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A Team Macachek Christmas Anthology | Jean C. Gordon

 


Today I am reviewing A Team Macachek Christmas Anthology by Jean C. Gordon.

This anthology includes three wonderful Christmas stories. . . Holiday Escape, A Team Macachek Christmas, and Christmas Pizza to the Rescue.

Here is a brief synopsis:

Fall in love with the strong women and fearless men of the motocross circuit in these three heartwarming holiday stories:

Holiday Escape

Bridget O’Brien lost her fiancé to a dangerous job. And, while she’d love to have a relationship like the one she lost, the last thing she wants is one with another man who willingly puts his life in danger. Luke Foster is a motocross racer whose track record with women runs short and no-strings-attached on both sides. He’d never seriously pursue a forever-after woman like Bridget. All they want is a holiday week away. Bridget from her well-meaning family’s condolences about her planned Christmas Eve wedding and her memories of a future that won’t be. Luke from his family’s annual critique at which he and his life choices always fall short of expectations. But, under the blue Caribbean skies, anything can happen.

A Team Macachek Christmas

Sparks fly from a Christmastime reunion of motocross racer Jesse Brewster and his ex-girlfriend Lauren Cooper. Being thrown together to plan the race team’s Christmas party reignites a flame Lauren thought she’d extinguished when she broke up with Jesse six months earlier. But will Jesse’s well-meaning secret Christmas gift—meant to help win her back—compromise the independence Lauren is fighting to establish? Is it, as she maintains, the wrong time for their love?

Christmas Pizza to the Rescue

Jilted at the alter two weeks ago, motocross champion Royce Evans plans to make an appearance at the Team Macachek Christmas party to show the guys he’s just fine. Then he’ll hunker down alone at the team barracks for the rest of the holiday season. Out-of-work investigative reporter turned pizza delivery person Samantha Linder needs money for her younger sister’s special school tuition and needs to re-establish her cred as a reporter. When a freak winter rain storm strands them alone at the barracks, they strike a bargain that benefits them both. But after Sam appears to break that bargain, can even the spirit of Christmas save their blossoming love?

 

 

MY THOUGHTS:

Holiday Escape — After her fiancé dies, Bridget books passage on a “holiday escape” cruise to escape her Christmas Eve wedding date and the memories that threaten to crush her. Away from family and friends, Bridget has a chance to lose herself temporarily with shopping and sightseeing and a chance to relax. In the meantime, Luke agrees to accompany his Uncle Ralph on a holiday cruise — one that will hopefully allow Luke time to rest and recuperate from a recent motocross injury.

Luke and Bridget enjoy spending time together, but another favorite couple in the series is Ralph and Joyce. I loved getting to know Joyce and I found it easy to identify with why she seemed more than a little critical at times. Honestly, I think Joyce and Ralph made this story much stronger — and I loved how all the characters flowed along with the story, and the ending — wow! The ending was perfect!

 

A Team Macachek Christmas — When Jesse Brewster runs into Lauren Cooper again, he’s thrown for a loop when he learns that she’s not attending Syracuse University as she planned. . . instead, she’s working full-time at the Team Macachek headquarters in Chenango Falls. In the meantime, after using her savings to help her mom, Lauren is trying to earn enough money to get back to school before she loses her scholarship.

When Jesse tries to help Lauren anonymously, I cheered him on — but I had a bad feeling about it. I just knew Lauren wouldn’t appreciate his help. I was NOT expecting what happened next, but I was delighted with the outcome. I know if you take time to read this special story, you’ll enjoy it as much as I did. So grab your own copy and read it for yourself.

This story can also be found in Sweet Christmas Kisses 4: A Bundle of 14 Wholesome Holiday Romances

 

Christmas Pizza to the Rescue — When Samantha Linder delivers a pizza to the Team Macachek headquarters, Royce Evans thinks the worst about her — that she’s only there to get a tell-all interview. When the weather turns bad and they’re stranded at the barracks, I figured they would both learn a few things about each other. . . and somehow I knew I was going to love this story every bit as much as the others.

Of course, I knew they would have their ups and downs, but I’m a firm believer in “happily ever after” stories and was rooting for everything to work out. I can’t tell you exactly what happens at the end, but I’m pretty sure you’ll enjoy this sweet story to the very last page.

This story can also be found in Sweet Christmas Kisses 5: A Bundle of 9 Wholesome Holiday Romances

 

Happy Reading!

 

Blessings!

Review © 2019 DJ Mynatt

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A Team Macachek Christmas | Jean C. Gordon

 


Today I am reviewing A Team Macachek Christmas by Jean C. Gordon.

Here is a brief synopsis:

A TEAM MACACHEK NOVELLA

Sparks fly from a Christmastime reunion of motocross racer Jesse Brewster and his ex-girlfriend Lauren Cooper.

Being thrown together to plan the race team’s Christmas party reignites a flame Lauren thought she’d extinguished when she broke up with Jesse six months earlier.

But will Jesse’s well-meaning secret Christmas gift—meant to help win her back—compromise the independence Lauren is fighting to establish? Is it, as she maintains, the wrong time for their love?

TEAM MACACHEK: Fall in love with the strong women and fearless men of the motocross circuit.

 

 

MY THOUGHTS:

When Jesse Brewster runs into Lauren Cooper again, he’s thrown for a loop when he learns that she’s not attending Syracuse University as she planned. . . instead, she’s working full-time at the Team Macachek headquarters in Chenango Falls.

In the meantime, after using her savings to help her mom, Lauren is trying to earn enough money to get back to school before she loses her scholarship.

When Jesse tries to help Lauren anonymously, I cheered him on — but I had a bad feeling about it. I just knew Lauren wouldn’t appreciate his help. I was NOT expecting what happened next, but I was delighted with the outcome. I know if you take time to read this special story, you’ll enjoy it as much as I did. So grab your own copy and read it for yourself.

Happy Reading!

 

Blessings!

Review © 2019 DJ Mynatt

Holiday Escape | Jean C. Gordon

 

 

Today I am reviewing Holiday Escape by Jean C. Gordon.

Here is a brief synopsis:

A TEAM MACACHEK NOVELLA

Bridget O’Brien lost her fiancé to a dangerous job. And, while she’d love to have a relationship like the one she lost, the last thing she wants is one with another man who willingly puts his life in danger.

Luke Foster is a motocross racer whose track record with women runs short and no-strings-attached on both sides. He’d never seriously pursue a forever-after woman like Bridget.

All they want is a holiday week away. Bridget from her well-meaning family’s condolences about her planned Christmas Eve wedding and her memories of a future that won’t be. Luke from his family’s annual critique at which he and his life choices always fall short of expectations.

But, under the blue Caribbean skies, anything can happen.

TEAM MACACHEK: Meet the strong women and fearless men of the motocross circuit

 

 

MY THOUGHTS:

Holiday Escape is a sweet story about Bridget O’Neal and Luke Foster…

After her fiancé dies, Bridget books passage on a “holiday escape” cruise to escape her Christmas Eve wedding date and the memories that threaten to crush her. Away from family and friends, Bridget has a chance to lose herself temporarily with shopping and sightseeing and a chance to relax.

In the meantime, Luke agrees to accompany his Uncle Ralph on a holiday cruise — one that will hopefully allow Luke time to rest and recuperate from a recent motocross injury.

Luke and Bridget enjoy spending time together, but another favorite couple in the series is Ralph and Joyce. I loved getting to know Joyce and I found it easy to identify with why she seemed more than a little critical at times.

Honestly, I think Joyce and Ralph made this story much stronger — and I loved how all the characters flowed along with the story, and the ending — wow! The ending was perfect!

Happy Reading!

 

Blessings!

Review © 2019 DJ Mynatt

Oh Little Town of Sugarcreek | Amy Lillard

 

 

 

Today I am reviewing Oh Little Town of Sugarcreek, a Sugarcreek Amish Mystery by Amy Lillard.

Here is a brief synopsis:

Christmastime has come to Sugarcreek, but the sleepy Ohio town is anything but calm. Cheryl Cooper expected a quiet holiday season, filled with new friends and new traditions.

Instead, Lance Martin, her ex-fiance shows up and proposes again! Then, one of her aunt’s heirlooms turns up missing, followed by the disappearance of the engagement ring Lance intended for her.

When the Millers’ estranged daughter Sarah leaves her Englisch husband and returns home, Cheryl finds herself wondering what more could happen to spoil her Christmas cheer?

A lot, evidently. The town is turned upside down as it discovers there’s a thief in their midst.

But when fingers are pointed at Levi Miller, Cheryl doesn’t want to believe her friend might be guilty. Can she find the real criminal in time to bring back the joy of her first Christmas in Sugarcreek?

 

MY THOUGHTS:

Even when it’s not Christmas time, I’m always in the mood for a great Christmas read — and O Little Town of Sugarcreek is a GREAT Christmas story!

Cheryl Cooper has her hands full — literally — when her ex-fiance shows up and proposes! Cheryl’s crazy cat has just knocked over a jewelry box full of antique heirloom jewels, and her engagement ring goes missing — just when her shop is full of customers!

Oh my!

Will Cheryl be able to find the missing jewels? Will she be able to resist Lance’s proposal?

Read the book. Just read it. I’m not giving anything else away… but if you enjoy mysteries — and lots of excitement — don’t miss this Sugarcreek Amish Mystery!

Amy Lillard writes wonderful Amish stories — and this one is full of unforgettable characters and non-stop action, from beginning to end. And the best part, is that Cheryl will be back in other stories.

Merry Christmas!

 

God bless you!

Review © 2018 DJ Mynatt

The Snow Globe | Laura V. Hilton

 

 


Today I am reviewing The Snow Globe by Laura V Hilton.

Here is a brief synopsis:

A Compassionate Young Woman…

Esther Beachy enjoys working for an elderly woman who is wheelchair bound. Her client, Anna Petersheim, is pleasant and tells captivating stories. Plus, her home is quiet and far more peaceful than Esther’s, with so many siblings.

She only dreads the day when Anna’s grandson, Viktor, will return from the river to take over the farm.

She and Viktor were classmates years ago, and he’d been an obnoxious flirt who paid attention to every girl but her.

A Toughened Riverboat Captain…

A seasoned riverboat captain, Viktor Petersheim has seen his share of trials. He left the Amish after the death of his parents and siblings in a house fire for which he still feels responsible.

Now, after years of working on the Mississippi River, he returns home to claim the farm he inherited from his grandparents and, hopefully, to repair some of the damaged relationships and broken hearts he left in his wake.

Love off the River…

When Viktor arrives home, it doesn’t take long for him and Esther to realize their mutual attraction. Even so, their relationship remains as tumultuous as a shaken snow globe, like the one Esther finds at a garage sale and gives to Viktor’s grandmother as a token of affection.

Viktor isn’t the only man with an eye on Esther, and soon it looks as if she’s ready to make a future with someone else. Will the two go their separate ways again? Or will the hand of God work something beautiful out of their angst and agitation?

 

 

MY THOUGHTS:

The Snow Globe is, in my opinion, the best sort of novel to read…

The characters are likable and easy to relate to; they are loving and considerate… and they are interesting. Too many times I’ve read novels with characters I have nothing in common with, and they’re not appealing in the least; Laura Hilton excels at creating characters that appeal to her readers – readers of Amish fiction, especially Amish romance.

Of course, you can’t have a hero without a villain… but even so, he makes the book great; I just love reading about him getting what’s coming to him!

It’s too easy to picture quiet Esther taking care of Anna and Reuben, while waiting for Henry to propose. Then there’s Viktor… tall, handsome, self-assured, needing the love of a good woman, yet feeling as if he doesn’t deserve happiness. And don’t forget Henry, who seems to have feelings for another girl, but is determined to marry Esther.

Can Esther break through Viktor’s defenses? Or will she marry Henry?

I love the easy, comfortable relationship between Esther, Anna and Reuben. When Viktor comes home to help out, he’s not looking for a relationship, but the moment he meets Esther, he finds her unforgettable… and irresistible! This makes for a great romance novel.

Throw in my favorite genre – Amish fiction – add some fun, intrigue, angst, lies, jealousy and pain… and you have an exciting, memorable story! Don’t miss out on this wonderful novel.

Merry Christmas!

God Bless You!

 

Review © 2018 DJ Mynatt

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

 

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

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