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The Red Button: The Sweet Romance Prequel to A CHRISTMAS CAROL by Keith Eldred

About the Book

As mechanization spreads worldwide in the early 1800s, Ebenezer Scrooge leaves his mentor Fezziwig to launch his first enterprise, a factory that produces buttons for clothing. Such businesses spell doom for independent button-makers, but Scrooge seeks out the most respected small shop to gain expertise and tailor contacts. This is how he meets congenial craftsman Archie Endicott and his daughter and partner Belle, who immediately fascinates young Scrooge with her intelligence as she astutely counters his business proposals. As Scrooge and Belle learn more of each other—notably his large ambition and her entranced communion with the spirit of her late mother—they fall in love and become engaged. This delights Belle’s father but concerns Scrooge’s bankers. Side-by-side, the loving couple vigorously confronts mounting challenges, but their future is in jeopardy.

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A red button. A romance. In Keith Eldred’s prequel to A Christmas Carol, The Red Button, the narrative of Ebenezer Scrooge and Belle Endicott begins.

When Ebenezer Scrooge comes to their button shop, Belle Endicott and her father, Archie, are contentedly working together. Both Belle and Ebenezer are attracted to one other almost immediately and embark on a romance.

The Red Button, written in a language evocative of Charles Dickens’ old English, explores what could have happened between Ebenezer and Belle to cause the demise of their romance.

The backdrop of Belle and Ebenezer’s doomed love is nicely written and easy to follow. Quickly, I became attached to all the characters. When Scrooge began to value material wealth over human emotions and love, it shattered my heart. His character’s shift tugged at my heartstrings as I read it. Belle’s empathy and kindness were almost otherworldly, and she went above and beyond normal kindness.

There were various aspects of The Red Button that I found appealing. I was thrilled to see the inclusion of Fezziwig and Marley, as well as some of their backstories. The details of button making, both hand-made and factory-made, were fascinating. In addition, I was amused by Scrooge’s creation of a desk which was a forerunner to the standing desk!

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author. However, my review is voluntary, and all opinions are my own.

About the Author

Keith Eldred created the THIS IS RED project with his wife Janet, a public library director diagnosed with early-stage dementia. With Janet’s condition making every day precious, they decided to make the most of 2020, the year of their 30th anniversary, by publishing 20 books. All profits from these titles go to the Hollidaysburg Area Public Library, where Janet works. See more at https://thisis.red/

Keith is also helping his granddaughter Brook Johnson (age 8) create a book trilogy about her character The Puppy Queen.

Celebration at Christmas Cove by Carrie Jansen

About the Book

In this humorous and heartwarming romance, sparks fly between a woman who can’t wait to leave a wintry New England island, and a widower who would do anything to stay.

Travel magazine writer Celeste Bell is in a terrible mood. Not only was her flight to the Caribbean diverted to a Massachusetts island, now it looks like she’ll have to spend Christmas there. Single and still mourning the loss of her mother a year earlier, Celeste is desperate to avoid any emotional entanglements and all holiday festivities. She just doesn’t feel like celebrating.

But that’s exactly what community center director Nathan White and his young daughter, Abigail, want to do. Nathan is entirely focused on making sure that his daughter has a happy Christmas, especially with the knowledge that if he can’t raise money for the community center soon, it will close and they’ll have to leave the island. When he meets Celeste, Nathan begins to feel a connection and wonders if he’s brave enough to risk his heart once more.

Thawing their frozen hearts and saving the community center will require a Christmas miracle. But ’tis the season…

Celebration at Christmas Cove, written by Carrie Jensen, takes flight from the beginning. The plot is gripping, the island is charming and the individuals are fascinating.

Celeste Bell, a travel journalist for a magazine, was looking forward to a trip to the Caribbean at Christmas time. Due to a series of unforeseen delays, she was rerouted to Sea Spray Island. She, however, is not looking forward to Christmas.

Nathan White, the director of the community center on Sea Spray Island, and his daughter, Abigail, are focused on Christmas for two quite different reasons.

Minor characters in the story were just as enjoyable as the main characters to me. They were charming, amusing (and in some cases, delightfully funny) people who cared about others.

The romance doesn’t start right out of the gate. On the other hand, the pacing is ideal for the narrative.

I really liked the book and would love to live in a community like Sea Spray Island.

Celebration at Christmas Cove is a sweet, wholesome Hallmark-style romance full of holiday cheer, hope and optimism. It’s the ideal book for curling up next to a fireplace with your favorite beverage and a warm, snuggly blanket while losing yourself in the story for an afternoon.

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

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All That Glitters by Jennifer Sienes with Giveaway-on Tour with Celebrate Lit

About Book

Book: All That Glitters

Author: Jennifer Sienes

Genre: Christian Contemporary Women’s Fiction, Holiday Fiction

Release Date: October 10, 2020

Like Christmas ornaments, good-looking men are all glitter and no substance. Right?

Julia Metcalf tries to be content with her life in the foothills of the Sierra Nevadas, despite secretly yearning for more. Raising her son as a single mom might be tough sometimes, but with friends, family, and a job she enjoys, Julia has a rich life. Risking her heart again—not a good idea. Especially with a guy like Marty.

The guy is too handsome and funny for his—or her—own good.

But when Julia’s ex-husband disappears and puts her and her son in danger, Marty steps in to help.

Sometimes what glitters truly is gold.

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All That Glitters, by Jennifer Sienes, is a holiday novella featuring Julia Metcalf and her son, Max, along with Julia’s estranged husband and mother-in-law and Julia’s friend, Marty.

All That Glitters, although a contemporary romance, touches on some heavy subjects such as infidelity, absentee parents and unscrupulous business practices.

Stephen, Julia’s ex-husband, puts Julia and Max at grave risk-especially when he disappears without a trace!

I adored Max.  He’s such an endearing, precocious child. His interactions with those around him, particularly Marty, are adorable. Wanting to visit Santa, to ensure he gets his Christmas wishes, presents a problem when the line is so long, he’ll miss the Christmas parade. However, he decides a letter might still work. I really liked Max’s pluckiness, ability to adapt and willingness to be helpful. I would love to see Max in a more prominent role.

There are a lot of deep lessons to be learned from All That Glitters, a major feat of accomplishment in a novella. I admired the author’s Biblical insights on forgiveness, along with true friendship, discipleship and love.

Mystery, intrigue and romance tie together to create an illuminating Christmas story. I can’t wait to read other stories in the series.

I received All That Glitters from Celebrate Lit. However, I was under no obligation to post a review.

About the Author

Jennifer Sienes holds a bachelor’s in psychology and a master’s in education, but discovered life-experience is the best teacher. She loves Jesus, romance and writing—and puts it altogether in inspirational contemporary fiction. Her daughter’s TBI and brother’s suicide inspired two of her three novels. Although fiction writing is her real love, she’s had several non-fiction pieces published in anthologies including several in Chicken Soup for the Soul. She has two grown children and one very spoiled Maltese. California born and raised, she recently took a step of faith with her real-life hero and relocated to Tennessee.

More from Jennifer

As a fiction author, the characters I create become as close as friends by the time my novels are complete. Maybe it’s because I spend weeks delving into their personality traits, emotional wounds, and spiritual needs. My husband recently asked me if I ever get them confused with each other. A good question, since the list grows with every story I write, but the answer was a definitive no. There is no one, except my husband, I interact with more while I’m writing a novel than my characters.

Have you ever noticed some friends are with you for only a season or two? This could be unique to me, but those I’m closest to are those who are connected by mutual experiences. When my children were young, I was the community 4-H leader, so I was surrounded by other parents with small children. Later, when I completed my degree and started teaching, it was other teachers I hung out with. Now, it’s church family or fellow writers. As we move through our lives, some of those friends dissipate as if from a long-ago dream forgotten in the light of day. The same is true for my characters.

When my publisher asked me to write a Christmas novella, I jumped at the chance to revisit my old friends Julia and Marty from Surrendered, Book 1 in my Apple Hill Series. Although they didn’t take center stage in the novel, they played a significant role in the lives of main characters Tess and Jake. I purposely left their stories unfinished and let my readers draw their own conclusions. But it appears Julia and Marty weren’t satisfied with that ending. Another example of my characters taking on a life of their own.

All That Glitters was a pleasure to write, although visions of all things Christmas were a challenge in the heat of summer. It was like hanging out with old friends for a short time. I hope you enjoy your visit with Julia and Marty, whether it’s your first introduction to them or you previously met them in Surrendered.

Blog Stops

Inklings and notions, November 10

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, November 11

Reviewingbooksplusmore, November 11

Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, November 12

deb’s Book Review, November 13

Remembrancy, November 14

Batya’s Bits, November 15

For Him and My Family, November 16

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, November 17

Texas Book-aholic, November 18

Artistic Nobody, November 19 (Guest Review from Joni Truex)

Vicky Sluiter, November 20

Ashley’s Bookshelf, November 20

Locks, Hooks and Books, November 21

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, November 22

Sara Jane Jacobs, November 23

Captive Dreams Window, November 23

GIVEAWAY

To celebrate her tour, Jennifer is giving away  the grand prize package of a $25 Amazon gift card & a 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/1035a/all-that-glitters-celebration-tour-giveaway

Christmas Carol Society by Rebekah Jones on Tour with Celebrate Lit

About the Book

Book: Christmas Carol Society

Author: Rebekah Jones

Genre: Holiday Fiction, Christian Fiction

Release Date: October 30, 2019

Christmas Carol Society – How Do You Impersonate a Christmas Ghost?

The Christmas season has arrived. The members of the newly-formed Christmas Carol Society are beginning their weekly meetings. Charlie Baker finds the first meeting odd enough, but when the assignments start, he has to wonder why he allowed himself to get roped into attending. Miss Dartmoor tells her members to impersonate the Ghost of Christmas Past for their own personal Scrooge.

Just how does a mere human accomplish such an absurd task? Charlie tries to figure it out, but begins to see the Lord might plan for the assignments to have a deeper impact on him than he expected.

An impact that Charlie isn’t sure he wants to face.

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About the Author

Rebekah Jones is first and foremost a follower of the Living God. She started writing as a little girl, seeking to glorify her King with her books and stories.
Rebekah is an old soul in a young body (she’s not 12 —honest!) While her exact age is classified, her interests are not. Among them are reading a variety of books, singing, playing, and composing music, studying all manner of subjects, nannying an adventurous group of youngsters, and, of course, writing her books, poems, articles, and short stories. She writes a wide range of books from gentle children’s adventures to family sagas to murder mysteries.

More from Rebekah Jones

Christmas Carol Society is a book very near and dear to my heart. Partly because of Charles Dicken’s A Christmas Carol, which is among my favorites, and partly due to my characters. Especially, Charlie Baker.

Charlie is very special to me. He wants to hide in his tiny corner of the world, and give up. He wants to give up on a world that has hurt him tremendously or taken people he loved. He wants to push away any possibility of repeating the past; he doesn’t want to be hurt again.

Charlie doesn’t want to join the Christmas Carol Society.  He doesn’t want to find a  “Scrooge.”  He doesn’t want to make new friends.  He doesn’t want to do any of it.

He joins because he loves his cousin. He doesn’t do it for any other reason.

His father encourages him to do it right, if he’s going to do it at all. His cousin calls him out, when his Christianity is at odds with his behavior. And Albert, his would-be friend, just doesn’t give up on him.

In a sense, Charlie is a Scrooge – and yet, he’s not. He has to find a Scrooge of his own. And through it, he finds himself doing all the things that he really doesn’t want to do at all – and it’s a good thing. Painful sometimes, but good. Scary at times, but good.

The characters that the LORD uses to teach me the most, end up being particularly special to me. Charlie is one of them. In some ways, I relate to Charlie rather a lot, and writing this story drove me to prayer often, so I would know what to do next. I frequently wasn’t sure where the story would go. But I learned along with Charlie.

I hope that my readers will love Charlie Baker as much as I do, and that his story, along with the others in this book, will in some way bless and encourage my readers for the LORD’s glory.

To the KING be all the glory!

Blog Stops

Texas Book-aholic, August 26

deb’s Book Review, August 26

Inklings and notions, August 27

Splashes of Joy, August 28

Mary Hake, August 28

For Him and My Family, August 29

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, August 30

Captive Dreams Window, August 30

Locks, Hooks and Books, August 31

Blogging With Carol, August 31

Just the Write Escape, September 1

Get Cozy Book Nook, September 1

She Lives To Read, September 2

Abba’s Prayer Warrior Princess, September 3

Artistic Nobody, September 4 (Guest Review from Joni Truex)

Batya’s Bits, September 4

For the Love of Literature, September 5

Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, September 6

Connect in Fiction, September 6

Ashley’s Bookshelf, September 7

Emily Yager, September 7

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, September 8

Musings of a Sassy Bookish Mama, September 8

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Rebekah is giving away the grand prize package of a copy of Christmas Carol Society, a copy of A Christmas Carol, and an ornament!!

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/ffb6/christmas-carol-society-celebration-tour-giveaway