A Joyful Christmas: 6 Historical Stories
Published by Barbour Books
Publication Date September 1, 2020
Genres: Christian Fiction, Christmas, Clean Romance, Historical Fiction
Setting: Arizona, Tennessee, Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota Civil War Era - US - 1849-1865, Reconstruction Era – US – 1863 – 1877, Gilded Age – US – 1875 – 1900
Main Character Ages: 18-24
Written for: Adults
A Christmas Collection to Warm the Heart Grab a warm cup of tea and watch as romance is kindled and joy is restored to broken lives during six bygone era Christmas celebrations. A Christmas Castle by Cynthia Hickey Married by proxy in Missouri, Annie Morgan sets off for Tombstone, Arizona, to join her new husband as a cattle rancher. But too soon she finds herself a widow with an unexpected daughter and butting heads with her handsome neighbor. A Star in the Night by Liz Johnson Wounded within Confederate territory, Union officer Jedediah Harrington finds refuge at the tiny cabin of Cora Sinclair and her grandfather. Still haunted by what she saw as a battlefield hospital volunteer, Cora finds that only Jed can understand. But, though she longs to give him her heart, the risks to both of them are too great. An Irish Bride for Christmas by Vickie McDonough When Jackson Lancaster’s brother and wife die, he takes his three-year-old niece home. But a meddling busy-body makes the judge give her custody “because an unmarried man shouldn’t raise a little girl.” Now Jackson has until Christmas to find a bride or lose his niece forever. Larkin Doyle is grateful her employer took in the orphan and believes Jackson abandoned his niece. When her heart says otherwise, will romance blossom? Under His Wings by Liz Tolsma Adie O’Connell, orphaned and left alone in a dangerous Wisconsin logging camp, seeks the stability she once knew when both her parents lived. Despite the compassion and friendship offered by Noah “Preacher Man” Mitchell, she refuses to consider marriage to a man always drifting from one job to another for God. Shelter in the Storm by Carrie Turansky The daughter of a wealthy Tennessee doctor, Rachel Thornton begins nursing James Galloway, a wounded artist-war correspondent. As James recovers, their hearts draw closer together. Having already lost one sweetheart to the war, Rachel is hesitant to reveal her feelings for James, who insists on returning to the front lines. Would she be safer in the arms of another man? Christmas Service by Erica Vetsch Beth Sorensen has been put in charge of the Christmas pageant at the little log church, and this year she wants something different. But she didn’t count on a Minnesota blizzard paralyzing the whole town. Can the blacksmith teach this preacher’s daughter about what it means to serve one another in love through the storm?
I received a complimentary copy of this book. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.
Today I’m featuring another Christmas story. Yes, it’s that time of year already! At least where books are concerned.
All the stories take place in the United States. Two take place during the Civil War, and several take place in the Midwest after the war. While each one touches on Christmas and the Christmas story in at least a small way, only one had Christmas as the major theme rather than a setting. Most of the stories did have a strong faith message.
My favorite here was Christmas Service by Erica Vetsch. It was much more light-hearted than The Lost Lieutenant, which is the only other one of hers that I have read. This sweet story had a powerful message as Beth had to learn that the church is indeed a body and no member is more important than another. I loved Todd, the blacksmith, and the way he relentlessly pursued her to woo her and yet was not afraid to speak the truth to her to show her the error of her thinking.
As with many such collections, my ratings for the various stories differ, ranging from 3 1/2 stars to 4 1/2 stars. If you are intrigued by the sound of any of the stories in the collection, I encourage you to grab a copy – if a story isn’t to your taste, there are many more to choose from.