A CHRISTMAS KIND OF PERFECT
Christine Schimpf has written a sweet Door County Christmas novel, A Christmas Kind of Perfect, featuring none other than a best-selling author. Lila never expected to become a successful writer nor anticipated the heavy cost that her career would bring as she lives her life in New York. Summoned back home to Door County she’s faced with all the good things she left behind, including Conrad.
Conrad regrets not going after Lila and seeing of they could somehow make their relationship work. Now she’s back but he’s already moved on to a new woman who is expecting an engagement ring this Christmas. Meeting Lila again throws him into confusion. Could he possible sacrifice more for the new woman in life or is it possible that he could rekindle a romance with Lila? And if he did, would she abandon him again?
As sparks fly along with the snow, can Lila and Conrad find their way back to a love they left behind years ago and discover a Christmas miracle? A lovely look at the holidays in the beautiful Door County peninsula of Wisconsin.
CHRISTMAS EXTRAVAGANZA NOVELLAS
Gabriel’s Gift is a sweet Christmas Regency Romance by my mom. Last week she released two new novels that were Gothic romances. Let me make it clear that this is not part of that series and this instead is a sweet tale.
Gabriel has moved to his first job as a minister and unexpectedly finds the girl he longed to marry but had lost track of.
Matilda is shocked to find her childhood friend is now pastoring their local church. But the dreams she once had of a future wtih him died when her father took his life. She is not worthy enough to be the wife of a minister. Finding an abandoned baby in the church however awakens longings and fears within her about her future.
Gabriel seeks to challenge his new congregation to a vital faith as they celebrate Advent and the coming Christ. All the while he longs to court Matilda but first needs to minister to her heart with the greatest gift of all: God’s grace and the love He showed us all through the birth of a humble child.
THE CHRISTMAS LIST
This is a sweet holiday novel by Dixie Jarchow, called The Christmas List.
Mandy likes to make lists for everything and even has one for choosing a husband. Her goal is keep structure in her life and avoid suprises. This is how she believes she can be truly happy.
Max is spontaneous and loves sculpting. He’s never made a list in his life believing that God is ultimately in control anyway.
When Max finds he has more work than he can handle, he hires Mandy to take care of the paperwork for his business. Yet when love comes calling, she struggles to keep her own emotional accounts in balance, especially around Max.
Somehow they both need to learn from each other: that a little structure can be good, and that maybe God’s list is better than any either of them could come up with. A story about opposites attracting and how can use our strengths to help each other while smoothing out our rough edges, and all with a holiday twist.
I give all three of these stories five bones, because holiday reads are always fun and I’m a dog, I don’t have thumbs.