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Sunday, December 05, 2010

New Giveaway! Enter for a chance to win Love Finds You Under the Mistletoe!

For a chance to win just post a comment about whether to prefer to read contemporary Christmas stories or Historical Christmas stories. Then tell me why you prefer that time period. I'll have the Randomizer program choose a winner next Sunday. Have a great week!

Love Finds You Under the Mistletoe

About the book:

Love Finds You under the Mistletoe: An Appalachian Christmas by Irene Brand

A promise to her dying sister compels Julia Mayfield to take her young nephew to Mistletoe, Kentucky, a tiny town tucked away in the Appalachian Mountains. Sparks fly when she meets David Armstrong, a World War II veteran like herself. Even as shadows from the past weave a dangerous web around Julia and David, will their love flourish like the mistletoe that blankets the nearby hills?

Love Finds You under the Mistletoe: Once Upon a Christmas Eve by Anita Higman

Hollie Goodnight's store has just been voted best Christmas shop in America. All the new publicity draws flamboyant novelist Van Keaton to the cozy town of Noel, Missouri, demanding to write Hollie's story - a dramatic tale of misfortune and triumph. She is swept up in his world of beautiful words and fanciful interludes. . .until Owen Quigly, her lifelong best friend, launches a plan to win her back.

My review:

More like 4 stars for novella #1, and 4.5 stars for #2, making it average at 4.25 stars overall....

At first I thought I'd like the first book by Irene Brand best, since I'm a fan of historical fiction and have always enjoyed her Love Inspired stories. But then I decided to read Anita Higman's book and ended up loving it even more. Probably because it was deeper in regards to love, the heart, motivation, infatuation, and what it means to be committed to someone. However, I really enjoyed the first book, too.

They were both very different and spoke to different issues of the heart. What I enjoyed about the first book was the idea that if you love someone, are you willing to give up what you think you want and be open to something better? It also had to do with keeping promises and what real love is, versus a commitment made while grieving. Do you honor it even if it no longer applies?

Regarding the second story, I loved the whole "nobody wanted me then I received two marriage proposals in the same day" theme. I loved how the author had the heroine examining her heart and her motivation. Did she want what was comfortable and safe because of her abandonment issues? Did she want something new and exciting if it meant losing her best friend? How do you decide for the long haul what is best? Also, do you do what people expect, or do you risk doing the right thing when no matter what you do somebody gets hurt? Where does God fit into all of this...? :)

Great stories, both of them, but if I were to choose my favorite I'd have to say I liked the second story best. But they were both heart-warming and can be read any time of year, not just during the holidays.

Love Finds You Under the Mistletoe was published by Summerside and released in Sept 2010.


fredamans said...

I think my tastes change, sometimes I prefer one over the other, but not on a constant. I just have moods and read according to them. I love the Love Finds You series, and thank you for hosting this giveaway.


LuAnn said...

I just love holiday stories and I'm beginning to develop quite a collection. I read more of them than any other type of book this time of year, although I do enjoy picking one up in the summer every now and then.

reading_frenzy at yahoo dot com

Maureen said...

I like Historical Christmas stories. I think the days of the past have a romantic image. Of course, I know that they were hard times.
Love reading the Love Finds You series.


Lourdes said...

Thank you, please enter me. I love Christmas stories.


B. J. Robinson said...

I love holiday stories and would love to win this one. It sounds like a great book. Blessings, Barb

Wendy said...

I love Historical Christmas stories. I guess its because of the appreciation of family and the hardships they go through.
Please enter me in the drawing.
Thank you for the chance.

Casey said...

I don't know which I like better to be honest. I enjoy both equally, but have found that contemps are becoming more my thing because I am writing in that time. Makes it sound old-huh? ;) I would love to be entered here, please! Thanks.


Tore said...

Thanks for the giveaway. Please enter me in contest. I would love to read the book. Sounds really good.

Anonymous said...

hands down historcial!!! just love to read about the quaintness, the horse and buggy days. this looks like a great book to read!

Linda Kish said...

I enjoy Christmas book for this time of year. (And the sappy Lifetime movies, too)

lkish77123 at gmail dot com

CarolNWong said...

I like Christmas storie, but now I am wondering what is it that Julia has to give up. Please enter me in this contest. Thank you.


Anonymous said...

I enjoy reading historical Christmas novels the best.


justpeachy36 said...

I love Christmas, so I prefer reading both historical and contemporary Christmas stories.

Please enter me in the giveaway.

Carman said...

Please enter me! I can't wait to read this book. :) It looks good.

I would have to say that I would like historical Christmas books better than contemporary, but I'm not sure. I've never read seasonal books before. :/ I look forward to trying this one though!


Michelle Sutton said...

and the winner is...


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