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Mistletoe Village by Kathleen J. Robison on Tour with Celebrate Lit with Giveaway

About the Book

Book: Mistletoe Village

Author: Kathleen J. Robison

Genre: Holiday Romance

Release date: November 30, 2021

Two broken women, two defeated children. Can Grace offer what they’re looking for? When the big city holds nothing but painful memories for sisters Rence and Sandy, they pack it up and head out for Grace and the promises it holds.

Promises of a new start. A new job at Grace General for Rence and a place to begin healing. But most of all, a promise to each of the sisters’ hurting children that a real Christmas awaits them in Grace, complete with snow on giant evergreens and lots of Mistletoe Magic.

But despite its Christmas card atmosphere, Grace, Oregon seems to hold a lot of secrets. Who is that giant of a man they encounter in the woods? Why won’t anyone talk about him? What is the hold the past seems to have over the town? Will they be able to break it before history tragically repeats itself? And will Grace be the place where love and forgiveness finally meet?

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My Review

After a nasty divorce, Florence “Rence,” needed to get her daughter, Livy, and herself out of town. Her sister, Sandy, decided she and her son, Josiah, would tag along and help Rence and her daughter move into their new home in Grace, Oregon.

Thus begins Mistletoe Village, by Kathleen J. Robison. The story starts off with a heart-catching scene before moving on to a tale of a fresh start marked with hope, forgiveness, faith and love-with a hint of mystery and intrigue thrown in.

I enjoyed the story and the characters. Rence’s co-workers were just the type people you would like to have working alongside you (with the exception of maybe one or two). The townspeople were all kind and protected their own. And the town, oh, my, I would love to live in such a cozy, idyllic place!

Mistletoe Village is another pleasing tale that makes a wonderful Christmas read.

I received this book from Celebrate Lit. However, my review is voluntary, and all opinions are my own.

About the Author

Kathleen J. Robison is an Okinawan-American, born in Okinawa, and raised in California, Florida, Mississippi, and Singapore. Her travels and her family are the sources of her inspiration for her books. Kathleen and her Pastor husband have eight adult children. Seven are married, blessing them with eighteen grandchildren and counting. Her ethnically diverse background extends to her family of currently thirty-five personalities which provide many opportunities to share God’s amazing love amidst the challenges of real life.

More from Kathleen

I love Christmas stories, and since becoming an author, I’ve wanted to write one. Mistletoe Village started out as Mistletoe Hermit, but then it wasn’t going in quite the happy direction that I wanted. So Mistletoe Village was born. I wrote this sweet, cozy, slightly suspenseful romance with all the elements that make Christmas … Christmas! But most importantly, it’s always about the faith element, Christ.

The main character Rence Paladin is dear to my heart. She was created with someone extraordinary in mind, and I had that person read the book to see what she thought. When she finished, she turned bright red and answered, even if you hadn’t told me … I knew it was me! However, it’s not her story, but it encompasses her delightful personality, some of her sweet memories of a single-mom, and how she strives to keep her focus on Christ while always serving others.

So let’s go. Let me take you to Mistletoe Village. You’ll find a little of everything that oozes Christmas in the tiny town of Grace. Holiday spirit, decorations, a children’s church pageant, and a Christmas festival. Oh, and I’ll introduce you to little Gus, the feisty family cock-a-poo. But most of all, I hope you, like Rence and Carl, rediscover the joy of Christmas at Mistletoe Village.

Blog Stops

Book Reviews From an Avid Reader, July 19

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, July 19

Texas Book-aholic, July 20

Genesis 5020, July 21

By the Book, July 22

For Him and My Family, July 23

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, July 23

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, July 24

lakesidelivingsite, July 25

Inklings and notions, July 26

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, July 27

deb’s Book Review, July 28

Splashes of Joy, July 28

Locks, Hooks and Books, July 29

An Author’s Take, July 30

Bizwings Blog, July 30

Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, July 31

Miriam Jacob, August 1

Spoken from the Heart, August 1

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Kathleen is giving away the grand prize package of a $25 Amazon gift card and paperback copy of the book!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

https://promosimple.com/ps/1f7f5/mistletoe-village-celebration-tour-giveaway

The Wish Book Christmas by Lynn Austin

ABOUT the BOOK

Best friends Audrey Barrett and Eve Dawson are looking forward to celebrating Christmas in postwar America, thrilled at the prospect of starting new traditions with their five-year-old sons. But when the 1951 Sears Christmas Wish Book arrives and the boys start obsessing over every toy in it, Audrey and Eve realize they must first teach them the true significance of the holiday. They begin by helping Bobby and Harry plan gifts of encouragement and service for those in their community, starting by walking an elderly neighbor’s yellow Lab—since a dog topped the boys’ wish list for Santa. In the charming tale that follows, Audrey and Eve are surprised to find their own hearts healing from the tragedies of war and opening to the possibility of forgiveness and new love.

Audrey Barrett and Eve Dawson, the novella’s key characters, are single mothers of Bobby and Harry, both five years old. They are also immigrants in postwar America in 1951.

The narrative begins 20 days before Christmas, when the two boys come across a Christmas catalog that contains more gifts than they could possibly imagine. They can’t wait to get home from kindergarten each day, until right before Christmas, to go through the catalog choosing every present they could possibly want.

The mothers, in an effort to teach the young boys that there is more to Christmas than presents, set out to explain the true meaning of Christmas.

The story is charming and endearing. Along with rooting for the mothers, the reader can’t help but be swept up in the boy’s joy, excitement and wonder at the prospect of Christmas.

The Wish Book Christmas is a novella sequel to Lynn Austin’s novel If I Were You. Because I was unaware of this, I was occasionally perplexed when references to the preceding book were made. However, The Wish Book Christmas, with a few minor exceptions, may be read as a stand-alone story.

I received an advance review copy of this book from NetGalley. All opinions are my own and I am voluntarily leaving this review.

The Christmas Swap By Melody Carlson

I have read many Melody Carlson Christmas stories, and they have all been cute and endearing, so it was with great anticipation that I signed up for The Christmas Swap.

The story’s premise is based on two families and some friends swapping homes. One family goes from Colorado to Arizona and the other family with a few friends travels to Colorado from Arizona. We read little about the family in Arizona as the focus of the story is the family and friends in Colorado.

Emma Daley is endeavoring to make a living as a teacher while striving to become a musician, too. Her best friend, Gillian Landers, was born with a silver spoon in her mouth, and therein lies the problem.

The story shows the overindulged, selfish, demanding and obnoxious brattiness, for lack of a better word, of Gillian and her family and friends, though her father seems less inclined to act entitled. I kept thinking, if I had a friend like Gillian or the Landers, I would have dropped them like hot potatoes years ago!

I had a hard time getting into the spirit of the sequence of events, as the constant bickering and entitlement portrayed by the Landers was so off-putting.

The overall story had many appealing moments, some quite engaging. But the story just wasn’t for me. Nonetheless, you may thoroughly enjoy it!

I received this book courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Revell, through Interviews & Reviews. However, I was under no obligation to post a review.

Publisher’s Summary

All Emma Daley wants this holiday season is a white Christmas. But the young teacher and struggling musician sure can’t find that in sunny Arizona. Luckily, there’s someone living in a perfect mountain home in the Colorado Rockies looking to make a vacation trade this year.

Tyler Prescott is an in-demand songwriter and talented musician who put his own singing career on hold to write songs for celebrity acts to perform. When his mother convinces him to do a vacation trade for Christmas, he never imagined one of the houseguests would be so sweet–or so strikingly pretty. Naturally, he decides to stick around, and, to get better acquainted, he poses as the house’s caretaker. But when Emma’s friend Gillian discovers his true identity and sets her sights on him, things
get . . . messy.

Fan-favorite Melody Carlson is back with another delightful Christmas tale to warm your heart on those cold winter evenings.