Journey along with American settlers who learn that despite where the trail takes them or how primitive their lodgings may be Christmas is all about the heart. Determined to honor Christ’s birth, these pioneers find a way to make Christmas happen in places like a cave, a tipi, and a dugout. Modern readers will enjoy a peek into life before commercialism took over the sacred day, distracting us from the true blessings of faith, hope, and love. Enjoy nine original novellas of Christmas romance as penned from many of today’s leading Christian authors, including Lauraine Snelling, Kathleen Fuller, and Vickie McDonough.
I don’t usually review novella collections, but it’s the time of year when you get so busy you don’t have time to lose yourself in a full novel. Collections are good in that you get a complete story in a short amount of time. This year, one of Barbour’s seasonal offerings is A Pioneer Christmas Collection. It’s a compilation of nine stories all set in the 18th and 19th centuries while America was growing as a country. The majority of the women included in these tales are homesteaders forced to make difficult decisions in the middle of winter. Most are good with a rifle. They think of themselves as independent. Finally, none of them have living mothers! Some had lost parents recently; others barely remembered the women who’d birthed them.
One disadvantage of novellas is that you don’t get any in-depth detail regarding the characters or the settings. As a result, I often found it difficult to connect. Where I did get involved in the lives described, I wanted to know more than was written. The final story dragged until the action started, and I’d class that title as more of a drama than a romance. Still, this collection was a nice harkening back to days past and shows the reader that, despite the difficulties faced, these pioneers still made Christmas a priority. We could perhaps learn a thing or two from them.
Thank you to Barbour Publishing for my free electronic copy of A Pioneer Christmas Collection, which I downloaded from NetGalley. No review was required.
Publisher: Barbour Publishing
Publication Date: 01 September 2013
Page Count: 448
Read more on: Barbour Publishing’s Website