08 November 2016

Cowboy Christmas Homecoming - from Gilead, Reviewed by Carrie Fancett Pagels


Four Historical Novellas - Cowboy Christmas Homecoming is sure to bring the reader enjoyment during this holiday season.

Pick this one for your Christmas read!

With stories from Julie Lessman, Mary Connealy, and Ruth Logan Herne -- Christian historical romance readers can't go wrong with this new release from new publisher Gilead!!!

FIVE STARS *****

(Disclaimer: I was only able to finish reading three of the four novellas before life got too hectic. I was unable to read Anna Schmidt's novella. But the first three novellas were so good, I give the collection a 5 Star rating regardless!)


The stories:
Last Chance Christmas, Julie Lessman’s novella, was a lovely read. As usual, Julie infused her story with passion and with Christ as the core of the relationship. I’ve had to wait over a year for another Julie historical and it was worth the wait!

A Cowboy For Christmas, Ruth Logan Herne’s novella, once again convicted me of why readers love her writing! A fantastic read! You won't be able to go to sleep until you finish it! She does a great job in captivating the reader.

Longhorn Christmas, Mary Connealy’s novella, makes you want to kick up your heels by the fire and read. She has some bonafide creds to tell this story — Connealy lives on a ranch with her husband. When you read this story you know you are getting the read deal. And that is as satisfying as the story!

Connie's Christmas Prayer, Anna Schmidt’s novella, I was unable to get to.  

Available through Christian Book Distributors
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I read this collection of four novellas as a download from NetGalley. My opinions are my own.

Giveaway: A copy of the book (ebook only international unless available on Book Depository.)


61 comments:

  1. What a pretty cover. Thanks for sharing....sounds great.

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    1. Debbie, if you like historicals, this collection is just plain delightful! And a fun way to sample four authors!

      Thanks for stopping by!!!

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    1. Lucy, isn't that cover gorgeous? Gilead did a great job with that and so much more!

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  3. Thank you for sharing.. each author who a story for the book is a very gifted author. Thank you for giving me a chance to read it.

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    1. Aw, Deana, thank you so much!!! You are such a blessing to authors!

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  4. I adore the cover, it has a warmness to it even though there's snow everywhere! And with these amazing authors, this one is bound to be a winner. Which is why it's on my Christmas wish list!

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    1. Noela, that's a perfect idea because this collection "Cowboy Christmas Homecoming" is a perfect Christmas gift! And doesn't the cover reflect the title perfectly? You can just see him taking the time to bring home the tree... even though the day's been long and light has gone... because someone waits for him. Love this!

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  5. Thanks for sharing Carrie, it sounds like a wonderful read. Adding this to my very long TBR list.

    Congratulations Julie Lessman, Mary Connealy, Ruth Logan Herne and Anna Schmidt on your book Cowboy Christmas Homecoming! What a beautiful cover, love the homey feel to it.

    Blessings, Tina

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  6. CARRIE!!! As one of my favorite reviewers, I am SO delighted AND GRATEFUL that you had time to read Cowboy Christmas Homecoming, my friend, especially with your hectic schedule, so THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!

    And I have to say that I am SO very honored to be in an anthology with two of my favorite people and authors, Mary Connealy and Ruth Logan Herne -- Merry Christmas to me!!

    Hugs and more hugs,
    Julie

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    1. I rarely read with my eyes Julie but had to check this one out! I have my own new release, just met a deadline and have another in three week! Hugs back!

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    2. Carrie, I was amazed that you were able to fit this in, too, because I saw how crazy your fall has been... and yet you did. And then you took the time to review it... God bless you for taking the time out of your busy life to do that!

      And Jules, didn't we have so much fun working on this with Barb Scott and Sue Brower and that Connealy chick??? :) Anna too, but she's well-mannered and quieter, not unruly like these Seeker ladies!!!

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    3. CARRIE, I swear, you have more releases than Mary Connealy, and that's saying something, girlfriend! ;)

      Yes, Ruthy, it was SO much fun working with you and Mary, and I'd do it again in a heartbeat, my friend. :)

      Hugs,
      Julie

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  7. I just love this inviting cover! Thanks so much for the lovely reviews, CARRIE!

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    1. Diana!!! Didn't they do a great job? Love it! And thanks so much for your constant support for Christian fiction.... you're wonderful.

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    2. Thanks so much, RUTHY! You're quite wonderful yourself!

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  8. I love, love, love Christmas stories! Beautiful cover! Thank you for sharing, Carrie! mauback55 at gmail dot com

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    1. Melanie Backus, so nice to see you! Tucking your name into the drawing!

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  9. I love, love, love Christmas stories! Beautiful cover! Thank you for sharing, Carrie! mauback55 at gmail dot com

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    1. Melanie I know you would love Cowboy Christmas Homecoming! If you don't win, be sure to buy a copy! Or ask Santa to bring you one!

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  10. I love to read Christmas novellas in December. Mary and Julie are two of my favorite authors so this book is on my "wish list." Thanks for the review and the giveaway.

    pmkellogg56[at]gmail[dot]com

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    1. Pam, I'm so glad you stopped by! Mary and Julie are amazing, they get my vote, too!!!

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    2. Pam, Hi! I only had time to read the first three and you will love them all!

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    3. PAM!!! Thank you SO much, my sweet friend, you are a TRUE blessing!! And, girl, trust me, you are going to love Ruth Logan Herne just as much because she's OUTSTANDING, so GOOD LUCK in the contest!!

      Hugs,
      Julie

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  11. Sounds like a great Christmas read! Thank you for the chance to win a copy.

    wfnren at aol dot com

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    1. Wendy, good to see you! Tucking your name into the old-time Stetson!!!

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  12. Beautiful review, CARRIE! I love Christmas stories. I also love these EXCEPTIONAL authors!

    psalm103and138 at gmail dot com

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    1. Caryl, thank you!!!! What a lovely thing to say!

      Ruthy

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    2. Exceptional authors with exceptional stories, Caryl!

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  13. I love the sound of all of the stories.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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  14. Thanks for your reviews of this beautiful collection, Carrie!! I loved these novellas because I love the writing of these authors - plain and simple, LOL!! The fact they are Christmas stories only added to the joy, the cover gives such a warm "comfy" feeling too!!

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    1. Hi Bonnie! I know these are your favorite authors and you would really enjoy them, too!

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  15. I love Christmas stories and cowboys. fishingjan{at}aol{dot}com

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    1. I bet Gilead was counting on a lot of Christian fiction readers enjoying the same, Jan, and these authors deliver great stories!

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  16. Thanks for the information about the publisher, Gilead. I order books for the church library and will have to check them out.
    Thanks for entering me in your giveaway.
    Janet E.
    von1janet(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Hi Janet! Gilead is new but I think they'll do great things! This collection sure is proof of that!

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  17. I put this book on my kindle wishlist a couple of weeks ago. Now your review makes me want to read it even more.

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    1. Andrea, I think you'd love this collection! Give Santa the suggestion to buy it for you if you don't win!

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  18. Thanks for posting this review,Carrie! A wonderful collection of stories and authors,Each story is perfect for Christmas or anytime!( No need to enter me in the giveaway,already have a copy. Just had to put my two cents in. :) )

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    1. Thanks, Lynne! So glad you are enjoying it, too!

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  19. Love the collections and particularly the Christmas ones! And several excellent authors of whom I own and/or have read many of their books. Appreciate the review/summary. Thanks for the opportunity to participate. dixiedobie at yahoo dot com

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    1. Hi CATHY! Christmas collections are great! This is the time of year when a novel is too much to get through but novellas are perfect! Thanks for coming by.

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  20. I have a copy of this one already (along with Sleigh Bells Ring), but I'm happy to spread the word via social media! :-)

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  21. This book has been on my TBR list since I heard about it! I have read books by Julie Lessman, Mary Connealy and Ruth Logan Herne before, but Anna Schmidt is a new author for me.

    Thank you for the chance to win a copy!
    lientjiehuman(at)yahoo(dot)com(dot)au

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  22. Sounds great. Love Mary Connealy's books.

    nayda (underscore) torres (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  23. In the past, I haven't sought out novellas. I'm all about big, long, detailed books that I can immerse myself into for a time. Although, I have to say, that lately I been reading more novellas and loving so many of them. I feel like it takes a talented author to pull off a novella length story and make it feel like I just finished a 400 page story. I've read most of these authors full-length books and can only assume I will love their novellas, as well. I'm especially excited for Herne's and Lessman's stories since I'm already a big fan of their books. tlhcoupon(at)hotmail(dot)com

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    1. Congrats, TERRILL!!! You are the winner! Watch for a delivery from Barnes & Noble next week. These are great stories!

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  24. Great group of authors! I to have been waiting for another historical by Julie.

    Pattymh2000(at)yahoo(dot)com

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