About A Hopeful Christmas
Kindle the spirit of the season as four of your favorite storytellers weave tales of love and hope in this charming yuletide collection.
Lord Blakely’s Gift – When Miss Ivy Hunt and Lord Curtis Blakely establish a secret acquaintance, neither can deny that their feelings extend beyond friendship. But as the children of bitter rivals, it will take a Christmas miracle for this star-crossed pair to reach their happily ever after.
A Season of Hope – Following the death of her father, Amelia knows Christmas will be lean. But when circumstances become dire, it is the unexpected arrival of a childhood friend that renews Amelia’s hope—both for the future and for love.
Christmas by the Sea – After two years at sea with the Royal Navy, surgeon Joshua Crenshaw longs for a quiet Christmas with his family. But when unrest at home threatens to ruin the holidays, it takes the kindly intervention of a mysterious house sitter to remind them of the true meaning of the season.
Expectations at Canterwood – Marina Rowley is a spinster, Richard Stanhope a war-weary military man. A case of mistaken identity throws them together, but the expected stirrings of their hearts lead to an unforgettable holiday romance.
This is one of my favorite types of books. I love the way it has 4 stories. All are short, around 80 pages. They all are by some of my favorite authors. And they’re all about Christmas. I need a little Christmas all year this year!
Lord Blakely’s Gift by Anneka Walker begins the book. And it’s a great beginning. I really liked the main character, Ivy, in this one. She is brave and courageous. She goes to stay with her grandmother for Christmas. But she’s unwanted. And in a town her father hates. I loved the way she met Lord Blakely, covered in goat’s milk.
The two of them have a mystery to solve. Who does the purse Ivy found belong to? I loved the way this brought them together, two people who should have been enemies. And Lord Blakely changes as a result. This one was great!
Next up is A Season of Hope by Sian Ann Bessey. I thought it was kind of funny that this one also featured a goat. This goat is the bane of Amelia’s existence. He keeps getting out and eating Mr Cunningham’s shirts. Then Amelia’s mother has to pay for them. Something they can’t afford.
Phillip comes home to find Amelia’s family’s situation. A situation he can’t abide, as he feels he’s responsible for their poor fortune. I loved the way he brings light to Amelia’s and her family’s lives. This one just made me happy!
Then there’s Carla Kelly’s Christmas by The Sea. This one’s a bit different than the rest. It’s a story of a couple who are already married. Will and Meg’s story was cute and filled with miracles. The reader only sees the story through Will’s eyes. The author did a really great job making this one work with just the one point of view.
I loved Will and Meg, as well as their adorable children. Will’s family were not my favorite people. But it all worked out in the end.
Krista Lynne Jensen’s Expectations at Canterwood finishes the book. I really liked Marina in this one. Her mother has decided she’s an old maid and wants to marry her off. So they go to a house party in honor of Richard. The way these two met was funny. Full of mischief and misunderstandings. Marina is the kind of woman who cares for children and that plays a big role in the story. It’s great!
And Richard…he’s a great guy. I loved the way he wants to follow his heart and his dreams. Even though, he’s unsure of how things will work out.
If you love Christmas books, make sure to grab a copy of this one!
I was sent a copy of A Hopeful Christmas as a gift from the publisher. All opinions are my own.
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