Monday, December 23, 2013

LOVE FINDS YOU UNDER THE MISTLETOE by Irene Brand and Anita Higman

Two short stories that are a delight to read.  They are both centered around towns that put you in the Christmas spirit;  Mistletoe, Kentucky, and then Noel, Missouri.  I liked both stories, but  "Once Upon a Christmas Eve" was without a doubt my favorite.

"An Appalachian Christmas" takes place shortly after World War II and to quote a section of the book (which really explains the story), "Julia hadn't had a preconceived notion of what she would find in Mistletoe, but in her wildest imaginings, she had never expected any of this!  In the past two days she'd been stranded in the middle of a muddy creek and rescued by a handsome mountaineer, who had stirred her emotions as no man ever had.  Then the man she'd traveled hundred of miles to see had threatened to kill her.  She'd been accepted like family by a mountain woman and her son, and she'd been confronted with local customs that were fifty years behind the outside world's.  She felt as far removed from her normal lifestyle as if she'd suddenly landed on the moon.  What else might happen to her before she left Mistletoe?"  Well you will need to read the book to find out.

"Once Upon a Christmas Eve" was one of those feel good stories. The back cover of the book says it best: "Holly Goodnight's store has just been voted best Christmas shop in America.  All the publicity draws flamboyant novelist Van Keaton to the cozy town of Noel, Missouri, demanding to write Holly's story - a dramatic tale of misfortune and triumph.  She is swept up in his world of beautiful words. . . until Owen Quigly, her lifelong best friend, launches a plan to win her back."  I adored Owen and Holly and their friendship and how Owen works his magic to make Holly see that they are more than just friends.  A classic romance story.  Sit back and cozy up to two stories that will warm your heart.

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