A Star Will Rise – A Mosaic Christmas Anthology – Book Review

Posted November 6, 2020 by Phyllis Helton in Book Reviews /

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A Star Will Rise – A Mosaic Christmas Anthology – Book Review

A Star Will Rise

by The Mosaic Collection, Brenda S. Anderson, Eleanor Bertin, Sara Davison, Angela D. Meyer, Regina Rudd Merrick, Marion Ueckermann, Candace West

four-half-stars
Published by Mosaic Collection
Publication Date November 4, 2020
Genres: Christian Fiction, Christmas, Clean Romance
Contemporary
Written for: Adults
Pages: 409

Synopsis:

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 would like to thank Mosaic Collection for giving me a copy of this book. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.


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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.

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About Angela D. Meyer

Angela D. Meyer lives in Nebraska with her husband of over 27 years. They have two children, both of whom they homeschooled and graduated. She is the author of the Applewood Hill series and is a contributor to The Benefit Package, a devotional compilation.

Angela graduated from college with a degree in Teaching English as a Foreign Language, but instead of working overseas, she spent several years in New England as a nanny. She co-teaches a women’s Bible study at her church and serves on the advisory board of her local Christian writers’ group, Wordsowers.

She enjoys the ocean, beautiful sunrises and sunsets and hopes to someday ride in a hot air balloon. Her aim in life is to love God and love others.

About Brenda S. Anderson

Brenda S. Anderson writes gritty and authentic, life-affirming fiction. She is a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers, and is Past-President of the ACFW Minnesota chapter, MN-NICE, the 2016 ACFW Chapter of the Year. When not reading or writing, she enjoys music, theater, roller coasters, and baseball (Go Twins!), and she loves watching movies with her family. She resides in the Minneapolis, Minnesota area with her husband of 30-plus years and one sassy cat.

About Eleanor Bertin

In a fit of optimism at age eleven, Eleanor Bertin began her first novel by numbering a stack of 100 pages. Two of them got filled with words. Lifelines, her first completed novel, was published in 2016, followed by Pall of Silence in 2017, a memoir about her late son Paul.

She holds a college diploma in Communications and worked in agriculture journalism until the birth of her first child. The family eventually grew to include one daughter and six sons (the youngest with Down syndrome) whom she home-educated for 25 years.

Eleanor grew up on a Manitoba farm, spent 20 years in cities and towns, and in the past 16 years has come full circle to embrace country life again. She lives with her husband and youngest son, Timothy, amidst the ongoing renovation of a century home in central Alberta where she reads, writes, sweeps up construction rubble and blogs about a sometimes elusive contentment at jewelofcontentment.wordpress.com.

About Marion Ueckermann

MARION UECKERMANN’s passion for writing was sparked when she moved to Ireland with her family. Her love of travel has influenced her contemporary inspirational romances set in novel places. Marion and her husband again live in South Africa, but with two gorgeous grandsons hanging their hats at the house next door, their empty nest’s no longer so empty.

About Regina Rudd Merrick

Regina Rudd Merrick is a writer, church musician, wife, mother, former librarian, and grateful follower of Jesus Christ. Having lived most of her life in Western Kentucky, she dreams of the sound of crashing waves and sandy beaches. Married to her husband of 35+ years, she is the mother of two grown daughters, and the keeper of a 100-year-old house where she lives in the small town of Marion, KY. She is the author of three books: Carolina Dream (April 2017), Carolina Mercy (July 2018), and Carolina Grace (February 2019) in the Southern Breeze series.

About Sara Davison

Sara Davison is the author of the romantic suspense novel, The Watcher, the romantic suspense series, THE SEVEN TRILOGY, and the upcoming suspense series, THE NIGHT GUARDIANS SERIES. She has been a finalist for eight national writing awards, including Best New Canadian Christian author, a Carol Award, and two Daphne du Maurier Awards for Excellence in Mystery/Suspense. She is a Word and Cascade Award winner. Sara has a degree in English Literature from Queen’s University. She currently resides in Ontario, Canada with her husband Michael and their three children, all of whom she (literally) looks up to.

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