Category Archives: Christmas

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

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Cowboy Christmas Guardian | Dana Mentink

 

Today I am reviewing Cowboy Christmas Guardian, the first novel in the Gold Country Cowboys series by Dana Mentink.

Here is a brief synopsis:

UNDER THE RANCHER’S PROTECTION

Someone is dead set on stopping Shelby Arroyo from doing her job: assessing mineral rights in a mine in gold country.

But after rancher Barrett Thorn rescues her from an attack, the handsome widowed cowboy seems to feel responsible for her.

That is, until he discovers she’s from the family that he’ll never forgive for his wife’s death.

As the threats against Shelby escalate, cowboy honor and an unexpected attraction keep Barrett by her side, even at his own risk.

And since Shelby won’t back down, Barrett must protect the brave, loyal woman he has no business falling for…a woman someone wants to kill by Christmas.

 

MY THOUGHTS:

I am a huge fan of Dana Mentink!

I’ve enjoyed reading her books for years — and now I have a new favorite series:

Gold Country Cowboys!

The code of the West rules the land for these men!

And Barrett Thorn certainly lives by this code. When Shelby Arroyo finds herself in trouble, Barrett rides in on his horse to rescue her! And when she’s determined to finish her job, Barrett continues to protect her from those who are trying to harm her.

Oh my goodness! I love this story! I’m already looking forward to the next story in the series..

Happy Reading!

 

God Bless You!

Review © 2017 DJ Mynatt

 

The Gift | Shelley Shepard Gray

 


Today I am reviewing The Gift, the 3rd story 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. 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 © 2017 DJ Mynatt

Yuletide Redemption | Jill Kemerer

 


Today I am reviewing Yuletide Redemption, the 4th story in the Sheffield Siblings series by Jill Kemerer.

Here is a brief synopsis:

A Mother’s Christmas Wish

After an accident leaves Celeste Monroe to raise her baby nephew, all she wants is to provide one-year-old Parker with a happy life.

She hopes taking a job caring for injured Sam Sheffield will help fulfill that goal. But Sam’s determination to avoid the world throws a wrench in her plans.

Despite his best efforts, Sam can’t take his eyes off the pretty caretaker. Her strength and her loving nature has him falling for her—and her baby.

But he refuses to burden them with a man who’s not whole. Can Celeste convince Sam he’s daddy — and husband — material in time for them to celebrate Christmas together?

 

MY THOUGHTS:

This was such an awesome story!

I have to be honest; at first, I thought Celeste and Sam were expecting a little too much — instead of being grateful for what they have. I’m not sure if the reader (like me) can really appreciate the main characters’ feelings about their current situations, unless the reader (like me) can see themself with such a disability.

But when I stopped and really considered how I would feel, if I had lived Celeste or Sam’s life, and was suddenly thrust into such a different lifestyle, then yeah, I would want my old life back. And that’s exactly what Celeste and Sam want . . . to be the same person they were before their accident.

Of course, we all know that’s impossible, in most cases. So what would you do, if you were in Celeste or Sam’s place? I’m not telling! My advice . . . get a copy of this wonderful book and find out what they do.

This is the fourth book in Jill Kemerer’s new Sheffield Siblings series. My plan is to go back and find all the others, then read them together, one-by-one. I definitely want to get to know the Sheffield Siblings better!

Happy Reading!

 

God bless you!

Review © 2017 DJ Mynatt

Grand Prize Winner | Naomi Miller Marathon

 

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THANK YOU to everyone for entering!

 

God bless you!

Giveaway © 2016 DJ Mynatt

His Mistletoe Family | Ruth Logan Herne

 


Today I am reviewing His Mistletoe Family, the 6th book in the Men of Allegany County series by Ruth Logan Herne.

Here is a brief synopsis:

When two orphaned boys and their aunt arrive for Thanksgiving supper at church, retired army colonel Brett Stanton feels his heart tugged.

Despite having her hands full, young businesswoman Haley Jennings handles her nephews with a smile.

Still, Brett can’t get too close to the needy trio. He lost his son and brother to the uniform, and isn’t about to set himself up for loss again.

Soon sweet Haley and the boys remind him of old dreams—and teach him that new dreams provide the greatest hope for a perfect family Christmas.

 

 

 

MY THOUGHTS:

My heart goes out to Haley and Brett . . .

Haley unexpectedly becomes a mom to two small boys — at the worst possible time.

She’s just beginning a new business and with the holidays, she has her hands full. But when her nephews are orphaned, she drops everything to bring them back to live with her.

Brett, a retired Army Colonel, has been struggling for a long while, yet he puts himself out there and jumps in to help Haley and the boys.

This is such a sweet, heart-warming story — I know you’ll love it as much as I do. And it’s the perfect choice for a Christmas read. Honestly, I wish I could take my family to upstate New York and visit the characters in this book — or maybe drop in on Ruthy and her family (just kidding, Ruthy…don’t bar the doors yet).

Merry Christmas!

Blessings!
Review © 2016 DJ Mynatt

Her Holiday Family | Ruth Logan Herne

 


Today I am reviewing Her Holiday Family, the 5th book in the Kirkwood Lake series by Ruth Logan Herne.

Here is a brief synopsis:

Home for the Holidays

When her café goes up in smoke, Tina Martinelli decides to make a big change.

She plans to leave Kirkwood Lake and start over — somewhere without the haunting memories of family and failure.

But just as she’s plotting her new life, her girlhood crush Max Campbell returns to town . . . and suddenly takes notice of Tina all grown up.

Having retired from his military career, Max’s ready to start over, too. He’s given his heart to her.

Now, if only Max can convince Tina to stick around this Christmas — and forever after.

 

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MY THOUGHTS:

This story is about Tina and Max…

Many of us identify with Tina. Everything seems to be working out in her life, then she loses her job and has to start over. After working hard to make her dreams come true, tragedy strikes again — and she back at square one — again.

I’ve been back to square one too many times in my life . . . some of the time it was my own fault, for making bad decisions. We’ve all been there, I suppose.

What else can we do but try again?

Ruth Logan Herne does an amazing job showing how things can go from good to bad. Then she shows how wonderful life can be — once we put our trust in GOD — and we begin to trust ourselves again.

DO NOT miss this story. It’s such an inspiring message . . . and one that we all need at times.

If you don’t have this series, be sure to put it on your Christmas list. Tell your family — and friends — which books you’d like for Christmas. Maybe — just maybe — the faith, love and hope in these books will lift you up, when you need it most.

Don’t miss this exciting series, found in the wonderful (fictional) place of Kirkwood Lake.

Merry Christmas!

 

 

God bless you!

Review © 2016 DJ Mynatt

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