Category Archives: Christian Fiction

Christmas Blessing | Martha Rogers

 

 

Today I am reviewing Christmas Blessing, part of the Christmas Mail Order Brides series by Martha Rogers.

Here is a brief synopsis:

Annelle Pugh is the daughter caretaker of her retired sea captain father who is in poor health.

As she approaches age thirty, he smothers any of her attempts at a social life, and Nelle becomes discouraged and fearful she’ll never have a home of her own.

While her aunt is visiting and taking care of the Captain, Nelle grabs the chance to go west and become one of the Mail Order Angels requested by a group of men in Wyoming.

Riley Thornton is a rancher mourning the death of his wife and desperately needs someone to care for his three children. After several nanny attempts fail, Riley signs up for one of the Angel Brides who consented to come to Wyoming.

Riley almost backs out when he sees how petite Nelle is and doubts she’ll be able to handle two growing daughters and a barely walking son as well as take care of the cooking and cleaning.

Despite her doubts, Nelle begins to love Riley, but at every turn her fear of being sent back East keeps her from letting her feelings be known. As they work together, Riley comes to realize Nelle is special and truly his blessing from God at Christmas.

 

 

MY THOUGHTS:

I LOVED CHRISTMAS BLESSING!

Christmas Mail Order Bride…

I’m not sure I have the words to tell you how much I enjoyed reading this wonderful Christmas story! It touched my heart much more than I expected . . .

Annelle Pugh has been a good and faithful daughter, yet her father demands she stay at home, while criticizing her for neglecting her duties. His sister, her Aunt Aleanor, isn’t much better. Annelle knows the only future she has – outside her father’s home – is to accept Riley Thornton’s offer to become his mail order bride.

Martha Rogers writes a superb story of hope and love. I literally couldn’t put the story down until it was finished. The characters are so life-like, I could smell the cooking and see little Katie, with her missing tooth!

Don’t miss this excellent Christmas read . . . it will warm your heart and make your holiday soar.

Blessings!

 

Review © DJ Mynatt 2018

 

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A Christmas Coffee | Laura J Marshall

 

 

Today I am reviewing A Christmas Coffee, an inspirational Christmas Romance by Laura J. Marshall.

Here is a brief synopsis:

Villa Bellissimo along with Master Chef Antonia Coronada invite you to Sicily where you will be immersed in the art and passion of Italian culinary delights.

Sarah Cooper is still trying to find her place in the world after her husband died two years ago on Christmas Day. When her parents give her an early holiday gift, it may be just the opportunity she needs.

Parker Matrone is the founder and CEO of the billion dollar company, Coffee Grounds. There’s something about Sarah he can’t resist, but he’s been burned before and is now raising his two young sons alone.

Will they decide loving again is worth the risk? And what of the antique Christmas quilt beneath which Sarah dreams of Christmas’ past, present, and future?

Come explore Italy in this Christian Christmas romance where dreams do come true and life begins anew.

 

 

MY THOUGHTS:

A Christmas Coffee doesn’t seem like the typical Christmas story at first, with joyous preparations for the holiday. Instead, it focuses on Sarah Cooper, who lost her husband two years ago on Christmas Day.

Well, it’s no wonder that she doesn’t want to celebrate Christmas! I wouldn’t want to, either.

When her parents send her to Italy to take a cooking class, she meets Parker Matrone, a man who is definitely NOT looking for a relationship. And the rest of the story… well, you’ll find out when you read it.

Happy Reading… and Merry Christmas!

 

Blessings!

Review © 2018 DJ Mynatt

A Christmas to Remember…

 

 

Today I am reviewing A Christmas to Remember, eight Christian romances celebrating the Gift of Christmas! first story in the Urban Farm Fresh  Romance series by Valerie Comer.

Here is a brief synopsis:

The Cowboy Santa program is supposed to be a chance to help his neighbors. When Kade Delgado’s ex-fiancée, now a single mom, shows up on his list, neither of them are thrilled. Is there any hope for a second chance at love?

 

Laugh, cry, and fall in love as you savor these brand-new Christmas romances from some of your favorite authors. Pair with a peppermint chai, hot chocolate, or your favorite wintry flavors, then snuggle down in front of the fireplace with a quilt over your lap… and maybe a purring cat!

Eight authors have joined together in this Christian romance collection that will leave you celebrating the gift of Christmas.

Until I Met You by award-winning author Kimberly Rose Johnson
After a difficult breakup, Brandi Prescott is taking a hiatus from men and focusing on her career, the Lord, and getting to know herself. Everything is going according to plan until one fateful, rainy morning in Seattle when a passing car drenches her and everything changes.

The Cowboy’s Christmas Reunion by USA Today bestselling author Valerie Comer
The Cowboy Santa program is supposed to be a chance to help his neighbors. When Kade Delgado’s ex-fiancée, now a single mom, shows up on his list, neither of them are thrilled. Is there any hope for a second chance at love?

Hope for Christmas by Elizabeth Maddrey
When he arrived at the ranch, he wasn’t sure what he was looking for. She wasn’t looking for anything beyond stability for her son. Christmas might be a season of hope, but do they dare risk everything for love?

Can’t Live without You by Ginger Solomon
Clarissa Harding’s fiancé’s betrayal doesn’t hurt as much as learning her best friend, Sawyer Chasin, knew his brother’s secret and didn’t tell her. The marriage would have been fake, but her feelings for Sawyer aren’t.

Beautiful Heart of His by Lindi Peterson
Two wrongs don’t make a right has never been more true. Will Mason’s past wrongs push Scarlett away or help her fall in love with him?

Restoring Christmas by Julie Arduini
Filled with grief and regret, Holly Christmas returns to Geneseo Valley and the family business, The Christmas Mansion. Can Kevin Holt restore her love for the season and the memories she left behind?

The Cowgirl’s Christmas Gift by Publishers Weekly bestselling author Deb Kastner
Cowgirl Maisey Gray knows horses, not six-year-olds. But when her socially-awkward, VR glasses-wearing neighbor needs help creating the perfect Christmas for his nephews, it’s up to Maisey to make sure Cam and the boys have a Christmas they’ll never forget.

Falling for Grace by Janet W. Ferguson
Grace Logan needs a place to pick herself up now that her ex is marrying her former best friend. Grief drives Seth Gibbs to his family’s vacation home, and three years later, he has no plans to leave. Until Grace falls into his life.

 

 

MY THOUGHTS:

Laugh, cry, and fall in love with these eight wonderful, brand-new Christmas romances from some of your favorite authors.

Kimberly Rose Johnson, Valerie Comer, Elizabeth Maddrey, Ginger Solomon, Linda Peterson, Julie Arduini, Deb Kastner, and Janet W. Ferguson help this season to shine with love and excitement with stories to celebrate the gift of Christmas!

Don’t miss out on this wonderful collection of stories in one compilation… to read this Christmas!

Click the picture below to get your copy today from Amazon…

Happy Reading!

 

God bless you and MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Review © 2018 DJ Mynatt

 

The Christmas Scrapbook | Philip Gulley

 

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Today I am posting my review of The Christmas Scrapbook by Philip Gulley.

Here is a brief synopsis:

It’s autumn in Harmony, and Pastor Sam Gardner has vowed to be ready for Christmas.

Determined to redeem a dreadful history of gift giving, Sam enrolls in a scrapbooking class to make a Christmas gift his wife will never forget.

However, Sam’s absence from their home every Wednesday night, coupled with his fishy alibi of attending a men’s group, raises her suspicions.

Meanwhile, Sam struggles in the class and must attempt to complete his project with only the help of his faithful secretary, Frank.

As Christmas fast approaches and rumors of Sam’s Wednesday night absences swirl along with the snow, a series of mishaps leads to a Christmas no one will soon forget.

 

MY THOUGHTS:

Philip Gulley is an amazing author… funny, quirky, and sometimes almost “too” true to life! I’m crazy about his Harmony Series about a Quaker minister — Sam Gardner and how he relates to family, his church, and his life.

Gulley has written the Home to Harmony series and it is one of my favorites! I can identify many of the characters with people from my own past and present life. I usually grab a hankie — just to wipe the tears from all the laughter when reading his books.

The Christmas Scrapbook is an 89-page novella that would be a quick read, except that I laugh so much I cry and keep reaching for tissues to dry my eyes.

The trouble begins in September, when Sam tells his wife he joined a men’s group, when the truth is he joined a class to make a scrapbook for his wife’s Christmas gift.

Several clues (and help from friends) lead his wife to believe that he is either cheating on her . . . or dying!

Read about the trouble Sam has with Dale Henshaw’s progressive Nativity scene, Mrs. Gruber, plus an absolute disaster with scissors and superglue. Thankfully it all works out.

Read the story this month… you’ll be glad you did.

God bless you!

Merry Christmas!

 

Review © 2018 DJ Mynatt

Finding a Plain Christmas | Laura J Marshall, Amos Wyse

 

 

Today I am reviewing Finding a Plain Christmas, a wonderful Christmas story by Amos Wyse & Laura J Marshall.

Here is a brief synopsis:

Kirsten Bergman, writer for Harrisburg Magazine, is busy checking off the boxes on her Christmas lists.

Her boss and secret crush, Richard Collins, unexpectedly assigns her to a story in Amish country, which seems like he’s setting her up for failure.

But is he actually giving her the greatest gift of all?

 

MY THOUGHTS:

You’re gonna love this Christmas story…

Kirsten Bergman reminded me of myself — and how I love to make lists, and decorate for the holiday, and buy the perfect gifts for loved ones, and plan Christmas parties. When she’s assigned a story by her editor, Richard Collins, about how the Amish celebrate Christmas, she heads to Amish country. What she finds is no help at all!!!

No Christmas trees… no decorations… no parties… no Santa…

What will she do? She has no idea how — or what — to write about the holiday.

With Richard’s help, she learns how to enjoy Amish Country… and Christmas — in a different, better way. Oh my goodness! I loved this story!

Happy Reading!

 

God Bless You!

and MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!

Review © 2018 DJ Mynatt

 

The Cowboy’s Mixed-Up Matchmaker | Valerie Comer

 

 

Today I am reviewing The Cowboy’s Mixed-Up Matchmaker, the second story in the Montana Ranches Christian Romance series by Valerie Comer.

Here is a brief synopsis:

Friends don’t let friends turn thirty… single.

It’s been almost fourteen long years since two teens made a pact to marry each other if both remained single at thirty. But the nearer the time comes, the more Lauren Yanovich steps up her matchmaking game to let James off the hook. Not that he likely remembers.

James Carmichael has been waiting forever, praying Lauren will be waiting for him. But, just when the end is in sight, she begins dating someone else, and his hopes crumble.

What’s a cowboy to do when the love of his life insists they’re all wrong for each other?

About the Montana Ranches Christian Romance series

Welcome to Saddle Springs, the fictional western town that’s home to the Montana Ranches Christian Romance Series! Revel in the lush mountain scenery with rocky peaks, tumbling rivers, and peaceful lakes. Meet the cowboys who ride the ranges, mend fences, and are lassoed by romance in this new series by USA Today bestselling author Valerie Comer.

 

 

MY THOUGHTS:

You are going to LOVE this new story from Valerie Comer!

James Carmichael has been waiting for the right moment to tell Lauren Yanovich that he loves her… has always loved her… but he doesn’t know how to tell her, so he’s waiting to honor the pact they made when they were sixteen years old.

He’s been waiting for fourteen years!

Meanwhile, Lauren is trying to set him up with someone — anyone — so he won’t feel obligated to marry her. After all, who wants to marry someone who because they promised to, but doesn’t love them. I couldn’t wait to see how this story finally ends… and how they somehow got the courage to do what they had to do — to have a happily-ever-after.

Don’t miss this exciting new series by Valerie Comer!

Happy Reading!

 

God bless you!

Review © 2018 DJ Mynatt

1. The Cowboy’s Christmas Reunion (available in A Christmas to Remember box set)
2. The Cowboy’s Mixed-Up Matchmaker

Colors of Christmas | Olivia Newport

 

 

Today I am reviewing Colors of  Christmas, two contemporary stories celebrating the hope of Christmas by Olivia Newport.

 

Here is a brief synopsis:

Celebrate the joyful hope of the Christmas season as characters find healing in the midst of heartbreak.

Christmas in Gold
After eighty years, change is nothing new for Astrid. By the time she was twenty, she survived the destructive Nazi regime, caring for her family under brutal circumstances, moving to America, and losing her husband. At forty she was widowed again and left to build a new life with her children. Now, when she faces a move into an assisted living community and meets a young woman on the brink of despair, she resolves to stir up hope through tragedy one more time.

Christmas in Blue
In the wake of a personal loss deeper than anyone realizes, Angela plans to bypass as much of the season as possible and get through her duties as the church organist by going on autopilot. Instead, she finds herself in charge of the town’s celebration. After a mysterious young man arrives, townspeople suspect he is the reason that one set of plans after another disintegrate until little is left of their traditions. Yet Angela warms to Gabe because she suspects they share a secret—his real reason for coming to town. Even when all they have to work with is a garish supply of blue Christmas decorations, Gabe helps Angela discover the hidden beauty of hope.

 

MY THOUGHTS:

Christmas in Gold
My heart went out to Astrid, who had endured such hardships during her childhood, only to be widowed twice. Yet Astrid remained strong in her faith. She didn’t even complain when her children pushed her to put her home up for sale and move into an Assisted Living community. I’m not sure I would be as gracious as Astrid, who had learned at an early age to be accepting of change. I would complain… Astrid, although not happy about the changes, goes along with them and does what she can to be a blessing to those around her. This was a wonderful story of love and hope.

Christmas in Blue
Angela (the main character) is grieving the loss of her friend Carole, who recently passed away. Although Christmas in Gold was my favorite story, Christmas in Blue is a lovely, heartwarming story of finding hope after a loss.

Happy Reading!

 

God bless you!

Review © 2018 DJ Mynatt

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