Fun historical Christmas anthology. The cover says romance, but there is so much more to the story threads, making it as firm a mixture as fruit cake. But these tales are quite digestible and sweet. 9 authors, from 37 to 55 pages per, & with several aspects connecting them besides the prairie location. You get blizzards, loneliness, new arrivals, snow, rough homes, unwed schoolmarms, prayers, sleighs, deaths/grief, homemade gifts, and numerous recipes. Not to mention a fine selection of Christian authors. More history than preaching, but after all it is a CHRISTmas collection.
___1 TAKE ME HOME- Tracey Bateman- Coon's Hollow, Iowa 1887
New schoolmarm Kathleen--but only till Christmas. She finds courting-to-be different than back home and ma expects a hometown-in-law.
___2 ONE WINTRY NIGHT- Pamela Griffin- Leaning Tree, NE 1871
Ivy is a Boston social castaway. Welch Christmas traditions mix with a bit of blacksmithy romance. Ladyfingers recipe too.
___3 IMAGE OF LOVE- JoAnn A. Grote- Peace MN 1869
After losing her love due to the war, Mantie shuns her Christmas suitor. `Til sleighbells ring!
___4 THE CHRISTMAS NECKLACE- Maryn Langer- Chicago, IL 1871
One of my favorites. The window countess Porter is suddenly homeless due to the Great Chicago fire. Her life, home, status, and love are naught but ash. Can David rekindle? Ending offers a Christmas cobbler recipe-don't burn it. Some Downton Abbey likeness.
___5 A CHRISTMAS GIFT OF LOVE- Darlene Mindrup- Dakota Terr. 1869
Rose, 35, now alone after Papa's death. Her last family. Shaking funeral dirt off her shoes, Rose must decide upon an offered convenience marriage as a future.
___6 GOD JUL- Tracie Peterson- Lindsborg, KS 1884-96?
A Swedish Christmas greeting, spinster Sigrid, 27, will whisper into an ear--but which man will hear? To save the farm, she takes the duty to feed the railroad crew. Is it the 10 Swedish recipes that will win a man's desire?
___7 CIRCLE OF BLESSINGS- Deborah Raney Clairemore, Dakota Terr. 1871
Another favorite. Stella was not a stellar grammar student but she'd sure improve if she was wed to her tutor. But he has a secret past, and Pa's rejection.
___8 CHRISTMAS CAKE- Janet Spaeth- Nebraska
How can new wife, Elizabeth, provide a prairie Christmas on the level of past Boston celebrations? A visiting mother-in-law compounds the anxiety. The ultimate challenge- fruitcake, yes, readers get a prairie fruitcake recipe.
___9 COLDER THAN ICE- Jill Stengl- Coon's Hollow, Iowa 1885
Miss Estelle, the pastor's new secretary, can do it all- edit, piano, cook, wash- but can she love? Who's love will melt the ice in time for Christmas?
A great set of Christmas historical yarns in the manner of another great, but older set, A Log Cabin Christmas Collection --9 Historical Romances during American Pioneer Christmases [available as Kindle Edition or used].