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Saturday, November 9, 2013

The Twelve Days of Christmas Book Review

Some awesome authors have grouped together to show off four of their new books.  I had the chance to read all four, and it's a pretty amazing collection of work.  Get the inside scoop below.

One sinister phone call has derailed their wedding. Will they let it tear them apart forever?

A Christmas wedding on the beach---what could be more perfect? Poinsettias and fragrant pikake blossoms, soft sand and mistletoe, the gentle sound of the surf and the wedding march played on a ukulele. This wedding has been a long time coming, with Bane's trust issues and Leia's worries about her childlike sister, Eva.

Now they can hardly wait for the day to arrive. Thrilled to be a bridesmaid, Eva keeps trying on her ruffled dress. The tent is reserved, the caterers paid. Everything is going as planned---until Leia's phone rings and her world skids out of control. A muffled voice informs Leia that Eva's been kidnapped and will be killed unless Leia calls off the wedding without explanation---and no police! If she disobeys instructions and tells Bane, she'll risk her beloved sister's life. But how can she ever handle this without his help? And how can he ever trust her if she lies to him now?

Of the books in this tour, I must admit that this one wasn't my favorite, but that could be because it's part of a series that I've never read.  I really enjoy Colleen Coble's writing style and liked that, but the story opens with a jump into the rapidly-approaching wedding of two characters who are the leads in the series, but without a prior connection to them, some of their actions appear to be without reason.  That definitely makes it harder to connect to them.  Still, I liked how caring they seemed to be, and I would be interested in reading other books in this series - but I'd like to start at the beginning.

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Bree Matthews is preparing for Christmas guests, but her heart is reeling from the recent and tender loss of her unborn child. Her sister-in-law, Lauri, suddenly turns up on the doorstep of the lighthouse home Bree shares with her husband, Kade, in Rock Harbor. Secretive and withdrawn, Lauri seems curiously intent on discovering what happened to a parachuter who disappeared in the North Woods along Lake Superior's icy shore.As Christmas day nears, Bree and her faithful search-and-rescue dog Samson follow the trail of a troubling mystery into the snowy forests of Rock Harbor.
As Bree and Samson, her search-and-rescue dog, plunge into the search, Bree wonders if Lauri may know more than she's admitted about the parachuter. And then the clues lead them to the trail of a young woman whose family fears the worst about her disappearance.

Will the search on this snowy, silent night lead Bree and Samson to more than clues about the missing girl? And will Bree's prayer for a baby ever be answered?

I really enjoyed this addition to the Rock Harbor series.  The search-and-rescues are exciting and throwing adoption stories and missing people into the mix only ups the ante.  Even more than that, however, is the opportunity to see people grow closer together and growing in maturity.  Having this particular immature character learn responsibility the way that she did totally made the novella!

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Best-selling author Colleen Coble's novels have won or finaled in awards ranging from the Best Books of Indiana, ACFW Book of the Year, RWA's RITA, the Holt Medallion, the Daphne du Maurier, National Readers' Choice, and the Booksellers Best. She has nearly 2 million books in print and writes romantic mysteries because she loves to see justice prevail. Colleen is CEO of American Christian Fiction Writers and is a member of Romance Writers of America. She lives with her husband Dave in Indiana.

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 Inspired by a true story, A Christmas Gift for Rose is a heartwarming novella of sacrifice and deep love.

Born in the midst of the hardships of The Great Depression, Rose grew up in Berlin, Ohio, in the arms of a loving Amish family. But she is overwhelmed by self-doubt when she learns the truth of her birth. She was born Englisch and abandoned when her family moved West in search of work. Was she meant to be Amish or would she have been better off growing up with her own kind---Englischers? And was her intended's gift of discovering her birth family given out of love or fear?

Don't miss award-winning author Tricia Goyer's first Christmas novella.

This is, hands-down, without a doubt, my most favorite Tricia Goyer book so far.  I have to qualify it like that because Goyer's books keep getting better and better, but this one is beyond amazing. 

That's probably partly because it's a true story.  I think that no matter how incredibly creative an author is, the stories that God writes are always better than what we can come up with, and this one is no exception.  Based on the story told to her of an Amish person's grandmother, it rings truth and honesty and heartache and love all at the same time.  

Another reason I loved this one is that it's an Amish World War II story.  One of my favorite time periods in history meets a sub-culture of my home.  What could be better?  I've never before considered how the Amish community might have regarded this far away war and the mad dictators who wreaked havoc through it, but Goyer's story is a great exploration of this concept.

The characters are loveable, as well.  While the world tilts on its axis all around her, you want the best for Rose - and for her love interest and her family, as well.  While a few of the ending bits are somewhat predictable, that doesn't make it any less exciting when they come to fruition.  

A Christmas Gift for Rose should definitely be added to your Christmas list.

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USA Today best-selling author Tricia Goyer is the author of over 35 books, including the three-book Seven Brides for Seven Bachelors series and "Lead Your Family Like Jesus," (co-written with Ken Blanchard). She has written over 500 articles for national publications and blogs for high traffic sites like and She is the host of Living Inspired, a weekly radio show. Tricia and family live in Little Rock, Arkansas. They have six children.

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Anna's grandfather seems determined to ruin her Rumspringa . . . and any hopes she has of finding a husband.

Anna Byler should be enjoying her Rumspringa as allowed by her faith. But because of the strict rules enforced by her grandfather---the bishop---the available suitors in town are afraid to court her. Even Anna's grandmother is keeping a big secret from Anna's grandfather in an effort to keep the peace. Under her grandfather's oppressive watch, Anna begins to feel her faith slipping and wonders if God has forsaken her.
Jacob Hostetler and his family have relocated to Lancaster County following a family tragedy in Ohio. As his family struggles to rebuild their lives, Jacob is forced to act as head of the household when his father is unable to cope with recent events. It's been a long time since Jacob has felt any joy. Until he meets Anna Byler. But will Anna's grandfather succeed at keeping them apart? And can Jacob put the past behind him and open his heart?

The first book of Wiseman's was in this series, so I was super excited to find this book following those same characters years later.  I enjoyed catching up with my favorite characters and meeting new ones.  Anna's romantic dilemma made a dramatic conflict for this story, and her grandmother's quirky habits added humor and fun throughout.  I loved the way that the ending seemed to wrap up all the loose ends with a neat bow.  

 Beth is a Carol Award Winner, Inspirational Readers Choice Winner, INSPY Winner, and the best-selling author of the Daughters of the Promise series and the Land of Canaan series. All of her books have held spots on the ECPA (Evangelical Christian Publishers Association) bestseller list and the CBA (Christian Book Association) bestseller list. She grew up in Houston, Texas and now resides in a small town west of Houston with a population of around 300. She lives with her husband, two dogs, two cats, two pot bellied pigs, two chickens and a pygmy goat. Her two grown sons also live in Texas. Beth has been writing in some capacity for most of her life. She's a former award-winning journalist with eleven honors, including 'First Place News Writing' for The Texas Press Association. However, writing love stories with a spiritual message is where her heart is. When Beth isn't writing (which is seldom these days) she enjoys traveling, cooking, fishing, reading, or just settling in for a good movie. Her best times are spent with family and friends!
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You can read other reviews of these books here.  I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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