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Longing For a Miracle | Ruth Logan Herne


Today I am reviewing Longing For a Miracle by Ruth Logan Herne, one of the beautiful stories found in the Hope For the Holidays contemporary collection.

Here is the brief synopsis:

Six heart-warming romances from award-winning, best-selling and multi-published authors will make you smile your way through the holiday season… and beyond!

In today’s busy, commercial world these sweet stories remind us of the true spirit of Christmas: faith, hope and love… and the greatest of these is love! Merry Christmas!

“Hope for Christmas” by Mary Connealy

Kelsey is alone, lost, pregnant, stuck in a blizzard and surrounded by wolves.
And then things get worse. Tanner Harden finds her but with trouble coming and a baby at risk, can they stay alive long enough to fall in love?

“Her Christmas Cowboy” by Audra Harders

Can a single mother looking for forgiveness, and a reclusive cowboy convinced he’s beyond redemption, find hope and love in a simple Christmas pageant?

“Longing for a Miracle” by Ruth Logan Herne

Christmas dimmed when an automobile accident claimed Tasha Sorkos’s little girl… could saving Rafe Karralis’s sick daughter bring the light of faith, hope and love back into her eyes?

“A Heart Full of Hope” by Sandra Leesmith

Elena Delgado loves her father’s new business partner, Stephen Edwards. As they work together to find funding for the project that will bring jobs and hope to their small community in time for Christmas, will Stephen notice her? Or is he still in love with the fiancée who left him?

“I’ll be Home for Christmas” by Tina Radcliffe

Dr. Matthew Christopher doesn’t believe in happily ever after. Can wedding planner Patience McCord melt the heart of the last bachelor in time for Christmas?

“One Perfect Gift” by Missy Tippens

In this sweet Cinderella story with a country music twist, a homeless single mother with a secret may get more than she expected for Christmas, including hope, love and home, sweet home.




   Longing For a Miracle

This is just the sort of story that my daughter tries to avoid around Christmas time… if you’ve read the synopsis, you already know that Tasha lost her precious, little daughter. But don’t write this story off yet. The best part is coming – I promise.

When she runs into Rafe Karralis, whom she knew in high school, she discovers he has a daughter – one he could lose. If you read the story, you might just find the love, hope, and peace – that Christmas is all about. I could say more, but I’ve probably already said too much.

Read the story. You’ll be blessed by it.

Merry Christmas!


God bless you!

Review © 2016 DJ Mynatt


Oh Little Town of Sugarcreek | Amy Lillard Marathon

Today I am reviewing Oh Little Town of Sugarcreek, a book in the Sugarcreek Amish Mysteries series 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?



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 © 2016 DJ Mynatt

Love Finds You in the City at Christmas | Herne, Schmidt


Today I am reviewing Red Kettle Christmas and Manhattan Miracle, two heartwarming stories — of Christmas past and Christmas present — found in Love Finds You in the City, by Ruth Logan Herne and Anna Schmidt.

Here is a brief synopsis:

Red Kettle Christmas

It’s 1946, and police officer Mike Wolzak has inherited his family’s home . . . and the custody of his younger sister, who is in trouble with a problem he doesn’t know how to fix.

While on patrol during the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, Mike makes the acquaintance of a lovely Salvation Army bell ringer, Karen O’Leary, who is struggling to support herself and her young daughter.

As their paths cross during the festive holiday season in Manhattan, Karen teaches the tough World War II veteran how to support and love his family. In the process, he just might gain a new one.

Manhattan Miracle

A war-weary soldier who has served three tours in the Middle East, Max Wolzak has come home to New York City to celebrate Christmas with his family in the Manhattan brownstone where he spent much of his childhood.

There Max reconnects with Sarah Peterson, his sister’s old schoolmate who now organizes relief missions for the United Nations.

Sparks fly as the pair gets reacquainted over various holiday events, but when Max realizes that Sarah will leave for the Middle East the day after Christmas, he has a decision to make—convince her to stay, wait for her to return, or go with her to the one place to which he never thought he’d return.


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Red Kettle Christmas

I really enjoyed reading this story; it reads just like real life . . . it’s messy, complicated, sad (at times) — but there’s always hope. My life has been messy, complicated and sad. Most of the time, I had lots of hope – that things would work out, life would get better, and love would come.

For Mike and Mary Lynn, there’s love…

For Mike and Karen, there’s hope…

Ruth Logan Herne does a wonderful job, creating a story well worth reading — about the Salvation Army and a particular bell ringer. It was interesting to learn why people volunteer and how important it is to everyone involved.

Aha! Now I’ve got you hooked! I could add more, but that should be enough to nudge you to read this wonderful heart-warming tale. You’re gonna love it.

Manhattan Miracle

This is the first story I’ve read by Anna Schmidt, but hopefully, it won’t be the last.

This story is about the grandson of the main characters in the first story, which doesn’t happen often, but it makes for an interesting story when it does…

Anna does a wonderful job, continuing with many of the same characters, and a very similar storyline. Of course, most people love the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade, which is the focus in the beginning of the storyl

All of a sudden, you realize you’re hooked again, and can’t stop reading until the end, which is mostly what happened to me . . . I stopped to write my review, but before too long, I was reading again.

I was delighted to find time to delve back into the story and finish “the rest of the story“.

Don’t miss this awesome book!

Merry Christmas!!!



Review © 2016 DJ Mynatt

Luke 2 | The Christmas Story


   Today is the day we celebrate the birth of Jesus.

   Each year I read through the Holy Bible. Although I use the New King James Text on occasion, my choice is — and always has been — the King James Text.

   Some years I get behind and don’t get finished on time, but it’s no shame to take longer than a year. The effort to read from beginning to end is worth everything.

   The point is to read the Bible… and the more I read, the more I understand – most of the time. There is much that I may never understand fully, but I keep reading!

   Today I’m not reviewing… today I am reading what I consider to be some of the most important verses written about the birth of Jesus – very pertinent verses to contemplate today…



 Luke 2:1-14

1  And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed.

2  (And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.)

3  And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city.

4  And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:)

5  To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child.

6  And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered.

7  And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.

8  And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.

9  And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.

10  And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.

11  For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.

12  And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.

13  And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,

14  Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.


God bless you, today on Christmas Day, and always.




Blogpost © 2016 DJ Mynatt


Peppermint Kisses | Valerie Comer Marathon


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Today I am reviewing Peppermint Kisses, a short story from the Farm Fresh Romance series by Valerie Comer.

Here is a brief synopsis:

This short ebook novella takes place at the reception of Noel & Claire Kenzie’s Christmas-time wedding.

At the reception, Rebekah Jackson, (the best friend of Noel’s sister Amber) meets Noel’s former employee Wade Roper.

Could Wade be the one to help Rebekah get over her crush on Noel and help her find the Light to battle the darkness she fears?




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Poor Rebecca . . . after adoring her friend’s brother from afar, now she’s attending his wedding — to another woman. Oh well, we all have our fantasies — and more often than not, they get dashed.

In the meantime, the man in question, Noel Kenzie, marries his true love — Claire Halford. Will they live happily ever after? While I’m sure they’ll have their share of problems, I think they have a better than average chance of making it work.

If you want to find out what happens with Rebecca and Wade Roper, a former employee of Noel’s, all you have to do is sign up for Valerie Comer’s newsletter — and you can get a digital copy of Peppermint Kisses — free! So go do this… and start reading with me.

Merry Christmas!


God bless you!

Review © 2016 DJ Mynatt


Berenstain Bears: The Very First Christmas | Jan & Mike Berenstain



Today I am reviewing The Berenstain Bears: The Very First Christmas, a Living Lights faith-based story, by Jan & Mike Berenstain.

Here is a brief synopsis:

Join the Bear cubs as they learn all about Jesus’ holy birth.

From the angel Gabriel’s announcement to Mary to the visit from the three wise men, join Mama, Papa, Brother, Sister, and Honey as they discover the story of the very first Christmas.




“Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”
~Luke 2:11-12

My family was delighted to discover that the Berenstain Bear stories are a way of introducing – and encouraging – good character qualities. And in today’s world, good character qualities are unfortunately not the norm.

As a Christian family, we have a special appreciation for the Christian faith-based stories in the Living Lights series.

The Very First Christmas shares how God sent an angel to Mary, to give her the wonderful news that she had been chosen to be the mother of Jesus!

Most of us have already read the story of Jesus’ birth. Jan and Mike Berenstain use their wonderful Berenstain Bears to tell the story again – to their dear, little readers.

It will be a great addition to your family library. Be sure to pick up a copy soon for your family . . . and get a few extra copies to give as gifts.

This book will most definitely be a blessing to children (and parents) everywhere!

God bless you!

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Merry Christmas!

God Bless You!


Review © 2016 DJ Mynatt


An Amish Family Christmas | Shelley Shepard Gray


Today I am posting my review of An Amish Family Christmas  by Shelley Shepard Gray.

Here is a brief synopsis:

An unlikely Amish romance reveals that Christmas is a time for family, miracles—and love.

Ever since his father died in a tragic fire, Levi Kinsinger has felt adrift. Newly returned to Charm, Ohio, Levi is trying to fit into his old life, only to discover he seems to have outgrown it.

But when Julia, his young widowed neighbor, asks for his help with a Christmas project, Levi finds a sense of purpose for the first time in months. She and her daughter are new to Charm and could use a friend, a job Levi takes personally.

Soon enough, friendship grows into attraction, but Levi can’t help having doubts. There’s something about Julia that doesn’t ring quite true…

Like Levi, Julia Kemps has survived her fair share of hardships—but only by hiding the truth of her past. Being an unmarried mother in an Amish community was unthinkable.

Feeling hopeless, Julia did the only thing she could do: she moved to a new town and pretended to be a widow. But meeting Levi, she’s hopeful for the first time. Little by little, she begins to imagine telling him her darkest secret, and eventually…perhaps even sharing her life with him.

Christmas is a time for family, and as the holiday draws closer, Julia and Levi will have to face their pasts together…in order to find the healing, support and love they so desperately desire.



I have been a faithful reader of all books from Shelley Shepard Gray for many years . . . and The Charmed Amish Life series doesn’t disappoint in the least. It’s a wonderful series, and, although I’m supposed to be reviewing An Amish Family Christmas, I can’t help but include the other books in the series!

This story is about Luke, the brother who left home after the fire. Now he’s back — and when he helps out his young, widowed neighbor, just maybe he’ll have a reason to stay!

Great characters! Great stories! This is an amazing series that I encourage you to read. I just know you’ll enjoy them as much as I have.

Happy Reading!


God Bless You!

Review © 2016 DJ Mynatt


An Endless Christmas | Cynthia Ruchti


Today I am reviewing An Endless Christmas — by Cynthia Ruchti.

Here is a brief synopsis:

An award-winning novelist’s heartwarming story about family and love lost, found, and finally truly revealed at Christmas.

Christmas takes a very different turn when the guests of honor break up instead of announcing their engagement.

Trapped with his family, they learn that love looks different than either imagined.

Both in their eighties, Dodie and Wilson Binder celebrate every Christmas as if it were their last.

This year, their grandson Micah is planning to ask his girlfriend, Katie, to marry him so they can celebrate with the whole family.

But things go very wrong when she says “no.”

Now they are stuck. Too many people, too much snow, and too little room should be a recipe for disaster.

But sometimes too much is just enough. Especially when it’s Christmas.


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Micah and Katie are now two of my favorite characters! They are both awesome people, even if Katie did turn down Micah’s proposal . . . on Christmas Eve.

I have a new all-time favorite Christmas story . . . An Endless Christmas

Not to offend other reviewers, but this is my review – and my opinion. And it did not start out slow. It wasn’t confusing. It wasn’t hokey.

It was, in fact, one of the best stories I’ve ever read.

Micah brings Katie “home” for Christmas; home – referring to his grandparent’s home, where his family always celebrates Christmas. But Micah has a secret . . . he plans to propose. As a matter of fact, he does propose – the moment they arrive, before Katie has even had time to hardly take a breath.

She says no.

Cynthia Ruchti excels at writing great novels . . . one would think if Katie’s boyfriend proposed the moment they arrived at his grandparent’s home — and Katie turned him down — that she would be sent back home.

Amazingly, Micah cares enough for her, to move past her refusal, and extend an invitation to stay over anyway, although Katie plans to leave as soon as she can make arrangements. In the meantime, the whole family joins in to make her feel welcome.

I. Love. An. Endless. Christmas.

What Katie learns from this experience, from Micah . . . from his family . . . makes for a delightful, heart-warming story that I will enjoy reading every Christmas. I hope my joy rubs off on you, so that you’ll read it for yourself.

Find it. Get it. Read it.

Merry Christmas!

God Bless You!


Review © 2016 DJ Mynatt


Berenstain Bears and the Christmas Angel | Mike Berenstain



Today I am reviewing The Berenstain Bears and the Christmas Angel, a Living Lights faith-based story, by Mike Berenstain.

Here is a brief synopsis:

In the newest Berenstain Bears Living Lights book, The Berenstain Bears and the Christmas Angel, the cubs discover there’s more to angels than wings and flowing white robes!

It is almost Christmas and there is finally snow in Bear Country. Brother, Sister, and Honey Bear are ready for some winter fun! But when they can’t decide what kind of snowbear to build, Honey Bear’s snow angel gives the older cubs a great idea.

Soon the cubs have built a Christmas snow angel. Later, as they warm up with some hot cocoa, Mama and Papa give the cubs a little lesson about some very special angels and the work they do for God.


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“For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways.”
~Psalm 91:11

My family was thrilled to discover a new Christmas story to add to the other stories we have. Living Lights Berenstain Bear books are a way of introducing – and encouraging – good character qualities. And in today’s world, good character qualities are unfortunately not the norm.

As a Christian family, we have a special appreciation for Christian faith-based stories in the Living Lights series.

The Berenstain Bears and the Christmas Angel shares how God sent an angel to Mary, to give her the wonderful news that she had been chosen to be the mother of Jesus! He also sent angels to spread the good news to the shepherd in the fields — and to Joseph to warn him to flee to Egypt with Mary and Baby Jesus.

The story imparts some great news . . . that angels are sent to us to share good news, warn us of bad things coming, and for guidance and protection.

It will be a great addition to your family library. Be sure to pick up a copy soon for your family . . . and get a few extra copies to give as Christmas gifts.

This book will most definitely be a blessing to children (and parents) everywhere!

Happy Reading!


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Merry Christmas!

God Bless You!


Review © 2016 DJ Mynatt

Somehow, Christmas Will Come | Peggy Blann Phifer


Today I’m reviewing Somehow, Christmas Will Come by Peggy Blann Phifer.

Here is a brief synopsis:

When Molly Dugan’s best friend gets married and leaves St. Paul, Minnesota, to live in Georgia, Molly feels alone and plans a visit to her brother, Patrick, in Las Vegas.

Molly had been worried about him ever since his wife died in a tragic boating accident.

Grieving she could understand, but she sensed something deeper going on. And she was concerned about Patrick’s six-year-old daughter, Bethany.

So she sets aside her life in St. Paul to spend an indeterminate time in Vegas.

When Molly gets there, she finds more than she bargained on. And in the lead-up to Christmas, the situation only gets worse…. 6 year-old Bethany loses her last anchor.

How does Molly convince her that somehow, Christmas will come.



This is a great Christmas story!

If you get emotional like I do, have a box of tissues nearby when you read it; the author does a great job showing how Molly and her family deal with tragedy.

I’ll be honest; I never saw the second tragedy coming…

This is very similar to the Christmas stories that have you sobbing — just before the characters begin adjusting to it all — and life goes on.

If you’re looking for a good Christmas read this month, this would be a good choice.

You can purchase this in ebook format right now… and begin reading for yourself.

I think you’ll enjoy it as much as I did.


Merry Christmas!


God bless you!

Review © 2016 DJ Mynatt

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