The Nativity Bride

The Nativity Bride

by Miralee Ferrell

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ISBN-13: 9781630584801
Publisher: Barbour Publishing, Incorporated
Publication date: 11/17/2014
Series: 12 Brides of Christmas , #7
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 88
Sales rank: 345,531
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Miralee Ferrell and her husband, Allen, live on eleven acres in Washington State. Miralee loves interacting with people, ministering at her church, (she is a certified Lay Counselor with the AACC), riding her horse, and playing with her dogs. An award-winning and bestselling author, she speaks at various women’s functions and has taught at writers’ conferences. Since 2007, she’s had ten books release, both in women’s contemporary fiction and historical romance. Miralee recently started a newsletter, and you can sign up for it on her website/blog www.miraleeferrell.com.

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The Nativity Bride 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 27 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wished it were longer.
SunnieReviews More than 1 year ago
Continuing with the 12 Brides of Christmas series, I have just finished reading The Nativity Bride by Miralee Ferrell.  This is the first thing I have read from this author and I have to say that I do enjoy her writing style very much.  In this story 16 year old Deborah is courting 18 year old Curt Warren.  They are happily together and feeling that they plan to spend the rest of their lives together.  Curt is contemplating his future and the fact that he does not want to continue to farm as his father has done throughout his life.  He feels the talent of wood working driving him in a different direction.  His father is very unhappy and Curt leaves home to apprentice in The Dalles as a woodworker despite his father's feelings and advice. Five years pass and Deborah has had merely two letters from Curt.  She has courted others but no one fills the hole in her heart.  Curt returns after these 5 years and the feelings he once had for Deborah still remain.  But after all this time, will Deborah have feelings for him?  Deborah's mother is also a factor in their future as she has poor health and needs to be cared for by Deborah.  As Deborah helps Mr. Warren, Curt's father, go through his wife's belongings after her death, she uncovers some items that hold the keys as to whether Curt and his father will ever reconcile.  One of the items is a beautiful handmade nativity set. This story was very uplifting and shows the importance of forgiveness in each of our lives.  I will be watching for other works by this author. I have received a ebook from the publisher for my honest review.
BeverlyLytle More than 1 year ago
This is a heartwarming and endearing Christmas novella. I especially enjoyed the depth of the story which is often difficult to find in the shorter length of a novella. The development in the lives of the characters was exceptional. Staying true to your heart, reconciliation, acceptance, and ministering to others in need are themes that you will find within the pages of this story. An electronic copy of this book was provided to me in exchange for my honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thanks for this lovely evenin
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great reading...loved it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Stardust_Fiddle More than 1 year ago
“I have loved you with an everlasting love.” Leaving Goldendale, Washington at eighteen to pursue a career in woodworking against his father’s wishes, Curt Warren left behind the young girl he loved. Now, five years later, his relationship with his father has not improved, and his prospects in his hometown seem bleak. He still holds love in his heart for Deborah Summers, but her own situation holds her in Goldendale as much as Curt’s keeps him away. Will their love find a way in the season of miracles, or does God have other plans? In this short, sweet Christian historical romance novella, Miralee Ferrell crafts a compelling, heartfelt story of young love and its obstacles. This tale transcends the confines of time, creating an ageless narrative full of love’s potential. Although a Christmas-themed story, this novella will warm readers’ hearts at any time of the year.
Virginiaw More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this read.  It is hard to understand how parents can perpetuate things  that they already went through and hated.  This ends up nicely.  I received this from Barbour for a fair and honest opinion.
theskett More than 1 year ago
Fans of Miralee Ferrell's work won't be disappointed with her latest novella, The Nativity Bride. Unbelievably, Miralee wrote a complete story in these few pages. The writing is tight and the story holds together with believable, realistic conflict and resolution. Even in such a short book, readers get to know Miralee's trade mark real-to-life characters. The only thing I'd change about this book is to have it longer, so I could spend more time in the story. Readers will enjoy this story any time of year!
LoyaltyBindsMe More than 1 year ago
Curt Warren leaves home at an early age to pursue a dream that he has had, one which his father despises. Curt does not want to hurt his father, but at the same time, he knows that he was not cut out to be a farmer. The one thing that hurt the most to leave behind was Deborah. Curt loves her more than he cares to admit, and wants to marry her, but his father has made it clear that she is to good for him. Five years later Curt comes home for his mothers funeral, and meets up with Deborah again. He is surprised to find her unmarried, and seeming to return the same feelings he still has for her. But his father is still against the match, and Curt cant figure out why. Can Deborah and Curt find a way to still love each other after being apart for so long, and can Curt's father find the forgiveness he needs in his heart for his son? 
Wanda_Barefoot More than 1 year ago
1875, Washington There are only two things Curt Warren wants to do--work with wood making beautiful furniture and marry the girl he loves. But his father has other plans for Curt's future and he feels his only option is to leave, leave his home and Deborah Summers behind. When tragedy strikes he returns with a new hope for a brighter future. Can he win back Deborah's heart and reconcile with his father? This is a short story that only took a couple of hours to read but there are several things I love about it. It starts out when Deborah is sixteen and Curt is eighteen and makes the jump to five years later which I like because it gives a quick but thorough insight to the story. My favorite thing about this story is It's a story of hope and restoration. Not only has Curt removed himself from his earthly father but his Heavenly Father as well and it was wonderful to see the change in his entire relationship with both. Anyone can find a ray of hope through this story, a renewed zeal for God, family and love. I know I did. One thing I also love is Deborah's love and ministrations to her sick mother. She was a caregiver of sorts and anyone that is or has been a caregiver to a loved one will enjoy this aspect of the story. They have such a wonderful relationship! Also, it's an historical romance which automatically grabs my attention. I enjoyed it so much and I recommend it if you like a quick read. Lunch hour romance maybe? You bet! Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author for my honest review and no monetary compensation was received.
DKStevens119 More than 1 year ago
Great short story of faith and forgiveness.. The Nativity Bride is book number seven in the 12 Brides of Christmas series.  18 year old Curt Warren is in love with 16 year old Deborah Summers and wants to ask her to  marry him.  Curt's father thinks he should take over the farm and work to provide a good living  if he wants to marry Deborah and care for her ailing Mother.  Curt wants to be a woodworker and thinks he can make a good living at it.  An argument sends Curt off to start an apprenticeship in The Dalles in a town a good distance away.  But first, he has to tell Deborah  of his plans. He tells her it's for the best and not to wait for him. Curt feels he has to leave Deborah behind .  When Curt returns home for his Mother's  funeral he finds Deborah helping out in his fathers home.  After talking to Curt, Deborah wonders if Curt  has changed  and could there still be something there between them?  Deborah  has waited five years and prayed for  Curt to find his way back to her.  Past hurts and a secret of his  fathers is still causing a rift between Curt and his Father. Will  a revealed  secret cause further disappointments  for Curt and Deborah or will a special   handmade   Nativity bring about a healing and a reconciliation in time for a special Christmas?  I enjoyed  this story and  recommend it to anyone who enjoys a story of love, faith and a healing of hearts.  I received this e-book as a gift from Barbour  Publishing for my honest opinion which I have given.
pjcoop More than 1 year ago
This little novella is charming - set in the late 1800s in Goldendale, Washington, at Christmastime. This little book is sweet and heartwarming; I loved how the author touched on family dynamics and relationships and how hurtful issues got worked out. If you love historical/ Christian/Christmastime novellas - you will love this little book! (Just the "right" size for reading in the busy holiday season! Heartwarming!
MrsTina42MR More than 1 year ago
The Nativity Bride Novella****, part of the 12 Brides of Christmas Novellas by Miralee Ferrell It's been five long years since Curt Warren left Goldendale, Washington, taking Deborah Summer's heart with him. While caring for her ill mother, Deborah prays and hopes he will return and then they can finally marry. But what if he doesn't return, doesn't love her anymore? Curt left Goldendale long ago after another argument with his father. He had planned to never return, even for Deborah. However, plans change when he learns of a tragedy at home. Will his father allow him to stay at his home? Will he even talk to him? Can they patch up their disagreements before he leaves again or forever remain estranged? While there unknown secrets come to light. Will these revealed secrets cause further estrangements or heal their hearts? This is a sweet novella. Even though it is short, the characters draw you into the story. Deborah and Curt face difficult challenges and hard decisions with outcomes that affect them all. Touches on love, faith, estrangements, hope, forgiveness and more. ~~I received an e-copy of this novella from the author for my honest review~~
JoySheep More than 1 year ago
Warm fuzzies. :D I love Christmas stories, and this is one I'll go back and re-read. There's a lot of emotion packed in this novella, and it's convincing. And a beautiful nativity scene that's kept boxed up. Why? You'll have to read the story to find out! It's a beautiful story. *Thank you to author Miralee Ferrell for my copy of the Nativity Bride. This review is my honest opinion*
BrittanyMc More than 1 year ago
The Nativity Bride is a sweet, little novella. Deborah and Curt are obviously young and in love as the story begins. However, a rift with his father sends Curt packing and he stays away for five long years. I was very impressed with the way the author began this story and was able to make me immediately interested in Deborah and Curt’s relationship. When the story picks up five years later, at Curt’s return, my heart aches for both of these characters and the time together they have missed. But, I also felt hopeful for the possibility of a future together for these two if only they can navigate through the feelings of hurt that Deborah carries with her, and the intense anger that Curt’s father still harbors toward him. This little novella carries an important message about forgiveness, allowing God to provide the direction for your life, and the lasting power of true love. My thanks to the author for the complimentary copy of The Nativity Bride. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are my own.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a beautiful story of forgiveness and enduring love! Another great addition to the 12 Brides of Christmas series.  Miralee tackles the issues of stubbornness, holding on to past wrongs and hurts and how it shapes our futures.  After being gone for 5 years, Curt visits back home to find his childhood love still single. Deborah has dealt with Curt leaving but now wants to understand why he ever left. Curt has family issues to deal with and both need to forgive and clear the air because both their lives have changed.  It ends so beautifully and completely that it leaves you smiling and wishing for more.  The title of the book is the hidden surprise in the story – you will have to read it to find out!  I received this book for an honest review. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Nativity Bride (The 12 Brides of Christmas Book 7), By: Miralee Ferrell This is such a wonderful little book to read. It was so wonderfully written that it captured my heart. This story of young love, broken hearts, faith, trust and hope. This is the story of Deborah Summers who has waited for years for her first true love Curt Warren to return home. Curt makes an unexpected return home when a sudden tragedy. A rift between father and son that is so deep. Can it ever be mended? Be sure to get your copy today. Remember it makes a great gift! 5 stars!
centraleast22 More than 1 year ago
his is an enjoyable story that you will want to be able finish as soon as you start reading it.  It tells the story of two people who reconnect and how their relationship progresses from the time they have spent apart.  I liked how she was able to give their story in this short novella of how things began and progressed.  While it is one I would have loved to have had more to read, it is a great book to sit down with and enjoy at this holiday time. I received this book free to review from the author.
Mary Drain More than 1 year ago
The Nativity Bride ( The Twelve Brides of Christmas Book 7) By; Miralee Ferrell This is the Nativity Bride by Miralee Ferrell. Each of these books can be read alone. She weaves a novella of love, broken dreams, and answered prayers. Deborah and Curt novella. Deborah has love with Curt a long time .Curt up and left five years ago .but Deborah has never given up. Now after five years Curt has returned home .Curt left home because him and his father did not get alone. How will Curt's father take him coming back home, and will he stay this time or leave again. Will they listen to God and and try to get along .I don,t want to give to much away so you will need to read The Nativity Bride to find out more about these two people and their familie.and hopping there another part to this also I was given an ebook for my review , which I have given.
Becky5 More than 1 year ago
Wow!! Miralee Ferrell's Christmas story started with a pillow fight and knocked me unto my reading backside and kept me there until the final sentence. There was something magical about this story of love promised; love lost;and a parent denying his child the all-important blessing and right to be his own person. I loved the steadfast character of Deborah, whom we meet as a 16-year-old girl, caring for her sick mother. Five years later,single Deborah is still caring for her very ill mother, helping her erst-while lover Curt's father prepare for Curt's mother's funeral. I love how Deborah can sweetly stand up to Curt's father, yet not be mean or bitter. This is a very hard way for most people to react to those who are prickly! I finished this book with the very sated feeling of, "I've just read a great book(though short),and now it is time to step back from reading for a few hours and savor this warm, fuzzy feeling." Great holiday reading! I was provided this book free from the author in exchange for an honest review.
LizD1 More than 1 year ago
The Nativity Bride ( The Twelve Brides of Christmas Book 7) By; Miralee Ferrell This is the Nativity Bride by Miralee Ferrell. Each of these books can be read alone. She weaves a novella of love, broken dreams, and answered prayers. This is Deborah Summers and Curt Warren's novella. Deborah has been in love with Curt forever. I love these two characters. Curt up and left five years ago and Deborah has never given up. Now after five years Curt has returned home after a crises in the family. Deborah and Curt  see each other at his fathers house. Curt left home because him and his father did not get alone. His father did not approve of the job that he  wanted to go into.  How will Curt's father take him coming back home, and will he stay this time or leave again? Can his father and him forget the pass and start over? What will happen between Deborah and Curt ? Will they have a second chance ? Will they listen to God and renew their hearts. I don't want to give to much away so you will need to read The Nativity Bride to find out more about these two people and their families.. So get your copy today.  I was given an ebook for my honest review , which I have given.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Nativity Bride by Miralee Ferrell I really enjoyed reading this book. This book is about a long lost love. Deborah has waited many years for Curt to return home. This story is a sweet romance novella. It is sure to win your heart over as it did mine. Can they rekindle their love? Get your copy today!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Even though I usually save Christmas themed books until after Thanksgiving, I recently read The Nativity Bride by Miralee Ferrell. This little story has just been released it's an ebook, the seventh of twelve novellas, each writer a different author. I am so happy I read it now! It's a great little novella that actually set the mood for the Thanksgiving season. So many elements of real life are woven into a tender, moving story of two hurt and disappointed people, Deborah and Curt, who wonder how life could have been different under another scenario. Descriptive words such as forgiveness, acceptance, resolution and trust find places to flourish in the lives of these quite plausible characters and I wanted to spend so much more time with them in 1875's Washington state. Both Deb and Curt dealt with the affects of an unexpected decision that dramatically changed the lives they had anticipated and dreamed about. And, then, there 's a secret - how does that change lives? Or, does it? I LOVED this little wonderfully well-written story from Miralee's creative send talented pen. Even in a novella of this length, Miralee writes lovingly of people dealing with issues, sometimes beyond their control, and with real world common sense, brings about resolution. Miralee frequently tackles adverse human conditions as only those with counseling experience can do. The difference in the stories she writes is that she can, and she does, expertly tie up all the various factors into a satisfying ending. And, always, the enduring thread of God's grace shines in subtle yet glimmering ways.I highly recommend this novella. I have always hound Miralee 's books to be well-written, interesting, historically accurate send entertaining. Her characters are always wonderfully well developed characters who each grind a place in my heart. I am sways sad when a book ends and I must leave those new folks in my life!I  I was given ithis ebook novella to review in exchange for an honest review.
Barb00 More than 1 year ago
The Nativity Bride is an awesome novella. It's a beautiful story with such deep emotions that I could feel those same emotions. I was totally fascinated with this novella from the beginning and the author gives great details and a couple of surprises that makes this novella awesome. The descriptions of the characters are wonderful and they are an asset to the story. I love and thoroughly enjoyed reading The Nativity Bride. It's #7 from 12 Brides of Christmas and this novella is the first one I've read from this collection. I will be reading the other eleven, especially if they're as good as The Nativity Bride. I highly recommend reading The Nativity Bride this Christmas season and buy one for a love one or a friend. Share the joy and pleasure of this novella! I received a complimentary copy from the author in exchange for my honest review. This review is one hundred percent my opinion.