~ As a pastor, I have read many books that are called Christian, and a lot of them come off preachy or feel awkward if you just want to read a novel about Christian people living their lives. In this case, Kristy has overcome that, and has created a very believable story about real individuals.
~ This was a very sweet, refreshing Christian romance. Really liked the relationship between Annie and Ian and the fact that there was a lot of interaction and dialogue between the two. ~
~ I downloaded this book for free on my kindle, but I would go back and buy it if I had to. ~
She would sacrifice anything for those she loved…
Annie Blake put her life on hold to care for her mother when she was diagnosed with cancer. She didn’t consider it a sacrifice as much as a labor of love. But then she learns that her father has done something completely out of character, not to mention criminal, in a misguided attempt to save the life of his wife. Annie realizes she will have to give up more than just a job and an apartment this time. To save him from going to prison, she will have to give up her freedom.
His life was going according to plan – until the day she showed up…
The last thing Ian McCann expected was the bombshell the daughter of an employee dropped in his lap at the start of the three-day weekend. She needed help, and plenty of it. She also needed it immediately, and hoped he would be able to help. He knew that he could, he just wasn’t sure he was prepared to give what it would require to fix everything.
All Marine Corps reservist Jake Chalmers wants is to give his dying wife a last, romantic cruise to the Philippines. Unable to save her in a mass murder aboard ship, he washes ashore a jungle island, where he discovers three other survivors. Heartbroken that he failed to save his wife, he is determined not to fail these helpless castaways.
Federal prosecutor Eve Eriksson rescues a young girl and her elderly great-aunt from the same ship. They badly need Jake’s survival skills, but why is he so maddeningly careful? She needs to hurry home to nail a significant career trial. And, please, before Jake learns her secret that she’s responsible for his wife’s death.
Christmas in King’s Gap: Jessica left the small town of King’s Gap many years ago and vowed never to return, but a bad marriage and the fear of her ex-husband was enough motivation for her. With guilt and regret she moved into the house her mother left her when she died. Strange events started happening the day Jessica returned to King’s Gap.
Home for Christmas: Sarah left her family home to marry a man she thought loved her. She ignored her parents’ pleas and left the peace and security of small town life behind her, but she made a mistake. He didn’t love her, nor did he care about the kids that they raised together. He abused her, abused them, and now Sarah has no choice but to leave him and head back home, back to the peace, the security and the uncertainty. What will her parents think? Will they still accept her? Sarah arrives just before Christmas, landing on the doorstep of her former home and begging that her parents take her in. But she has been gone for a long time, things have changed, people have come and gone, and there are a few surprises in store for Sarah and her two children.
Amazon Reader Reviews:
“I really enjoyed this storyline in which a woman’s life changed from having had an abusive husband to marrying the man of her dreams.”
“I knew that I had stumbled upon a hit within the first few chapters of A New Start for several reasons. The major thing that I admire about this book is the visually rich, well-refined, and very uplifting tone that Morris Fenris uses to express the stories; it does a great job of portraying the stories in a vivid way that is also a great testament to the skill of the author.
Each story has a great theme behind it and they are both very original and special in their own right. The only problem that I have with this book is the fact that I can’t decide which story is my favorite! I’m leaning slightly towards ‘Home for Christmas’ but I’m sure it will be decided when I have a re-read of this book once I get some free time. I highly recommend it!”
“These are fantastic reads from a writer who really understands the complex feelings that swirl in the human experience around the holidays. The dual longing for the comfort of “home” and the realization that it might not be possible to gain that feeling again is poignant and tender, and ultimately redemptive when explored by these compelling characters.
Christmas in King’s Gap gives the reader taught suspense throughout, really showing us how Jessica feels. She has come home to escape and to heal, but just reaching home doesn’t offer her that. It’s going to take time and her resolving lots of feelings. The house needs repairs, just like her heart, and this is a great storyline to make room for Jake to enter.
Home for Christmas is a great companion piece, with parallel themes that play out differently. I liked that this story had lots of complex dynamics embedded within the family structure that felt very true to the human experience of estrangement, isolation during domestic violence or other hard times, and what’s hard about reunion. There are amazing scenes, like when a verbal fight with characters makes the mother want to protect her children, knowing it must remind them of fights when they were with their father, and it’s all very poignant and realistic. I really liked, too, how the budding romance with Daniel was handled.
Overall, really fantastic stories celebrating new starts, healing, and the complex needs we have for a sense of “home.””
A Holiday Mail Order Bride Romance!
The Christmas Mail Order Bride is the first in the Holiday Mail Order Bride Series! Enjoy these sweet romances as you read about characters falling in love during some of your favorite holidays!
Also from Kit Morgan: The Prairie Bride Series
Sheriff Clayton Riley asked for a pair of boots for Christmas, not a mail order bride! Unfortunately for Clayton, his brother and mother figured a bride would look better on him than a new pair of boots! After all, he’d been sulking around long enough after the death of his wife, and his family decided it was time to take matters into their own hands and see to it Clayton had a very merry Christmas!
Summer James was young, she was beautiful and, an impoverished orphan. Who would want such a woman? Obviously no one. For here she was, eighteen and now of age to set out on her own. But New Orleans was full of men with evil intent for one such as herself, and she saw no other choice but to take the only offer for survival she could find and become a mail order bride. What she didn’t count on was becoming Sheriff Clayton Riley’s Christmas present!