Summerside Press continues their "Love Finds You" series with a double header by Irene Brand and Anita Higman.
Irene starts us off post World War II in Mistletoe, Kentucky with An Appalachian Christmas. The heroine, Julia Mayfield, has completed her tour of duty with the WAC (Women's Army Corps) and as the fulfillment of her sister's dying wish, is travelling to Kentucky to introduce her two year old nephew, Bobby, to his grandparents who are unaware that their only son, Robert, married before he was deployed to the European war theatre. They only knew that he was missing in action and presumed dead.
Julia finds herself stranded in Mistletoe with Bobby and must rely on the kindness of some delightful, hard working, big hearted, "hillbillies" including the handsome hero, David Armstrong.
Irene Brand writes in a painterly style, capturing the nuances of the scenery and characters. I felt transported to the time period, when travelling by bus was the norm, and people kept their promises and welcomed strangers (mostly). I really enjoyed this special view of the "great generation" when they were young, but had served and lived a lifetime. When they find love, it's really grand.
Fast forward to today in Once Upon a Christmas Eve, by Anita Higman, where Holly Goodnight of Noel, Missouri, must choose between two men whose hearts she holds in the palm of her hand. It's not that she asked these worthy gentlemen to fall head over heels for her, they just couldn't help themselves!
So, who will it be? The novelist, Van Keaton, or her best and oldest friend, Owen Quigly?
You'll have to read this cute, yet touching romp of a Christmas Romance and find out for yourself.
Unless you read this with a box of peanut brittle (like I did) it's a fat free Christmas indulgence.
ABOUT THE AUTHORS:
Irene Brand has written Sunday School curriculum, edited a two-year series of mission curriculum, and her works have appeared in five program-material anthologies. Her publishers include Zondervan, Standard Publishing, Thomas Nelson Publishers, Fleming-Revell, Barbour Publishing, Kregel Publications, Steeple Hill (inspirational imprint of Silhouette), and Summerside Press. She has had 4 non-fiction books published, and 43 fiction works. Her first inspirational romance was published in 1984.
Award-winning author, Anita Higman, has twenty-six books published (several coauthored) for adults and children, and she has been honored as a Barnes & Noble Author of the Month for Houston. Anita has a BA degree, combining speech communication, psychology, and art. Her favorite things include exotic teas, movies, and all things Jane Austen.
ABOUT THE BOOK
Love Finds You under the Mistletoe: An Appalachian Christmas
A promise to her dying sister compels Julia Mayfield to take her young nephew to Mistletoe, Kentucky, a tiny town tucked away in the Appalachian Mountains. Sparks fly when she meets David Armstrong, a World War II veteran like herself. Even as shadows from the past weave a dangerous web around Julia and David, will their love flourish like the mistletoe that blankets the nearby hills?
Love Finds You under the Mistletoe: Once Upon a Christmas Eve
Hollie Goodnight's store has just been voted best Christmas shop in America. All the new publicity draws flamboyant novelist Van Keaton to the cozy town of Noel, Missouri, demanding to write Hollie's story - a dramatic tale of misfortune and triumph. She is swept up in his world of beautiful words and fanciful interludes. . .until Owen Quigly, her lifelong best friend, launches a plan to win her back.
If you would like to read an excerpt of Love Finds You Under the Mistletoe, go HERE.
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