Hope is Born: A Mosaic Christmas Anthology
by Stacy Monson, Eleanor Bertin, Deb Elkink, Brenda S. Anderson, Janice L. Dick, Sara Davison, Angela D. Meyer, Johnnie Alexander, Regina Rudd Merrick, Mosaic Collection
Published by Mosaic Collection
Publication Date December 4, 2019
Genres: Christmas, Christian Fiction
Written for: Adults
Nine stories. Nine pasts to overcome. Nine futures hang in the balance.
Christmas is supposed to be the happiest time of the year, but what happens when the past threatens to destroy the peace and joy of the season?
When the men and women in these stories face overwhelming challenges in their lives, can hope be restored this Christmas?
Mountaintop Christmas by Stacy Monson
Wilderness camp leaders Mikayla Gordon and Dawson Dunne have planned their perfect mountaintop Christmas wedding, but nature seems to have other plans. Mikayla will have to face the one thing that has terrified her since childhood or her hopes of a magical mountain wedding to the man of her dreams will be buried deep under the fresh coating of snow.
Like Wool by Eleanor Bertin
Young David Fawcett is all duded up for a night of punk rock with his buddies when the past butts into his plans, thrusting him out into the cold of a snowy Christmas Eve to face his worst enemy.
Ever Greening by Deb Elkink
Thirty-year-old anti-Advent Holly, who’d abandoned Montana as a pregnant teen, faces another Christmas—and this time the meaning of the Incarnation—in the barren desert of Nevada far from the evergreen forest of home.
A Beautiful Christ-mess by Brenda S. Anderson
When prodigal son Zachary Belden returns home at Christmas to surprise his family with news, he’s surprised with other news that turns his surprise into a big mess and challenges his newfound faith.
The Christmas Sweater by Janice L. Dick
Jeanne, a retired librarian and one-year widow, is dreading her first Christmas without Sam. However, when her childhood friend moves in next door, Jeanne wonders if alone might be better. Spunky Debbie McCormick won’t allow Jeanne to wallow in her grief, and seems intent on pushing her into decisions she’s not ready to make.
Taste of Heaven by Sara Davison
When Shawn and Daphne Cook’s hopes for their future are crushed, it takes a chaotic Christmas Eve service to remind Daphne that she has been putting her hope in the wrong things. Her plan is to get to her husband and share that revelation with him, but whoever has been watching them from the shadows just may have a plan of his own.
The Jukebox Cafe by Angela D. Meyer
Retired Marine Mike Thompson is struggling as the new pastor at Hillside Community Church in Preston Hill. Can one special Christmas Eve help him move beyond a past that’s holding him back?
The Caretaker’s Christmas by Johnnie Alexander
Mac never means to eavesdrop, but when the reclusive cemetery caretaker learns that two mourners will be alone for the holidays, he plans a Christmas Eve party for the recent widow and the foster teen. In seeking to ease their loneliness, will Mac find peace for his own grieving heart?
Reno-Vating Christmas by Regina Rudd Merrick
Steve Reno lost his wife two years ago and has two grown children, while Roxy Emerson has been alone for over ten years and is a grandmother. They’re not looking for romance, but when the contractor and restaurant-owner are thrown together at Christmastime, they realize that God does indeed have a hope and a future for them.
I received a complimentary copy of this book. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.
Also in this series: A Star Will Rise, The Heart of Christmas
There are so many stories in this anthology! All are filled with hope and each one has a strong Christian message to encourage the reader. While a few of the stories are romances, many are not. The character’s ages range from young adult to retiree and the settings are scattered throughout North America.
I was only familiar with three of the authors represented; Stacy Monson, Brenda Anderson, and Sara Davison. They are the reason I requested to be on the launch team. I’m glad I did. I have now added some more authors to the list of those I follow. 🙂
Instead of reviewing each individual story, I will highlight a couple by authors that are new to me.
Angela D. Meyer’s The Jukebox Cafe was probably my favorite in the collection. And though my pastor is also a Marine and is also named Mike, that isn’t the reason! I really loved the way that Pastor Mike cared so much for his congregation and yet did it so quietly and unobtrusively ministered to them. And when he came upon a family stranded on Christmas Eve. . . Well, let me just say, I loved this story!
Johnnie Alexander’s The Caretaker’s Christmas was also delightful. I loved the way it sounded like Mac was talking directly to me as the story opens! And the sweet way this all unfolded was charming.
Most of the stories were delightful. A couple of them were not quite my cup of tea but overall, I greatly enjoyed this collection.
If you enjoy stories of hope, redemption, and second chances, I encourage you to grab a copy of Hope is Born.
*My rating is based on my favorite stories in the collection.