A season for love and family
Mistletoe Reunion by Cheryl St.John
When Marlys Boyd moves West hoping to find acceptance for her doctoring skills, she's surprised to find her former fiancé, Sam Mason, running the local newspaper. And with the ladies in town determined to make a match of the doctor and the single father, she's not sure she can resist building the family they once dreamed of.
Mistletoe Bride by Sherri Shackelford
Pregnant by a man who betrayed her trust, a mail-order marriage is Beatrix Haas's only hope. But when she arrives in Cowboy Creek and learns her intended groom has died, she needs a new daddy for the baby that's coming right away. Blacksmith Colton Werner offers the mother and child the protection of his name, but can their marriage of convenience ever lead to true love?
Two beautiful novellas situated during the first Thanksgiving festivities where both women have to make a decision between two destinies both alluring on their own merit.
In Mistletoe Reunion by Cheryl St.John Marlys and Sam has a second chance to built a future together. Marlys is a doctor of advanced medicine and has always been career oriented and sure of it that she should choose between career or happy marriage. But Sam sees her as she is, and respects her knowledge and abilities, and encourage her to make a difference in the field of medicine no matter what the consequences. I felt the struggle they had, from their past connection to trusting again, the experimental status of Marlys's treatments, the wonder of what the future holds. But with adjusting and compromise, they find a way to each other again until Marlys gets a career offer like no other. Very forward thinking and thought provoking tale with sweet romance and trusting in faith to guide them to their destiny.
Mistletoe Bride by Sherri Shackelford is an intense and fragile tale of a marriage of convenience. The aftermath of the European war makes its ugly head rise up in the Kansas town where Colton does his best to protect his sudden and unplanned bride. The circumstances of their marriage are peculiar yet with time and care the true feelings grow. I loved Colton and Beatrix. The fragility of the situation they are in was palpable. The obstacles on their way were enormous, yet their willingness to work on their relationship, to compromise and accept each other was remarkable.
The stories parallel each other as the two couples are fumbling into love during the first Thanksgiving celebration. Their journeys are filled with hindrance and challenges, but with faith, hope, and love in the play, they have a fighting chance to find the forever and a day kind of love in their lives
~ Four Spoons with a teaspoon on the side
MY GRADING SCALE:
5 Spoons - Amazing, memorable story that I loved and want to read again. The best of the best and not given lightly
4 Spoons - Fantastic, entertaining story that I enjoyed and connected with and will gladly recommend to readers
3 Spoons - A good story, not much that stood out but I was engaged enough to spend the time to read it through
2 Spoons - A story with some issues, that were a problem to me
1 Spoon - Not for me