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The Christmas Cradle | Charlotte Hubbard

 


Today I’m posting my review of The Christmas Cradle, the sixth book in the Seasons Of The Heart series by Charlotte Hubbard.

Here is a brief synopsis:

For the peaceful town of Willow Ridge, November presents an early holiday surprise.

Stranded in the snow, 18-year-old Lena Esh and her boyfriend Josiah Witmer need more than a place to stay for the night.

Lena defied her strict family and their judgmental beliefs to run away with Josiah and have his baby. But she’s starting to wonder if he can prove as responsible as he is passionate. And she isn’t sure how—or if—they can ever find a place to truly call home.

Expecting their own miracle baby, Miriam and Ben Hooley rally the town to help the young couple, and Lena draws strength from their unexpected support.

Though trouble may come calling, in this season of joyous rebirth, a little child will lead them. And two couples will see their dreams of forever family come true…

MY THOUGHTS:

This is a wonderful story to read at Christmas time… or anytime!

I began reading The Christmas Cradle, thinking about a certain baby being born…. I just love babies (so do the Amish)!

You are probably not going to be surprised when I “reveal” that even at Christmas time, guess who shows up… nope, it’s not Santa. It’s Hiram – again – and he’s determined to spoil the good time the folks in Willow Ridge are planning. Hmm, perhaps the shoe fits in this book – he’s a scrooge!

No matter… Charlotte does a superb job introducing a few new characters, made to feel welcome by the folks in the community (of course). I declare, the characters are more “real” than most of the people I know. And they know that with God, all things are possible.

I love how their faith shines through, yet nothing about these books are “preachy” – just good common sense, along with faith, love and hope. And that’s exactly what we all need in our own lives today!

If you enjoy reading great stories, with wonderful, “real” characters going through problems, yet not giving up, I cannot encourage you enough to read the Seasons of the Heart series!

Happy Reading & Merry Christmas!

 

God Bless You!

Review © 2016 DJ Mynatt

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Engaging Father Christmas | Robin Jones Gunn

 

Engaging Father Christmas

 

Today I am reviewing Engaging Father Christmas — by Robin Jones Gunn.

Here is a brief synopsis:

Miranda Carson can’t wait to return to England for Christmas and to be with her boyfriend, Ian.

She has spent a lifetime yearning for a place to call home, and she’s sure Carlton Heath will be it, especially when a hinted-at engagement ring slips into the conversation.

But Miranda’s high hopes for a jolly Christmas with the small circle of people she has come to love are toppled when Ian’s father is hospitalized and the matriarch of the Whitcombe family withholds her blessing from Miranda.

Questions run rampant in Miranda’s mind about whether she really belongs in this cheery corner of the world.  Then, when her true identity threatens all her relationships in unanticipated ways, Miranda is certain all is lost.

And yet . . . maybe Father Christmas has special gifts in store for her after all.

 

MY THOUGHTS:

Oh my gosh, I was overwhelmed by the continuation of Miranda’s story. Not only does Miranda find the answers to her questions, but she gains so much more than she ever expected to find. Robin Jones Gunn writes such a superb story, I think I could have went through an entire box of tissues!

You won’t want to miss reading these two novellas… Engaging Father Christmas can be read alone, but is so much richer if you take time to read Finding Father Christmas beforehand.

Thank you, Ms. Gunn, for such an inspiring story, especially at Christmas time!

Merry Christmas!

God Bless You!

 

Review © 2016 DJ Mynatt

Finding Father Christmas | Robin Jones Gunn

 

Finding Father Christmas

 

Today I am reviewing Finding Father Christmas — by Robin Jones Gunn.

Here is a brief synopsis:

Bestselling author Robin Jones Gunn brings readers a poignant Christmas novella about a woman, desperate for a place to belong, who finds herself in London a few days before Christmas, looking for the father she never knew.

In FINDING FATHER CHRISTMAS, Miranda Carson’s search for her father takes a turn she never expected when she finds herself in London with only a few feeble clues to who he might be.

Unexpectedly welcomed into a family that doesn’t recognize her, and whom she’s quickly coming to love, she faces a terrible decision. Should she reveal her true identity and destroy their idyllic image of her father? Or should she carry the truth home with her to San Francisco and remain alone in this world?

Whatever choice she makes during this London Christmas will forever change the future for both herself and the family she can’t bear to leave. Robin Jones Gunn brilliantly combines lyrical writing and unforgettable characters to craft a story of longing and belonging that will stay with readers long after they close the pages of this book.

 

MY THOUGHTS:

When Miranda Carson goes to England in search of her father, she has no idea what else she will find; I laughed, I cried, and I couldn’t wait to read the sequel.

I love the way Robin Jones Gunn writes… “a string of merry silver bells jumped and jingled as the north wind shook the evergreen wreath…”

I know when I pick up a book by Ms. Gunn that I won’t have any problems visualizing the scene; immediately I am drawn into whatever is happening! And I know, without question, that whatever I read will be encouraging and inspirational.

Merry Christmas!

God Bless You!

 

Review © 2016 DJ Mynatt

 

Waiting Here For You | Louie Giglio

 


Today I am reviewing Waiting Here For You, an Advent Journey of Hope by Louie Giglio.

Here is a brief synopsis:

It comes the same time every year. 

Christmas.

We have plenty of time to anticipate it, or in some cases…dread it. And, before we know it, it’s gone as quickly as it came.

What’s it all for?

Is there really hope for today in the story of a baby born so long ago?

These questions and others are answered in the promises of Advent.

Advent is simply a season of expectant waiting and preparation.

Most often, the arrival of an event or a person is made all the more sweet by our anticipation. How could waiting and expectation change your Christmas season?

Join pastor and author Louie Giglio in an Advent journey to discover that waiting is not wasting when you’re waiting on the Lord. Take hold of the chance to uncover the vast hope offered through the journey of Advent.

In Waiting Here for You, readers will find peace and encouragement for their souls as anticipation leads toward celebration!

 

 

MY THOUGHTS:

I love Christmas devotionals!

Christmas devotionals are a special part of the season.

The first time I heard Louie Giglio was during the “How Great Is Our God” tour, where Louie spoke about the greatness of the universe.

When I received an email, telling me this book was to offered on Booklook, I made a note to request it. Thankfully, I received it in time to use some of the devotionals during the Advent season. They are short, interesting, and a great addition to your Christmas season.
Each devotion includes a verse, a reflection on the verse itself, a poem or hymn to meditate on, and a prayer.

This is a much-needed addition to your Christmas/Advent traditions. Be sure to get your copy before the next Advent season.

Happy Reading!!!

 

Blessings!

Review © 2016 DJ Mynatt

Super Secret Special Bonus Christmas WINNER! | Beth Wiseman Marathon

 

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It’s time to announce the SUPER SECRET SPECIAL BONUS CHRISTMAS WINNER…

 

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I will be contacting you via e-mail

to let you know what to do to collect your SPECIAL CHRISTMAS PACKAGE!

 

THANK YOU to everyone for entering!

 

Blessings!

Giveaway © 2015 DJ Mynatt

Super Secret Special Bonus Christmas drawing coming up… | Beth Wiseman Marathon

 

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Hey, it’s almost time for the Super Secret Special Bonus Christmas drawing!

No more entries will be accepted for this giveaway after Thursday (midnight)

 

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…I cannot divulge the contents of the SUPER SECRET SPECIAL BONUS CHRISTMAS PACKAGE — until after the winner receives it! But I’m really excited to be sharing this very special bonus prize with my readers!

 

 

Don’t forget to click below to find out how you can enter Beth’s GIVEAWAY contest!

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Blessings!

Giveaway © 2015 DJ Mynatt

The Christmas Cradle | Charlotte Hubbard & Naomi King Marathon

 


Today I’m reviewing The Christmas Cradle, the sixth book in the Seasons Of The Heart series by Charlotte Hubbard.

Here is a brief synopsis:

For the peaceful town of Willow Ridge, November presents an early holiday surprise.

Stranded in the snow, 18-year-old Lena Esh and her boyfriend Josiah Witmer need more than a place to stay for the night.

Lena defied her strict family and their judgmental beliefs to run away with Josiah and have his baby. But she’s starting to wonder if he can prove as responsible as he is passionate. And she isn’t sure how—or if—they can ever find a place to truly call home.

Expecting their own miracle baby, Miriam and Ben Hooley rally the town to help the young couple, and Lena draws strength from their unexpected support.

Though trouble may come calling, in this season of joyous rebirth, a little child will lead them. And two couples will see their dreams of forever family come true…

 
The perfect Christmas story for readers… Seasons of the Heart series by Charlotte Hubbard! Tweet this!
 

MY THOUGHTS:

I was unexpectedly blessed with an advance copy of The Christmas Cradle so I could add it to the wonderful Seasons of the Heart series – and post my review for my wonderful readers!

This is a wonderful story to read at Christmas time… or anytime!

I began reading The Christmas Cradle, thinking about a certain baby being born…. I just love babies (so do the Amish)!

You are probably not going to be surprised when I “reveal” that even at Christmas time, guess who shows up… nope, it’s not Santa. It’s Hiram – again – and he’s determined to spoil the good time the folks in Willow Ridge are planning. Hmm, perhaps the shoe fits in this book – he’s a scrooge!

No matter… Charlotte does a superb job introducing a few new characters, made to feel welcome by the folks in the community (of course). I declare, the characters are more “real” than most of the people I know. And they know that with God, all things are possible.

I love how their faith shines through, yet nothing about these books are “preachy” – just good common sense, along with faith, love and hope. And that’s exactly what we all need in our own lives today!

If you enjoy reading great stories, with wonderful, “real” characters going through problems, yet not giving up, I cannot encourage you enough to read the Seasons of the Heart series!
 
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There’s only a few more days to enter Charlotte’s GIVEAWAY contest!

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God bless you!

 

Review © 2015 DJ Mynatt

A Christmas Gift for Rose | Tricia Goyer

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Today I am reviewing A Christmas Gift for Rose by Tricia Goyer.

Here is a brief synopsis from Goodreads:

Rose turned her back on the man she loves after he assisted the Englisch during World War II—only to discover she’s an Englischer herself.

Born in the midst of the hardships of The Great Depression, Rose grew up in Berlin, Ohio, in the arms of a loving Amish family.

But she is overwhelmed by self-doubt when she learns that she was born Englisch and abandoned when her family moved West in search of work.

Was she meant to be Amish or would she have been better off growing up with her own kind—Englischers?

When the man she loves leaves her behind, Rose is certain he left for good.

Yet Rose discovers sometimes our greatest gifts are the ones we fear.

MY THOUGHTS:

A Christmas Gift for Rose is a wonderful story. There is conflict and resolution. The characters and the story are very believable…

I found myself too often looking up occasionally and being surprised that I wasn’t “in the midst of the story”.

This Christmas story is truly a wonderful, inspiring story.

Tricia led me on lots of twists and turns that I did not see coming. That’s something I’ve come to appreciate; too often a story is predictable — this one is not!

You can read more reviews and more about the book on Goodreads HERE

And click HERE for Tricia’s website!

God bless you!

 

© Donna J. Mynatt 2014

The Christmas Scrapbook | Philip Gulley

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Today I am reviewing The Christmas Scrapbook by Philip Gulley.

Mr. Gulley has written the Home to Harmony series and it is one of my favorites! I can identify many of the characters with people from my own past and present life. I usually grab a hankie — just to wipe the tears from all the laughter when reading his books.

Goodreads says: It’s autumn in Harmony, and Pastor Sam Gardner has vowed to be ready for Christmas. Determined to redeem a dreadful history of gift giving, Sam enrolls in a scrapbooking class to make a Christmas gift his wife will never forget.

However, Sam’s absence from their home every Wednesday night, coupled with his fishy alibi of attending a men’s group, raises her suspicions.

Meanwhile, Sam struggles in the class and must attempt to complete his project with only the help of his faithful secretary, Frank.

As Christmas fast approaches and rumors of Sam’s Wednesday night absences swirl along with the snow, a series of mishaps leads to a Christmas no one will soon forget.

MY THOUGHTS:

Philip Gulley is an amazing author… funny, quirky, and sometimes almost “too” true to life! I’m crazy about his Harmony Series about a Quaker minister — Sam Gardner and how he relates to family, his church, and his life.

The Christmas Scrapbook is an 89-page novella that would be a quick read, except that I laugh so much I cry and keep reaching for tissues to dry my eyes.

The trouble begins in September, when Sam tells his wife he’s joined a men’s group, when the truth is he’s joined a class to make a scrapbook for his wife’s Christmas gift.

Several clues (and help from friends) lead his wife to believe that he is either cheating on her… or dying!

Read about the trouble Sam has with Dale Henshaw’s progressive Nativity scene, Mrs. Gruber, plus an absolute disaster with scissors and superglue. Thankfully it all works out.

To read more about this book on GoodReads, click HERE

And to read more about the author: Philip Gulley, click HERE

Read the novella this month… you’ll be glad you did.

God bless you!

 

© Donna J. Mynatt 2014

The Christmas Quilt | Vannetta Chapman Marathon

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Today I am reviewing The Christmas Quilt by Vanetta Chapman.

Here is a brief synopsis from Goodreads:

Annie’s life is deliciously full as the Christmas season approaches.

She helps her husband, Samuel, attend to the community’s minor medical needs. She occasionally assists Belinda, the local midwife, and most days, she finds herself delivering the buggy to her brother Adam.

Annie s sister-in-law Leah is due to deliver their first child before Christmas morning, and Annie is determined to finish a crib quilt before the “boppli” arrives.

With six weeks to go, she should have no problem . . . but God may have a different plan. Leah is rushed to the English hospital when the infant arrives early, and Annie discovers the Christmas quilt may hold a far greater significance than she ever imagined.

MY THOUGHTS:

A Simple Amish Christmas and The Christmas Quilt have been two of my more enjoyable selections to read… not to say that nothing bad happens and all is happy and well, but my faith was restored when Annie, without question or hesitation, returned home when she received word that she was needed. And once home, she knew she was there to stay!

It was fun to read about Annie and Samuel again…

The Christmas Quilt is the sequel to A Simple Amish Christmas (where the story of Samuel and Annie first begins) and this novel picks it up at the perfect time…

In A Simple Amish Christmas, Samuel proposes to Annie at the end… and The Christmas Quilt begins with their wedding… Annie and Samuel marry on the same day as Adam and Leah… then they share a few other surprises!

I laughed and cried with them as they struggled through the joys and sorrows of life.

And that is the secret of Vanetta Chapman’s writing… it’s easy to get to know the characters; you soon think of them as people, friends, family. And the everyday happenings are so “real” it’s a joy to read… when you reach the end of the book, you’re not ready to let them go!

Vanetta, is there any chance at all we’ll get to see Annie and Samuel again… say perhaps with a houseful of kinner?

The Christmas Quilt is part of the Quilts of Love series and is definitely one of the books on my “keeper” shelf.

If you get the chance, buy both of the books and read A Simple Amish Christmas first, then jump right into The Christmas Quilt! I am certain you will enjoy every minute!

 

And don’t forget to click below to find out how you can enter the BIG contest!

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You can read more reviews and more about the book on Goodreads HERE

You can find more about Vanetta Chapman on her website… HERE

God bless you!

©Donna J. Mynatt 2014

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