Thursday, December 16, 2010
Love Finds You Under the Mistletoe
Title: LOVE FINDS YOU UNDER THE MISTLETOE
Authors: Irene Brand and Anita Higman
Publisher: Steeple Hill
Genre: Inspirational/Christmas/1 historical/1 contemporary
The legendary romance of mistletoe unites two couples in love.
An Appalachian Christmas by Irene Brand—Julia Mayfield promised her dying sister that she would take her young nephew, Bobby, to meet his paternal grandparents in Kentucky. The trip is eventful, with Julia and Bobby being forced to catch a ride into the hollow with the mail carrier, and when his old truck stalls out, a hero on a steed rides up and rescues them. David Armstrong is a WWII veteran, but he far from feels heroic. He returned home to the hollow to heal from the trauma of the war. When Bobby’s paternal grandparents refuse to see him, Julia wants to return home, but David persuades her to stay a while. Then a threat from David’s past comes too close for comfort. Will it show Julia what love is, and convince her to stay? Or will she flee for the safety of home?
Once Upon a Christmas Eve by Anita Higman—Holly Goodnight and Owen Quigley have grown up together. Best friends since they were in diapers. But Holly has a story behind her life. When she was a baby she was abandoned in front of a gift shop in Noel, Missouri, and adopted by the owner. And now, years later, their shop has been named the best Christmas shop in America, and an author wants to write Holly’s story. Holly is swept into Van Keaton’s story, awed by his world of beautiful words. But when Owen launches a plan to win her back, Holly isn’t sure what to think. Owen—or Van? Which one should have her heart?
LOVE FINDS YOU UNDER THE MISTLETOE is a charming collection of these two novellas, both of which flowed and were interesting and held my attention. I also liked how the first story, An Appalachian Christmas, played into Once Upon a Christmas Eve. I enjoyed the connection they had. If you are looking for a great Christmas romance to read this season, look no further than LOVE FINDS YOU UNDER THE MISTLETOE. $12.99. 314 pages.