Evergreen By Susan May Warren

With Halloween behind us, the holidays are just around the corner, and even if you aren’t ready to start listening to Christmas music just yet Susan May Warren’s latest novella will be something to curl up with as the colder weather moves in.

Evergreen: A Christiansen Winter novella is a story of Ingrid and her husband John, as Ingrid begins to face empty nest syndrome as all her kids have left, while her husband is planning a romantic getaway for the holidays. However, as he begins to plan, their much loved dog becomes ill and Ingrid and John spend most of their savings to rescue their dog. With some unexpected surprises along the way Ingrid struggles to understand who she is when the kids aren’t around.

Warren has once again provided us with another Christiansen story, the only problem with this one, is that since it is a novella it is just too short! I loved the story but every time I reach the end of a Christiansen story I want it to keep going! Escape from the chaos of the holidays and be sure to curl up with Evergreen! You will be glad you did.

-Elle

I received this book complimentary from the publisher in an exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

The 12 Days of Christmas

Christmas is getting closer! Don’t jump ahead of yourself though and remember to celebrate Thanksgiving surrounded by friends, family and a few good books to prepare you for the holiday season! If you are looking for the perfect holiday read, or a short holiday novella to breeze through as you wait for the turkey to cook I have the perfect books for you!

For those of you planning to be cooking and entertaining guests here are two quick reads from Colleen Coble you can enjoy and finish quickly in the free moments that you find!

Holy Night By: Colleen Coble

Leia has everything planned. The caterers are booked, the food ordered, the dresses bought. She is finally ready to be married, but in one moment her innocent little sister Eva has disappeared, and in a moment all of her wedding plans have changed. With a single phone call Leia is scared for her sister Eva and unsure of where to turn, with her wedding cancelled her relationships are tested as she searches to find Leia.

Colleen Coble has pulled together a short and sweet story that at the same time is filled with mystery and suspense that keeps you guessing at each turn. With a Hawaiian wedding Coble has added a new scene to the stereo-typical Christmas stories, you will love trying to discover what has happened to Eva, the only negative being that as a novella the story comes to an end much too soon!

In Silent Night Colleen Coble brings us back to our friends in Rock Harbor. Bree Matthews is preparing for Christmas, ready and waiting for family to arrive, her sister-in-law Lauri shows up early, even though classes don’t end for another two weeks and on top of that Bree and her faithful search-and-rescue dog, Samson are back on the trail after a parachuter has gone missing, while searching Bree finds Lauri out in the woods, and things with her are not adding up. Bree and Kade know that Lauri is hiding something, and that she may no more than what appears about the missing parachuter and his neighbor who went missing a few weeks earlier.

Another beautiful Rock Harbor story from Colleen Coble, we see the inner struggles of these characters, we see as Lauri begins to understand what it means to not be selfish and to be others-focused. Coble has a beautiful skill with words and an ability to drag you into a story where you can curl up and feel like you belong in the town of Rock Harbor.

Set in Ohio just after WWII A Christmas Gift for Rose follows the story of Rose, a young Amish woman, who believed she knew what her future held, a typical Amish life, married to Jonathan and staying at home creating the family she dreams of. With Jonathan returning from the war, she doesn’t know if she could go back to him, with the disapproval of the Amish community. Rose’s family has a secret about her life, and in the midst of everything with Jonathan they give her some information that sends her world into a spiral of questions and has her wondering where her life will lead.

A Christmas Gift for Rose is a beautiful story about love and finding yourself and finding where your home truly is. Tricia Goyer has shared with us an amazing story of love, faith and family just in time for the Christmas season. This book will pull at your heartstrings. A short and quick read, this is the book you will want to share with all your friends and family.

Anna loves her grandparents who raised her, her grandfather, the bishop, however, is very strict and does not want to see change come into their Amish community. Anna doesn’t understand why no one seems to be interested in her, but those who have considered courting her are afraid to because of her grandfather. There’s a new boy in town and he finds that Anna may be the person he wants to court.

Anna is starting to see that her grandfather’s strict rules are dividing the community. Everyone is hiding secrets and Anna finds her faith slipping as she tries to follow her dream to start a family. Can Anna figure out how to balance the two important people in her life? The grandparents who raised her and her love for Jacob?

This was my first Beth Wiseman book, and I am not always a fan of Amish fiction but Beth Wiseman knows how to weave a story and create characters on all levels. Through this book you can see the struggle and process as Anna tries to figure out what to do and how to do what is best for her family. This is a beautiful story of faith and following your dreams for the future.

I received all of these books complimentary through the Litfuse Publicity Program for the 12 Days of Christmas in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

-Elle

A Christmas Gift for Rose By: Tricia Goyer

 

Set in Ohio just after WWII A Christmas Gift for Rose follows the story of Rose, a young Amish woman, who believed she knew what her future held, a typical Amish life, married to Jonathan and staying at home creating the family she dreams of. With Jonathan returning from the war, she doesn’t know if she could go back to him, with the disapproval of the Amish community. Rose’s family has a secret about her life, and in the midst of everything with Jonathan they give her some information that sends her world into a spiral of questions and has her wondering where her life will lead.

A Christmas Gift for Rose is a beautiful story about love and finding yourself and finding where your home truly is. Tricia Goyer has shared with us an amazing story of love, faith and family just in time for the Christmas season. This book will pull at your heartstrings. A short and quick read, this is the book you will want to share with all your friends and family.

-Elle

I received this book complimentary through Litfuse Publicity and the Tricia Goyer Fiction Team in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.