I saw this novella was free this holiday, so I grabbed it, because you can never have too many Christmas books, right?
Here’s what it’s about: “As the wife of a naval aviator in sunny Pensacola, Florida, Liv Tulley eagerly anticipates the first Christmas in several years with her husband, daughter, and extended family. Then her husband is unexpectedly deployed for an undetermined amount of time, smashing her white Christmas dreams to pieces. Can she find God’s peace in the midst of life’s pieces?”
I’m no stranger to Ms. McClain’s novels, so of course I got Book 5 in the Sacred Bond series.
Here’s the blurb: “A terrible secret revealed… Emily and Robert have been happily married for eighteen years, but a secret stands between them… and just before Christmas, the truth comes out. Their comfortable family blows apart, and it takes a Christmastime trip to the Covenant School’s new farm–and a whole lot of praying–to keep them together for the holidays, and just maybe, to find a new level of happiness and meaning forever.
This Christian romance novella stands alone, but it also follows up on Before the Bond, a short story available only to Lee’s newsletter subscribers. Visit her website, leetobinmcclain.com, to sign up and get the story.
The Sacred Bond series of Christian romance novels follows a group of young near-delinquents, introduced in A CHRISTMAS BOND. Following the example of their mentor, John Moretti, they make a vow to protect those less fortunate. Mark, Robert and Emily’s son, connects with the Covenant School boys and joins in their bond. Read this Christmas novella to see how that connection happens.”
Ms. Tagg released a novella for Christmas! So I bought it with my lovely gift card.
Here’s the blurb: “Last December, mystery author Maren Grant had the most perfect night of her life. On a glimmering winter evening, she got to watch the photo shoot for her very first book and ended up on a magical date with the cover model himself—Colin Renwycke.
Fast forward one year. This December, with a looming deadline, restless spirit and her creative spark long since gone, Maren is desperate to get unstuck. And she can’t get Colin out of her head…or his year-old open invitation to spend a couple weeks writing at his family’s farm.
Drew Renwycke never planned to come home and take over the Renwycke family farm. But he’s spent too many years watching his siblings unravel, including his brother, Colin, after one terrible family mistake. If moving to Maple Valley, Iowa, renovating an old farmhouse and switching careers is what it takes to put the Renwycke family back together, he’ll do it.
But his simple plan upends when a scrappy author lands on his doorstep. And she just might be the key to coaxing his brother home. But what if he wants her all to himself? Drew will have to choose between his Christmas wish and the enchantment of a holiday romance that just might be the happy ending they all long for.”
Ms. Comer also had a Christmas novella set in the lovely Riverbend.
Here’s the back cover blurb: “Fired from her retail position for saying Merry Christmas to a customer, Sonya Simmons chafes at the over-commercialization of the season and the difficulties of finding a new job. If only she’d actually said Merry Christmas instead of Merry Kisses to the tall, good-looking man buying enough toys for at least a dozen children. How embarrassing!
It was fun to fluster the pretty toy store clerk, but Heath Collins, the mall’s volunteer Santa Claus, hadn’t meant to get her fired. When his elf assistant comes down with a bad cold, Heath offers Sonya a few days’ work, only to discover she believes Santa is nothing but a liar and a fraud instead of an opportunity to make a difference in children’s lives.
Can Sonya and Heath embrace each other — opinions, traditions, and all — in time to share merry kisses for Christmas?”