Last week I told you about Merry Kisses, my final Riverbend romance novella. What I didn’t tell you is that it is now available as part of the Love’s Gift box set. I know! Two summer box sets and now two Christmas ones. I am nearly box setted out!
But Love’s Gift is a treasure of a collection. Eight authors of Christian contemporary romance have teamed together to offer brand-new novellas for this holiday season.
Eight years after ditching her hometown of Merry, Montana for the bright lights of Hollywood, Brenna Santiago is back in town. Although she’s broke, divorced and down on her luck, Brenna is determined to show her family that she’s a changed woman from the spoiled princess who thought she ruled the world. Coming face-to-face with her ex-fiance, Luke Templeton, gets complicated when Brenna discovers he’s planning to buy her family’s struggling ranch.
Can the spirit of the season provide the perfect backdrop for a romantic holiday reunion?
A Match Made for Christmas by Debra Lynn Collins
All of a sudden, Seirra Marshall finds herself anonymously receiving several roses along with various date invitations from men she barely knows. She wonders what is going on. When she discovers the truth, she is heartbroken and questions if the man she trusted is in on the whole matchmaking scheme.
Corbin Whitley is in love with Seirra Marshall and has been since the day he first laid eyes on her. When he discovers she is single again, he decides to do whatever it takes to win her heart. However, just when he thinks that is happening, something goes terribly wrong. Will he be able to fix the wrong done to her or is it too late?
Merry Kisses by Valerie Comer
Fired from her retail position for saying Merry Christmas to a customer, Sonya Simmons chafes at the over-commercialization of the season and the difficulties of finding a new job. If only she’d actually said Merry Christmas instead of Merry Kisses to the tall, good-looking man buying enough toys for at least a dozen children. How embarrassing!
It was fun to fluster the pretty toy store clerk, but Heath Collins, the mall’s volunteer Santa Claus, hadn’t meant to get her fired. When his elf assistant comes down with a bad cold, Heath offers Sonya a few days’ work, only to discover she believes Santa is nothing but a liar and a fraud instead of an opportunity to make a difference in children’s lives.
Can Sonya and Heath embrace each other — opinions, traditions, and all — in time to share merry kisses for Christmas?
Unwrapped by Christina Coryell
Trina Miller’s parents are determined to fill her Christmas break with a repeat of last year’s awkward festivities in Florida, including seafood feasts, no chance for snow, and the unwanted and slightly creepy attention of her new step-cousin. Her roommate Camdyn’s plans, however, sound nearly perfect: A homemade Missouri Christmas, complete with a traditional turkey feast and the warmth and welcome of a festive home.
The invitation to spend Christmas in Missouri is impossible to resist, and so is Camdyn’s brother, Charlie. Kind, smart, attractive, and determined, Charlie Taylor is everything Trina’s imagined in her perfect match. He’s also off limits.
The Taylors are determined to give Trina the gift of a loving family Christmas, and she’s ready to rediscover the joy of the season. Is it possible to unwrap the ideal holiday while keeping her feelings for Charlie locked away?
An Informal Christmas by Heather Gray
Rylie Durham is used to dealing with all sorts of people and situations in her role as a Child Life Specialist at a local hospital.
Why, then, does Zach York bring out the worst in her? After all, he’s there to donate toys to the children she loves.
Could it be that she sees a kindred spirit in him? Rylie knows a thing or two about hiding a bruised heart from the world… and the danger inherent in blaming God for the hurt.
With December’s approach, Rylie enlists Zach’s help for a special undertaking — a Christmas formal for one of the pediatric units. As they work together on the project, she hopes to show him that, even when it’s painful, love is worth the risk…
Operation Mistletoe by Elizabeth Maddrey
Victoria Spencer hates Christmas.
For the last ten years, disaster has struck on Christmas Eve, leaving Tori dreading the holidays. When she’s assigned to cover the light displays for her newspaper, she’s determined to spend as little time on the article as possible. Especially once she realizes she’s to feature frat boy Gabe “The Babe” Robertson, her former college crush.
Gabe Robertson is a different man than he was in college. Every December, he transforms his acreage into a winter wonderland designed to celebrate the birth of Christ and share God’s love with the community. He also uses the lights to raise money for Operation Mistletoe, an organization that sends Christmas to troops stationed overseas.
Unable to set aside her prejudice, Tori looks for ulterior motives in Gabe’s actions and determines to dig deeper. Will her investigations destroy any chance of a Merry Christmas?
A Bond for the Holidays by Lee Tobin McClain
Emily Stern has been hiding the true parentage of her son from her husband for eighteen years, but a medical issue requires her to come out with the truth just before Christmas. Her husband, Dr. Robert Stern, is furious about her deception; the sacrifices he’s made for his family now seem like a farce. He considers divorce, but she and their pastoral counselor persuade him to stay with the family just for the Christmas holidays. Their son, upset to learn that his father isn’t his father, runs away to his biological father, who’s celebrating Christmas on the Covenant School’s rural farm with his wife and the troubled teens he mentors. Visiting the farm and helping the troubled teens there gives the affluent Stern family much to ponder. Still, it takes a leap of understanding from all parties—and a Christmas miracle—to help this troubled family begin to heal.
A (Kinda) Country Christmas by Krista Phillips
Sadie Jenkins lives and breathes Christmas every, single day of the year. Owner of Bethlehem’s Boutique in the tourist mountain town of Gatlinburg, TN, she has no room for the bad boys of her past and devotes her whole life to the struggling boutique and her teenage daughter, Maribelle. She’s perfectly happy with her country-living life until he walks into her store.
Nate Myers travels the globe for his job and has the bank account to prove his success. The former “bad” boy is in town for a short visit with his sister and is determined to not get caught up in all the Christmas hype. But then he falls for the beautiful shopkeeper—quite literally.
Will these two (sorta) opposites be able to find a happily-ever-after together?
This collection of eight heartwarming novellas celebrating the true meaning of Christmas is available for Kindle only at 99¢, or you can borrow it via Kindle Unlimited. Get Love’s Gift here.