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.
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.
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