A Christmas to Remember: Eight Christian Romances – Book Review, Preview

Posted October 3, 2018 by Phyllis Helton in Book Reviews / 1 Comment

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A Christmas to Remember: Eight Christian Romances – Book Review, Preview

A Christmas to Remember
by Kimberly Rose Johnson, Valerie Comer, Elizabeth Maddrey, Ginger Solomon, Lindi Peterson, Julie Arduini, Deb Kastner, Janet W. Ferguson


Publication Date October 2, 2018
Genres: Christmas, Christian Fiction, Clean Romance
Contemporary
Main Character Ages: 18-24, 25-24
Written for: Adults
Pages: 881

Synopsis:

Laugh, cry, and fall in love as you savor these brand-new Christmas romances from some of your favorite authors. Pair with a peppermint chai, hot chocolate, or your favorite wintry flavors, then snuggle down in front of the fireplace with a quilt over your lap... and maybe a purring cat!

Eight authors have joined together in this Christian romance collection that will leave you celebrating the gift of Christmas.

Until I Met You by award-winning author Kimberly Rose Johnson

After a difficult breakup, Brandi Prescott is taking a hiatus from men and focusing on her career, the Lord, and getting to know herself. Everything is going according to plan until one fateful, rainy morning in Seattle when a passing car drenches her and everything changes.

The Cowboy’s Christmas Reunion by USA Today bestselling author Valerie Comer

The Cowboy Santa program is supposed to be a chance to help his neighbors. When Kade Delgado’s ex-fiancée, now a single mom, shows up on his list, neither of them are thrilled. Is there any hope for a second chance at love?

Hope for Christmas by Elizabeth Maddrey

When he arrived at the ranch, he wasn’t sure what he was looking for. She wasn’t looking for anything beyond stability for her son. Christmas might be a season of hope, but do they dare risk everything for love?

Can’t Live without You by Ginger Solomon

Clarissa Harding’s fiancé’s betrayal doesn’t hurt as much as learning her best friend, Sawyer Chasin, knew his brother’s secret and didn’t tell her. The marriage would have been fake, but her feelings for Sawyer aren’t.

Beautiful Heart of His by Lindi Peterson

Two wrongs don’t make a right has never been more true. Will Mason’s past wrongs push Scarlett away or help her fall in love with him?

Restoring Christmas by Julie Arduini

Filled with grief and regret, Holly Christmas returns to Geneseo Valley and the family business, The Christmas Mansion. Can Kevin Holt restore her love for the season and the memories she left behind?

The Cowgirl’s Christmas Gift by Publishers Weekly bestselling author Deb Kastner

Cowgirl Maisey Gray knows horses, not six-year-olds. But when her socially-awkward, VR glasses-wearing neighbor needs help creating the perfect Christmas for his nephews, it’s up to Maisey to make sure Cam and the boys have a Christmas they’ll never forget.

Falling for Grace by Janet W. Ferguson

Grace Logan needs a place to pick herself up now that her ex is marrying her former best friend. Grief drives Seth Gibbs to his family’s vacation home, and three years later, he has no plans to leave. Until Grace falls into his life.

I would like to thank Elizabeth Maddrey, Kimberly Rose Johnson for giving me this copy of the book. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.

Also in this series: The Reluctant Groom, Simply Smitten

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This collection has books from several authors I know and love and several authors who are not as familiar to me. In the interest of keeping the review a reasonable length, I am sharing my thoughts on three of the stories. The rating is based on the highest rated.

Until I Met You is the prequel to the Brides of Seattle series by Kimberly Rose Johnson. The first book in the series, The Reluctant Groom released in July of this year. It was kind of fun when I realized this and thought “oh, that Katie”. This is a sweet story of love at first sight. I admired Brandi and the stance she took to not date but instead focus on the Lord and spending time with him. And I loved Ian’s persistence and determination to not let Brandi go – even if it meant he had to wait two months to date her.
The Cowboy’s Christmas Reunion is the first book in the new Montana Ranches series. This was a deeply moving story and I have to say it is my favorite book by Valerie Comer. I was irritated at Cheri through a lot of the story. What she had done was pretty detestable and she was not so very nice when she first arrived but she had been hurt and had paid the price for her mistake. My favorite character was Gloria, Kade’s mom. She exhibited such wisdom and grace. Wow. Be prepared for some conflicting emotions when you read this story.
Hope for Christmas is also the beginning of a new series by Elizabeth Maddrey. As with all her stories, the characters are intertwined but not in such a way that you necessarily have to be familiar with the backstory. In this case, Cyan is the brother of Azure from A Heart Realigned, one of the Peacock Hill stories. In case you didn’t pick up on this, the parents had a thing with the color blue and each child is named after a particular shade. The relationship between Cyan’s father and his grandparents has always been hostile and in this story, Cyan meets his grandparents for the first time.
 

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Valerie's Christmas in Montana Pinterest Board

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  • Ladies Night Out at Grizzly Gulch Resort
  • Reminds me of a sledding party at Hiller Farm!
  • Chapter 1 A black sports car pulled into Grizzly Gulch Resort’s paved parking lot and came to a stop. The purring motor dissolved into silence. Heather Francis lifted her cordless drill and tighten…
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  • Lucca's Fine Italian Restaurant, Helena, Montana
  • Lucca's Fine Italian Restaurant, Helena, Montana
  • Helena Symphony - Christmas at the Cathedral
  • Cathedral of Saint Helena - home of Christmas in the Cathedral
  • The inspiration for Chef Levi Esteban, Better Than a Crown
  • Better than a Crown: She's a pageantry coach. He hates everything he thinks they stand for. They’re both crucial to the success of the Miss Snowflake Pageant. #Christmas #Romance
  • Marisa's snowflake engagement ring
  • Snowflake Tiara, More Than a Tiara, Christmas in Montana Romance, Valerie Comer
  • Hi everyone. My name is Bren Haddock, and I’m blogging here today for my author, Valerie Comer. I have mixed feelings about my author, truth be told. I guess she felt a bit sorry for me after intro…
  • Other Than a Halo: She's no glamour girl. He's marketing a #Christmas pageant. #Christian #Romance
  • More Than a Tiara: A former model. A #Christmas pageant. The photographer who broke her heart is back. #Christian #Romance
  • Rob Santoro in Other Than a Halo (A Christmas in Montana Romance)
  • More Than a Tiara (Christmas in Montana 1) Can Jase make amends for past…
  • Marisa Hiller in More Than a Tiara, book 1
  • Jase Mackie in More Than a Tiara, book 1

About Elizabeth Maddrey

ElizabethMaddrey Author

From the author: Elizabeth Maddrey is a semi-reformed computer geek and homeschooling mother of two who lives in the suburbs of Washington D.C. When she isn’t writing, Elizabeth is a voracious consumer of books. She loves to write about Christians who struggle through their lives, dealing with sin and receiving God’s grace on their way to their own romantic happily ever after.

My notes: To date, I have read 10 books by Elizabeth and have given them an average of 4 stars. I appreciate the way she manages to deal with sometimes difficult issues without dragging down the tone of her books. I do not hesitate to read any of her books as she consistently puts out books that are well worth the time it takes to read them.

Elizabeth has written books in several of her own series, has several stand-alone books and has written several books that are part of the multi-author Arcadia Valley Romance series. You can see her books on her Amazon Page

About Kimberly Rose Johnson

Faith Hope and Love Reader’s Choice Finalist, Kimberly Rose Johnson, married her college sweetheart and lives in the Pacific Northwest. From a young child Kimberly has been an avid reader. That love of reading fostered a creative mind and led to her passion for writing. She especially loves romance and writes contemporary romance that warms the heart and feeds the soul.

Kimberly holds a degree in Behavioral Science from Northwest University in Kirkland, Washington, and is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers.

About Valerie Comer

Valerie Comer’s life on a small farm in western Canada provides the seed for stories of contemporary Christian romance. Like many of her characters, Valerie grows much of her own food and is active in the local foods movement as well as her church. She only hopes her imaginary friends enjoy their happily-ever-afters as much as she does hers, shared with her husband, adult kids, and adorable granddaughters.

Valerie is a USA Today bestselling author and a two-time Word Award winner. She writes engaging characters, strong communities, and deep faith into her green clean romances.

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