a lot of time hearing complaints regarding the new school teacher, Maddie Parker, the school board hired 2 months earlier from Boston. Maddie's students keep her on her toes, especially a mischievous and most challenging 11-year-old boy, Jimmie Madison. This is a fun story with humor, challenges, a wondering bear, a blizzard, overcoming hardships, love and faith. I chuckled at some of the comments the children came up with at times. Enjoyed the interactions between Brad and Maddie and between Maddie and Jimmie. 2-The Christmas Secret by Wanda E. Brunstetter 1880..Allentown, Pennsylvania...Elizabeth Canning is getting married on her 21st birthday on Christmas Eve and plans to live in her family's cabin. In preparation for that day, Elizabeth sets out to clean the small cabin from top to bottom and finds her aunt's journal. Curious, she reads part of the journal and finds a shocking discovery which changes everything—even her upcoming wedding. David Stinner is shocked as well when his future bride leaves a note calling off the wedding without an explanation and disappears. There is more than one surprise in this story, jealously, lies, secrets, trust broken and restored, forgiveness, regrets, tears—even had me in tears—and laughter, love and faith. Great heartwarming story. 3-Christmas Traps and Trimmings by Kelly Eileen Hake October 1811 London, England....Wilhemina—Mina Montrose is the heiress to the Montrose fortune. But there is a plot at work to take her fortune unless she can come up with a plan to stop it quickly—but how? December 1811 Appalachian Mountains, Kentucky...her guardian, Sam Carver is a fur trapper is shocked when his ward, Wilhemina along with her old-nurse unexpectedly show up at his cabin. Needless to say, more than the earth shakes and rumbles when these two meet. I admired Mina's take-action attitude, courage and perseverance as she leaves all she has known far behind and travels—escapes really—to the unknown—unknown guardian and country. I like how even though Sam didn't want her there he made room for her in his very small cabin. It was fun to see how Mina and her old-nurse immediately tried to take over the cabin and how Sam responded to that. Fun, humorous, heartwarming story. 4-A Star in the Night by Liz Johnson December 1864, Franklin, Tennessee....Cora Sinclair is trying to deal with the horror she has witnessed while caring for wounded soldiers from battles in the Civil War. Living with her grandfather it is hard to keep the nightly nightmares from him. She comes across a wounded Yankee soldier propped up against a tree near their home—Confederate territory. What should she do—leave him here to die or take him home and care for him until he is able to travel? Could she keep his presence in her home a secret, what if he is discovered? Jedediah—Jed Harrington has been shot but he needs to get to Washington right away. He has no choice but to place his life in the hands of Cora and her grandfather. He promises to stay til Christmas and gather his strength before he leaves—but he never promised to return. I enjoyed this story very mu
KayMKM More than 1 year ago
Snow Angel by Margaret Brownley This is a good story of love and of healing. Sometimes adding children to the mix can accomplish wonders. The Christmas Secret by Wanda E. Brunstetter Keeping a secret is not always in the best interest of everyone concerned. This is heart-wrenching story. Christmas Traps and Trimmings by Kelly Eileen Hake Times were so difficult for women, who had little or no rights. Interesting story. A Star in the Night by Liz Johnson With the help of Jed, Cora learns to trust in God to help her through haunting nightmares of war. This is my favorite of the collection. The Courting Quilt by Jane Kirkpatrick Delightful romance focusing on the dilemma and resourcefulness of widows and unmarried women in Oregon, 1867. Under His Wings by Liz Tolsma I not only loved the spiritual symbolism in this romance, but I have to say--Noah ticks all the boxes as a superlative hero. The Dogtrot Christmas by Michelle Ule Sweet love story highlighting the hardships and joys of settling in Texas in 1836. Great spiritual theme on forgiving one another and oneself. A Grand County Christmas by Debra Ullrick Awnya’s story is heartbreaking and illustrates extreme loss and cruel hardship. On the other hand, it depicts God’s provision and how He always works out everything for the good of those who love Him. It is a story of contrasts. Christmas Service by Erica Vetsch This story touches me the most, because of the spiritual issues and inner conflicts of the young protagonist, Beth Sorensen. What a wonderful hero the reader will find in Christmas Service!
WildflowerMom More than 1 year ago
Wonderful collection of heartwarming stories by some notable authors. A great way to spend a winter afternoon. Highly recommend!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Maybe if you didn't godmod, he would've respected you more. Just a thought. ;}
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Insulting someone who can't reply. Classy.
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"I a, a wolf toO!" Transforms into the wolf, Emeralddeath. Snarls at all the cats. "So... now you going to challenge me?"
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It's got just enough. And its old enough for no one to know. I was born into it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed reading this book and I highly recommend it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Interesting short stories.
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