Guess what? Rebekah Morris and Faith Blum have teamed up for a fun Christmas Duet Blog Tour! But, why Christmas Duet? Simply because both books have titles that are related to a Christmas song! Be sure to check out all of the blog posts as well as the giveaway. Wouldn’t it be sweet to have some new reads for Christmas just in time for, well, Christmas?
Will hate and fear drown the song of Christmas love?
Amelia is eagerly anticipating her first Christmas in the west, but she soon finds that her brother-in-law’s worry and her sister’s exhaustion reach far deeper than the cares of a ranch and a family. A rash of fires and cattle thefts is plaguing the area, and the three young orphans they’ve sheltered are under suspicion from their prejudiced neighbors.
As hostilities mount, Amelia seizes every opportunity to help and encourage, but how much can one girl do? Will Reverend Brown win the community over to the true spirit of love? And will help arrive before everything they hold dear is destroyed?
Title: His Law is Love
Series ( if applicable): N/A, standalone.
Author: Rebekah A. Morris
Publisher (if applicable): N/A, independently published.
Genre(s): Christmas, Christian, Christian Fiction, Historical Fiction, Fiction
Recommended Age: 10+ for very mild violence (such as gunshots, etc).
I completely enjoyed this little book. It’s set in the early 1900s that briefly reminds me of a western, and the characters lived in Arizona! Maybe that might not be a big deal for some people, but I live in that state and it is kind of cool to see it mentioned in a book. Maybe that’s a bookworm thing? 😉
Really, I found it to be my favorite thing that Amelia, Hope, and Coleson were accepting of the children, regardless of the fact that they being part Indian was very unaccepted back then. It gets really hard for me to believe that, so many years ago, people were so hateful towards others simply because of their race, and it’s really hard to see that in our communities today. I am super glad that the town finally seemed to accept the orphaned children.
What I need more of is Amelia and Reverend Brown. I know romance was not the focus of the story, nor is it something I look for in a book every single time, but I really couldn’t help but think he seemed slightly attracted to her… maybe? Not sure if it was just me, but I actually would like to see them get married one day. Okay, that might be a little presumptuous, but I can’t help it!
Although I really enjoyed the book, I would warn you that there is some non-descriptive mild violence, such as mentions of gunshots or someone being injured. Really, I can’t see that type of thing bugging many people, but I like to at least let you know what’s inside.
I think most people would like His Love is Love. It’s a Christmas read, yet doesn’t completely focus on that as the characters deal with thieves and fires as well as keeping their focus on Jesus, and that is something those are appealing factors!
Rebekah A. Morris ia a homeschool graduate, an enthusiastic freelance author and a passionate writing teacher. Her books include, among others, Home Fires of the Great War, The Unexpected Request, Gift from the Storm, the Christmas Collection series, and her best selling Triple Creek Ranch series. Some of her favorite pastimes, when she isn’t writing, include reading, playing with her seven nieces and nephews, and coming up with dramatic and original things to do. (Sometimes with the nieces and nephews!) The Show-Me state is where she calls home.
O Come All Ye Faithful
Edwin wanted to be home, but instead he crouched in a trench. The English on one side of No Man’s Land and Germans on the other. What a way to spend Christmas. Could anything make it better?
Peace on Earth Emmie and Elana are estranged sisters, torn apart by an old boyfriend five years earlier. Will they survive a night in the same hotel room after a blizzard forces them together or will peace on earth go out the window?
Silent Night Christmas decorating had never gone this wrong. Jenna had just started when a crazy, gun-waving woman, walks right in the front door and ties her up in her own Christmas lights. Will Jenna even see her family this Christmas?
The Gift Goes On Four friends and a year to reflect on. The year had been good for Carlotta, but Priscilla, Remus, and Newton all had at least one trial through the year. A mysterious giver the previous year had helped them all out, though. What would this year’s gifts bring?
O Christmas Tree Gareth loves Christmas. But more than that, he loves Christmas tree hunting. As the family prepares for their annual trip, Gareth can barely contain his excitement. But what are all the spray bottles for?
Title: O Come, All Ye Faithful: and other short stories
Series (if applicable): N/A, short stories.
Author: Faith Blum
Publisher: N/A, independently published.
Genre(s): Christmas, Christian, Christian Fiction, Contemporary, Historical Fiction, Fiction.
Recommended Age: Great for all ages, though some brief mentions of being held captive with a gun.
Come All Ye Faithful:
This was probably my favorite short story out of all the ones in the book. Of course, that’s probably because I’m a sucker for historical fiction, not to mention WWI or WWII. I remember hearing about the story of the soldiers coming together to sing on Christmas Eve, and this was a wonderful refresher for me. Honestly, although I wasn’t ever involved in war, I really felt for Edwin. I understand what is feels like to be hopeless, but I can’t imagine what it must have been like to lose the soldiers you fought alongside to the enemy. This was just a wonderful little story, and I can’t see who wouldn’t like it.
Peace on Earth:
I liked this one a bunch! It’s was about two sisters who grew apart because of past issues, and a seemingly random little miracle causes them to cross paths again. It was amazing to see that God really does prove He can change things as well as people so quickly. I really related to Elana as well as Emmie and their backgrounds (mainly because I’ve had a hard one as well), and it was cool to see where things would go with their relationship.
Now, this one was probably not a favorite as much, but it was still a wonderful story. I cannot imagine how Jenna was able to keep herself calm while being captive by a seemingly crazy lady, until she realizes that she only needed a friend. If it were me, I probably would’ve called the police on the dot as soon as I was set free. Really though, I’m glad that everything worked out in the end.
The Gift Goes On:
I enjoyed this little story as well, but it’s not really my top favorite either. Four friends came together for Christmas to discuss their hardships, but also what they were grateful for. I don’t know if this seems sad, but I was happy to discover one of the characters had Lyme’s. That disease is not focused on enough in entertainment today, and I’m especially affected by it because of a family I know that has Lyme’s and it’s horrible.
I honestly found some of the gifts given to be less interesting to me, considering they didn’t necessarily have a huge impact on the story, but I completely enjoyed one specific gift that came as a surprise for me. Seriously though, go read it if you’re curious. 😉
O Christmas Tree:
I have to say this was my least favorite. I dunno if it’s just me, but my family never goes shopping for a real tree for Christmas, and I had a really hard time relating to the story because of that, but I did like the fact that the family had fun with each other.
What really bothered me was the fact that they apparently had a real live Christmas tree with a cat around. I suppose it depends if the family had covered the water with something, but it’s very poisonous for animals to drink out of the water that the tree sits in. I only know this because we got a real tree once, a few years back, and my mom was the one to tell me that since we had a cat inside the house.
Overall, I really enjoyed this book of short stories, and I thought it was clever that the titles are based off of hymns! I’m rating the whole book four stars total, after figuring out the rating for each story. Stay tuned for the giveaway below!
Faith Blum is a small-town Wisconsin girl. She’s lived in, or outside of, small towns her whole life. The thought of living in a city with more than 60,000 people in it scares her, especially after some interesting adventures driving through big cities like Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota. Faith currently resides in the middle of the state of Wisconsin with her husband and their cat, Smokey. She is blessed to be able to have writing as her full-time career with household work and cooking to do on the side. She loves to paint walls as long as she doesn’t have to do hallways or ceilings. When not writing, you can find her cooking food from scratch due to food allergies (fun), doing dishes (meh), knitting, crocheting, sewing, reading, or spending time with her husband (yay!). She is also a Community Assistant for the Young Writers Workshop and loves her work there. She loves to hear from her readers, so feel free to contact her on her website.
Grand Prize: Paperback of each (US only)
2nd Prize: eBook of each (International and US)
3rd Prize: eBook of choice (International and US)
Tour Schedule – Don’t miss any of the fun!
Frances Hoelsema’s Blog – Two Book Spotlights
Rebekah Ashleigh – Review of His Law is Love and Book Spotlights
Novels, Dragons, and Wardrobe Doors – Book Review and Spotlight
Salsa And Tea – Author Interviews
Books, Life, and Christ – Two Book Reviews
Maidens for Modesty – Two Book Reviews
Chosen Vessels – Two Book Reviews
Harvest Lane Cottage – Two Book Reviews
Jessica Greyson – Book Spotlights
Twin Thoughts – Book Spotlights
Heart of the Rose – Two Book Reviews
Read Another Page – Book Spotlight and Review
Bookish Orchestrations – Giveaway winner
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