Plain and Simple Christmas Love
Christmas is a simple matter among the Quakers of the historic Ohio River Valley, but can it be a time to welcome love into four households?
Mary Hall’s family runs an inn for weary travelers, but some guests like Silas Jones pressure them to compromise their stead Quaker ways. Could it be that Silas just needs a reminder of why simpler ways are often better?
Lucinda Hughes blames God for her husband’s untimely death, and Will Davis blames himself for surviving the accident that took his best friend’s life. In reaching out to Lucinda, can Will find forgiveness and renew both of their faiths?
Keturah Wilkes’s love of fun has kept her unmarried and at arm’s length from the more devote members of the Quaker society. But will wide-eyed curiosity get this naïve woman in trouble when she falls for a newcomer’s brother?
Susanna Griffith is only a bystander to her husband’s work on the Underground Railroad. All that changes, however, when Nathan is imprisoned and a conductor brings a pregnant runaway slave to Susanna’s house. Now, can Susanna prove she’s her husband’s equal just in time for Christmas?
About the Author
LAURALEE BLISS has always liked to dream big dreams. Part of that dream was writing, and after several years of hard work, her dream of publishing was realized in 1997 with the publication of her first romance novel, Mountaintop, through Barbour Publishing. Since then she’s had twenty books published, both historical and contemporary. Lauralee is also an avid hiker, completing the entire length of the Appalachian Trail both north and south. Lauralee makes her home in Virginia in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains with her family.
RAMONA K. CECIL is a wife, mother, grandmother, freelance poet, and award-winning inspirational romance writer. Now empty nesters, she and her husband make their home in Indiana. A member of American Christian Fiction Writers and American Christian Fiction Writers Indiana Chapter, her work has won awards in a number of inspirational writing contests. Over eighty of her inspirational verses have been published on a wide array of items for the Christian gift market. She enjoys a speaking ministry, sharing her journey to publication while encouraging aspiring writers. When not writing, her hobbies include reading, gardening, and visiting places of historical interest.
Rachael Phillips is a freelance writer in Indiana. Married with three children, she has written four previous Heroes of the Faith books. She has authored a novel, biographies, and co-authored a women's reference guide and novella collections, al for Barbour Publishing. Visit her website at www.rachelwrites.com.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Great christmas romance
FOUR stories in one book! As these four ladies got together and compiled all these stories about the Quakers and I begin to read, I was so thrilled. Each story tells about a family that is related to the Quaker type of living. As Lauralee Bliss begins the book with "A Crossroad to Love" near a crossroad near Wyanesville, Ohio in the year of 1846. Silas Jones was on his way to Independence and wanted to get there before the snow got too bad but his horse had other thoughts as his hoof was infected and Silas had to get off. Now he wondered where he was and how he was going to get to Independence when a man came alone that spoke like a Quaker and told him there was a house just up the way. That is when this story really begins. The second story "Simple Gifts" by Ramona Cecil begins with Lucinda Hughes, pregnant and a widow was struggling to try to make it on her own, but she had some help with her late husband's friend Will Davis. He always stopped by from his work at the mill, where her husband had been killed. Lucinda was disappointed in her faith and God because of her young husband's death, so she had even stopped going to the "Friends Meetings". Will she get back into the Friends faith or will she just give up on God. The third story "Pirate of My Heart" is written by Rachael Phillips and features Keturah Wilkes, she loves God but is questioning the Quaker Faith as their belief on celebrating Christmas. She loved to decorate but her family did not, so she slipped and made some Christmas items just for herself. She meets a young man named Henry Mangum that came from a family that didn't mind stealing from others and drinking and having a good time, but he had been to a meting that had opened his eyes to the wrong way of life. He had started going to the meetings where Keturah went but his handsome brother also noticed the pretty young woman, who will win her hand or will both of them lose to someone else? The fourth story "Equally Yoked" by Claire Sanders features the "underground railroad" and finds Susanna Griffith alone with her young husband gone to help with another person with this project. She finds herself alone when a young pregnant run-away slave comes to her door so she takes her in to help her. How will Susanna handle this and what if she gets caught? This book was sent to me by one of the authors Lauralee Bliss for me to read and I chose to review it.