A Star Will Rise
by Mosaic Collection, Brenda S. Anderson, Eleanor Bertin, Sara Davison, Angela D. Meyer, Regina Rudd Merrick, Marion Ueckermann, Candace West
Published by Mosaic Collection
Publication Date November 4, 2020
Genres: Christian Fiction, Christmas, Clean Romance
Written for: Adults
Christmas should be a time of wonder and expectation, but what if tragedy, illness, family secrets, or betrayal strip away every belief in what the future holds? And in a good and loving God? When circumstances beyond their control dramatically alter their lives, can broken, betrayed, and disillusioned people rediscover their faith and come to see that God's plans are far better for them than the ones they had imagined for themselves?
Brenda S. Anderson | A Christmas Homecoming
Eleanor Bertin | Love and Unexpected Stress Responses
Sara Davison | Sixty Feet to Home
Regina Rudd Merrick | The Twelve Days of Mandy Reno
Angela D. Meyer | Returning to Christmas
Marion Ueckermann | One Christmas Wish
Candace West | A Garland of Grace
I received a complimentary copy of this book. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.
A Star Will Rise is an eclectic mix of authors and topics. Some are romance; some are not. The common thread is that each one points to the true reason we celebrate Christmas, Jesus.
I was already familiar with the works of most of the authors but Candace West is new to me. And being familiar with the others, I recognized that many of the characters were from the various authors’ series yet noticed that every one of the stories stands alone.
Instead of telling you my thoughts about all the stories here, I will just highlight one.
The Twelve Days of Mandy Reno by Regina Rudd Merrick was really fun! And I liked that the author included social distancing and mask-wearing. I’ve seen online conversations and know that many authors choose to not include COVID-19 in their stories simply because they don’t want to focus on it. I appreciate that this author did include it because it is our present reality and it made it seem more current. Besides, she would have had to come up with a different premise to keep Mandy’s parents away at Christmas without it!
After “meeting” Clay in Heart Restoration, it was so fun to see him differently in this story. As he began to see how he could show kindness to Mandy and to cheer her up, he began to see her in a new light. His clever gifts, given anonymously over the twelve days preceding Christmas made me smile. And it was so sweet, watching him and Mandy as they interacted and fell in love.
Several of the stories dealt with domestic abuse. Though they were very tactful in their handling, if you are sensitive to these matters, you will want to be aware.
If you enjoy contemporary stories that center around Christmas and Christ, there are bound to be several in this delightful anthology just right for you.