Monday, November 11, 2013

12 Days of Christmas Celebration & Giveaways!

Holy Night: A Rock Harbor Christmas Novella: On the eve of her Christmas wedding in Hawaii, Leia's younger sister goes missing. The wedding is called off and the search begins.

As Leia prepares for her upcoming Christmas Eve wedding to Bane, she discovers her younger sister Eva is missing. Leia learns she must call off the wedding or she'll never see Eva again.

When Leia hands back Bane's ring, he presses her for the reason. Her coldness makes him believe all she's telling him-until he overhears her tell her parents what is really going on. He vows to help her find her sister, but assures her the wedding will stay off since she didn't trust him enough to tell him the truth in the first place. As the two of them search for Eva, Leia is frantic to find her sister, but her heart breaks at how much she's hurt and hurting Bane. And she doesn't know how to fix it. All the family is converging for a wedding she is beginning to believe really won't take place. Even if they find Eva alive and well, can they ever find their way back to that holy night where they can pledge their love to one another?

My thoughts...

I thought this was a good romance and enjoyed the suspense as I was expecting a heartwarming Christmas story. The characters are good people that anyone would like to have as friends.

I received a copy of this book free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Silent Night: An Aloha Reef Christmas Novella: As Christmas day nears, Bree and her faithful search-and-rescue dog Samson follow the trail of a troubling mystery into the snowy forests of Rock Harbor.

Bree Matthews is preparing for Christmas guests, but her heart is reeling from the recent and tender loss of her unborn child. Her sister-in-law, Lauri, suddenly turns up on the doorstep of the lighthouse home Bree shares with her husband, Kade, in Rock Harbor. Secretive and withdrawn, Lauri seems curiously intent on discovering what happened to a parachuter who disappeared in the North Woods along Lake Superior's icy shore.

As Bree and Samson, her search-and-rescue dog, plunge into the search, Bree wonders if Lauri may know more than she's admitted about the parachuter. And then the clues lead them to the trail of a young woman whose family fears the worst about her disappearance.

Will the search on this snowy, silent night lead Bree and Samson to more than clues about the missing girl? And will Bree's prayer for a baby ever be answered.

My thoughts...

Love that we are with search and rescue worker, Bree again. There's been a murder and she's finding her sister, Lauri, is involved somehow and Lauri isn't talking. Though this is a short read it's packed full of action, suspense, and romance. Love the characters, Rock Harbor, the Christmas season, everything about this novella!

I received an ecopy of this book free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

A Christmas Gift for Rose: Rose turned her back on the man she loves after he assisted the Englisch during World War II---only to discover she's an Englischer herself. Born in the midst of the hardships of The Great Depression, Rose grew up in Berlin, Ohio, in the arms of a loving Amish family. But she is overwhelmed by self-doubt when she learns that she was born Englisch and abandoned when her family moved West in search of work. Was she meant to be Amish or would she have been better off growing up with her own kind-Englischers? When the man she loves leaves her behind, Rose is certain he left for good. Yet Rose discovers sometimes our greatest gifts are the ones we fear.

My thoughts...

I'm such a sucker for Christmas stories and this is one of my favorites. Goyer did a great job with the characters and storyline I wanted to keep reading nonstop but unfortunately couldn't do that. This is an emotional tale set in the depression era. Rose discovers she was born an englischer but left with her Amish family. She also discovers she has four brothers. Now she's torn between living an Amish or English life.

I loved the romance between Rose and Jonathan and with all the surprises in the book this made for a great read!

I received a copy of this book free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Anna's grandfather seems determined to ruin her Rumspringa . . . and any hopes she has of finding a husband.

Anna Byler should be enjoying her Rumspringa as allowed by her faith. But because of the strict rules enforced by her grandfather---the bishop---the available suitors in town are afraid to court her. Even Anna's grandmother is keeping a big secret from Anna's grandfather in an effort to keep the peace. Under her grandfather's oppressive watch, Anna begins to feel her faith slipping and wonders if God has forsaken her.

Jacob Hostetler and his family have relocated to Lancaster County following a family tragedy in Ohio. As his family struggles to rebuild their lives, Jacob is forced to act as head of the household when his father is unable to cope with recent events. It's been a long time since Jacob has felt any joy. Until he meets Anna Byler. But will Anna's grandfather succeed at keeping them apart? And can Jacob put the past behind him and open his heart?

My thoughts...

I loved this book, the story of Anna and Jacob and the struggles they had is heartwarming. The characters and situations are believable... a story of love, hope, and forgiveness. A wonderful feel good book perfect for Christmas time. I received a copy of this book free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Thomas Nelson & Zondervan Fiction are hosting the 12 Days of Christmas! They've teamed up with three of their authors for a Merry Facebook Party on November 12th {5pm Pacific / 8pm Eastern}. Colleen, Tricia, and Beth will host an evening of book chat, Christmas traditions, and of course plenty of presents!

But wait! There's more! Each day between now and November 12th a different book (10 copies of each book) will be given away on the Thomas Nelson & Zondervan Fiction Facebook Page. Ring in the holiday season and warm your heart with some great reads from Thomas Nelson and Zondervan!


  Click here to ENTER each day's giveaway here. RSVP for the Christmas Party here!

Good luck and hope to see you on the evening of the 12th!

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