2015 Christmas Books

The Lopsided Christmas Cake

The Lopsided Christmas Cake by Wanda & Jean Brunstetter
Genre:  Amish
Publisher:  Shiloh Run Press
Publication Date:  September 01, 2015

What’s it about:
Join the Hochstetler twin sisters on stage as they bumble their way through baking a cake for a charity auction in front of a live audience. The take-charge Elma and the klutzy optimist Thelma manage to entertain their audience—and attract the admiration of two bachelors, an outspoken woodworker and a shy harness maker from a neighboring Amish community. As fall leads into the Christmas season, could romance be blossoming for one or more of the Hochstetler twins?

Jodie’s Thoughts: “I really enjoyed the story and the title makes perfect sense.”

Keeping ChristmasKeeping Christmas by Dan Walsh
Genre:  Contemporary
Publisher:  Revell
Publication Date:  September 09, 2015

What’s it about:
For the first time since their children were born, empty nesters Judith and Stan Winters spent Thanksgiving without the kids, and it’s looking like Christmas will be the same. Judith can’t bring herself to
even start decorating for the holiday; her kids always hung the first ornaments on the tree, ornaments they had made each year since they were toddlers. Sure they were strange-looking–some could be called downright ugly–but they were tradition. A tradition she’s heartbroken to miss this year.

With Judith refusing to decorate the bare spruce tree in their living room, Stan knows something must be done. And his only hope for saving the holiday is found in a box of handmade ornaments.

Beth’s Thoughts: “Although not something I will re-read every year, Keeping Christmas is a light, touching read well-suited to the Christmas season.”

BespokeBespoke by Amanda Dykes
Genre:  Historical Romance
Publisher:  Lanternwood Press
Publication Date:  September 14, 2015

What it’s about:
A Secret. A Bicycle. A Promise…

While the elusive Secret Symphony of Giovanni St. John captivated the world’s fascination, it left his daughter closed away in the Silent House – she, the one who holds the fullness of truth about the ninth symphony. Now Aria St. John is determined to not only break free of the loss that has defined her, but to honor her father through one final gift in his last days.

On the tiny Isle of Espoir, only one man can help in her quest: James Shaw, the village blacksmith… and the lost friend of her childhood. Will they be able to overcome the tragedy that separated them before it’s too late?

The little tale that was born in hopes of sending a single real-life bicycle to a missionary in Asia, Bespoke was hidden away in the Espoir Archives after sharing the joy of funding nearly fifteen bicycles.

Beth’s Thoughts: “Though this is set during Christmas, I think it can be enjoyed at any time.”

Twice BlessedTwice Blessed by Barbara Cameron
Genre:  Amish
Publisher:  Abingdon Press
Publication Date:  September 15, 2015

What it’s about:
Two Christmas novellas from popular Amish author Barbara Cameron.

About Her Sister’s Shadow
Katie and Rosie Stoltzfus work part-time in an Amish store and part-time in Two Peas in a Pod, their own business raising vegetables and fruits and canning them for sale. Although they are identical twins, their personalities are very different: while Katie has always been more outgoing and attractive to boys, Rosie has always felt in her sister’s shadow. It will take an unexpected business opportunity and one very special man to help Rosie see that she’s a unique woman of her own.

About His Brother’s Keeper
Ever since they were boys, Ben Fisher has trailed after his brother, Mark. Ben has always envied Mark because he’s always been more adventurous, but he’s even more jealous now that Mark is engaged to Ruth, a woman they both love. When a terrible accident on Christmas Eve results in their mistaken identity, Ben suddenly has an opportunity to create the life he’s always wanted. While everyone believes he is his brother, who’s still in a coma, Ben finally has a chance with Ruth. But how can he realize an opportunity for real happiness if it means deceiving his kin?

Jodie’s Thoughts: “Barbara Cameron drew from her family and their knowledge of twins’ bonds to write these two short, sweet novellas.”

Beautiful Star of BethlehemBeautiful Star of Behlehem by Lori Copeland
Genre:  Contemporary
Publisher:  Shiloh Run Press
Publication Date:  October 01, 2015

What it’s about:

How did Arlene Santana – happy wife, successful business owner, young grandmother – get here, a rehabilitation center surrounded by old people?  Her new friends make her laugh, and the days speed by, marked by holidays on which her two sons and their wives come to visit her.  But when will her husband, whose love she feels every moment of every day, come to see her?

Then one Christmas the confusing pieces of Arlene’s life start to click into place, but will she and her sons like the reality they face?

Stephanie’s Thoughts: “While this story may not have the typical feel-good scenarios of other Christmas stories, it is sure to warm your heart and increase your gratitude for the aspects of life that most others take for granted.”

One Wish in ManhattanOne Wish in Manhattan by Mandy Baggot
Genre:  Contemporary Romance/Women’s Fiction
Publisher:  Bookouture
Publication Date:  October 02, 2015

What it’s about:

It’s the most wonderful time of the year… to fall in love

The temperature is dropping, snow is on its way and Hayley Walker is heading for New York with one wish on her mind…to start over.

With her nine year-old daughter Angel, Hayley is ready for an adventure. From hot chocolates and horse-drawn carriage rides in Central Park, to ice-skating at the Rockefeller Centre, and Christmas shopping on 5th Avenue – they soon fall in love with the city that never sleeps.

But there’s more to New York than the bright twinkly lights and breathtaking skyscrapers. Angel has a Christmas wish of her own – to find her real dad.

While Hayley tries to fufil her daughter’s wish, she crosses paths with Billionaire Oliver Drummond. Restless and bored with fast living, there’s something intriguing about him that has Hayley hooked.

Determined to make her daughter’s dream come true, can Hayley dare to think her own dreams might turn into reality – could A New York Christmas turn into a New York Forever?

Travel to the Big Apple this Christmas and join Hayley and Oliver as they both realise that life isn’t just about filling the minutes…it’s about making every moment count.

Carrie’s Thoughts: “A wonderfully cozy Christmas read tinted with shades of Scrooge and bits of delightful British humor, One Wish in Manhattan appealed to me on so many levels.”

An Endless ChristmasAn Endless Christmas by Cynthia Ruchti
Genre:  Contemporary
Publisher:  Worthy Inspired
Publication Date:  October 13, 2015

What’s it about:
Christmas takes a very different turn when the guests of honor break up instead of announcing their engagement. Trapped with his family, they learn that love looks different than either imagined. Both in their eighties, Dodie and Wilson Binder celebrate every Christmas as if it were their last. This year, their grandson Micah is planning to ask his girlfriend, Katie, to marry him so they can celebrate with the whole family. But things go very wrong when she says “no.” Now they are stuck. Too many people, too much snow, and too little room should be a recipe for disaster. But sometimes too much is just enough. Especially when it’s Christmas.

Jodie’s Thoughts: “The Binder family was a true reflection of Jesus.”

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