Celebrating Faith and Love in the Historic Rocky Mountains
From a Wyoming ranch in 1880, to a logging camp in Washington Territory in the late 1800s, to Denver, Colorado, in 1913, meet nine couples who find that Christmas is the perfect time for climbing to the heights of romance.
Watch as their faith and courage propel them through challenges that come with mountain winters to cozy fireside celebrations that lead to lasting proclamations of love. Penned by an exclusive selection of Christian fiction authors—including Susan Page Davis, Vickie McDonough, and Carrie Turansky—this collection of nine romances is one to treasure.
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About the Author
Mildred Colvin is the author of more than thirty romance novels in both contemporary and historical time settings, including the best seller “Mama’s Bible” which is the first in a series of Oregon Trail stories. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers as well as a wonderful critique group.
Mildred often sets her stories in her home state of Missouri where she lives with her husband of almost fifty years. They have three adult children and three grandchildren. You can find Mildred online at http://www.infinitecharacters.com and on Facebook at Romantic Reflections by Mildred Colvin.
MARY DAVIS is an award-winning author of over a dozen novels in both historical and contemporary themes, four novellas, two compilations, and three short stories, as well as being included in various collections. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and is active in two critique groups.
Mary lives in the Colorado Rocky Mountains with her husband of over thirty years and two cats. She has three adult children and one grandchild. She enjoys playing board and card games, rain, and cats. She would enjoy gardening if she didn’t have a black thumb. Her hobbies include quilting, porcelain doll making, sewing, crafts, crocheting, and knitting. http://marydavisbooks.com https://www.facebook.com/mary.davis.73932
Susan Page Davis is the author of more than seventy Christian novels and novellas, which have sold more than 1.5 million copies. Her historical novels have won numerous awards, including the Carol Award, the Will Rogers Medallion for Western Fiction, and the Inspirational Readers’ Choice Contest. She has also been a finalist in the More than Magic Contest and Willa Literary Awards. She lives in western Kentucky with her husband. She’s the mother of six and grandmother of ten. Visit her website at: www.susanpagedavis.com.
Multi-published, award-winning author Lena Nelson Dooley has had her books appear on the CBA and ECPA bestseller lists, as well as some Amazon bestseller lists. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers http://www.acfw.com/ and the local chapter, ACFW - DFW. She’s a member of Christian Authors’ Network, and Gateway Church in Southlake, Texas.
Her 2010 release Love Finds You in Golden, New Mexico, won the 2011 Will Rogers Medallion Award for excellence in publishing Western Fiction. Her next series, McKenna’s Daughters: Maggie’s Journey appeared on a reviewers Top Ten Books of 2011 list. It also won the 2012 Selah award for Historical Novel. The second, Mary’s Blessing, was a Selah Award finalist for Romance novel. Catherine’s Pursuit released in 2013. It was the winner of the NTRWA Carolyn Reader’s Choice Award, took second place in the CAN Golden Scroll Novel of the Year award, and won the Will Rogers Medallion bronze medallion. Her blog, A Christian Writer’s World, received the Readers Choice Blog of the Year Award from the Book Club Network.
She has experience in screenwriting, acting, directing, and voice-overs. She has been featured in articles in Christian Fiction Online Magazine, ACFW Journal, Charisma Magazine, and Christian Retailing.
In addition to her writing, Lena is a frequent speaker at women’s groups, writers groups, and at both regional and national conferences. She has spoken in six states and internationally. She is also one of the co-hosts of the Along Came a Writer Blogtalk radio show.
Lena has an active web presence on Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, Linkedin and with her internationally connected blog where she interviews other authors and promotes their books.
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Bestselling author Darlene Franklin’s greatest claim to fame is that she writes full-time from a nursing home. She lives in Oklahoma, near her son and his family, and continues her interests in playing the piano and singing, books, good fellowship, and reality TV in addition to writing. She is an active member of Oklahoma City Christian Fiction Writers, American Christian Fiction Writers, and the Christian Authors Network. She has written over fifty books and more than 250 devotionals. Her historical fiction ranges from the Revolutionary War to World War II, from Texas to Vermont. You can find Darlene online at www.darlenefranklinwrites.com
Debby Lee was raised in the cozy little town of Toledo, Washington. She has been writing since she was a small child, and has written several novels, but never forgets home. The Northwest Christian Writers Association and Romance Writers of America are two organizations that Debby enjoys being a part of. As a self professed nature lover, and an avid listener of 1960's folk music, Debby can't help but feel like a hippie child who wasn't born soon enough to attend Woodstock. She wishes she could run barefoot all year long, but often does anyway in the grass and on the beaches in her hamlet that is the cold and rainy southwest Washington. During football season, Debby cheers on the Seattle Seahawks along with legions of other devoted fans. She's also filled with wanderlust and dreams of visiting Denmark, Italy, and Morocco someday. Debby loves connecting with her readers through her website at www.booksbydebbylee.com
Tamela Hancock Murray is the author of over thirty novels and nonfiction works. She feels honored and humbled that her books have placed her on bestseller lists and that one of her Barbour titles, Destinations, won an RWA Inspirational Readers Choice Award. Tamela has been a literary agent since 2001 and is with The Steve Laube Agency.
Tamela lives in Virginia with her husband of over thirty years. They are the parents of two lovely daughters. Tamela enjoys church, reading, and spending time with her immediate and extended family and friends.
Tamela is passionate about edifying and encouraging other Christians through her work. She always enjoys hearing from readers. Please visit her on Facebook and Twitter.
ECPA- bestselling author Gina Welborn worked for a news radio station until she fell in love with writing romances. She serves on the American Christian Fiction Writers Foundation Board. Sharing her husband's love for the premier American sportscar, she is a founding member of the Southwest Oklahoma Corvette Club and a lifetime member of the National Corvette Museum. Gina lives with her husband, three of their five Okie-Hokie children, two rabbits, two guinea pigs, and a dog that doesn't realize rabbits and pigs are edible. Find her online at www.ginawelborn.com!
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Mountain Christmas Brides
By Susan Page Davis
Barbour Publishing, IncCopyright © 2012 Mildred Colvin
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A Trusting Heart
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by Carrie Turansky
An intelligent widower of twenty-eight years from a fine family wishes to correspond with an honorable maiden or widow eighteen to twenty-five years with a loving disposition who is interested in matrimony and would like a good husband and a life of plenty in Wyoming.
The shrieking blast of the train whistle shook the platform of the Chicago Central Train Station. Annika Bergstrom clutched her twin sister, Sophia, and swallowed her tears. She must be strong for Sophia's sake.
"I don't know how I shall ever get along without you." Tears ran down her sister's cheeks. She reached up and brushed them away with her gloved hand.
Sophia's new husband, Lars, stepped forward and tenderly placed his arm around his wife's shoulder. "We'll pray for you, Annika, every day."
"Thank you, Lars." Annika studied the man who had won her sister's heart. He would take care of Sophia. They were a good match and had a wonderful future ahead, serving the Lord at a small, rural church in northern Illinois.
Would her future husband treat her with such love and tenderness? Annika forced a smile. "I promise to pray for you both as well. I'm sure God will keep us safe in His loving care." She truly believed that, but she said it aloud to reassure herself as well as her sister and Lars.
"And you must write to us often," Sophia said. "I'll be waiting for your letters."
Annika's hands trembled, and she grabbed her sister once more. "I will. I promise. And you must do the same. I want to hear all about your new church as soon as you're settled."
Annika stepped back and gazed at her sister, memorizing the curve of her cheek and the look of devotion in her blue eyes. If she didn't love Sophia so much, she could never leave her like this. Since the day they were born, and even those nine months before, they had never been parted. How would she survive without Sophia?
The huge, black locomotive hissed. Puffs of steam and smoke filled the air. All around her travelers said their last good-byes, gathered up their belongings, and moved to board the train.
The conductor, dressed in a black uniform and cap, walked toward them. "All aboard," he called.
A shot of panic raced through Annika. Was it too late to change her mind? But if she did, how would she support herself? For the last five years, since their parents' deaths, she and Sophia had worked as maids at the Hillman School for Girls. Even when they combined their meager salaries, they barely made enough to scrape by. She could never afford to live on her own now that Sophia was leaving Chicago.
No. Her decision was made. She had accepted Charles Simms's proposal of marriage, and she was a woman of her word. She would travel to Wyoming as his mail-order bride and make a new life for herself. But more importantly, she would free Sophia to make a new life with Lars.
"It's time, Annika." Lars nodded to the conductor as he approached.
"Are you headed to Omaha, miss?" the gray-haired conductor asked.
Annika gripped the handle of her bag. "Yes, sir, and then on to Laramie, Wyoming."
"My goodness, all the way to Wyoming?" He chuckled and turned to Lars. "Don't worry. I'll keep an eye on her this first leg of the trip." He took Annika's bag and walked toward the train.
Sophia kissed her cheek. "Good-bye, dear heart. I love you."
Annika was afraid her reply would come out as a sob, so she kissed her sister, then followed the conductor to the train.
He checked her ticket and directed her to the second-class coach.
She lifted her skirts and mounted the steps. Making her way down the aisle, she looked for an open seat by the window so she could catch one last glimpse of her sister and Lars. How long would it be until she saw them again? Six months? A year? Five years? Would her sister be holding a baby in her arms the next time they met? Would Annika? She gulped and pushed that thought away. The possibility of having a baby with a man she had never met was too much to consider at the moment.
The train creaked and groaned as the engine built up steam. The car lurched forward and rolled away.
She waved to Sophia, then pressed her face against the cool, dirty glass, watching her sister grow smaller and disappear from sight as the train rounded a curve. She let her tears fall, but only a few. This was the right decision. Her parents' loving and selfless example had taught her to put Sophia's needs above her own.
Sophia had initially refused Lars's proposal because she didn't want to leave Annika alone in Chicago. It was only after Annika found a suitable groom through Mrs. Mayberry's Matrimonial Society for Christians of Moral Character that Sophia had finally agreed to move ahead with her wedding plans.
Annika took a handkerchief from her bag and wiped her nose and cheeks. Perhaps if she read the letters again it would calm her heart and strengthen her for the journey.
She pulled the small packet from her bag. A pale blue ribbon tied the five envelopes together, one from Mrs. Amelia Mayberry and four from Charles Simms. She scanned Charles's first letter dated June 18, although she had read it so many times during the last four months she had almost memorized it.
A man's penmanship told a great deal about him, and Charles's writing was neat and precise. Even though he had been raised in the West, he was obviously an intelligent, educated man with a caring heart.
His description of the family's large cattle ranch intrigued her. She'd lived on a small farm in Sweden until her family immigrated to America when she was twelve. Living in the country again after spending the last ten years in Chicago sounded wonderful. The Simms's ranch was only six miles from Laramie, a small town on the Pacific Railway Line about halfway between Omaha and San Francisco. Life would be different in Wyoming, but she was strong, she knew how to work hard, and she was willing to learn how to be a rancher's wife.
She looked down at the letters again, and her gaze rested on the last paragraph where Charles mentioned his prayers for a loving wife for himself and a kind and caring mother for his seven-year-old daughter, Mariah. Annika had prayed for a thoughtful and understanding husband. His willingness to allow them a month to get acquainted before the wedding convinced her she had made the right choice. And Mrs. Mayberry had assured her she only referred responsible Christian men who provided good references for their character and position.
So many nights she had prayed for God's direction. Finally, everything had fallen into place. This had to be His answer. Her parents' marriage had been arranged by their families, and it had been a loving union. Surely she could build a new life with Charles Simms. She might not love him at first the way Sophia loved Lars, but in time love would grow. She clasped her hands and stared out the window.
Dear Lord, let it be true.
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The aroma of fresh-brewed coffee, ham, and eggs greeted Daniel Simms at the back door. He stomped the mud off his boots and hustled into the kitchen. Warmth radiated from the cast-iron stove, drawing him closer. He rubbed his hands together and held them out toward the heat. "Breakfast almost ready?"
Song Li, their Chinese cook, looked up and scowled at Daniel. "You come in too soon. Breakfast not ready."
Daniel held back a grin. Song Li might work for them, but he owned the kitchen. "I'll just get a cup of coffee while you finish up."
Song Li muttered in his native tongue, then returned to flipping ham slices with a vengeance, while his long, black braid swung across his back.
"Uncle Daniel, look what I made." Mariah hurried over, carrying a tin plate of puffy, golden biscuits.
"Mmm, those sure look good." He smiled at her and ran his hand over the top of her head, smoothing down her wild hair. "Why don't you run up and get a brush, and we'll see if we can tame these curls."
Her face puckered into a frown. "My hair don't need brushin'." She placed the biscuits next to her plate and pushed her hair back with floury hands. "'Sides, Song Li needs my help."
"You done now," Song Li said. "Obey Uncle Daniel. Go get brush."
She huffed. "Why does everyone fuss about my hair?" She stomped off toward the stairs.
Daniel shook his head. That girl was too smart for her own good and cute enough to get away with it. She needed a firm hand, or she was going to turn out as ornery as a wild mustang.
Charles Simms Sr. strode into the kitchen.
"Morning, Pa. Why are you dressed up?"
"I'm going into town after breakfast."
"How come?" It wasn't Sunday, and his father hadn't mentioned a meeting of the cattlemen's association.
His father frowned, ignoring the question, and glanced around the room. "Where's Chase?"
Daniel shrugged. The last time he'd seen his older brother he'd been sound asleep, snoring like a grizzly bear. But he didn't want to set his father off with a report like that, especially when he already seemed bothered about something.
His father huffed. "That boy will be the death of me yet. Where's Mariah?"
"She went up to get a hairbrush."
"Well, at least someone's getting ready for the day." His father turned toward the stairs. "Chase, get yourself down here!"
Daniel stifled a groan. His father shouldn't treat Chase like a kid, but the way he'd been acting lately, staying out late and carousing around with a wild bunch of cowboys, he almost deserved it.
"Grampa, I can't find my hairbrush," Mariah called.
His father growled and pounded up the stairs.
Daniel hustled after him, ready to protect his niece from the older man's temper. Charles Simms loved his granddaughter, but he had a short fuse, and the fact that Chase did little to care for his daughter infuriated him.
"I'll help her, Pa," Daniel said as he reached the top of the stairs.
His father ignored him and banged on Chase's door. "Time to get up!"
A low groan issued from the bedroom. "Go away."
Daniel shook his head, knowing exactly what was coming.
His father shoved the door open with a bang and marched into the room. "Charles Joseph Simms, get out of that bed!" He yanked back the covers and snatched the pillow off his son's head.
Daniel watched from the doorway, praying for a quick end to the confrontation.
Chase blinked and lifted his head. "Pa, what are you doing?"
"You need to get up and get dressed. We're going to town."
"What?" Chase squinted toward the window, then moaned and flopped back on the pillow. "I can't go anywhere. My head's killing me."
"You'd feel a whole lot better this morning if you hadn't been drinking so much last night."
"Don't lecture me, Pa. I'm a grown man."
"You're still living under my roof, so you'll do as I say. Now get out of bed."
Mariah grabbed Daniel's leg and looked up at him with a trembling chin.
Daniel patted her shoulder. "It'll be all right." Whenever his father and Chase raised their voices, she sought refuge with him. He didn't blame her; all their hollering made him wish he could head to the barn, but he wouldn't desert Mariah.
His father picked up a wrinkled shirt and a dusty pair of pants off the floor and tossed them toward Chase. "Put those on and be downstairs in five minutes."
Chase groaned. "Ah, Pa, what's the hurry?"
"We're meeting the eleven o'clock train." His father straightened. "Your future wife is on board, and you need to be there to meet her."
Chase's mouth gaped open. "My what?"
"You heard me. Your bride arrives at eleven. We need to leave right away."
"What? Are you crazy?" Chase grabbed his shirt and stuffed his arms in the sleeves.
"No, but I'm tired of watching you waste your life."
"My life is just fine."
"No it's not. You need to get married again and settle down, so I found you a wife."
"You are crazy!" Chase jumped into his pants, grabbed his hat, boots, and jacket, and charged out of the bedroom door.
"Papa, wait. Where are you going?" Mariah reached for Chase as he flew past, but he didn't even slow down.
Daniel blew out a disgusted breath and shook his head. His father had really done it this time. He hustled down the stairs after them with Mariah close behind.
Chase dropped his boots on the kitchen floor and shoved his feet into them. "You can't run my life, Pa." Glaring at his father, he jammed his hat on his head. "I'm not going to town, and I'm not marrying some woman I never met!" He stormed out the door and slammed it behind him.
His father jerked open the door. "Come back in here, young man!" Chase marched straight for the barn.
His father spun around, his face flushed and his gray moustache twitching. "Go after him, Daniel. Talk some sense into him."
"Me?" Daniel huffed. "What am I supposed to say?"
His father pulled a photo from his jacket and held it out. "Show him her picture. Tell him she's a decent woman who'd make a good wife and mother, and he ought to think about someone besides himself for a change." He glanced down at Mariah, and his angry expression softened a bit.
Daniel examined the photo. A fair-haired young woman with large, pale eyes and a shy smile looked back at him. "Who is she?"
"Her name's Annika Bergstrom. She's from Sweden by way of Chicago. She speaks English and writes a fine hand, and she has good references from her minister and head of the school where she worked."
Daniel rubbed his chin. "She looks mighty young."
"She's twenty-two and never been married. She can sew, tend a garden, clean, and cook."
Song Li gasped, banged a lid on the frying pan, and began ranting in Chinese.
His father spun around. "What's the matter with you?" he boomed.
Song Li waved a wooden spoon and shouted back in Chinese, then switched to English. "Song Li cook! Song Li clean! Song Li take care of family!"
Mariah burst into tears and clutched Daniel's leg.
Daniel laid his hand on Mariah's shoulder and closed his eyes.
Lord, help us!
The conductor tapped Annika on the shoulder. "We'll arrive in Laramie in a few minutes, miss."
"Oh, thank you." She rose from her seat and hurried down the aisle to the curtained area referred to as "The Necessary." She combed her hair and secured it with a ribbon. Frowning, she tried to brush the dust and cinders from her skirt. The stench from the toilet combined with the swirling cloud of dust set her coughing.
She sagged against the wall of the swaying coach and closed her eyes. Four days of smoke, baking sun, cold nights, unpredictable meals, and little sleep had taken a toll on her. Her head pounded from the noise and smells. Her back and neck ached from the cramped conditions, and her stomach twisted from nervousness and lack of food.
"Next stop, Laramie," the conductor called. "Larrrrramie, Wyyyyyoming!"
Annika gasped and hurried back to her seat. Looking out the window, she scanned the rolling hills dotted with scraggly pine trees. Then they passed a few scattered homes, a small church, a blacksmith, a livery, a general store, a hotel, and a saloon. The train screeched and slowed.
She reached up and wrestled her bag from the overhead rack. Gripping the handle, she stared out at the dozen or so people waiting on the platform. Off to the side, two men and a young girl stood together. The older man looked about sixty and had a bushy silver moustache. The girl with brown curly hair and an impish smile wore a faded blue dress and scuffed brown leather boots. The younger man was tall with broad shoulders and long sturdy legs. His wide-brimmed, wheat-colored hat shaded his tanned face, dark hair, and eyes. He was cleans-haven and handsome in a rugged sort of way.
Her heartbeat picked up. That had to be Charles.
Oh, why did she have to meet him looking so travel-worn? Well, it couldn't be helped. Her mother had always said a pleasant smile and warm greeting made anyone look becoming. She hoped it was true because that was all she could offer today.
The conductor took her bag and set it on the platform, then offered his hand to help her down the stairs.
Mr. Simms walked toward her, followed by his son and granddaughter. He swooped his hat off, revealing a thick head of silver hair. "Miss Bergstrom?"
She smiled and nodded. "Yes, I'm Annika Bergstrom, and you must be Mr. Simms."
"That's right. And this —"
The girl rushed forward and tried to tug the bag from her hand. "I can carry your bag for you. I'm real strong."
"Hold on, sweetie." The other man reached to help the girl. "You better let me get it." He nodded to Annika, but his expression seemed cool.
Her stomach clenched. Was he not pleased with her? Did she look that bad?
"This is my granddaughter, Mariah." Mr. Simms patted the girl on the shoulder. Then his expression faltered. "And this is my son ... Daniel."
The name jolted her to a stop, and she blinked. This wasn't Charles? She glanced around the platform, searching for her future groom.
Daniel frowned and looked away. "Do you have any other bags?"
"Yes." She pointed to the baggage car, where a man unloaded her dark brown leather trunk. "That's mine as well."
Excerpted from Mountain Christmas Brides by Susan Page Davis. Copyright © 2012 Mildred Colvin. Excerpted by permission of Barbour Publishing, Inc.
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Table of Contents
ContentsA Trusting Heart by Carrie Turansky,
Home for the Holidays by Mildred Colvin,
One Evergreen Night by Debby Lee,
All Ye Faithful by Gina Welborn,
A Carpenter Christmas by Mary Davis,
Fires of Love by Tamela Hancock Murray,
The Best Medicine by Lena Nelson Dooley,
Almost Home by Susan Page Davis,
Dressed in Scarlet by Darlene Franklin,
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I've always wanted to visit the Rocky Mountains. I live in the Blue Ridge Mountain region with my home being only a 10-minute drive from an entrance to them. Mountains spell enjoyment and instantly remind me of God's wondrous creation. I can't help being filled with wonder at the beauty and knowing that God is indeed an incredible artist! Spanning three states, and leading from the 1880 to 1913, the characters' use a variety of means of transportation....horses, cars and the newly invented railroad, but romance is a common thread. Faith is another common thread among the stories and authors. Different traditions are experienced and the Christmas spirit is alive and well in the hearts of budding love. The novellas are sweet, fun, and quick to read. I enjoy being able to read one or two of the novellas and picking up on others another day. One can easily read the entire collection in one sitting or spread them over a period of time. While the novellas are predictable in romance stories, they are well-written and research into the time periods and regions are evident. I am rating this novella collection 4 stars and highly recommend it, whether it is read near Christmas or at another time of year. I personally enjoyed reading it in summer and thinking ahead with expectation of the coming Christmas season. I received an ebook from netgalley and Barbour Books in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.
Mountain Christmas Brides: Nine Historical Novellas Celebrate Faith & Love in the Rocky Mountains This is a wonderful collection of Christmas novellas set in the Rocky Mountains during the 1880's. A theme of faith, Christmas spirit and family tie the novellas together. A Trusting Heart by Carrie Turansky… October 1880...Laramie, Wyoming…This story is filled with hope, even when things look bleak. It will tug at your heartstrings & emotions. There are certain characters that I liked more than others, one that captured my heart. Home for the Holidays by Mildred Colvin… October 1888...Tumwater, Washington Territory... God may have other plans for the both of them. I like the way Anna & Jeremiah meet & their unusual courtship. This is a fun, heartwarming story that had me laughing & shaking my head at the situations in the story-line. One Evergreen Night by Debby Lee… September 1889...Tumwater, Washington Territory.. I like that we return to Tumwater & some of the characters & Emma & Frederick's story. We see how fears & challenges are faced & following God's leading in their lives. A fun & heartwarming story. All Ye Faithful by Gina Welborn… December 1890...Tumwater, Washington Territory... Surprise situations & an opportunity develop that may be the answer for both Larkin & E.V. I was so happy to see Larkin & E.V.'s story. This story is filled with hope despite how things appear. Fun, heartwarming story. A Carpenter Christmas by Mary Davis… June 1891...Tumwater, Washington Territory… Natalie & Willum's story. This is a cute, fun story that had me chuckling at times & in tears at other times. Fires of Love by Tamela Hancock Murray… December 1913...Denver, Colorado...What better time to find each other anew than being stuck inside during a blizzard and second chances? Can they move past their heartbreak & finally find love? I enjoyed the “other” crisis situation & how they handled it as well as Thalia & Maximillian's story. The Best Medicine by Lena Nelson Dooley… December 1913...Denver, Colorado...It was fun to watch Rose & Thomas as they danced around each other & when they finally did stop and talk... This is a fun, heartwarming story. Almost Home by Susan Page Davis… December 1913...Denver, Colorado... As Trisha and Jared trudge through drifts of snow on horseback can they mend the drift between them? I enjoyed the little surprises in this fun, sweet story. Dressed in Scarlet by Darlene Franklin… December 1913...Denver, Colorado... Natalie & Fabrizio come from two very different backgrounds, hers a life of privilege, his the working class. Can such two different people find love? A sweet, fun, heartwarming story. I especially like the paragraphs on page 439. Note: …this is a very condensed version, for my full review, go to: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1716017713?book_show_action=false&from_review_page=1
This was a great collection and I really enjoyed reading it. The book consisted of nine novellas written by nine different authors. The first story was a stand alone. The next four stories were connected and even though they were written by four different authors, they did a great job of connecting these stories. The same is true for the last four stories. Although all these stories took place around Christmas, they would be good to read any time of the year. I would definitely recommend this collection.
I adore reading Christmas books! I think I may have mentioned that a few times this year. I love the time of year and reading books specifically centered around winter and Christmas just makes everything more special. This collection of Christmas novellas is a great way to boost the Christmas spirit. Full of faith, romance, and all things Christmas. From Wyoming to Washington, you will be swept off your feet as these couples conquer the odds and true love prevails. Snuggle up in your favorite reading spot with a blanket and mug of your favorite steaming beverage (if you have a fireplace, even better), and get lost in the mountains of the west. I received a copy of Mountain Christmas Brides from Carrie Turansky as a gift. I was not required to write a review. All opinions expressed are mine alone.
I adore these multiple story books! They are perfect to go through on a weekend or a different story each evening. This one has the Christmas theme throughout. I am highlighting the first one: A trusting Heart Carrie is a wonderful author that sucks you into her stories! This one is no exception. Annika is answering a mail-order bride correspondence, but what she finds isn’t exactly what she was told! There is a sweet little girl, sad widower, well-meaning father and a wonderful-hearted brother all in the mix. Such a sweet romance builds between Daniel and Annika that you feel right along with them. I adored the ending and the closure that they all receive!
I won a copy of this Novella Collection and am so glad I did. What a perfect way to get in the holiday spirit. This would make a nice gift. Some of the authors were old favorites and others were new to me. Each has their unique writing style and bring something different to the table. I especially loved A Trusting Heart by Carrie Turansky. She brings such life to her characters, has such a way with words, and a twist to this mail order bride story. I loved the Faith and family themes throughout. Another standout to me was A CarpenterChristmas by Mary Davis. My husband is a carpenter, so I identified with this story. It is well written and very touching. Almost Home by Susan Page Davis doesn't disappoint and Darlene Franklin closes out with a heartwarming tale of Dressed in Scarlet. This deals with two classes of people thrown together in a blizzard. Can love overcome social boundaries? Pick up a copy and cuddle up for an enjoyable evening of reading.
A Trusting Heart by Carrie Turansky is the first novella in this collection of nine stories that as the descriptions notes--celebrate faith and love in the Rocky Mountains. This sweet story begins with Annika leaving her twin sister and only relative to travel from Chicago to Wyoming as a mail-order bride. When she arrives in Laramie, surprises greet her. Just where is her husband to be? Will she be able to become a rancher's wife when she is fearful of horses? With a few twists and turns, a gentle hero, and a sense of strong faith in God woven throughout the author brings the reader a tender story with a satisfying ending. I look forward to reading the rest of the stories in this collection.
This is a wonderful collection of novellas, set in the mountains. Easy reads and heartwarming. I especially enjoyed Carrie Turansky's offering in this set. *I was provided with a copy of this book via Net Galley in exchange for my review.
I enjoyed this Christmas collection of novellas. Although I pretty much liked all of the books, there were some I enjoyed more than others. A few of the novellas are connected, with overlapping characters and settings. They did all seem able to stand alone, though, even if they had characters in common. One of my favorite stories of the collection was A Trusting Heart by Carrie Turansky. I felt sorry for the situation that Annika found herself in and enjoyed watching the way the entire scenario played out. The other stories that stood out as favorites of the collection for me were: One Evergreen Night by Debby Lee, All Ye Faithful by Gina Welborn, and A Carpenter Christmas by Mary Davis. These stories took place around a logging camp and I just really enjoyed the setting and watching the various characters find their happily ever afters. The remaining stories were set during a Colorado blizzard and were about a set of friends finding their own happy endings and true love in each novella. I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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