22 August 2015

Christmas Traditions Review - By Guest Angi Griffis

Christmas Traditions Series


Guest Review by Angi Griffis
"Handcarved Christmas"-by Cynthia Hickey
Laura Worth has traveled all the way from Missouri to Montana to meet the man she intends to marry, Benjamin Cooper. The only thing is, she’s never met him, except through his letters. Laura’s excitement grows until the moment she arrives at his ranch and he opens the door…only to find that he knows nothing about her. Deciding that she can’t make the long trip back to Missouri, Benjamin agrees to marry her. But it’s going to take both of them a little time and a little getting used to being married. Cynthia Hickey has crafted a sweet, romantic Christmas story that’s sure to bring a smile to your face and a sigh to your heart.



"Sadie’s Gift"-by Niki Turner
Sadie Hubbard is a nurse at the local Preventorium, and desperately wants to give the resident children a special Christmas. But lack of funds makes it near impossible to fulfill her mission, causing her to resort to the only way she knows to make a little extra money. Taking her beloved family heirlooms to a pawn shop. Nathan Wells has suffered recent heartbreak and just wants everyone to leave him alone to his grief. When he and Sadie meet by accident, literally, Nathan must learn to get along with her since they are boarders in the same boarding house. As Christmas draws ever closer, will Sadie be able to help Nathan find the Spirit of Christmas again? A beautiful story by Niki Turner, reminding us what the true Spirit of Christmas is all about.

"The Fruitcake Challenge"-by Carrie Fancett Pagels
Jo Christy is tired of life in a lumber camp and wants to start a new one for herself in another location. Being the camp cook, she dreams of getting a job in a bakery and living on her own. But there’s a new man in camp and he’s determined to court her. Despite the fact that she gets annoyed with constant attention from the camp’s new lumberjack, she can’t help but feel drawn to his sweet nature. But when Tom Jeffries, said lumber jack, issues a challenge to her to make a fruit cake as good or better than his mother’s, sparks fly between the two. As Christmas approaches, it’s Tom’s desire to make Jo his wife…if only he can convince her. Carrie Fancett Pagels has written a sweet, fun Christmas story full of romance, humor, and hope. Get ready to snuggle under a blanket with a warm hot chocolate and a good book!

"An Apple For Christmas"-by Darlene Franklin
Ruby Nelson has quit her research position in New York to take a teaching position at the Spruce Hill Female Academy in Vermont, in the hopes that she can teach the young girls and help them to learn valuable skills they will need later in life. Even before the first day of school, she receives a visit from two of her students (twin sisters, Margil and Pippin) and their handsome father, MacIntosh “Mac” Cortland. Mac discovers that she is interested in horticulture and invites her to visit their apple orchard. In the weeks that follow, it doesn’t take long for the girls to warm up to Ruby. Deciding they would like her to become part of the family, they plan a scheme designed to get Ruby and Mac together and all it takes is ‘an apple for Christmas’.

"Christmas Lessons"-by Patty Smith Hall
For history teacher Claire Davenport, everything was going just fine. Her life, her job, and the Christmas project that she was working on to help the less fortunate families in their school district. That is until she’s coerced into a partnership to work on the project with the last man she wants to see. Her former fiancĂ©, Billy Warner. And it doesn’t help that she feels self-conscious about the disability that caused her to break off their engagement in the first place. Coach Billy Warner has come back to his alma mater to teach history and coach the team. Backed into a corner, he reluctantly agrees to help Claire with the Christmas project. But still he wonders what triggered Claire to break their engagement two years before. As Christmas approaches, the two of them begin working closely together, and Billy is determined to find out what caused the breakup and hopefully win back the heart of the woman he loves, maybe in time for Christmas.

"Nutcracker Christmas"-by Jennifer Allee

Isabella Brandt loves the Ballet. For years, she has dreamed of being the lead dancer in a major production. When a twist of events lands her the principal role in The Nutcracker and at the same time temporarily disables the accompanying pianist, she must rely on the music of an accomplished violinist from the San Francisco Ballet Company. A very handsome Hungarian violinist. Victor Randolph loves playing his violin in the orchestra. When a little accident causes him to cross paths with the lead ballerina in The Nutcracker, he never imagines that he would fall in love with her. Yet as the weeks progress, he finds himself drawn closer to her. But then a visit from a surprise caller stops Victor from telling her how much he cares for her. Now the only thing to get them through is the Lord and a Nutcracker Christmas.


CFP:  Thanks, Angi!!! Great reviews!!!

We'll have reviews of Angela Breidenbach's Eleven Pipers Piping later on the blog! We're missing a review of Gina Wellborn's novella, also, which we'll be including in future reviews. 

Giveaway: We have three ebook giveaways this week of this novella which PTL is now at #3 and was at #2 on Best Selling Holiday books on Amazon (right next to Debbie McComber's Christmas release!!!) We are THRILLED about this collection--get it while it is on sale!  Over $20 worth of novellas for only 99 cents right now while on sale!!!

18 comments:

  1. Angi THANKS so much for your guest post and review! All of the authors of the Christmas Traditions collection are so THRILLED that our collection is getting into readers' hands! It is always nice to get positive feedback from a fellow writer, too! Keep on writing, Angi! Blessings!

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    1. Thank you for having me, CARRIE! I enjoyed reading each of these wonderful Christmas stories and I pray that the new collection will touch many reader's hearts with the redeeming message of Christ's love. The true meaning of Christmas. Blessings to you and all of the Christmas Traditions ladies! :)

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  2. Thx so much for being with the OWG gang this week, ANGI! I have read and reviewed The Fruitcake Challenge and it was wonderful! Sounds like a Christmas collection that would be great for gift giving this holiday season.

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    1. DIANA, thank you! I LOVE the OWG ladies! All of the stories are wonderful and I'm glad that they've been made into a collection. They'll definitely make great gifts to some avid readers! :)

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  3. Angi, thank you for the delightful review! This is a wonderful collection of stories by some AMAZING women. :)

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    1. CARYL, thank you for stopping by! It IS a wonderful collection of stories. Very heart-warming! I'm looking forward to many more stories from these ladies! :)

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  4. Wonderful reviews, Angi - thanks so much!! I loved each of the stories in this collection - such a bargain at $.99, for those not blessed with one of the copies we're giving away!!

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    1. Thank you, BONNIE! I loved the stories, too. I look SO forward to Christmas collections like this and .99 cents is a TERRIFIC bargain! Praying many will take advantage of this fantastic deal! :)

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  5. Thank you for your review Angi! This sounds like a wonderful collection of novella's sure to get anyone in the Christmas mood :-)

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    1. TRIXI, thank you for stopping by! This is a wonderful collection of stories written by some very wonderful authors! They'll definitely get you in the mood for Christmas! :)

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  6. I am quite happy to read Christmas stories all year round.

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    1. Hi MARY! Absolutely! These wonderful stories of Christmas are timeless and need no special season in which to be read! :)

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  7. I'm going to get mine now! I love these bundles! Love Christmas stores and looking forward to read this collection! Some new authors

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    1. BOOKS ARE A BLESSING, I love Christmas stories, too. They're always so uplifting. Collections are even more fun, because they last longer. I think you'll enjoy these authors. They're awesome! :)

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  8. Wonderful job ANGI on your reviews for these gorgeous Christmas stories!! As Christmas collections go, this is one of the really good ones!! ;) Hugs, Angi!!

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    1. NOELA, thank you! The Christmas Traditions collection is very good. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it! Hoping these authors will get together again and write another collection! Hugs to you, my friend! :)

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  9. Well it sure is getting me in the Christmas mood. Thanks

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    1. Hi KIM! It's easy to get in the Christmas mood when you have great stories to help fuel the fire. The Christmas Traditions Collection is just such a collection! Thanks for stopping by! :)

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