Christmas in Mistletoe Square by Teresa Tysinger, Pepper Basham, et al- Book Review

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Christmas in Mistletoe Square by Teresa Tysinger, Pepper Basham, et al- Book Review

Christmas in Mistletoe Square

by Cara C. Putman, Teresa Tysinger, Janine Rosche, Pepper Basham


Publication Date October 1, 2021
Genres: Christian Fiction, Clean Romance
Setting: North Carolina Contemporary
Main Character Ages: 35-60
Written for: Adults
Pages: 375

Synopsis:

Christmas is in the air in Kedgewick Creek, North Carolina, at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Will romance find four couples in the month of December or will the pressure to keep the festivities Mistletoe Square is known for keep these couples apart? Find out in this collection of four novellas from inspirational authors Pepper Basham, Cara Putman, Janine Rosche, and Teresa Tysinger.

The Christmas Clue to Loving You by Pepper Basham

After five years away, Piper Dawson returns home to Kedgewick Creek and is pulled into a Christmas Scavenger Hunt that resurrects a heartbreak from Christmas past she’s not quite ready to mend. Will a matchmaking granny, a little Christmas magic, and a cute guy in a kilt make all the difference to her Christmas yet-to-come?

Silver Bell Secrets by Cara Putman

Growing up with dyslexia, Avery Blair didn’t love books, but the family-owned bookshop held her heart. She never expected her little business on the backside of nowhere to garner a New York City publishing house’s attention. Hunter Chase has lived an “always winter, never Christmas” existence, and spending the holidays in Christmas Town U.S.A. wasn’t exactly on his Christmas wish list, but he had no choice when his boss gave him an ultimatum. Can small town and big city discover a Christmas future that will last far beyond the page?

An Unscripted Christmas by Teresa Tysinger

Ellie and Oliver Larson face a Christmas full of uncertainty rather than festive cheer. Ellie is tired of playing a supporting role to Oliver’s passion of running the Kedgewick Creek Playhouse. Oliver can’t imagine his life without her. When things go off script, will their love story find its second act?

Dreams in Toyland by Janine Rosche

Toy shop owner Peyton Hammond knows a secret that could take down online giant Kiljoy Toyz and its owner, Joey Kiljoy. After the two adversaries spend Christmas Eve delivering gifts for charity, will the sun rise on newfound love, or will prejudice and lost dreams keep hope in the dark?

I received a complimentary copy of this book. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.


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Four novellas combine to create the Christmas in Mistletoe Square collection. Each one takes place in the same small Blue Ridge Mountain town.

I enjoy it when authors deviate from the norm and write their romances about older couples! Teresa Tysinger has written the wonderful An Unscripted Christmas, which is about a husband and wife, Oscar and Ellie, who are struggling in their marriage. This genuinely moving story alone is worth the price of this collection!

Not only did I love Ellie and Oliver, but I also loved their sweet friends who were not afraid to speak the truth when necessary. The things they learned about marriage, each other, and themselves were poignant and transformational for the characters and could be for the readers as well.

The Christmas Clue to Loving You by Pepper Basham is among my favorites by her. I loved reading Piper’s story and was so touched by her insecurities and pain. As the quieter (and clumsier) of twin sisters, she had always been overshadowed by Paisley. Except with her best friend, Gabe, until he ghosted her their senior year.

Beautiful descriptions of the lovely town and the surroundings drew me in. And I grinned and laughed and smiled and hoped right along with Piper. A fun aspect of the story was the annual scavenger hunt and how clues from God pointed her to His love.

If you enjoy sweet romance, I highly recommend this lovely story. And while I haven’t read the entire collection yet, I have read others by the authors and am looking forward to reading them all.

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About Cara C. Putman

Since the time she could read Nancy Drew, Cara has wanted to write mysteries. In 2005 she attended a book signing at her local Christian bookstore. The rest, as they say, was history. There she met a fellow Indiana writer Colleen Coble. With prompting from her husband, Cara shared her dream with Colleen. Since those infamous words, Cara’s been writing award-winning books. She is currently working on book 30 and 31.

Cara Putman is an active member of ACFW, and currently serves on its Executive Board. She has also been the Indiana ACFW chapter president and served as the Area Coordinator for Indiana.

Cara is also an attorney, lecturer at a Big Ten university, active in women’s ministry, and all around crazy woman. Crazy about God, her husband and her kids that is. She graduated with honors from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (Go Huskers!) and George Mason Law School, and Krannert School of Management.

About Janine Rosche

Prone to wander, Janine Rosche finds as much comfort on the open road as she does at home. This longing to chase adventure, behold splendor, and experience redemption is woven into her Madison River Romance series. When she isn’t writing or traveling, she teaches family life education courses to college students, takes too many pictures of her sleeping dogs, and embarrasses her four children and husband with boy band serenades.

Photo courtesy of Sarah Moan Photography

About Pepper Basham

Pepper Basham is an award-winning author who writes romance peppered with grace and humor with southern Appalachian flair. Both her historical and contemporary novels have garnered recognition in the Grace Awards, Inspys, and ACFW Carol Awards. Her historical romance, The Thorn Healer, was a finalist in the 2018 RT Awards. Her most recent historical romance, My Heart Belongs in the Blue Ridge, showcases her Appalachian heritage and family history, as well as her love for humor and family.

She currently resides in the lovely mountains of Asheville, NC where she is the mom of five great kids, a speech-language pathologist to about fifty more, and a lover of chocolate, jazz, hats, and Jesus.

Pepper loves getting to know readers and other authors through social media. You may also learn more about her on her website!

About Teresa Tysinger

Teresa Tysinger is a wife and mother transplanted from North Carolina to North Texas. When not working as the Director of Communications for a large downtown church, she writes charming southern romances inspired by grace. Her debut novel, Someplace Familiar, released this summer. She also is a contributing writer for the Fort Worth Moms Blog (part of the national City Moms Blog Network). A member of American Christian Fiction Writers, Religious Communicators’ Council, and the Association for Women in Communications, Teresa has spent over a decade committed to telling stories of faith through written word. She loves coffee, caramel, and stories with happy endings.

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