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Wednesday, November 29, 2017

The Gift of Christmas

“The Gift of Christmas” is an anthology of short stories set around Christmas time. This book came out a few years ago, but is worth reading today.

All the contributing authors are multi-published. The stories are from all different genres.

One in particular touched my heart, The Cancer Christmas by Melissa Yuan, Melissa reveals how, when her father was diagnosed with a brain tumor, she dreaded the upcoming holiday season. But her father, along with her infant son, taught her the most important Christmas lesson of all.”

The stories are filled with miracles, mystery and magic!
The only children’s story:  Metro’s Mountain Cabin by Susie Slanina, “Metro the dog spends a snowy Christmas with friends in a mountain cabin. As with all the Metro books, some events are true and some are imagined. For children ages 7-12 and the young at heart.”

Christmas Miracles by Pamela Cowan, “an Heirloom box of foreign coins presents a series of odd twists of fate . . . bringing a struggling family some luck—good and bad—and maybe even a miracle.”

The Nest by Courtney Pierce, “Estate sales can be magical. For baby boomers Jean and Spence Collins, the purchase of a once-cherished ornament transforms their Christmas holiday from routine to extraordinary.”

Isabella’s Christmas Box by Paty Jager, “Anthropologist Isabella Mumphrey must unlock the secrets of the Mayan Puzzle Box in time to celebrate Christmas with DEA Agent Tino Constantine.”

The Mermaid’s Treasure by Anna Brentwood, “Will the discovery of an antique brooch, hidden for decades in an old trunk, bring a young woman closer to her deceased father? Or will it cause her to question everything she’s ever believed in?”

Don’t Forget the Mistletoe by Christy Carlyle, “Two people may love each other deeply but the timing isn’t right. Allowing the mistletoe to serve as a message between Amelia and Benedict may give them a second chance for love.”

First Love by Judith Ashley, “Falling in love is easy for everyone—except Ashley. Her past has left her with distrust, hesitation, and a fear that she will never be married or have children. Join Ashley on her journey to finding and accepting love.”

Christmas with You by Jane Killick, “Sylvie is thrilled when her airline pilot husband is able to change his work schedule to spend Christmas with her and their young son, but all is not as it seems in this story of a family Christmas overshadowed by fate.”

Career Conundrum Christmas by Jamie Brazil, Caught between past and present, fine art appraiser, Sara, wants to honor her father’s decorative arts legacy while forging her own future. But will the career opportunity of a lifetime dry up like her overcooked holiday turkey if she accept Ben’s marriage proposal?”

The Hogmanay Stranger by Maggie Jaimeson, “The Sweetwater Canyon family celebrates Hogmanay in Scotland with Rachel’s father, Gavin Cullen. Clearing the cobwebs of the past year in order to begin anew is a tradition with special meaning. Will a stranger help them all to remember what is most important in life and thus free them from the past?”

A Marine’s Christmas Proposal by Susan Lute, “Celebrating Christmas is the last thing on his mind when David Randal leaves behind his military life to take care of his orphaned nephew. But finding work in a depressed economy is tough: and job-hunting in December is nothing short of an act of desperation. So when a temp job casts him as ‘Girl Friday’ to a notorious workaholic lady boss, even this Marine knows the greatest risk might lead to the greatest reward of all.”
All these great stories are in the anthology 
"The Gifts of Christmas", so buy your copy, grab a hot cup of coco or tea, maybe some popcorn, and read a short story or two to relax during this busy time of year! You won't be disappointed!

Do you have a favorite Christmas novel or anthology?

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Sally said...

I love collections!

Sally said...

P.S. I last read a Christmas cozy mystery set called Eggnog Murder. Very good reading! But just started a 12 book Christmas one.

Sarah Raplee said...

I thoroughly enjoyed The Gifts of Christmas!

I love Paty Jager's FREE Western Holiday Duets with the stories Christmas Eve Promise and New Year's Kiss! In fact, I love all of Paty's books.

Maggie Lynch said...

I love holiday stories in general and this is a good collection. It includes romance, mystery, a children's story, nonfiction, and so much more. Thanks for the shout out, Dianna, to all the authors here.

Judith Ashley said...

This is one of my favorite anthologies and not just because I have a story in it. This was my first introduction to Maggie's Sweetwater Canyon series and I'm glad because I've enjoyed the other books. Also went on to read more of Paty Jager's Isabella Mumphrey stories. Another wonderful benefit from reading anthologies is I can take a break and read a short story before going back to work!

Marcia King-Gamble said...

I'm putting some of these anthologies on my "Feel Good" reading list. Thanks for sharing Diana.

Deb Noone said...

For the last four years I have read a holiday set put together by some Harlequin authors (but not put out by Harlequin). It is set in a fictional town in Maine (which I didn't realize until I bought the first one). This year the anthology is called: Heartwarming Holiday Wishes (I think you can still get the others, as well.) But - any books with holiday related themes are great. I try new ones every year and also go back to buying from my tried and true favorite authors year after year. I love RaeAnne Thayne's holidays books and have read many over the years.

Diana McCollum said...

Thanks everyone for sharing your favorite Christmas books!