December Book Reviews Part 2! @bakeandwrite @LBroday #writingcommunity #whattoread #mustreads #readersoftwitter #bookreviews

The Christmas Bird 

by Robbie Cheadle

The Deanne family was short on funds at Christmas time. They made the best of it when their hungry dogs found a bird’s nest and ate all but one baby chick. The family rescued the baby chick and set out to save it. I love the family’s selflessness as they put the needs of the bird above their own. It was a good lesson that giving of yourself is much more important than material possessions. This heartwarming story is perfect for sharing with a child or for beginning readers.

Return to Christmas

By Anne Stuart

Madison has dedicated her life to working and has lost the holiday spark. She decides to spend the day shopping at her favorite place, Macy’s. She steps out of modern times, entering the store from a world where she controls her body, mind, and word choice to the year 1947. Johnny, the window dresser, immediately comes to her rescue, even if he thinks she is insane. Madison finds herself drawn to a man who believes she should be married and home with kids while he tries to keep her at a distance. It took me a bit to warm up to Johnny because of his old-fashioned attitude and his PTSD from the war, but I was rooting for him in the end. The difference in how women were treated back in the 40s was stark compared to now, but they were still powerful characters. Madison kept trying to find her way home while developing friendships with people who had long passed in her world. This is a steamy, holiday, time travel romance for those who want an adventure different from most holiday stories.

Hope’s Angel

By Linda Broday

“Hope’s Angel” is a sweet holiday read that touched my heart. Jericho Cane has retreated from the world and hides in the darkness after a horrible, disfiguring accident. His only friend provides his staples and company, while the town believes him to be a monster based on his father’s actions. He is rumored to be responsible for the town’s mysterious deaths. A widowed doctor, Kathleen, and her daughter move into town to become the local employer’s town doctor. Kathleen and her young daughter are determined to befriend Jericho, and the doctor sets out to learn about his past and who the night phantom is. Jericho does his best to push them both away. My heart went out to Jericho and what he had been through, with peeks into what he was. I admired Kathleen, a strong female character who followed her heart and never gave up. This is a perfect holiday, or anytime, read that reminded me that people can do the right thing when they know the facts—and it only takes one person to change people’s minds. I can highly recommend this charming western romance!

I only post my 4 & 5-star reviews here! If I don’t like the book, I won’t finish it. It wouldn’t be fair to leave a review for an unfinished story, and life is too short not to enjoy my reading journey!

Update: Still recoverying from COVID. It seems to want to stick around for a while. So, I’m still pacing myself.

We did get a half of foot of snow that is nice right before Christmas, so enjoying that since I don’t have to drive in it!

Embrace your inner child, and read a good book! D. L. Finn

38 thoughts on “December Book Reviews Part 2! @bakeandwrite @LBroday #writingcommunity #whattoread #mustreads #readersoftwitter #bookreviews”

    1. Yes, very pretty to look at if you don’t have to drive in it. We are at the top of a hill so coming down is always a challenge. Thank you, I’m getting there slowly.

  1. Take good care of yourself, Denise. Winter can be rough when we don’t have full strength. BTW, it snowed here last night, and I’ll soon be clearing the driveway. 😊 Thank you for sharing your reviews. Wonderful, as always.

    1. It is harder when it’s so cold outside to recoup. I run the vaporizer to counter the indoor dry air from wood heat that helps. How fun you got snow must be beautiful, although the clearing is a workout. I enjoy sharing the good books read:) xo

  2. Sorry the COVID effects are lingering, but at least you get to enjoy the white stuff! Great reviews. Looks like some good seasonal reading. Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Denise. Have a wonderful week. Hugs 💕🙂

    1. It is hanging on longer than I thought it would. But you are right I can enjoy the beauty outside, it inspires my poet;) Yes, definitely some good seasonal reading in this group. Thank you, I hope you have a great week too. Hugs xo

  3. I think it’s cold all over the west coast right now. Our dog is slipping and sliding all over the deck right now. I hope you feel 100% soon in time for Christmas.

    1. I think you are right about the coast being so cold. It does make for slipping snd sliding but I think the dogs enjoy it more than us… lol. Thank you, Christmas my focus!

  4. Excellent reviews, Denise. I’ve read and enjoyed The Christmas Bird, but the other books are new to me, and they sound like sweet holiday romances. Hope’s Angel appealed to me most since I felt for Jericho right from your review. Thanks for sharing your recommendations.

    1. The Christmas Bird was a fun read. You can’t help but feel for Jericho. I think you’d enjoy it.

  5. ‘Tis the season for Christmas stories. Great reviews, Denise.

    We haven’t had snow this year, and I hope we don’t. Except this year I wouldn’t have to worry about driving in it.

    1. It sure is, Joan 🙂 It’s nice when you don’t have to drive in it and its all downhill from our house which is a extra worry.

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