Romance – that’s what! Warm, tingling, full-of-hope-and-holiday-cheer-couples- falling-in-love-at-the-most-magical-time-of-year romance. It gives me goosebumps just thinking about it!
Phew, that was easy! Well, almost. Lorna and I have the same taste in books and there’s a duplicate recommendation in my blog…see if you can remember which one as you read my reviews below.
Cowboy Christmas by Mary Connealy
Take one annoyingly stubborn, though well-intentioned young woman and call her Annette. Add one infuriatingly stubborn though equally as well-intentioned cowboy and call him Elijah. Throw them together in a clash of wills and a series of misunderstandings and watch the sparks fly.
Then, just for fun, whip in a tough-as-nails-with-a-heart-of-gold ma, a mysterious stranger and two of the orneriest villains ever to grace the pages of a Western and then sit back and enjoy the best romantic Christmas comedy ever!
Can you tell that I LOVED this book? Mary Connealy has a unique style and a quick wit. Her deadpan humour catches you unawares and leaves you laughing out loud (which can be embarrassing if you’re riding a bust at the time).
Her characters come to life and wrap themselves around your heart and you grow to love them so much you want to reach through the pages of the book and grab those darling characters by the scruff of their sorry necks and thwack their heads together in the hopes that you can unstick some of that persistent stubbornness!
This is the first book I’ve read by Mary Connealy but it won’t be the last. May she have a long and prolific career!
Silver Bells : a Holiday Tale by Luann Rice
Here’s your tissue warning, Brenda. And it’s been made into a Hallmark movie so you can watch it or read it or both!
Christopher ‘Christy’ Byrne is a happily married Nova Scotia Christmas tree farmer. He and his family travel to Manhattan every Christmas to sell their trees. Life is pretty near perfect until his wife dies, plunging Christy into despair. He struggles to keep the farm afloat, to father his motherless son and daughter and cope with a grief that grows stronger with each passing day.
Catherine Tierney is New York City librarian who used to keep Christmas but then her husband died, leaving her a hopeless unbeliever.
Two lost souls struggling to find balance in their lives are thrown together by fate at Christmastime.
Luann Rice has created a ‘new’ holiday classic. An emotional, tautly woven tale of tragedy and hope with a little magic thrown in. It’s the kind of story that makes you laugh and cry and, in the end, believe that miracles are possible.
Wild West Christmas by Kathleen Y’Barbo, Lena Nelson Dooley, Darlene Franklin and Vickie McDonough
A book of 4 Christmas novellas, this is a great way to become familiar with new-to-you authors. Kathleen, Lena, Darlene and Vickie pooled their creative resources and the Ames family was born; four girls raised to womanhood by their widowed father. Charlsey can ride, rope and work the ranch as well as any cowhand. Lucy’s sharp-shooting skills would put Annie Oakley to shame. Sarah is the Wild West’s version of a horse whisperer and Bess is an expert tracker.
While collaborating on a back-story, each author has taken one sister in hand and has given them a Christmas romance. I read about this book on Carla Gade’s Writingtodistraction blog when she interviewed the authors. I’ve read novella’s created around a common theme before, but I have never read one where the stories overlap. The writers did a great job and it sounds like they had a lot of fun creating Wild West Christmas. I know I had fun reading it!
The Christmas Card