Christmas Grace by Jennifer Moore, Krista Lynn Jensen, Anita Stansfield, Chalon Linton
Paperback, 272 pages
Published October 2nd 2017 by Covenant Communications
ISBN: 1524404403 (ISBN13: 9781524404406)
Let Nothing You Dismay by Jennifer Moore, After their childhood friendship blossomed into love, one young couple's whirlwind romance ended in bitter disappointment. Now, years later, can a long-overdue Christmas gift heal two wounded hearts?
Christmas at Canterwood by Krista Lynn Jensen, A charming new governess is determined to create a magical Christmas for her young charges. What follows is a season of warmth, laughter, and even the promise of an unanticipated love.
Winter Angel by Anita Stansfield, For generations, one small London bakery has carried on the sweet tradition of delivering bread to the impoverished. When the lovely baker meets a down-on-his luck stranger, her kindness will open the door to a bright friendship—and an astonishing discovery.
Christmas Grace by Chalon Linton, After suffering a heartbreaking loss, one woman returns home to honor the family tradition of staging a Christmas celebration for the surrounding village. But when a severe snowstorm hinders her plans, help—and hope—find her in the most unexpected of ways.
It is impossible to state which of the four short stories complied in this novel is the best...they are ALL INCREDIBLE!
If this does not get one into the Christmas spirit, I can't imagine what will!
1.) The first story, Let Nothing You Dismay by Jennifer Moore, is a delightful story set in England. It is a bittersweet story of romantic interlude gone wrong and if through time, love can endure.
It contains a flare of the movie An Affair to Remember.
2.)the second story is Christmas at Canterwood by Krista Lynne Jensen.
This is an outstanding tale of Christmas in a community in England.
A Recently Hired Governess - and former daughter of a recently deceased vicar - and an elderly grandmother is caring for the children while the parents had to make a long journey alone.
The local vicar is invited to the home by the grandmother who has a special project she would like accomplished before Christmas. It puts a lot of responsibility on the vicar and governess.
This tale is set during the years of War with Napoleon Bonaparte when many of those left behind, while the men were sent to fight, lived in such poverty.
While the events unfold, the reader feels such strong excitement and inspiration toward the Christmas Season.
3.) Story three, Winter Angel by Anita Stansfield is an inspiring and touching tale. It is a tale of "charity, the pure love of Christ".
The owners of Pritchard Bakery were just such people. It was a tradition instilled in them for generations. The way they started every day, seven days a week....A little extra at Christmas.
It wasn't just the one daily tradition but many other acts of kindness.
The fourth and final story is Christmas Grace by Chalon Linton (the only one I am unfamiliar with but an impressive talent).
This is a story of a young widow who, at the end of her year of mourning had a sudden revelation of how best to honor her deceased husband. Against her mother's proclamations, she hurriedly packed, determined to travel with her entourage to attend to traditional festivities at her manor. However, there was an accident so her arrival threatened to be tragically delayed.
This brings ideas of new Christmas traditions one can apply in one's own life (as does the entire book) and how one individual found new meaning in his life in helping to relieve a woman's worries
All four were extremely well-written and captivating.
The Title Cover and content are all a "perfect fit".
This truly deserves a Five Stars rating.
* This was gifted me with no requirements at all. This is my honest review.
ABOUT the AUTHOR:
Jennifer Moore is a passionate reader and writer of all things romance due to the need to balance the rest of her world, which includes a perpetually traveling husband and four active sons, who create heaps of laundry that are anything but romantic. Jennifer has a BA in linguistics from the University of Utah and is a Guitar Hero champion. She lives in northern Utah with her family.
ABOUT the AUTHOR:
Krista Lynne Jensen grew up in Washington State, lived in Oregon for many years, and now lives in northwestern Wyoming with her husband and four children, surrounded by mountains, rivers, and deer that eat eat her garden.
With a passion for words, Krista places her characters in the settings she loves and challenges them to dig deeper and fight for what they want, which is usually love.
Though her family keeps her busy, she keeps up with the stories playing out in her head— while trying to ignore the dishes and laundry.
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ABOUT the AUTHOR:
Anita Stansfield has been a queen of romantic fiction for more than a decade. Her work has shattered the stereotypes of romance novels with her trademark ability to combine great storytelling with intense psychological depth as she focuses on the emotional struggles of the human experience. Her novels cover a huge spectrum, from the eighteenth century to the present, from heart warming to heart stopping. Hundreds of thousands of readers agree: Anita Stansfield's characters and the lives they lead are not easy to forget. Anita also writes mainstream historical fiction (Horstberg Saga) under the name Elizabeth D. Michaels. The first book in that series is called Behind the Mask. You can see her Elizabeth D. Michaels books on Amazon at http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B00J23ZXF8.
ABOUT the AUTHOR:
Chalon Linton was first introduced to Jane Austen by a dear friend and now she can’t get enough of handsome men in tailcoats. Her intrigue in the genre stems from a nostalgic longing for manners, wit, and true love. Fortunately, Chalon found her dashing gentleman, married him, and now lives happily ever after in Southern California.