Christmas comes early this month with Shannon McNear's debut novella in A Pioneer Christmas and Carla Olson Gade and Gina Welborn's novellas in Mistletoe Memories ~ two historical novella collections from Barbour Publishing. Do come in and help us celebrate.
Schooley's Mountain Springs and some delicious pumpkin scones.
A Pioneer Christmas -
About Defending Truth - On the frontier of western North Carolina, which will someday become east Tennessee, Truth Bledsoe keeps her family fed while her father is away fighting the British. When she discovers a half-starved, fugitive Tory, she’s not above feeding him, but to go past simple Christian charity to forgiveness seems impossible. To love would be unthinkable.
One of America’s earliest summer resorts began atop the majestically wooded Schooley’s Mountain where the mecca of chalybeate springs (or “magic water”) drew visitors from near and far. Eventually the magic water disappeared, but the memories remained. Folks who live there tell the stories they heard from their grandparents who heard them from their grandparents. The four stories in MISTLETOE MEMORIES cover the almost 200 years after the house was built and center around a house that became a refuge that became an orphanage that became a home.
Mercy Mild by Gina Welborn (date) ~ As Christmas approaches, Civil War widow Marianne Plum thanks the Lord every day she never had children. Last thing she’d want is to raise a child alone. So when an orphaned girl arrives in town looking for her cousins, the charming and joyful Deputy Sheriff Ezekiel Norcross asks Marianne to give the child a place to stay. . .only until her cousins are found. Soon the girl’s mischievous exploits send Marianne repeatedly to Zeke, who shows her the greatest peace on earth comes with learning to give and to receive love.
A note from Gina: As I was researching, I came across a pdf called A History of Morris County New Jersey. It contained information about Company K of the 7th New Jersey and how many men they lost at Spotsylvania, Virginia, during the Civil War. My goal was to create a scene that would honor the men who served in Company K by bringing to life the facts that Zeke shares in his speech, including about the gift of the Bible to the soldiers and the various battles. See my Mistletoe Memories Pinterest board!
Question: In Mistletoe Memories there are some mistletoe kisses that are quite memorable. What is a favorite kiss of yours: personally, in character, in a favorite novel? Is it a mistletoe kiss?