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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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A Christmas to Remember…

 

 

Today I am reviewing A Christmas to Remember, eight Christian romances celebrating the Gift of Christmas! first story in the Urban Farm Fresh  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?

 

Laugh, cry, and fall in love as you savor these brand-new Christmas romances from some of your favorite authors. Pair with a peppermint chai, hot chocolate, or your favorite wintry flavors, then snuggle down in front of the fireplace with a quilt over your lap… and maybe a purring cat!

Eight authors have joined together in this Christian romance collection that will leave you celebrating the gift of Christmas.

Until I Met You by award-winning author Kimberly Rose Johnson
After a difficult breakup, Brandi Prescott is taking a hiatus from men and focusing on her career, the Lord, and getting to know herself. Everything is going according to plan until one fateful, rainy morning in Seattle when a passing car drenches her and everything changes.

The Cowboy’s Christmas Reunion by USA Today bestselling author Valerie Comer
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?

Hope for Christmas by Elizabeth Maddrey
When he arrived at the ranch, he wasn’t sure what he was looking for. She wasn’t looking for anything beyond stability for her son. Christmas might be a season of hope, but do they dare risk everything for love?

Can’t Live without You by Ginger Solomon
Clarissa Harding’s fiancé’s betrayal doesn’t hurt as much as learning her best friend, Sawyer Chasin, knew his brother’s secret and didn’t tell her. The marriage would have been fake, but her feelings for Sawyer aren’t.

Beautiful Heart of His by Lindi Peterson
Two wrongs don’t make a right has never been more true. Will Mason’s past wrongs push Scarlett away or help her fall in love with him?

Restoring Christmas by Julie Arduini
Filled with grief and regret, Holly Christmas returns to Geneseo Valley and the family business, The Christmas Mansion. Can Kevin Holt restore her love for the season and the memories she left behind?

The Cowgirl’s Christmas Gift by Publishers Weekly bestselling author Deb Kastner
Cowgirl Maisey Gray knows horses, not six-year-olds. But when her socially-awkward, VR glasses-wearing neighbor needs help creating the perfect Christmas for his nephews, it’s up to Maisey to make sure Cam and the boys have a Christmas they’ll never forget.

Falling for Grace by Janet W. Ferguson
Grace Logan needs a place to pick herself up now that her ex is marrying her former best friend. Grief drives Seth Gibbs to his family’s vacation home, and three years later, he has no plans to leave. Until Grace falls into his life.

 

 

MY THOUGHTS:

Laugh, cry, and fall in love with these eight wonderful, brand-new Christmas romances from some of your favorite authors.

Kimberly Rose Johnson, Valerie Comer, Elizabeth Maddrey, Ginger Solomon, Linda Peterson, Julie Arduini, Deb Kastner, and Janet W. Ferguson help this season to shine with love and excitement with stories to celebrate the gift of Christmas!

Don’t miss out on this wonderful collection of stories in one compilation… to read this Christmas!

Click the picture below to get your copy today from Amazon…

Happy Reading!

 

God bless you and MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Review © 2018 DJ Mynatt

 

The Cowboy’s Mixed-Up Matchmaker | Valerie Comer

 

 

Today I am reviewing The Cowboy’s Mixed-Up Matchmaker, the second story in the Montana Ranches Christian Romance series by Valerie Comer.

Here is a brief synopsis:

Friends don’t let friends turn thirty… single.

It’s been almost fourteen long years since two teens made a pact to marry each other if both remained single at thirty. But the nearer the time comes, the more Lauren Yanovich steps up her matchmaking game to let James off the hook. Not that he likely remembers.

James Carmichael has been waiting forever, praying Lauren will be waiting for him. But, just when the end is in sight, she begins dating someone else, and his hopes crumble.

What’s a cowboy to do when the love of his life insists they’re all wrong for each other?

About the Montana Ranches Christian Romance series

Welcome to Saddle Springs, the fictional western town that’s home to the Montana Ranches Christian Romance Series! Revel in the lush mountain scenery with rocky peaks, tumbling rivers, and peaceful lakes. Meet the cowboys who ride the ranges, mend fences, and are lassoed by romance in this new series by USA Today bestselling author Valerie Comer.

 

 

MY THOUGHTS:

You are going to LOVE this new story from Valerie Comer!

James Carmichael has been waiting for the right moment to tell Lauren Yanovich that he loves her… has always loved her… but he doesn’t know how to tell her, so he’s waiting to honor the pact they made when they were sixteen years old.

He’s been waiting for fourteen years!

Meanwhile, Lauren is trying to set him up with someone — anyone — so he won’t feel obligated to marry her. After all, who wants to marry someone who because they promised to, but doesn’t love them. I couldn’t wait to see how this story finally ends… and how they somehow got the courage to do what they had to do — to have a happily-ever-after.

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

Happy Reading!

 

God bless you!

Review © 2018 DJ Mynatt

1. The Cowboy’s Christmas Reunion (available in A Christmas to Remember box set)
2. The Cowboy’s Mixed-Up Matchmaker

The Christmas Admirer | Laura V Hilton

 

 

Today I am reviewing The Christmas Admirer by Laura V. Hilton.

Here is a brief synopsis:

Benaiah Troyer has loved Susanna King for as long as he can remember, but when his parents died in an accident a year ago, he broke up with her—for her own good.

After all, he was now the sole caregiver for his three younger sisters. What woman would want to put up with that?

Still, against his better judgment, he can’t help leaving her a gift now and then, anonymously addressing her name in big block print, just to catch a smile.

Roses one month, maple syrup candy another; and maybe this time, something special for Christmas.

Susanna has never gotten over losing Benaiah, but now the clock is ticking. Her father is selling his glass-blowing business, remarrying in January, and moving to Iowa with his bossy wife-to-be.

Angry and frustrated, Susanna realizes she’s left with three options: one, go with Daed to his new home with a new mom; two, stay in Jamesport, Missouri, as an old maid; or, three, the best yet, flush out her mysterious secret admirer.

But how could she be with anyone else when her heart is still with Benaiah?

 

 

MY THOUGHTS:

The Christmas Admirer is one of my favorite Amish Christmas novels. . .

Benaiah Troyer has this silly notion that it would be wrong to marry Susanna King after his parents die and he is left to raise his sisters. Of course, if she had known the reason, she would have made him understand how silly his idea is. . . but he never tells her why he refuses to marry her.

In the meantime, Susanna is stuck between a rock and a hard place, when her dad plans to marry and move to Iowa with his new wife. Will Benaiah let her go? Will she give up and move away?

Laura has created a sweet community with well-developed, easy-to-love characters, along with a romance guaranteed to melt your heart. Don’t miss out on this wonderful novel.

Merry Christmas!

 

God bless you!

Review © 2018 DJ Mynatt

 

 

The Teacher’s Bride | Kathleen Fuller

 

 

Today I am reviewing The Teacher’s Bride by Kathleen Fuller.

Here is a brief synopsis:

Beloved and bestselling author of Amish romance Kathleen Fuller reminds us that sometimes opposites really do attract.

“A heartwarming story of unexpected romance woven with fun and engaging characters who come to life on every page.”–Amy Clipston, bestselling author of A Seat by the Hearth

If there is one thing Christian Ropp will not allow in his classroom—or his life—it is chaos. So why is he drawn to Ruby Glick, a woman who seems to bring mayhem wherever she goes?

Christian Ropp moves to Birch Creek to accept a teaching position in the rapidly growing Amish community. He’s determined to put the rambunctious school in order as well as check another task off his list: finding a wife. Of course, that would be much easier if women were like textbooks, straightforward and logical.

When an accident puts Christian out of commission, a new community member named Ruby Glick takes over his classroom. But Ruby’s exuberant teaching style clashes with Christian’s careful methods and he worries his students will never be the same.

With a track record of catastrophe, Ruby always feels too clumsy, too distracted, too . . . much. Desperate for a chance to prove that she can do more than make mistakes in her life, she throws herself into her new teaching position. But when Christian can’t seem to stay out of her way, she finds herself slipping into old, chaotic tendencies.

What she doesn’t anticipate is that Christian’s heart is slowly catching up with his mind—and she, too, must decide whether to follow logic or love.

“Kathleen Fuller has written a sweet, oftentimes humorous, romance that reminds readers that the perfect match might be right in front of their noses.”–Kelly Irvin, bestselling author of the Every Amish Season series

“Kathleen Fuller is a master storyteller and fans will absolutely fall in love with Ruby and Christian in The Teacher’s Bride.” –Ruth Reid, bestselling author of the Amish Mercies series

“Kathy Fuller’s characters leap off the page with subtle power as she uses both wit and wisdom to entertain!”–Kelly Long, national bestselling author

“The story will captivate you from the first page to the last with Ruby, Christian, and engaging characters. You’ll laugh, gasp, and wonder what will happen next.” –Molly Jebber, Speaker and Award Winning Author of Grace’s Forgiveness and the Amish Keepsake Pocket Quilt Series

 

 

MY THOUGHTS:

Christian Ropp is hoping to court Martha Detweiler.  Ruby Glick is hoping to court Seth Yoder. Neither of them seem to have any luck when it comes to attracting Martha and Seth. On the contrary, both Christian and Ruby experience one disaster after another.

I was entertained from beginning to end, as Christian and Ruby work harder and harder to win the hearts of Martha and Seth. Of course, everything will work out the way it should… but does it work out the way they plan? You’ll have to read The Teacher’s Bride to find out!

Happy Reading!

 

Blessings!

Review © 2018 DJ Mynatt

A Seat by the Hearth | Amy Clipston

 

 

Today I am reviewing A Seat by the Hearth by Amy Clipston.

Here is a brief synopsis:

Priscilla Allgyer knows she cannot leave the past behind. But can love lead her toward the promise of healing?

Priscilla Allgyer left the community to escape the expectations of Amish life. Now, years later, she is forced to return—along with her six-year-old son—to the place she thought she’d left behind forever. Though once estranged from her family, Priscilla is welcomed by her mother, but her father is cold and strict. He allows Priscilla to stay with them provided she dresses plainly, confesses her sins, and agrees to marry within the community. Once again, she feels suffocated, trapped, and alone.

As Priscilla reluctantly completes her shunning, she catches the eye of Mark Riehl, a farmer with a playboy reputation. Wary of Mark, Priscilla barely gives him the time of day—while Mark, unused to being ignored by the women of Bird-in-Hand, won’t give up the pursuit of her friendship. Priscilla desperately needs a friend in Mark, even if she doesn’t realize it—and after Priscilla’s father and the bishop catch her and Mark in a compromising situation, their relationship becomes more complicated than ever.

As affection quietly grows between them, Priscilla struggles to open her heart and reveal the painful secrets of her past. As Mark works to earn her good faith, can they both learn the hard lessons of love and trust? And can two friends discover a happiness that only God himself could have designed? The third book in the Amish Homestead series, A Seat by the Hearth invites us back to the Lancaster community where friendships are forged and love overcomes all.

 

 

MY THOUGHTS:

I can’t recall a book written by Amy Clipston that I didn’t enjoy! And this one is no exception. It’s the third book in the Amish Homestead series and a powerful story of love, abuse and forgiveness. Although heart-breaking at times, A Seat by the Hearth is one of the author’s best stories yet!

Happy Reading!

 

Blessings!

Review © 2018 DJ Mynatt

  1. A Place at our Table
  2. Room on the Porch Swing
  3. A Seat by the Hearth

Catching Christmas | Terri Blackstock

 

 

Today I am reviewing Catching Christmas by Terri Blackstock.

Here is a brief synopsis:

This Year, Christmas Comes Just in Time

As a first-year law associate, Sydney Batson knows she will be updating her resume by New Year’s if she loses her current court case. So when her grandmother gets inexplicably ill while she’s in court, Sydney arranges for a cab to get her to the clinic.

The last thing cab driver Finn Parrish wants is to be saddled with a wheelchair-bound old lady with dementia. But because Miss Callie reminds him of his own mother, whom he failed miserably in her last days, he can’t say no when she keeps calling him for rides. Once a successful gourmet chef, Finn’s biggest concern now is making his rent, but half the time Callie doesn’t remember to pay him. And as she starts to feel better, she leads him on wild goose chases to find a Christmas date for her granddaughter.

When Finn meets Sydney, he’s quite sure that she’s never needed help finding a date. Does Miss Callie have an ulterior motive, or is this just a mission driven by delusions? He’s willing to do whatever he can to help fulfill Callie’s Christmas wish. He just never expected to be a vital part of it.

“Terri Blackstock’s latest offering touches tender places with its quirky characters and stirring plot. Catching Christmas explores what happens when the paths of a disenchanted Taxi driver collide with that of an overworked attorney. Blackstock weaves a compelling, romantic tale that is sure to get you into the Christmas spirit!” —Denise Hunter, bestselling author of Honeysuckle Dreams

“Blackstock’s Catching Christmas is not your average romance. Darling and laugh-out-loud cute, it makes the reader think about the important things in life. I read it in one gulp and wished there was more. Highly recommended!” —Colleen Coble, USA TODAY bestselling author of the Hope Beach series and the Lavender Tides series

 

 

MY THOUGHTS:

I loved reading about Finn Parrish, a taxi driver who picks up Miss Callie, a wheelchair-bound old lady with dementia. This strikes close to home for me, since I’ve been a part-time caretaker for a family member with Alzheimer’s Disease. Finn, who was previously a gourmet chef, is now concerned most with paying his rent, but spends time trying to help Miss Callie, even on his days off.

When Finn meets Miss Callie’s over-worked granddaughter Sydney, he’s not quite sure what to think of her. What happens next? I’ll let you read this entertaining Christmas story for yourself and find out!

Happy Reading!

 

Blessings!

Review © 2018 DJ Mynatt

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