A Prairie Christmas Collection: 9 Historical Christmas Romances from America's Great Plains

A Prairie Christmas Collection: 9 Historical Christmas Romances from America's Great Plains


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A Prairie Christmas Collection: 9 Historical Christmas Romances from America's Great Plains by Tracie Peterson, Tracey V. Bateman, Pamela Griffin, JoAnn A. Grote

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781616260040
Publisher: Barbour Publishing, Incorporated
Publication date: 09/01/2010
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 448
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

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 women’s 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 is a past president of the American Christian Fiction Writers and has more than 30 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. Her main goal in writing is to help and encourage those who know the Lord and plant a seed of hope in those who don’t, through entertaining stories. She has over fifty titles published to date, in both novels and novellas, and loves to hear from her readers. You can contact her at words_of_honey@juno.com

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 bestselling 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 captures 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 is the author of numerous romance novels including Inspirational Reader’s Choice Award- and Carol Award-winning Faithful Traitor, and full length historical Until That Distant Day. She lives with her husband in the beautiful North woods of Wisconsin, where she enjoys spoiling her three cats, teaching high school literature classes, playing keyboard for her church family, and sipping coffee on the deck as she brainstorms for her next novel.

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A Prairie Christmas Collection: 9 Historical Christmas Romances from America's Great Plains 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
kittycrochettwo More than 1 year ago
It's the time of year to start reading Christmas stores, and I always enjoy finding a book of short stories from several different authors. While I have read books from Tracie Peterson, Tracey Bateman and Deborah Raney the rest of the authors were totally new to me. For me historical fiction is one of my favorite genre's to read and that's just what we get in this collection of nine short stories. In each story the author gives us a strong female lead that isn't to keen on falling in love but does anyway. I loved the positive christian messages woven into each story, and the fact that theses stories are Christmas themed was just an added bonus. A great book to read during the holiday season.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Most of these short stories were pretty good. A couple were so so, missing some information that I thought was relevant to the story, or seemed disjointed (The Christmas Necklace) Overall I would probably read some of them again in the future.
villageanne More than 1 year ago
A PRAIRIE Christmas Collection - This 445 page collection contains 9 Historical Christmas Romances From American's Great Plains. From a readers point of view, the amazing thing about this book is the delicate writing style of each of the 9 authors. Their style is not only very different but they also complement each other in a way that only a collection of short stories could do. Each of these talented authors writes in Christian romance fiction. The amazing list of short stories and authors are guaranteed to captivate the readers mind and take them back in time to the Prairie lives of the 1800's. The reader will find these short stories both exciting and challenging as women find strength they often did not know they possessed. This book proves to be a remarkable way to spend cozy "alone" time each night by cuddling with a blanket, mug of hot chocolate and this collection of Christmas stories in front of a roaring fire. Each story is so fine tuned that it grabs the readers attention with great detail of the surroundings, winter cold air that rushes in Christmas with a bit of Romance. No two of these authors styles are alike as no two stories are alike. Each is unique in its plot, circumstances and of course romance even when it is not convenient as well as the way they grab and hold the readers attention. The main characters are not weak women depending on men for survival. In fact they are quite the opposite, they are strong women who can captivate the men of the prairie who fall head over hills in love with them, while remaining true to themselves and their feminine strengths. I truly enjoyed this collection of short stories. I was drawn to this book because I love Christmas stories. I love historical fiction and Tracie Peterson is one of my favorite authors. This treasury of Historical Christmas Romances will take the reader back in time to a much different Minnesota and Dakota Territory, the rolling hill of Nebraska, Iowa and Illinois and then down into the flats of Kansas. Each story is filled with faith, inspiration and the strong desire to tame a land while often finding love in the midst of danger and intrigue. I not only give this book a 5 star but I give each story individually a 5 star. I recommend it to anyone who wants to read a romantic Christmas story from days gone by. Each of them are just the right length to read one before going to sleep each night. This book has deckeled edges that add to that historical time element and for the nostalgic feel. The reader will see American Great Plains in a new and exciting way that will give Christmas a new meaning this year and each year thereafter. I am keeping this book in my personal library, so I can reread it each Christmas season.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I lucked out. I happened to read these just before Christmas - and all so well wtitten! I like how each story showed a different side of God's love to meet anyone's situation.
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The only author that I was familiar with was Tracie Peterson when I purchased this book. I must say that I have enjoyed reading all the different authors in this collection. Really gives a different perspective of Christmas.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Recommend, written very well by all authors. I liked the fact that each other has a differrnt style o writing, which made the reading of the book go quickly. Some humor, too.
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Inspiring tales of challenges and triumphs
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AAR More than 1 year ago
A PRAIRIE CHRISTMAS COLLECTION: 9 HISTORICAL CHRISTMAS ROMANCES FROM AMERICA'S GREAT PLAINS by various authors(Tracie Peterson,Tracey Bateman,JoAnne A. Grote, Maryn Langer, Deborah Raney,Pamela Griffin, Darelene Mendrup, Janet Spaeth and Jill Stengl) is a wonderful inspirational Christmas romance.It is a reprint. It is a sweet romantic tales of days gone by and finding love.It is well written by all the authors. It has romance, faith,determination, courage, adventure, heartache, challenges, victories,sleigh rides, snowy nights, love, opening of hearts,hope and the desire to tame a wild land while trying to find love.All the characters are strong-willed and determined to survive the harsh land and struggles along the way. This is a beautiful Christmas story that show with courage, determination and faith love can find its true heart and survive. I would recommend this book especially if you enjoy sweet Christmas stories by various authors all in one book. This book was received for review from Net Galley and details can be found at Barbour Publishing and My Book Addiction and More.