Thanksgiving Books & Blessings Collection – Spotlight

Posted September 13, 2018 by Phyllis Helton in Book Reviews /

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Have you read any of the Thanksgiving Books & Blessings Collection One yet? It is a group of novels and novellas by various authors focused on Thanksgiving in the 19th century. They are releasing every few days leading up to Thanksgiving.

Included in this post are previews and descriptions for all the books in the collection. Some of the books are written by Christian authors and are inspirational in nature and some are not, but all the books are clean romance.

Today is release day for Kristin Holt’s latest book. It is part of her Holidays in Mountain Home series and is also part of the Thanksgiving Books & Blessings Collection.  I will be reviewing this book later this month, so stay tuned. I am looking forward to sharing my thoughts about this latest book by one of my favorite authors with you.

Thanksgiving Books & Blessings Collection – Spotlight

Unmistakably Yours

by Kristin Holt

Series: Holidays in Mountain Home #8
Series Rating:
Publication Date September 13, 2018
Genres: Historical Fiction, Clean Romance
Setting: Colorado Gilded Age – US – 1875 – 1900
Written for: Adults
Pages: 394


One prize.
Two contestants.
Three Miracles.

Expanding Hank Murphy's grocery emporium into the adjacent storefront should be easy, as he and the landlord already shook hands. Yet his clueless neighbor, Miss Jane Vancoller, intends to enlarge her silly Tea Room into the not-so-vacant premises. The Tea Room is plenty large, but the grocery emporium must stockpile adequate winter supplies before winter's blizzards close off the high mountain valley.

Negotiations should be simple, but the landlord delights in pitting Hank and Jane against one another, and foolishly involves the community--and the annual Harvest Celebration--in the business decision. The festive atmosphere tempts matchmakers to unite the disparate Tea Room and Grocery Emporium, along with incompatible Hank and Jane.

Discovering a solution...
Warding off misguided matchmakers...
Uniting two hearts ravaged by the past...
... Will take a Thanksgiving miracle!

UNMISTAKABLY YOURS by USA Today Bestselling Author Kristin Holt, is a sweet western historical Christian romance novel (clean language and sweet kisses--and nothing more). Unmistakably Yours is book 8 in the Thanksgiving Books & Blessings Collection One Series, and book 8 in the Holidays in Mountain Home Series.

Also in this series: Unmistakably Yours

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Other Books in the Collection

Gone To Texas by Caryl McAdoo

Can beauty truly come from ashes? 

In Book One of the Thanksgiving Books & Blessings Collection and the all new Cross Timbers Family Saga series, Gone to Texas uncovers a deception that drives seventeen souls to hard choices. Either stay on the land they thought they’d bought or heed the lure of free land in the faraway wilderness of a new Republic. Rife with peril and hardship, three families knit together by blood and friendship head out with a widowed man, daughter, and his slave, gambling everything they own on the prospect of land ownership and working it together. Does friendship pave a way to marriage? Can puppy-love survive through a harrowing journey to blossom into a forever love? With duress at every turn, can the clan stay together all the way to Texas and accomplish their goals?

Gateway to the West by Susette Williams

Missouri, 1840

Coming to America was supposed to be a new adventure for Hayley Hunter and her husband, a chance for a fresh start in a new country. She never dreamed her journey would land her alone in a strange place with nobody she knew. She joins up with a wagon train in the hopes of meeting up with her brother and his family along the trail.

Malcom Wheeler knows the hardships and heartbreak families face, but there’s usually safety in numbers, so he runs his own wagon train to try and help people determined to head out west. Taking the lady along goes against his better judgement; understanding her plight and being happy about it are two different things.

Can Malcom help Hayley find comfort by restoring a part of her past when he finds her family’s trunk that holds a journal? Is there hope for both of them to find a family of their own?

Trail to Clear Creek by Kit Morgan

At Long Last! The Story Kit Morgan fans have been waiting for!

Honoria Sayer and her husband Benedict had a dream. Go to America with their three sons, travel west, and start a cattle ranch. Unfortunately, Benedict only made it as far as Independence, Missouri. Her husband gone, Honoria must choose. Go West and fulfill his dream, or go back to England? She chooses the dream. And, as luck would have it, to make it a reality, she must do the unthinkable. Get married.

Jefferson Cooke wasn’t looking for a wife. Heck, he and his two sons were heading West to make a fresh start. Then along came Honoria Sayer. Beautiful, refined, a real lady. Not to mention a disaster on the Oregon Trail. So why was he considering the unthinkable?

Enjoy this sweet, clean, western romance set against the backdrop of the Oregon Trail!

Heart and Home by P. Creeden

Jacob is bad luck, and Caroline is stuck in the past. Can both of them get past their difficulties to find family together at Thanksgiving?

When Caroline moved from her hometown in Pennsylvania to the Montana Territory, she had two things that convinced her to move—her husband, and the children who needed her as a teacher in the small mining town. But when her husband died in an accident, only the children have kept her in Helena for the past few years. With Thanksgiving just around the corner, Caroline misses having her family and friends to connect to, but she still has the children who need her. And then when the mayor hires an out-of-work miner to repair the schoolhouse, Caroline wonders if she can help fulfill the needs of others in the spirit of the season.

Daughter of Defiance by Heather Blanton

Though her sins be as scarlet…

When you hit rock bottom, you have a choice: seek the light or live in the darkness. 

Victoria chose the darkness.

Hopeless and crushed by a lifetime of debauchery, infamous madam Victoria Patterson returns home to the family she hasn’t seen in fifteen years. The proverbial prodigal child, she is desperate for peace whether it be through life…or giving up the fight altogether. A cowboy healing an abused horse may be the only one who can convince Victoria true peace is in found in surrender to the Savior. But she may be out of time to choose, now that old enemies are hunting for her.

Moya’s Thanksgiving Proposal by George H. McVey

It’s been a year since Nugget Nate and Penny checked on Moya Campbell but Penny feels the  woman needs them so they head back to Ryder Mountain for  another Thanksgiving Celebration. Most Widows with children have trouble finding a suitor that wants to take on that responsibility but that’s not Moya’s problem.

Her problem she has 3 of them and her heart wants none of them. The man she wants is the only one not trying to court her. But maybe with some help from a Famous Mountain Man and his society wife he’ll finally admit what he wants and ask her to marry him.

When Nate finds out who Moya wants he’ll make her dream come true and if the man won’t do it on his own there’s always the shotgun option!

Esther’s Temptation by Lena Nelson Dooley

Releases September 14, 2018

Saddle weary, former deputy US Marshal Jac Andrews rides into Denton, Texas. He’d hunted a swindler and his daughter—or identical twin daughters if Jac is right—and he feels he finally has caught up with this criminal gang. Unfortunately, He is immediately distracted by the lovely redhead, Esther Brians.

Esther, feeling like an old maid surrounded by all her close friends who are happy married couples, is drawn to the intense gaze, blue as the Texas sky, of an unknown cowboy. But several things cause her to become wary of his intentions—and his spiritual well-being.

Has this unsaved lawman captured Esther’s heart or will the Lord deliver her from the temptation of Jac’s presence?

What will it take for Jac to win this lovely lady and become Esther’s husband?

No Turning Back by Lynette Sowell

Releases October 14, 2018

Elizabeth “Lizzie” Westford is a determined young widow trying to manage her late husband’s Texas cattle ranch after he is killed by a bull. Then, an old boyhood friend of her husband’s arrives. Buford “Buck” Hannigan has always considered himself a wandering soul, with the call of the open wild more attractive than the idea of staying tied down. But the heart of the itinerant former gambler-turned-cowboy–and sometimes preacher–feels a tugging toward Lizzie that neither can deny and he steps up to help the widow. After a quick wedding to prevent talk of impropriety, he learns one of Lizzie’s secrets, and the open road calls to him once again.

About Kristin Holt

Hi! I’m Kristin Holt. Thanks for stopping by.

I recall the winter of my first grade year, basking in the heat from our fireplace in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Dad read aloud Madeline L’Engle’s A Wrinkle in Time and Mom peeled orange segments for us to enjoy. That was the definitive moment I fell in love with fiction.

My varied past includes:

  • Attending 5 elementary schools, 2 junior highs, 1 high school, and 2 universities
  • Working as an RN in Labor and Delivery and Certified Childbirth Educator
  • Delusions of Medical School
  • Piccolo section leader in marching band
  • 7 surgeries (maybe 8…I’ve lost count)
  • Collecting enough fabric, patterns, and notions to fill more space than my card-making paper supplies—and that’s really saying something
  • 30+ years of marriage to one wonderful guy and raising our four children
  • Residence in 7 states
  • Visiting romantic locales: Costa Rica, Hawaii, the Panama Canal, Brussels, and Paris
  • Shedding 70 pounds, working for Weight Watchers of SLC as Receptionist, Leader, and ultimately, Territory Manager

I’ve served as Vice President in my local chapter of Utah RWA and Chairperson of the 2015 SLC Readers Luncheon. Several of my titles achieved bestseller status on On June 28, 2016, Mail Order Bride Collection: A Timeless Romance Anthology, reached #10 on the Bestseller list on Barnes & Noble, overall. One day earlier, this collection reached #19 overall on Amazon’s Kindle (paid) bestseller list. On July 7, 2016, this title debuted on the USA Today Bestseller list at #101.

I write frequent articles (or view easily on my Home Page) about the nineteenth century American west–every subject of possible interest to readers, amateur historians, authors… as all of these tidbits surfaced while researching for my books. I also blog monthly at Sweet Americana Sweethearts (first Friday of each month) and, in the past, blogged for Romancing the Genres and Sweet Romance Reads where you’ll still find my true-to-history content.

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Happy Reading!

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3 responses to “Thanksgiving Books & Blessings Collection – Spotlight

  1. Caryl McAdoo

    THANK YOU Among the Reads! You could delete that Nugget Nate . . . that is not a part of the Thanksgiving Collection! George McVey, has a book in the collection but that isn’t it 🙂 BLESSINGS!

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