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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.

Rose McMurray has always been afraid of leaving her home at Whispering Mountain but when a friend sends her a message asking for help, Rose feels obligated go and help her. Wild Texas Rose by Jodi Thomas is the story of Rose, the oldest adopted daughter of  Teagan McMurray from Tall, Dark and Texan. Rose travels to Fort Worth to attend the wedding and quickly realizes that not everything is as it appears but she is having to find her own bravery before she can help anyone else. Luckily for Rose, Texas Ranger and adopted brother Ducan McMurray is there to help.

Duncan McMurray, known as “Duck” when he was growing up, was found after he had been living tied up for years, treated as a dog. But once the McMurrays took him he was loved and raised as a son. Rose was one of the few who could calm Duncan when he found himself in a world he didn’t understand. Now that Rose has finally left the ranch Duncan finds himself torn between helping her and finishing up the case was assigned to as a Texas Ranger.

I am a fan of the Whispering Mountain series but have to admit I didn’t finish Texas Blue so I was a little bit hesitant starting Wild Texas Rose but Jodi Thomas redeemed the series. While Rose and Duncan are the main characters there are three other story lines that are interwoven within the main story line. I quickly was invested in all three story lines, the experiences of the secondary male characters during the Civil War were heartrending, I just wanted to hug them. The interwoven story line, unexpected twists in the plot line and heartwarming characters make Wild Texas Rose a five star story. It was also nice to read a novel where the sexual tension was well done but didn’t have descriptive sex scenes.

You can read an excerpt here.

Whispering Mountain Reading Order:

Texas Rain

Texas Princess

Tall, Dark, and Texan

The Lone Texan

Texas Blue

Wild Texas Rose

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Title: Wild Texas Rose

Author: Jodi Thomas

Format: Paperback, eBook

Page Nos.: 320

ISBN: 978-0425250372

Publisher: Berkley

Release Date: August 7, 2012

Available for purchase: Amazon

Reviewer: Jessica

 

Brody Creed left home after fighting with his twin brother and has been on the road ever since but Brody has decided it is time to go home, now if he can just fix everything he left behind. In The Creed’s Legacy by Linda Lael Miller begins where Creed’s Honor left off (you can read my review of Creed’s Honor here), Brody has returned home and is building his dream house but seeing all his family happily married is a constant reminder of how empty his new house is going to be.

Carolyn Simmons has spent years caring for other people’s houses but she has finally decided it is time to move on with her own life.  She has opened a store with Tricia McCall, now Tricia Creed, and has an apartment and a cat. She joins an online dating service hoping to find the man of her dreams but despite all the interested guys she finds herself drawn to Brody, the man who broker her heart years before.

The Creed’s Legacy by Linda Lael Miller started off slower than the previous Creed’s novels for me. It was great to finally get Brody and Carolyn’s back story and find out exactly what happened to them but I just kept feeling like if Brody would just talk to Carolyn everything could have been resolved in about 100 pages.  That being said, I enjoyed the story. I always enjoy Miller’s themes of family and family heritage.

You can read an excerpt here.

Montana Creeds Series:

Montana Creeds: Logan

Montana Creeds: Dylan

Montana Creeds: Tyler

A Creed Country Christmas

A Creed in Stone Creek

Creed’s Honor

Creed’s Legacy

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Title: The Creed Legacy

Author: Linda Lael Miller

Format: Paperback,  eBook

Page Nos.: 384

ISBN: 978-0373776009

Publisher: Harlequin

Release Date: June 28, 2011

Available for purchase: Amazon, eHarlequin

Reviewer: Jessica

 

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



 

Conner Creed has always been the good twin, staying home to take care of the ranch left to him and his brother by their father and cared for by their Uncle. Everything is great until Conner’s twin comes home. In Creed’s Honor by Linda Lael Miller Conner is having a hard time accepting that his brother is back and wanting his share of the ranch. To further complicate matters Conner has been getting close to Tricia McCall, a woman only in town for a short time.

Tricia McCall has returned to Lonesome Bend only long enough to sell the property left to her by her father. But as the property takes longer to sell than she expected and Tricia finds herself drawn more and more to Conner she starts to wonder if the dream she is trying to pursue is the wrong one.

I really enjoyed A Creed in Stone Creek (you can read my review here) so I was excited that the twin cousins who were always fighting in that novel got their own story. Conner really is the good son from the Prodigal Son story, while he brother went of rodeoing he stayed home taking care of the ranch, just paying out checks to his brother for his half of the proceeds from the profitability of the ranch.  As always, Linda Lael Miller’s contemporary westerns are the perfect blend of western charm and modern reality. For me it is always about the secondary characters, many authors can get the hero/heroinne right but if they don’t have good secondary characters it just doesn’t do it for me but Miller’s characters are great! I loved Tricia’s Nana and can’t wait to get the background story on Brody, Carolyn and the beat up truck in The Creed Legacy.

You can read an excerpt here.

Montana Creeds Series:

Montana Creeds: Logan

Montana Creeds: Dylan

Montana Creeds: Tyler

A Creed Country Christmas

A Creed in Stone Creek

Creed’s Honor

Creed’s Legacy (July 2011)

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Title: Creed’s Honor

Author: Linda Lael Miller

Format: Paperback, eBook

Page Nos.: 384

ISBN: 978-0373775804

Publisher: Harlequin

Release Date: May 31, 2011

Available for purchase: Amazon, eharlequin

Reviewer: Jessica

 

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

 

 

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