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Christmas Novella Collections- 2 Book Reviews in 1!

I’ve been making my way through a couple of different books recently, and since they are both Christmas Novella collections, I thought I would pair them together for a review.

 

All is Calm, All is Bright

Return to two of Colleen Coble’s most beloved settings—Bluebird Ranch and Hope Beach—for holiday romance and mystery!

All Is Calm

It’s going to be an unexpectedly romantic Christmas at Bluebird Ranch.

Brendan Waddell has always considered Bluebird Ranch a little piece of heaven: an idyllic ranch that pairs abused children with abused horses, run by one of his Marine buddies. Now, it seems just the place to spend Christmas recovering from an on-the-job injury.

Lauren Everman first came to the ranch as a foster kid, but now knows it’s the perfect hideout. As the witness to a murder, Lauren needs somewhere to lie low. Her beauty immediately catches Brendan’s attention—but so does her secretive behavior. This Special Ops Intel man knows a woman on the run when he sees one. Can he trust her, or is she putting the ranch at risk? One thing is certain: he’s going to do everything he can to keep her safe so he can see what magic Christmas brings.

All Is Bright

A romantic Christmas wedding at Tidewater Inn gives Delilah’s unique gifts a chance to shine. But will her light be snuffed out before the bride and groom say “I do”?

As manager of the Tidewater Inn, Delilah Carter has been planning a spectacular Christmas wedding for her friend, Elin Summerall. But when Delilah’s car is forced off the road and into the ocean, she finally has to admit that the strange phone calls she’s been receiving lately may be more than just pranks.

Sheriff Tom Bourne has always had a soft spot for Delilah, and he’s determined to protect her. He hopes to win her heart by giving her the surprise gift of a lifetime . . . but first he has to make sure nothing happens to her before Christmas Day.

It’s the season of miracles. But will both Elin and Delilah get the ones they need this holiday season?

**I received a copy of this book as part of the Fiction Guild in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.**

It’s always fun to revisit favorite characters and locations from books, and with this pairing of novellas from Colleen Coble, we can do just that!

Both of these novellas incorporate a bit of mystery and a sweet love story all surrounded by the holidays. For myself personally, I found a lot more enjoyment out of the novella set in Bluebird, Texas over the one at the Tidewater Inn– I’m assuming because I had read some of the novels that had been set there and I’ve not yet read any of the Tidewater series. However, I was still able to follow what was happening. These are books that are more enjoyable if you have read the series that each one is related to, but it’s not entirely necessary.

While I did enjoy them overall, I never found myself unable to put them down or really drawn into the story. They were good stories and fast reads, but nothing that I found very memorable.

Check out All is Calm, All is Bright: Two Christmas Novellas on Amazon

 

An Amish Christmas Gift

Naomi’s Gift by Amy Clipston

Naomi has begun to believe that she isn’t meant to find love, but she might receive more than she has ever hoped for this Christmas.

Twenty-four-year-old Naomi King has all but given up on marriage and children. As Christmas approaches, Naomi is certain that her life will be spent as an old maid, helping with the family’s quilting business and taking care of her eight siblings. Then she meets Caleb, a young widower with a 7-year-old daughter, and her world is once again turned upside-down.

An Unexpected Joy by Ruth Reid

Abigail has driven other suitors away, but can Micah find a way to show her he cares?

Being a caregiver for Micah Zook’s grandmother is the answer to Abigail’s prayers. In fact, the elderly lady keeps finding ways to set Abigail up with her grandson. Despite Abigail’s constant chatter, Micah realizes he’s beginning to care for her—until he makes a decision that leaves her feeling betrayed. With Christmas in their midst, can Micah find a way to reconcile with Abigail and to reveal the true feelings of his heart?

A Christmas Visitor by Kelly Irvin

Frannie Mast returns to Bee County for Christmas, but her heart stays back in Missouri with an Englisch farm boy.

Frannie knows her parents have the best of intentions when they send her back to Bee County, Texas, to live with her aunt and her aunt’s new husband Mordecai. After all, Frannie knows nothing can come of a relationship with Rocky, the handsome Englisch farm boy back in Missouri. But all bets are off when Rocky follows Frannie to Texas to plead his case. Could he be the Christmas gift to end all gifts?

**I received a copy of this book as part of the Fiction Guild in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.**

Set in various locales and filled with fascinating characters, An Amish Christmas Gift is a collection of three sweet novellas all about the meaning of Christmas.

I actually really adored this collection. All three of the stories have contemporary Amish settings, but all three stories are well developed. The characters are unique as are the stories in the pages.

For myself, I spent a couple of days on each story. While I never quite reached a point of “can’t put this down” I did want to know what was going to happen and I cared about the characters.

I enjoyed this collection quite a bit. Even if you aren’t familiar with the Amish fiction genre, this is a novella collection that I think could appeal to a broader audience. It’s one I’d reccommend as one of your holiday reads this year!

Check out An Amish Christmas Gift on Amazon

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