Hi Readers, Merry Christmas!
I know that it’s only September, but Christmas definitely came early for me this year as I read Karen Witemeyer’s new Novella collection! I was honored to be a part of her launch team and I cannot wait to show you her latest masterpiece, so without further ado… let’s go!
The Bookish Details
Book: Under The Texas Mistletoe
Series: As a whole, this book is not part of a series: however, the second novella is part of The Archer Brothers series
Author: Karen Witemeyer
Genre: Historical Christian Romance
Release date: August 31st 2021
From The Back Cover
Three Charming and Festive Holiday Novellas Spiced with Humor, Frontier Action, and Sweet Romance
In this 3-in-1 novella collection, bestselling author Karen Witemeyer presents the new story “A Texas Christmas Carol,” in which a town’s wealthy, Scrooge-like bachelor finds his world invaded by a woman set on earning his donation for helping the local poor, and by the penetrating questions of three mysterious visitors.
It also includes, for the first time in print, “An Archer Family Christmas.” When the Archer clan gathers for the Christmas holiday, an unexpected request for help leaves Cassandra Archer directly in the path of a dangerous outlaw. Desperate to protect the woman he loves, Jim Archer races to the rescue, only to find that Cassie’s life is not the only one in peril. It will take a Christmas miracle–and the entire Archer clan–to keep a second Archer Christmas from ending in disaster.
In previously published “Gift of the Heart,” a widow and her young daughter move to Hope Springs for a fresh start. But with no money to secure a home, Ruth must convince a wealthy resort owner to accept her heirloom brooch as collateral. Will the pin that brought love to three generations soften the heart of a wounded recluse and give Ruth a second chance at love as the holidays draw near?
Sprinkled throughout the collection, you’ll find a hope-filled Christmas devotion, Witemeyer holiday recipes, and fun facts about nineteenth-century Christmas celebrations!
What Did I Think?
This book is a collection of three novellas and I truly loved all of them. The first one, A Texas Christmas Carol was my absolute favorite. I personally don’t like the original Christmas Carol story, but I loved the way Karen Witemeyer turned a normally dark/scary story into one that was so heartwarming and inspiring that I found myself wanting to reread it as soon as I finished it! The characters were perfectly written and I loved all of the little details of the original story that she included (such as a dog named humbug or the three “strangers”). I also loved how she included the Gospel and the real meaning of Christmas in the story.
The second novella, An Archer Family Christmas continues the story of one of my favorite fictional families, the Archers. It was heartbreaking to see the struggles that Jim and his wife Cassie were going through, but this is an excellent story of God’s providence and it reminded me that even though we don’t always see it, God can definitely use what men meant for evil, for good.
And finally, in Gift of the Heart we get to meet Ruth and her daughter Naomi who have just moved to a new place hoping to get a fresh start; however, Ruth never expected to use her priceless family heirloom brooch as collateral for a home for her and her daughter. What follows is a sweet and heartwarming Christmas tale of love, hope and family. This book has been published previously in An Old Fashioned Texas Christmas, but I like it in this collection better.
Overall, this has to be one my favorite Christmas books and it’s definitely going to be one that I read every Christmas. One other thing I really liked about the book was the Christmas devotion and the fun few pages of Christmas traditions that she included in between the novellas. I would rate this book 5 out of 5 stars and would definitely recommend it to anyone.
About the Author
Voted #1 Reader’s Favorite Christian Romance Author of 2019 by Family Fiction Magazine, bestselling author Karen Witemeyer (www.karenwitemeyer.com) offers warmhearted historical romance with a flair for humor, feisty heroines, and swoon-worthy Texas heroes. She makes her home in Abilene, Texas, with her husband and three children.
ALSO!! You can connect with her through her Facebook Reader group, The Posse ! This is a fun group full of like minded readers and is a great place for more information on her books, behind the scenes fun, giveaways and fun interactive activities. 🙂
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>>Special thanks to Karen Witemeyer, and Bethany House Publishers for letting me read and review this book – all opinions are my own.