Hope is Born: A Mosaic Christmas Anthology – Book Review, Preview

Posted December 9, 2019 by Phyllis Helton in Book Reviews /

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Hope is Born: A Mosaic Christmas Anthology – Book Review, Preview

Hope is Born: A Mosaic Christmas Anthology

by Stacy Monson, Eleanor Bertin, Deb Elkink, Brenda S. Anderson, Janice L. Dick, Sara Davison, Angela D. Meyer, Johnnie Alexander, Regina Rudd Merrick


Publication Date December 4, 2019
Genres: Christmas, Christian Fiction
Contemporary
Written for: Adults
Pages: 350

Synopsis:

Nine stories. Nine pasts to overcome. Nine futures hang in the balance.

Christmas is supposed to be the happiest time of the year, but what happens when the past threatens to destroy the peace and joy of the season?

When the men and women in these stories face overwhelming challenges in their lives, can hope be restored this Christmas?

Mountaintop Christmas by Stacy Monson
Wilderness camp leaders Mikayla Gordon and Dawson Dunne have planned their perfect mountaintop Christmas wedding, but nature seems to have other plans. Mikayla will have to face the one thing that has terrified her since childhood or her hopes of a magical mountain wedding to the man of her dreams will be buried deep under the fresh coating of snow.

Like Wool by Eleanor Bertin
Young David Fawcett is all duded up for a night of punk rock with his buddies when the past butts into his plans, thrusting him out into the cold of a snowy Christmas Eve to face his worst enemy.

Ever Greening by Deb Elkink
Thirty-year-old anti-Advent Holly, who’d abandoned Montana as a pregnant teen, faces another Christmas—and this time the meaning of the Incarnation—in the barren desert of Nevada far from the evergreen forest of home.

A Beautiful Christ-mess by Brenda S. Anderson
When prodigal son Zachary Belden returns home at Christmas to surprise his family with news, he’s surprised with other news that turns his surprise into a big mess and challenges his newfound faith.

The Christmas Sweater by Janice L. Dick
Jeanne, a retired librarian and one-year widow, is dreading her first Christmas without Sam. However, when her childhood friend moves in next door, Jeanne wonders if alone might be better. Spunky Debbie McCormick won’t allow Jeanne to wallow in her grief, and seems intent on pushing her into decisions she’s not ready to make.

Taste of Heaven by Sara Davison
When Shawn and Daphne Cook’s hopes for their future are crushed, it takes a chaotic Christmas Eve service to remind Daphne that she has been putting her hope in the wrong things. Her plan is to get to her husband and share that revelation with him, but whoever has been watching them from the shadows just may have a plan of his own.

The Jukebox Cafe by Angela D. Meyer
Retired Marine Mike Thompson is struggling as the new pastor at Hillside Community Church in Preston Hill. Can one special Christmas Eve help him move beyond a past that’s holding him back?

The Caretaker’s Christmas by Johnnie Alexander
Mac never means to eavesdrop, but when the reclusive cemetery caretaker learns that two mourners will be alone for the holidays, he plans a Christmas Eve party for the recent widow and the foster teen. In seeking to ease their loneliness, will Mac find peace for his own grieving heart?

Reno-Vating Christmas by Regina Rudd Merrick
Steve Reno lost his wife two years ago and has two grown children, while Roxy Emerson has been alone for over ten years and is a grandmother. They’re not looking for romance, but when the contractor and restaurant-owner are thrown together at Christmastime, they realize that God does indeed have a hope and a future for them.

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


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There are so many stories in this anthology! All are filled with hope and each one has a strong Christian message to encourage the reader. While a few of the stories are romances, many are not. The character’s ages range from young adult to retiree and the settings are scattered throughout North America.

I was only familiar with three of the authors represented; Stacy Monson, Brenda Anderson, and Sara Davison. They are the reason I requested to be on the launch team. I’m glad I did. I have now added some more authors to the list of those I follow. 🙂

Instead of reviewing each individual story, I will highlight a couple by authors that are new to me.

Angela D. Meyer’s The Jukebox Cafe was probably my favorite in the collection. And though my pastor is also a Marine and is also named Mike, that isn’t the reason! I really loved the way that Pastor Mike cared so much for his congregation and yet did it so quietly and unobtrusively ministered to them. And when he came upon a family stranded on Christmas Eve. . . Well, let me just say, I loved this story!

Johnnie Alexander’s The Caretaker’s Christmas was also delightful. I loved the way it sounded like Mac was talking directly to me as the story opens! And the sweet way this all unfolded was charming.

Most of the stories were delightful. A couple of them were not quite my cup of tea but overall, I greatly enjoyed this collection.

If you enjoy stories of hope, redemption, and second chances, I encourage you to grab a copy of Hope is Born.

*My rating is based on my favorite stories in the collection.

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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 Deb Elkink

Deb Elkink writes from her cottage on the banks of a lovely creek in the rolling hills of southern Alberta, Canada, a stone’s throw from the Montana border. Her award-winning fiction—literary with a theological twist—incorporates travel and taste buds and the tumults of the heart.

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 Janice L. Dick

Janice L. Dick was born and raised in southern Alberta, Canada, into an ethnic Mennonite farm family. She has always loved stories of family heritage and the emigration of her people from Russia. Her aim is not only to share the faith journeys of her forebears, but also to showcase God’s sovereignty in the midst of that milieu. Besides historical fiction, Janice writes contemporary novels and short stories, blogs, articles and book reviews. Janice is the winner of the 2016 Janette Oke Award.

About Johnnie Alexander

Johnnie Alexander creates characters you want to meet and imagines stories you won’t forget. Her award-winning debut novel, Where Treasure Hides (Tyndale), is a CBA bestseller. She writes contemporaries, historicals, and cozy mysteries, serves on the executive board of Serious Writer, Inc., co-hosts an online show called Writers Chat, and interviews inspirational authors for Novelists Unwind. She also teaches at writers conferences and for Serious Writer Academy. Johnnie lives in Oklahoma with Griff, her happy-go-lucky collie, and Rugby, her raccoon-treeing papillon.

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.

About Stacy Monson

Stacy Monson is the award-winning author of The Chain of Lakes series, including Shattered Image, Dance of Grace, and The Color of Truth, as well as Open Circle. Her stories reveal an extraordinary God at work in ordinary life. Residing in the Twin Cities, she is the wife of a newly-retired juggling, unicycling physical education teacher, a proud mom, and doting grandma.

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2 responses to “Hope is Born: A Mosaic Christmas Anthology – Book Review, Preview

  1. Brenda Anderson

    Wow! Thank you, Phyllis, not only for your thoughtful review, but for all the shareables you’ve created! I love all the quotes you pulled from the books–can’t imagine the time it took to create all of the images!

    Thank you for blessing the authors of Hope is Born!

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