Category Archives: Christmas

The Cowboy’s Christmas Reunion | Valerie Comer

 

 

Today I am reviewing The Cowboy’s Christmas Reunion, the first story in the Montana Ranches Christian 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?

 

 

MY THOUGHTS:

I was hoping Valerie would publish a story about cowboys — and now she has!

I don’t want to give anything away, so I’m going to be especially careful about saying much… except to encourage you to read this story. It’s SOOOOO good! I am thrilled that Valerie wrote about Kade and Cheri — and their life story. If you are a lover of romance, you’ll love The Cowboy’s Christmas Reunion!  I’ll be back with my review for the next book in this series when it releases…

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

Happy Reading!

 

God bless you!

Review © 2018 DJ Mynatt

 

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Lost Christmas Memories | Dana Mentink

 

 

Today I am reviewing Lost Christmas Memories, the fourth — and final — novel in the Gold Country Cowboys series by Dana Mentink.

Here is a brief synopsis:

A witness with amnesia…

Can she trust this Gold Country Cowboy with her life?

Tracy Wilson witnessed a murder—but after a head injury, she can’t remember what she saw.

Now someone plans to silence her for good, and only cowboy Keegan Thorn believes her.

With a killer after her at Christmas, Tracy is running out of time to remember… and falling dangerously hard for the cowboy who could break her heart.

 

MY THOUGHTS:

I love reading suspense stories by Dana Mentink… and she doesn’t disappoint with her newest release, Lost Christmas Memories.

The fact that I began reading it tonight and didn’t stop until I reached the end — at 12:58 AM — should tell you that this story is an amazing one… and one you won’t want to put down until the end, either.

You won’t believe everything that happens to Tracy Wilson!  First, she witnesses a murder, then she’s involved in a car accident and can’t remember anything about the murder, then no one really believes her story — except for Keegan Thorn. But Keegan has his own set of problems, and Tracy’s grandpa almost convinces her that Keegan is the one who’s endangering her life. And that Keegan isn’t the nice guy she thinks he is!

Oh mercy!  This is such a great story! And as soon as I have time, I’m going to go back and read all four stories in order… Cowboy Christmas Guardian, Treacherous Trails, Cowboy Bodyguard, and Lost Christmas Memories (again). This is an awesome series!

Happy Reading!

 

God Bless You!

Review © 2018 DJ Mynatt

 

Stories behind the Great Traditions of Christmas | Ace Collins

 

This would make a great, early Christmas gift for family and friends.

 

 

Today I am reviewing Stories behind the Great Traditions of Christmas

Here is a brief synopsis:

The fascinating stories and origins behind Christmas traditions such as the colors of red and green, the Christmas tree, caroling, nativity scenes, the Yule log, gift-giving, stockings, advent wreaths, mistletoe, and holly.

The cheer of a crackling hearth fire. Colorful cards from friends and loved ones. An evergreen tree festooned with ornaments. The golden traditions of Christmas—gifts, wreaths, stockings, carols, mistletoe, and more—infuse our celebration of the season with meaning and glowing memories. And, in ways you may not realize, they point us to the birth of Christ. Stories Behind the Great Traditions of Christmas reveals the people, places, and events that shaped the best-loved customs of this merriest of holidays. Here are spiritual insights, true-life tales, and captivating legends to intrigue you and your family and bring new luster and depth to your celebration of Jesus’ birth. Discover how:

• after eighteen centuries of all but ignoring the event, churches began to open the door for believers to commemorate Jesus’ incarnation.

• the evergreen tree, once a central theme in the worship practices of pagan cultures, came to represent the everlasting love of God.

• the magi’s three gifts—gold, frankincense, and myrrh—are filled with spiritual symbolism.

The traditions of Christmas lend beauty, awe, and hope to the holiday, causing people all over the world to anticipate it with joy. The stories in this book will warm your heart as you rediscover the true and eternal significance of Christmas.

 

MY THOUGHTS:

It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year…

If you’re looking for a Christmas book full of traditions, stories and information, this is the one to pick! I was very impressed with this wonderful book. First, it’s a beautiful, hard-bound, book that’s small enough to tuck into your bookcase among your other favorite Christmas books. And it’s the perfect keepsake… with stories and information about everything Christmas… from advent to mistletoe to The Nutcracker Ballet…

This is a wonderful book to share with your children and grandchildren during the holiday season.

 

God Bless You!

and MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!

Review © 2018 DJ Mynatt

 

His Promise | Shelley Shepard Gray

 

 

 

Today I am reviewing His Promise, the sixth book in The Amish of Hart County series by Shelley Shepard Gray.

Here is a brief synopsis:

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Shelley Shepard Gray’s latest Christmas novel in her Amish of Hart County series.

It’s set to be a white Christmas in Hart County, and Grace King is pet-sitting in a beautiful home with only a difficult dachshund for company. Just as she starts to miss the bustle of her large Amish family, Grace runs into a familiar face. Living right next door is John Michael Miller. He’s a fireman now, but five years ago, he had courted her older sister, then broke her heart. Seeing him again stirs Grace’s anger, but also reminds her of deeper feelings she’s done her best to deny.

The infatuation John Michael once saw in Grace’s eyes is long gone, though his complicated attraction to her remains. He had walked away all those years ago when he realized he was falling in love with the wrong sister.

Now, as suspicious fires are set in their community, that’s not an option. Grace dismisses his warnings, and John Michael vows to keep an eye on her. But he can’t help wondering if he’s reconnected with Grace, only to risk losing her again.

Now all John Michael wants for Christmas is to keep Grace safe, in the hopes that they can one day have a future together.

 

Blessings!

Review © 2018 DJ Mynatt

  1. Her Secret
  2. His Guilt
  3. The Gift
  4. His Risk
  5. Her Fear
  6. His Promise

 

The Gift | Shelley Shepard Gray

 

 

Today I am reviewing The Gift, the third book in The Amish of Hart County series by Shelley Shepard Gray.

Here is a brief synopsis:

The Schwartz family is happy to be spending Christmas on their new farm in Hart County. But when Susanna Schwartz hears gunshots that causes her buggy to overturn, and then her little sister falls through a wooden bridge into the icy creek, it becomes clear from these dangerous “accidents” that someone wants them gone.

Neil Vance has been heartbroken ever since his parents lost their family farm. He knows it’s not the Schwartz family’s fault, but he can’t help but be resentful. Until he meets Susanna. She is kind-hearted and bold, and Neil can’t stop thinking about her pretty green eyes.

Neil thinks the accidents are just that, but Susanna’s father is convinced the Vance family is responsible. Susanna refuses to believe Neil would do anything to harm her. She’s fallen in love with him and knows he is a good man. But her family is ready to pack up and move, and time is running out to uncover the truth before someone gets hurt…or worse.

 

MY THOUGHTS:

As long as Shelley keeps writing Amish fiction, I’ll keep reading it… because I have LOVED each and every one of her books!

I can only imagine how difficult it would be to move to a new home just before Christmas. A place where you don’t know anyone and everyone seems unfriendly. Neil Vance knows Susanna Schwartz and her family are not responsible for his family losing their farm. And the accidents. . . well, he thought they were truly accidents. Obviously, I lost myself in the story, but will I find my way back out? Join me and spend Christmas with the families in Hart County.

Shelley truly does give us a story full of love and blessings–one we’ll cherish at Christmas time.

Whatever you do, don’t miss out on this wonderful story.

 

Blessings!

Review © 2018 DJ Mynatt

  1. Her Secret
  2. His Guilt
  3. The Gift
  4. His Risk
  5. Her Fear
  6. His Promise

A Christmas Bride in Pinecraft | Shelley Shepard Gray

 

 

Today I am reviewing A Christmas Bride in Pinecraft, the fourth book of the Amish Brides of Pinecraft series by Shelley Shepard Gray.

Here is a brief synopsis:

Christmas has come to Pinecraft in bestselling author Shelley Shepard Gray’s final Amish Brides of Pinecraft novel, an uplifting story that proves anything is possible when you follow your heart

When manager Beverly Overholt’s beloved Orange Blossom Inn is broken into, she’s shaken to the core. The inn has been her whole life since arriving in the quaint Amish vacation town of Pinecraft, Florida. Hoping to repair what’s been lost, Beverly calls Eric Wagler, the inn’s handsome owner. To her surprise, he promises to be on the next flight out of Philadelphia.

Ever since her fiancé jilted her, Beverly’s been closed off to love. However, with Eric things feel different. She can’t help but be hopeful that their work relationship will turn into something more—even though they are from different worlds. She grew up Amish and is now Mennonite. Eric, on the other hand, grew up on the city streets of Philadelphia. How could they ever find common ground?

But as Beverly and Eric put the inn back together, prepare for Christmas, and even witness romance blossoming for another couple, the trust—and love—between them grows. Will Christmas bring a second chance for Beverly? And if it does, will she be brave enough to take it?

 

 

MY THOUGHTS:

I love this final story. . . and how Shelley completes the series in such a productive, satisfying way. Oh yeah, I was over-the-top by the end!

Thank you, Shelley!

In The Promise of Palm Grove, you met Beverly Overholt, who runs the inn, and receives some disturbing news from Eric Wagler.  In the sequel, The Proposal at Siesta Key, Beverly hears from Eric again, as well as several other unexpected guests. In this final story, A Christmas Bride in Pinecraft, Beverly has trouble adjusting to being at the inn after a break-in. Will Eric be able to convince her to stay? I think Shelley handled everything perfectly, bringing everyone together at the end.

Don’t miss this amazing series!

 

God bless you!

Review © 2018 DJ Mynatt

  1. The Promise of Palm Grove
  2. The Proposal at Siesta Key
  3. A Wish on Gardenia Street (novella)
  4. A Wedding at the Orange Blossom Inn
  5. A Christmas Bride in Pinecraft

 

On This Christmas | 5-year journal

 

 

Today I am reviewing On This Christmas, a five-year journal of your favorite traditions, memories & gifts.

Here is a brief synopsis:

Capture five years of your favorite Christmas memories in this beautiful, keepsake guided journal. Building on the highly popular “one line a day” journal concept, On This Christmas: A Five-Year Journal of Your Favorite Traditions, Memories, and Gifts is an interactive keepsake that allows you to record your holiday celebrations over the course of five years.

Every joyful Christmas season you think, I’ll never forget this! But the memories slip quietly away over time. Now you can save them and treasure them all in one place. This Christmas is a five-year guided journal with thought-provoking prompts such as “The gift I’m most excited to share,” “We are choosing to slow down the holiday by ______,” “A special blessing we enjoyed,” and “Our favorite tradition this year.”

With Scripture and inspirational thoughts, This Christmas will help you preserve precious times with friends and family as you celebrate the Christmas season.

 

MY THOUGHTS:

I was very impressed with this 5-year journal. First, it’s a beautiful, hard-bound, book that’s small enough to tuck into your bookcase among your other favorite Christmas books.

And it’s the perfect keepsake… a special place to preserve all your memories of each Christmas season, beginning on the very first day of the month and ending on Christmas Day — not just for one year, but for 5 years!

What a wonderful idea… a journal to share with your children and grandchildren during future holiday seasons.

HINT:  This would also make a great, early Christmas gift for family and friends.

 

God Bless You!

and MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!

Review © 2018 DJ Mynatt

 

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