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“Yesterday’s Christmas” by A.M. Heath ~ Blog Tour/Giveaway/Review!

Betty Tour

 

Hello readers! Please join me in participating in – and enjoying – the latest release of A.M. Heath’s with a fun blog tour! There’s a fun giveaway, sales, and other stops on this tour, so be sure to check it all out!

 

 

 

Yesterday's Christmas (A Season Passed, #2)

“Yesterday’s Christmas” by A.M. Heath

Book Two in A Season Passed Series

My rating: 4 out of 5 Stars

About the book:

During a snowstorm, Betty Tanner finds herself stuck with her estranged husband. Spending Christmas with Glenn wasn’t what she had in mind, and her thoughts reluctantly travel back three decades to their first Christmas together, when another snowstorm caused her to wreck her car outside the Tanner home … 

1954: Stranded with the Tanners over Christmas, Betty is forced into the company of Glenn, who has spurned her for years. But as the snow falls outside, the walls between Betty and Glenn begin to melt, revealing a side of him she never knew existed. A side she longs to know better.

Pride and bitterness can make a beast out of anyone. And the hardships they face in their relationship are of their own making. But can following Christ’s ways lead Betty and Glenn to the reconciliation they long for?

A.M. Heath invites you to spend Christmas with the Tanners in a dual-timeline novel loosely inspired by Beauty and the Beast. You’re sure to fall in love again and again.

 

 

 

My Thoughts:

 

Second in the series, but also my second read from author A.M. Heath and it didn’t disappoint! I really love the writing style. It flows remarkably well, and is just so easy to read to the point where you don’t know how you are already done with the story. <3
In this novel, we are transported back to both the 1980’s and the 1950’s as we get to know main character Betty, and her strained relationship with her husband Glenn.
Once again, I loved the quotes from the original Beauty and the Beast fairytale, as well as the meaningful Bible verses used at the beginning of each chapter. It added such a level of charm and more meaning to each chapter – definitely a creative use of the original fairy tale retold in hints through “Yesterday’s Christmas”.
The characters are realistic and definitely dealing with some struggles. There was immense bitterness portrayed, and it was lovely to see how the story as a whole came to conclusion – to see how Betty and Glenn’s relationship was healed and restored – and still growing. No relationship is easy or predictable.
I will admit that I didn’t connect as deeply with this set of characters as much as I did in the first, but I think that has to do with a couple factors, one being that I am very much single and have not been married for any number of years ;)
But I think this is a beautiful story with a beautiful message, and a great second book in this fantastic series!

 

About the Author:

Besides being an Indie Author, I’m a wife, mother of four, children’s Sunday School teacher, sweet tea drinker, history fanatic, romantic, bubbly, lover of broccoli, and cake decorator who has a soft spot for Christmas trees, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, and sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ.
What I’m not is a laundress (or at least not one who keeps up very well), a duster, tall, or patient in a doctor’s office.

You can visit me online on Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, Pinterest, and my blog. *Note: I’m most active on Facebook and my blog.

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Posted in 1940's, Blogging For Books, Book reviews, Books

Blogging For Books Review” “Where Treetops Glisten” – A Christmas Collection

Title: Where Treetops Glisten

Authors: Tricia Goyer, Cara Putman, and Sarah Sundin

Source: Blogging for Books

Type: Christian fiction, WWII, Christmas

My Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

 

Description:

The crunch of newly fallen snow, the weight of wartime
Three siblings forging new paths and finding love in three stories, filled with the wonder of Christmas
Turn back the clock to a different time, listen to Bing Crosby sing of sleigh bells in the snow, as the realities of America’s involvement in the Second World War change the lives of the Turner family in Lafayette, Indiana.
In White Christmas by Cara Putman, Abigail Turner is holding down the Home Front as a college student and a part-time employee at a one-of-a-kind candy shop. Loss of a beau to the war has Abigail skittish about romantic entanglements—until a hard-working young man with a serious problem needs her help.
Abigail’s brother Pete is a fighter pilot hero returned from the European Theatre in Sarah Sundin’s I’ll Be Home for Christmas, trying to recapture the hope and peace his time at war has eroded. But when he encounters a precocious little girl in need of Pete’s friendship, can he convince her widowed mother that he’s no longer the bully she once knew?
In Tricia Goyer’s Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, Meredith Turner, “Merry” to those who know her best, is using her skills as a combat nurse on the frontline in the Netherlands. Halfway around the world from home, Merry never expects to face her deepest betrayal head on, but that’s precisely what God has in mind to redeem her broken heart.
The Turner family believes in God’s providence during such a tumultuous time. Can they absorb the miracle of Christ’s birth and God’s plan for a future?

 

My Review:

I was so excited to get to read and review this book, because, well, it sounded so good! And I know I love Sarah Sundin’s works, so I was pretty sold on the idea of it all. I’ve read one thing of Cara Putman’s before, and have been curious to read something of Tricia Goyer’s, so this was the perfect time to start! I was not disappointed with any of the three stories. They were brilliantly put together, and so…fun. Despite the war going on, there was still joy and healing through each of the books, and I really liked that.

I can’t really pick a favourite, because they were each good in their own special way. The first one, “White Christmas” by Cara Putman got me totally hooked, and I really loved the characters. Abigail and Jackson were just lovely. In “I’ll be Home for Christmas” by Sarah Sundin, I LOVED the writing. And the center message of God’s healing – it was so complete, and so well done. Mrs. Sundin ties things together so nicely. In “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas” by Tricia Goyer, I really liked being over in the war – it really added to the collection of having two stories on the homefront, and one on the battlefront as a nurse. And being the first time reading Mrs. Goyer’s books, I did enjoy her writing, and now know to read more from her. Oh and I must say, I loved her character’s name, Merry. =)

As I said, they were each soo good, and I love how they tied into the Christmas songs they were titled after. Very neat. I also liked how you got something different out of each one, making the end result perfect. “White Christmas” gave the perfect, innocent, sweet romance that I like, “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” gave the perfect godly message that I so appreciated, and “Have Yourself a Merry little Christmas” gave the realistically of the war on the front lines, for the nurses.

The only “bad” thing is, they were too short! :D Each should’ve been a full novel on their own. ;) Of course, they were all done so well in the short amount of pages.

An excellent read, all the way around!

 

I received a free  copy of “Where Treetops Glisten” from the publishers in exchange for my honest and unbiased review. All thoughts given are my own.

 

Posted in Church Functions

Oldest in Christmas Program

In my church, I am almost always still included in some way in most of the children productions. There are three of us teens, that are grouped like this.
Thankfully, I am the respected teen among the children’s things ;) I get to do the ‘Big girl things’ as Mrs. S. said yesterday. :P
Last evening was the annual Children’s Christmas program. Mrs. S. was leading it this year and was a bit frazzled. I offered my help (aren’t I nice?) and she thanked me, saying she definitely could use me. I didn’t know what I’d be doing until the first rehearsal that was yesterday morning, a few hours before the performance. Which was fine, because I’m flexable, and don’t mind learning fast. All I had to do was read some verses off a screen, but they were the longest ones out of the entire program :D Which I handled with ease of course. ;)
There were risers for the children to stand on (The kids were Angels, Shepards, like four Magi/Kings, and of course Mary and Joseph as well as a babe, who played Jesus.) and then Mrs. S. put four chairs off to the side for some of us older kids. Though my seat was taken, and so I sat on the floor next to one of the other teens. I probably shouldn’t have, because he had a comment/joke for everything, and would whisper it to me, but I didn’t mind that. :D I don’t know how the church felt about it though… ;) Naw, I’m sure they were watching the kids, not him and I.
The program went quite well, the children were adorable, and did exceptional. There was a pot-luck afterwards, but we didn’t stay. Mum and I went home to Dad and Noah. (They didn’t come, because Noah didn’t want to be in it, and our church…um…well, let’s just leave it at that. Anymore could turn to slander. And I don’t mean it in that way at all.)

Tonight, my family, including Dallas and David, are going to a Christmas concert in the cities, with Mac Powel from Third Day singing, along with MN Teen Challenge. So that should be enjoyable.

Oh and after Christmas – even possible after the New Year – I have a series of blog posts to post, God-willing.

Posted in Random babblings, Writing

Hide and Seek & The Stockade

Last evening, I finally agreed to playing with Noah (I had been working on something all day; I’m quite happy with the results of the project too. But anyway) and the game we settled on was Hide and Seek. Mum played as well, and for once it was loads of fun. I don’t normally care for that game, but it can be fun. And this time it definitely was. We were only hiding in the downstairs part of the house, so we soon exhausted our resources, but we did find some great spots. Noah, being the smallest, had the hardest spots to hide and find, and Mum would hide in obvious spots, which made me laugh all the harder. At one point I hid under a tiny table, curled in a ball, accompanied by spiders. O what one will do to hide.
Once we were a little tired of running around and hiding/seeking, we stopped for a bit while Mum finished dishes. Then we moved upstairs and played again. One thing you must know about me, is that I am superb at moving around without making noises. For some reason if I try I can be utterly silent. It’s awesome. I hid right behind Mum while she was counting, and she didn’t even find me right away.
So that was our evening of game-playing.

The Forest City Stockade was this past weekend again. They have a summer one and a winter one. Since Dad and a handful of other guys were out here at our house roofing, just Mum, Noah, Noah’s friend and I went. Dallas was at our house as well, but she wasn’t feeling well and so she stayed home – er, I mean, our house.
The Stockade was enjoyable as usual. Mum got me a lovely Christmas present. I kept telling her not to, but she seriously was ignoring me. Oh well, the present is amazing. I’m sure some of you could most likely guess what it is.

And more exciting news I shall be posting about later on this week hopefully, provided ‘it’ comes. (RaeAnne, I know you know what it is, so don’t say here! ;) ) Oh and I know I said my next post (this one) would be about my cloak that is completed, but I am going to include that with the next post with what should have arrived by then. It’ll just work better, you’ll see :)

And just a quick note on writing. I am so.. stoked seriously. I just found out the current book I am writing in, will have sort of a sequel. Oh it’ll be so perfect!!! God showed that to me last night, gave me a title for the sort of series, and the beginning of this next book. It will be about Brynn and Ezra’s first child, who has a seriously awesome name. I was just thinking about how sad I will be when I finish Brynn’s story, because I love her and Ezra (and Brendan, and Mira, and Judah…oh I could go on. Oh! And Judah will have his own story too) and after writing in that story for so long (almost a year now) it’s a part of me. But I am nearing the end somewhat. And now I have the lovely thought of continuing with Brynn and Ezra’s daughter.
This may not make sense to you, or be a surprise to you, as I realize I don’t talk about my writing a lot, but it is a HUGE part of me, seriously. I can’t imagine life without writing :)