Just in Time for Christmas by Davalynn Spencer – Book Review, Preview

Posted November 8, 2019 by Phyllis Helton in Book Reviews /

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Just in Time for Christmas by Davalynn Spencer – Book Review, Preview

Just in Time for Christmas: a High-Country Christmas novella
by Davalynn Spencer


Published by Wilson Creek Publishing
Publication Date November 1, 2019
Genres: Historical Fiction, Christian Fiction, Christmas, Clean Romance
Setting: Colorado Gilded Age – US – 1875 – 1900
Main Character Ages: 15-18, 18-24
Written for: Adults
Pages: 114

Synopsis:

She’s seventeen with a ranch to run, a fear of heights, and a cowboy intent on stealing her heart.

Abigale Millerton leaves a Denver girl’s school and returns to her grandparents’ high-country ranch to find the boy she’d grown up with not a boy any longer—and butting in on her challenge with local timber thieves. If he’d stop telling her what to do, they might get along.

Seth Holt has loved Abigale since before he knew better. And now that she’s back in the high country, she’s still as bull-headed as ever. But Seth can match her, and he’s determined to keep her out of harm’s way and in his line of sight. Trouble is, he’d rather keep her in his arms.

I would like to thank Davalynn Spencer for giving me this copy of the book. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.

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Davalynn Spencer has a gift for writing heartwarming stories, filled with beautiful prose and lovely descriptions. She does not merely pen stories, she carefully crafts her words to create rich satisfying narratives that make me smile.

Just in Time for Christmas is no exception. As a case in point, as I was reading about the frozen waterfall, I had a momentary thought that I should grab my camera so I could take a picture!

Reading back over the passages I highlighted, I’m again overwhelmed at the wonderful way this author has with words. She has such a gift for turning a phrase into a thing of wonder. Reading this story was a magical experience simply for this reason.

It would be difficult to not fall in love with Abigale and Seth. These now-grown childhood friends have always been there for each other. To help, to explore with, and to boss each other around. It was so easy to fall back into those patterns now that they were grown (yeah, though seventeen isn’t exactly grown by today’s standards. . .)

Orphaned for a second time, Abigale is now mourning the grandparents who adopted and raised her when her parents died. When she got herself into a mess of trouble at their ranch, God sent Seth to rescue her. I loved the honorable way Seth cared for her and how he learned to stop bossing her around; instead caring for her feelings and wooing her. Seth’s work ethic was quite amazing as he took over the chores at her ranch without thinking twice about it or moaning about the work.

When they discovered more trouble than they expected, Abigale was challenged to learn even more about what it means to “trust in the Lord and do good”. Although this trouble wasn’t resolved by the story’s end, there was a satisfying conclusion with a hint of more to come.

If you enjoy historical fiction and picturesque descriptions that combine to make a tasty treat with just the right blend of romance and friendship, Just in Time for Christmas is a great choice!

Davalynn's Just in Time (for Christmas) Pinterest Board

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  • Not hard to imagine living here with the love of my life.
  • Chester - dog after my own heart.
  • Good dog, Chester.
  • I think you better re-think whatdver you were thinking...
  • Chester (Belgian Tervuren)
  • An aspen stand facing the backside of Pikes Peak. My photo.
  • Floral Forget-Me-Not Wedding Handkerchief This lovely wedding handkerchief has both pink and blue "Forget-Me-Not" flowers embroidered in all four corners. The design is absolutely gorgeous.  Forget-Me-Nots are a popular wedding flowers for many. These small wild flowers of both blue and pink and symbolize both love and hope. The handkerchief is 100% cotton and measures approx. 12" x 12" square. This is for a single handkerchief.
  • Lodge pole pine stand.
  • Colorado Blue Spruce Trees
  • Vintage Hankie embroidered with blue & yellow daisies - Wedding Hankie
  • Antique Wedding Band Art Deco Orange Blossom in Vintage 14k Yellow Gold. Minneapolis, MN.
  • Another style of vintage gold wedding band.
  • Old-Fashioned Homemade Peppermint Candy DIYs
  • Homemade peppermint stick candies inspired by Little House on the Prairie
  • Wild Rags are the perfect accessory. They dress up an outfit, protect your neck from the sun, and keep you warm in the winter!
  • Notice the characteristic two-tone design in the weave of this silk scarf and the beautiful "buckaroo knot" tied at the throat.
  • Seth Holt. Some people will tell you this is really Christopher Russell, but I beg to differ.
  • I love this authentic 1800's on a mountain ranch. Abigale's grandparents' place wouldn't have had the large windows, but what a beauty this is.
  • Wood cook stove
  • Cover Reveal! I love this cover by Evelyne LaBelle of carpelibrumbookdesign!

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About Davalynn Spencer

Wife and mother of professional rodeo bullfighters, Davalynn Spencer writes cowboy romance. She is an ECPA and Publisher’s Weekly bestselling author and winner of the Will Rogers Gold Medallion for Inspirational Western Fiction. And she’s fairly certain that her previous career as a rodeo journalist and crime-beat reporter prepared her for life in Colorado wrangling Blue the Cowdog and mouse detectors Annie and Oakley.

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