Saturday, December 24, 2016

Love Finds You in the City at Christmas

Love Finds You in the City at Christmas (Holiday Two-in-One Edition) 

Paperback, ebook

 October 1, 2013

by Anna Schmidt  (Author),
 Ruth Logan Herne  (Author)

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Summerside Press, an imprint of Guideposts Books
  • ISBN-13: 978-0824934361

Love comes to New York City in two heartwarming stories of Christmas past and present.

In 'Red Kettle Christmas,' it's 1946, and police officer Mike Wolzak inherits the family home. . . and the custody of his troubled sister. While on patrol during Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, Mike meets a Salvation Army bell ringer struggling to support herself and her young child. Over the holiday season in Manhattan, she teaches the veteran how to support his family. In the process, he gains a new one.

My thoughts: RED KETTLE CHRISTMAS is an adorable story about one of the Salvation Army's bell ringers and a police officer. It was fun seeing the diversity of cultures in this historic visit to NYC and meeting two very sweet individuals who both have hurts they must work through. I cared for both of these characters and enjoyed this slow moving story. 
In 'Manhattan Miracle,' a war-weary soldier finally comes home. Max Wolzak is celebrating Christmas in the Manhattan brownstone where he spent much of his childhood when he meets Sarah, his sister's old schoolmate. Sparks fly as the pair gets reacquainted over holiday events, but when Max realizes she will leave for the Middle East the day after Christmas, he has a decision to make.

My thoughts: MANHATTAN MIRACLE is the contemporary in this story and features Mike's and Karen's grandson, Max, who has just returned from active duty in Afghanistan. To make his grandma happy, Max agrees to dress as a Peanuts character and be a balloon holder for Snoopy in the parade, but the last person he expects to see is  happy, bouncy, Sarah, his little sister's old friend.  An adorable novella about two old "chums" rediscovering each other and what happens when Schroeder meets Lucy in the Peanuts portion of the parade. Again, a slow moving story, but sweet.  
About the Loves Finds You™ series: The Love Finds You series features standalone inspirational romance novels set in real towns and cities across America. This special holiday 2-in-1 edition features one historical novella and one contemporary novella connected by a common thread.

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