Dec 082015
 
A Cascades Christmas

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I’ve had A Cascades Christmas on my kindle since the fall of 2012 and I’ve just managed to read it. I’ve decided I kept skipping it because it’s broken into novellas. I love novellas but not pulled together in a book like this when I’m planning to review it, is just too stressful for me. So, what I’ve done is to provide the pre-written synopsis for each asking with my review. Enjoy!

A Cascades Christmas

Home for the Holidays

Overshadowed by her “perfect”sister, Anna Wilkin craves acceptance. To please her papa, she agrees to go east to finishing school although she’d rather walk through her beloved woods. . . and learn more about a logger named Jeremiah.
After a fire takes his parents, Jeremiah Tucker is afraid to love. Yet more than anything, he wants a home of his own. Falling in love with a tomboy like Anna takes him by surprise. Her sister would make a better wife and be less risk for his heart. Wouldn’t she?

Review: Adorable! I really enjoyed Home for the Holidays. The conflict Jeremiah had with himself and denying his love in order to have a proper wife is very sweet. Readers can’t help but to fall in love with Anna.

Author: Mildred Colvin
Grade: A
Ages: 16+
Setting: Tumwater, Washington Territory, 1888
Verse: Ephesians 2:10

One Evergreen Night

Emma Pearson is an orphan whose last living relative is her older brother. When he takes on the dangerous occupation of lumberjack, she hopes to find some way for them to move into the safety of the city. Frederick Corrigan is a reckless man who blames himself for a terrible logging accident. Both Frederick and Emma long for security and love, but will they find it in the dangers of the woods? Or will circumstances derail their hopes and dreams?

Review: One Evergreen Night is an interesting story. I enjoyed it but always felt like I was on the outside reading instead of a part of it watching events unfold.

Author: Debby Lee
Grade: B
Ages: 16+
Setting: Washington Territory, September 1889
Verse: Psalm 127:1

All Ye Faithful

Every week for the last two years, E. V. Renier has petitioned the local brewery magnate for permission to marry his daughter. Despite receiving a sound rejection each time, E.V. continues in hopes of proving the faithfulness of his character. Heiress Larkin Whitworth has no idea of the quiet yet charming sawmiller’s devotion. Not until awful rumors about her rip through the town. As the annual Christmas soiree approaches, Larkin fears E.V.’s love might not be as strong as the shameful truth she’s trying to hide.

Review: Awwww! What a sweet romance!! I loved every word, every conflict, every kiss. All Ye Faithful is a must-read.

Author: Gina Welborn
Grade: A
Ages: 16+
Setting: Tumwater, Washington December 1890
Verse: Proverbs 26:20

A Carpenter Christmas

Natalie Bollen has been anxiously awaiting her eighteenth birthday so she can start courting. With five men to every woman, she expects a few suitors, but truthfully, there is only one man she hopes comes courting. Willum Tate has been burned once by a woman he loved, and he’s not sure he’s ready to risk his heart again. Are Natalie’s feelings as strong for him? Or does she just think of him as another big brother?

Review: I loved every word! This is my absolute favorite novella in the set. Natalie and Willum are great characters and thus story suits them perfectly.

Author: Mary Davis
Grade: A+
Ages: 16+
Setting: Tumwater, Washington June 1891
Verse: Proverbs 14:1

My Overall Thoughts on A Cascades Christmas

I completely enjoyed this set. The “A Cascades Christmas” novellas tied together beautifully even featuring the same characters and events. It’s very well pulled together, especially considering there are different authors.

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Source: NetGalley
Grade: A
Steam: YA
Series: Barbour’s Romancing America

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