Category Archives: Christmas

Christmas time…

 

 

 

MY THOUGHTS:

I love reading Christmas stories…

From now until the end of December, I will be reading Christmas stories… but I’ll be back to review more books next year.

 

 

Happy Reading!

and Merry Christmas!

 

Review © 2019 DJ Mynatt

The Abbott Creek Cookbook | Naomi Miller

 

 

Today I am reviewing The Abbott Creek Cookbook by Naomi Miller.

Here is a brief synopsis:

Katie and her friends in Abbott Creek enjoy cooking . . . and baking, and they would like to share some of their favorite recipes with you.

They have gathered the best and most delicious recipes to be found in Abbott Creek, and added in some fun extras to go along with them. That way, you can enjoy reading about your favorite characters while you enjoy their favorite treats.

If you have read the stories that follow Katie and her friends, you will recognize many of the recipes within. However, we have also added a few you haven’t seen in the books. With any luck, you will find some new favorites to go along with the ones you already have–and love.

Either way . . . whether or not you have read the Amish Sweet Shop Mystery series or not, we sincerely hope you enjoy the recipes within this book.

 

MY THOUGHTS:

If you enjoy reading Amish fiction stories, you’ll enjoy reading The Abbott Creek Cookbook. And if you enjoy baking Amish treats, you’re gonna LOVE The Abbott Creek Cookbook!

Not only does this book share a little of each book from the Amish Sweet Shop Mystery series, but it shares each of the recipes included in the sox books, plus a whole lot more. And the author does a great job of including bits and pieces of the characters in the books to make her cookbook more interesting.

The Abbott Creek Cookbook has released just in time to make a great Christmas gift… so order a copy for yourself — and a friend (or two… or more) and prepare a few of the recipes to share with family and friends during the next few weeks. Check out the links below to purchase this book.

Happy Reading!

and Merry Christmas!

 

Review © 2019 DJ Mynatt

 

Amazon link… https://www.amazon.com/Abbott-Creek-Cookbook-Naomi-Miller/dp/1948733080/

Barns & Noble… https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-abbott-creek-cookbook-naomi-miller/1134308906

An Amish Christmas Kitchen | Gould, Drexler, Lloyd

 

 

Today I am reviewing The Abbott Creek Cookbook by Naomi Miller.

Here is a brief synopsis:

Katie and her friends in Abbott Creek enjoy cooking . . . and baking, and they would like to share some of their favorite recipes with you.

They have gathered the best and most delicious recipes to be found in Abbott Creek, and added in some fun extras to go along with them. That way, you can enjoy reading about your favorite characters while you enjoy their favorite treats.

If you have read the stories that follow Katie and her friends, you will recognize many of the recipes within. However, we have also added a few you haven’t seen in the books. With any luck, you will find some new favorites to go along with the ones you already have–and love.

Either way . . . whether or not you have read the Amish Sweet Shop Mystery series or not, we sincerely hope you enjoy the recipes within this book.

 

 

MY THOUGHTS:

If you enjoy reading Amish fiction stories, you’ll like The Abbott Creek Cookbook. And if you enjoy baking Amish treats, you’re gonna LOVE The Abbott Creek Cookbook!

Not only does this book share a little of each book from the Amish Sweet Shop Mystery series, but it shares each of the recipes included in the sox books, plus a whole lot more. And the author does a great job of including bits and pieces of the characters in the books to make her cookbook more interesting.

The Abbott Creek Cookbook has released just in time to make a great Christmas gift… so order a copy for yourself — and a friend (or two… or more) and prepare a few of the recipes to share with family and friends during the next few weeks.

Happy Reading!

and Merry Christmas!

 

Review © 2019 DJ Mynatt

Christmas in Winter Hill | Melody Carlson

 

 

Today I am reviewing Christmas in Winter Hill by Melody Carlson.

Here is a brief synopsis:

Krista Galloway has a good reason to dislike the holiday season, but when her new job as city manager forces her to plan the town’s over-the-top Christmas celebration, she and her daughter may find a new home–and some Christmas spirit–in the process.

 

 

MY THOUGHTS:

I love reading Christmas stories…

Krista Galloway isn’t too crazy about Christmas… as a matter of fact, she doesn’t care for it at all.

Spoiler #1 — her birthday is on Christmas Eve–the worst day to have a birthday, because everyone is fixated on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. So… she never gets birthday gifts or a party.

Spoiler #2 — her husband left her–you guessed it–on Christmas Eve.

I can’t blame Krista for not liking Christmas. The problem is, she’s just taken a job in Winter Hill, where they have huge Christmas plans every year. And, of course, they’re expecting her to participate. But that’s not the biggest problem!

And I’m not going to say anything else. If you want to know more, read the story. Find out why Krista may be leaving town… before Christmas even comes!

Happy Reading!

 

Blessings!

Review © 2019 DJ Mynatt

Christmas of Hope | Diane Craver

 

 

Today I am reviewing Christmas of Hope by Diane Craver. This is part of the Dreams of Plain Daughters series.

Here is a brief synopsis:

Rachel Weaver decides to visit her husband, Samuel, at his furniture business and take lunch to him. When she arrives at his store with their daughter in her arms, Rachel is surprised to see a beautiful Englisher, Bridget, laughing and talking with him.

Jealousy causes Rachel to consider returning to work part-time at the bakery next to Samuel’s store. She will see Samuel more and can eat lunch with him. Keeping tabs on her handsome husband and baking her famous pies in the Weaver’s Bakery becomes Rachel’s objective.

Other characters from the Dreams of Plain Daughters Series make an appearance in this novella. As it gets closer to Christmas, Rachel’s faith is tested, and she is reminded again how fragile life is.

 

 

MY THOUGHTS:

I love reading Christmas stories…

But Christmas is about to be spoiled when Rachel finds a beautiful English flirting with her husband. Is there more there than she’s seeing? What is her husband keeping from her?

Let me encourage you to read this wonderful story. Once you begin, it’ll be difficult to put down. The love and affection the author gives the characters is apparent — and I found myself wanting to read her other books. (So I’ll probably be posting more reviews here for her books in the future). I don’t want to give away any other spoilers, so if you want to know more, please read the story.

Merry Christmas!

… and Happy Reading!

 

Review © 2019 DJ Mynatt

The Cowboy’s Christmas Reunion | Valerie Comer

 

 

Today I am reviewing The Cowboy’s Christmas Reunion, the first story in the Saddle Springs Romance series by Valerie Comer.

Here is a brief synopsis:

When Kade Delgado joins his buddies in a Cowboy Santa program to shower Christmas blessings on old folks and single moms, he doesn’t expect his former fiancée to return to Saddle Springs, in need and with a child in tow. Does God really expect him to treat Cheri the same as the others on his new Christmas list?

Cheri Mackenzie has never forgiven herself for the pain she caused Kade by fleeing a week before their wedding, but undoing the past is impossible. Circumstances force her back to her aging grandparents’ Montana ranch, where Kade, now a widower with a toddler, is making himself cheerfully indispensable. When she receives kindness instead of the hostility she surely deserves, she can’t help but pray for a Christmas reunion with the cowboy she’s never stopped loving.

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!  Stay with me… I’ll be reviewing the rest of the series this week.

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

Happy Reading!

 

God bless you!

Review © 2019 DJ Mynatt

 

Prize Winner | Small-Town Christmas Wishes

 

 

 

IT’S TIME TO PICK A WINNER!!!

 

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THANK YOU to everyone for entering!

 

God bless you!

Winner © 2019 DJ Mynatt

 

Taye’s Gift | Pat Simmons

 

 

Today I am reviewing Taye’s Gift by Pat Simmons. This is the sixth book in the Small-Town Christmas Wishes series.

Here is a brief synopsis:

Who lays off someone before the holidays?

Taye Thomas’ employer did, so instead of Christmas shopping, she’s job hunting. More devastating news comes when an old high school friend passed away. Could God be answering her prayers for help when she learns that Charity Hart left a $1500 check?

No, the caveat is it’s more blessed to give than receive. Taye has 30 days to find someone else in need to bless. To complicate matters, she’s lives in Kansas City, which is more than eight hours away from Snowflake and she can’t do it alone. Keeping a secret has never been so much work.

 

MY THOUGHTS:

After getting laid off from her job, Taye Thomas is tempted to use the money she was gifted by her friend for herself, instead of using it as a secret angel for someone else. Knowing what her friend wants her to do, Taye comes up with the perfect idea — one that works out for everyone involved!

I LOVE the characters in this series. And I really LOVE that everything works out the way it should. And I’m not saying anything else… except to encourage you to get a copy of this book and read it for yourself. You’ll love it, too!

Happy Reading!

… and Merry Christmas!

 

Review © 2019 DJ Mynatt

Holly’s Gift | Josie Riviera

 

 

Today I am reviewing Holly’s Gift by Josie Riviera. This is the fifth book in the Small-Town Christmas Wishes series…

And here is a brief synopsis:

Miracles don’t always come easy. Sometimes it takes a secret wish to light an angel’s way.

When Holly steps into a homeless shelter looking for an MIA piano student, she notices a distinct lack of Christmas cheer—because a handsome building inspector is forcing the shelter to temporarily close down.

Holly knows bad guys—she was married to one. Yet when the man asks her out, she finds absolutely not warring with absolutely yes.

Tim Stewart doesn’t hold his breath waiting for God to answer prayers. He went from homeless desperation to television stardom to relative obscurity while God stayed silent. But when Holly barrels into his life, her steady faith sparks hope for a dream of his own. Even if it means praying for a Christmas miracle—one last time.

Remembered sadness is the stepping stone to tomorrow’s joy.

 

MY THOUGHTS:

What a wonderful story! My favorite musical instrument is the piano, and I was especially eager to read this story about Holly and the young girl who’s taking piano lessons with her. When Jasmine doesn’t show up — for the second time — Holly drives to Snowflake in search of her…

What happens next is … well, I won’t spoil the story for you, so I can’t say what happens, but I could NOT put this book down until the very end. And I can’t wait to read more by this author!

In the meantime, run… don’t walk… to your favorite book distributor and get a copy today!

Happy Reading!

… and Merry Christmas!

 

Review © 2019 DJ Mynatt

Sara’s Gift | Kimberly Rose Johnson

 

 

Today I am reviewing Sara’s Gift by Kimberly Rose Johnson. This is the fourth book in the Small-Town Christmas Wishes series…

And here is a brief synopsis:

Christmas is the season of giving, but Sara isn’t sure she is up to the task.

Playing secret angel in high school was fun, and now, years later, Sara has the opportunity to do it once more on a bigger scale. She enlists the help of Gabe, her long-time best friend, to come up with a deserving recipient. But something is off with Gabe—he’s more attentive than usual.

The Christmas season has put Gabe in a reflective mood. His evaluation of his life has left him lonely and wanting more. But can his heart have its desire? That’s up to Sara.

Can these two long-time best friends navigate their changing relationship, or will the romance Grinch steal their Christmas joy?

 

MY THOUGHTS:

Sara gets much more than she plans for when she plays secret angel to a young girl and her family. When she and a friend go out of their way to discover the best way to help this family, they receive a big a blessing as the family!

I especially identified with Sara, who owns a store and does workshops for wreath-making and other fun projects. I loved this heart-warming Christmas story of love and generosity.

And if you’re curious enough to read this story, you’ll find out what happens … and I’m certain you’ll enjoy it as much as I have! So hurry out and get a copy and start reading!

Happy Reading!

… and Merry Christmas!

 

Review © 2019 DJ Mynatt

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