A Patchwork Christmas by Judith McCoy Miller, Nancy Moser and Stephanie Grace Whitson Review

mittens with colored backgroundA Patchwork Christmas is a collection of three historical Christmas novellas by three different authors. In addition to the three novellas, this cute collection also includes a knitting pattern, a quilting pattern and several recipes. The three novellas are:

Seems Like Love by Judith Miller (Amana, Iowa, 1890) -Karla Stuke of the Amana Colonies has experienced the heartbreak of a broken engagement. Well aware that she is plain, Karla doesn’t think she can attract someone as attractive and educated as newly returned Frank. Frank has always liked Karla and his feelings of friendship have grown into something more but can he get Karla to open up and trust him?

A Patchwork Love by Stephanie Grace Whitson (West of Omaha, Nebraska, 1875)-Jane McClure is the widowed mother doing her best to provide for her daughter, while traveling by train to marry a businessman she doesn’t love, Jane and her daughter are stranded by a snow storm. The homesteader who rescues the two of them has gone through more than his fair share of trials and doesn’t think that anyone as beautiful as Jane would even be willing to look at a man like him, will the Christmas season bring these two lonely souls together or will their fear keep them separate?

The Bridal Quilt by Nancy Moser (New York City, November 1889) -Ada is a the daughter of social prominent New Yorkers but her engagement to the well-connected Samuel is a love match. But when Sam realizes that he has a different calling in his life, will his choices and refusal to include Ada in his new life keep them apart forever?

A Patchwork Christmas is a cute collection of stories. I admit I had a harder time getting into A Patchwork Love (mostly because it took the author a while to set up the story) but it ended up being my favorite of three, I do feel like it could have been a full-length novel and been fabulous. Each of the stories are centered around a home-made item, either gloves or quilts, and the authors have included the patterns for the Christmas items in the stories in the book (the gloves pictures above are the ones in Seems Like Love). A Patchwork Christmas was a quick, fun, heartwarming read that was perfect for the quick free moments between all the holiday rushing around.

You can read an excerpt here.

patchwork christmasRating: Star 4copy

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Title: A Patchwork Christmas

Author: Judith McCoy Miller, Nancy Moser and Stephanie Grace Whitson

Format: Paperback, eBook

Page Nos.: 400

ISBN: 978-1616267483

Publisher: Barbour Books

Release Date: September 2012

Available for purchase: Amazon

Reviewer: Jessica


**I received a copy of this book from the publisher but was not required to provide a review and it did not impact my review in any way.

Last Chance Christmas by Hope Ramsay Review

Stonewall Rhodes, chief of police for the small town of Last Chance, has his hands full after the death of his wife raising his two girls, avoiding the formidable Church ladies of Last Chance and the last thing he needs is some stranger in town digging up a cold case from the 1960s. In Last Chance Christmas by Hope Ramsay, Stone finds himself drawn to mysterious Lark, especially after she accepts that his daughter Haley talks to a angel and seems to help Haley when years of therapy haven’t.

Lark doesn’t know why her father’s last request was to have his ashes scattered on the 18th hole at Golfing for God in Last Chance but she is determined to fulfill his request. A photojournalist, Lark has seen the worst on the front lines of war and is now struggling with what she has seen and been through. The last thing she wants to do is stir up trouble but the longer she stays in town the more she realizes she needs answers to what really happened between her father and members of the town. Recognizing another lonely soul in Stone, Lark knows she is only in town for a moment before she moves on with her nomadic life but finds herself drawn to the sexy chief of police and the interesting characters calling Last Chance home.

I was super excited to finally get to read Stone’s happily ever after. The stoic protector of Last Chance who always seemed slightly lost with what to do with his daughters, Stone needed a special woman and I feel like he got that in Lark. The daughter of unconventional parents and with a job that give her a home, Lark is a lonely soul searching for peace and sense in a world that has gone crazy. I love the Last Chance series, Ramsay’s heartwarming characters, and yes, they are heartwarming despite being busybodies, are a treat to read. Ramsay was able to portray her main characters being happy to be with each other in silence, not an easy thing as an author but the moments of quite and peace between Stone and Lark were incredibly well done. Ramsay’s secondary characters are just as intriguing as her main characters and I loved getting to know Stone’s daughters better. Last Chance Christmas is my favorite in the series so far and I highly recommend it.

You can read an excerpt here.

Last Chance Series:

Welcome to Last Chance

Home at Last Chance 

Last Chance Beauty Queen

Last Chance Christmas

Last Chance Book Club (March 2013)



Title: Last Chance Christmas

Author: Hope Ramsay

Format: Paperback, eBook

Page Nos.: 352

ISBN: 978-0446576079

Publisher: Forever

Release Date: September 2012

Available for purchase: Amazon

Reviewer: Jessica


**I received a copy of this book from the publisher but was not required to provide a review and it did not impact my review in any way.

Blood Moon by Alyxandra Harvey Review

The Blood Moon ceremonies are approaching and things are getting crazy and scare in the Drake family. Blood Moon by Alyxandra Harvey picks up exactly where Bleeding Hearts leaves off. Solange, newly turned vampire, is struggling to control her urges for fresh blood and is unsure who to believe, her parents who’s only answer is more tests on her blood or Constantine who claims he has the answers. Either way, Solange knows that things are going to get more complex before they get better. Kieran, boyfriend of Solange, doesn’t know what to do to help her with her problems, as if that wasn’t enough, strange vampires are attacking the local village residents and even his mother.

Lucy has left public school to start attending the mysterious Helios-Ra, a vampire hunter training school, as if starting at a new school weren’t bad enough, its hard to fit in with vampire hunters when your boyfriend, Nicholas, is a vampire. Lucy now must balance school work and training with sneaking off to be with Nicholas and figure out what is going on with Solange. Nicholas is trying to balance vampire politics with figuring out what is going on with Solange and helping Lucy not get killed with her usual clumsiness and ability to fall in the middle of fighting vampires.

Blood Moon is a great next installment in the Drake Chronicles but my biggest complaint is it is a build up to Blood Prophecy and totally left us readers with a cliff-hanger. Blood Moon switches from the first-person point of view of Solange, Kieran, Nicholas and Lucy. Like the previous Drake  novels, Blood Moon  is a quick read with funny moments between the characters although this novel is darker than the previous titles in terms of violence and deaths. I enjoyed Blood Moon but am just when everything was building to a climax it ended so I am left hanging until the next book, which is why I gave it a three instead of a four star rating. Thank goodness Blood Prophecy comes out in January so I don’t have to wait too long to find out what will happen to Solange and how Nicholas was able to escape.

You can read an excerpt here.

The Drake Chronicles:

Hearts at Stake

Blood Fued

Out for Blood

Bleeding Hearts 

Blood Moon 

Blood Prophecy (January, 8 2013)



Title: Blood Moon

Author: Alyxandra Harvey

Format: Paperback, Hardbound, eBook

Page Nos.: 320

ISBN:  978-0802728470

Release Date: June 2012

Publisher: Walker Childrens

Available for purchase: Amazon

Reviewer: Jessica


**I received a copy of this book from the publisher but was not required to provide a review and it did not impact my review in any way.

My Favorite Mistake by Georgina Bloomberg and Catherine Hapka Review

In My Favorite Mistake by Georgina Bloomberg and Catherine Hapka, the story follows Tommi, Zara, and Kate and their adventures at Pelham Lane. Tommi has a new boyfriend that is pretty much perfect in every way until he convinces her to miss a show. She has to try and catch up for missing the one show with the horse her dad is anxious to sell as their joint business endeavor. Zara is trying now to take her riding more seriously until her dad hires a babysitter to watch her while he’s touring Europe. The babysitter parties more than Zara and it starts to frustrate her when her house is a complete dump all of the time. Kate is a working student and doesn’t have money to burn on stupid things like everyone else. Unfortunately, she continues to work herself harder and harder and is keeping things from her hot boyfriend Fitz. Kate starts developing another much more serious problem.

My Favorite Mistake picks up right where The A Circuit left off, which made it a little confusing to me since I haven’t read that one in a little while. It was definitely interesting to see the concerns of each different girl as it follows their part of the story. I liked how quickly the novel progressed and it was easy to follow the story of each girl. It did swear a bit and had underage drinking. It definitely had a cliff hanger ending and I’m excited for Off Course to come out!

The A Circuit Reading Order:

The A Circuit

My Favorite Mistake

Off Course



Title: My Favorite Mistake

Author: Georgina Bloomberg and Catherine Hapka

Format: Paperback, eBook

Page Nos.: 242

ISBN: 978-1-59990-642-3

Publisher: Bloomsbury

Release Date: 978-1599906423

Reviewer: Jillian

**I received a copy of this book from the publisher but was not required to provide a review and it did not impact my review in any way.