Tuesday, October 12, 2021

Book Review and Giveaway!


I love this time of year when the Christmas books start coming out. Meet Me Under the Kissing Bough is a collection of three historical romances during the Christmas season that is sure to put you in the holiday mood!

In the first story we are introduced to Deborah, a widow who is navigating the possibility of falling in love again as well as hosting a Christmas house party. But when her mother invites another gentleman to the party for her daughter to consider as a possible match, Deborah is all in a muddle as to how to proceed. This Christmas story offers a tender look at romance in an older couple who have children to consider and emotional baggage from previous marriages. The kissing bough part of the story was really cute and I loved the scenes with the children.
The second story is a forbidden romance between the daughter and son of feuding families. There is a bit of intrigue and secrecy as Julia sneaks over to the rival family's home to visit her sister (who married the older son of the feuding family) while she is sick with her pregnancy. Esmond, the younger son, is handsome and charming and Julia finds herself attracted to him, but their parents have so much animosity toward each other, association in public seems impossible, never mind a match. Julia comes across a family secret, however, that has the possibility of healing the rift between the two families or tearing them apart once and for all. And once the decision is made, Julia's life will be changed forever. A journey to love with lots of twists and turns! (While you can read this one as a standalone, I did feel like I was missing some of the background of several characters. I found out later that this story is connected to another one from a previous Christmas anthology.)

The third story is a twist on A Christmas Carol. Caroline was mistreated as a girl and that bitter past turned her into a cruel and selfish young woman. John Charleston is tasked to deliver letters to Caroline from her father, and in each letter is an apology and a chance for Caroline to forgive and learn to love. Her journey to self-discovery and growth as a character was satisfying to read. This was a unique take on A Christmas Carol, but the message of hope in the future and joy in loving and serving others is a nice way to end the collection.

I thought this was a sweet collection of Christmas stories that are all tied together by a kissing bough and the theme of finding love. It will get any reader in the Christmas spirit!

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Here's the back copy:

We wish you a merry Christmas and a happily ever after! This special holiday historical romance anthology featuring three heartwarming novellas proves that no matter the obstacles, ’tis the season for love.

Meet Me under the Kissing Bough
by Josi S. Kilpack

Deborah Winfrey hasn’t had the heart to host a holiday party since her husband’s death. But this Christmas, it’s time to move forward. The festivities bring renewed life to her home, and the attentions of two very different men promise a chance at new love.

Healing Hearts for the Holidays
by Anneka R. Walker

Julia Hunt is strictly forbidden from associating with the family in the nearby manor—including the handsome younger son, Esmond, who quickly steals her heart. With Christmas around the corner, an old bundle of hidden love letters may be the key to her own happily ever after.

A Christmas Correspondence
by Sarah L. McConkie

In this novella inspired by the timeless tale A Christmas Carol, John Charleston finds himself on an unexpected journey in the company of the insufferable Lady Carolyn Morleigh. But the magic of the season has a way of softening even the hardest of hearts.

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