A Pioneer Christmas Collection … 9 Stories of Finding Shelter and Love in a Wintry Frontier by Barbour Books
Pioneer Christmas and romance … follow pioneers into untamed lands of America.
Faced with primitive lodgings. A cave, a dugout, a tipi, a sod house, a barn. Settlers face their first Christmas in a new land with both trepidation and hope. These settlers soon learned that wherever the heart dwells, Christmas and romance can find a place to call home.
I received a copy of A Pioneer Christmas Collection recently and discovered several writer friends contributions included. Of special note, this is Shannon McNear’s debut for book publishing with her story, “Defending Truth.” Have known Shannon for years as a faithful fan of our own Bly books.
What a beautiful cover and impressive company of writers: Lauraine Snelling, Margaret Brownley, Kathleen Fuller, Marcia Gruver, Cynthia Hickey, Vickie McDonough, Michelle Ule, and Anna Urquhart.
So look forward to reading these short stories in celebrating the Christmas season.
As the weather turns cooler and the leaves start to turn and homes start settling in for the holidays, this is the perfect book to turn to on those cool fall or cold winter evenings.
(A Pioneer Christmas Collection) is a book full of quick, easy to read, encouraging stories that will help put you in the Christmas spirit. Each author brings a story that will capture you from the first page to the last.
I love these collections because they are not meant to be in depth or full of thought provoking content. They are meant to bring warmth, hope, love and faith by way of short stories.
(Jenilee Goodwin Reviews by Jenilee 2013-09-05)
Here’s some blurbs on these pioneer Christmas stories:
Defending Truth by Shannon McNear
1781 North Carolina. Left to care for her siblings at their mountain farm while her father fights the British in the East, Truth Bledsoe tries to remain brave when she finds an emaciated Tory hiding in a cave. Can Micah Elliot convince her that his political leanings have changed and that he can be trusted when her family is put in serious danger?
As a Midwestern farm girl transplanted to Charleston, South Carolina, Shannon McNear loves losing herself in local history. She’s currently a homeschooling mother, military wife, and a member of ACFW and RWA. When not sewing, researching, or leaking story from her fingertips, she finds joy in worship, women’s ministry, and encouraging whoever God brings across her path.
The Cowboy’s Angel by Lauraine Snelling
1875 Dakota Territory. Jeremiah Jenson, a cowboy on his way to the northern plains to find work, encounters a dying man in the Dakota snow. Belle Stedman’s husband has been gone for six weeks, and she has just given birth to her second child alone in a snow-shrouded dugout. When a stranger appears at her door with a miraculous story to share, will she welcome him or send him away?
An award-winning author, Lauraine Snelling has more than 75 published titles, including two horse series for kids. With more than three million books in print, Lauraine still finds time to create great stories as she travels around the country to meet readers with her husband and rescued basset, Sir Winston.
A Pony Express Christmas by Margaret Brownley
1862 Nebraska Territory. Stranded alone in Nebraska Territory with a broken wagon and two stubborn mules, Ellie-Mae Newman has no way to continue searching for her twin brother along the deserted Pony Express rout. Or of returning home to Kentucky. Could a man on the verge of being hanged be the answer to her prayers?
A Christmas Castle by Cynthia Hickey
1867 Arizona Territory. Married by proxy in Missouri, Annie Morgan sets off for Tombstone, Arizona, to join her new husband as a cattle rancher. But too soon she finds herself a widow with an unexpected daughter. And butts heads with her handsome neighbor.
A Badlands Christmas by Marcia Gruver
1885 Dakota Territory. Noela Nancarrow and her pampered sister have been dragged into the Badlands by their adventurous father to live penniless in a sod house. When a local rancher invites Noela to a lavish Christmas party, will her holiday spirit return? Or will she learn a lesson far greater from the experience?
Buckskin Bride by Vickie McDonough … 1889 Oklahoma Territory.
The Gold Rush Christmas by Michelle Ule … 1897 Alaska.
The Calling by Kathleen Fuller … 1820 Ohio.
A Pioneer Christmas Collection is available online in Kindle ebook or paperback at Amazon: http://amzn.to/1govsA3
For another Christmas western story, check out Hard Winter at Broken Arrow Crossing (Stuart Brannon Series) by award-winning western author Stephen Bly: http://www.blybooks.com/product_category/historical-western-novels/