Sunday, November 11, 2018

Love's Christmas Blessing by Laura V. Hilton and Rachel J. Good plus a Giveaway!


About the Book


 Book: Love’s Christmas Blessings
Author: Laura V Hilton, Rachel J Good
Genre: Christian Fiction, Amish, Christmas
Release Date: November, 2018
Publisher: Celebrate Lit Publishing

Winter’s Treasure by Laura V. Hilton

Paris Kauffman believes she is about to embark on her family-tradition birthday treasure hunt, but for the first time ever, her daed is sending her to various businesses and homes in the community. Little does Paris expect that when she enters the bakery to collect her gift, the bus will drop off none other than her old crush, Aquila Stutzman, the man she’d done everything except cartwheels and handstands to get his attention. And failed. Of course, Quil doesn’t remember her.
Quil was offered employment working on his grandparents’ new tree farm in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Since he’s recovering from a broken heart when his longtime girlfriend Priscilla up and married his cousin, a move Quil never saw coming, he decides to take the job. This will give him time to separate himself from the hurt and maybe, eventually, move on.
Paris and Quil have sparks from the beginning, especially since his appearance causes a vicious rivalry between friends. But who can resist when a chance meeting beginning with donuts and coffee ends with a missing person, puppies, a skunk, and a sleigh ride—not to mention a trip the Amish young people plan to Niagara Falls. Could it also involve falling in love?
Mistletoe and Miracles by Rachel J. Good

Daniel Graber has spent years caring for his aging parents. Now Daed’s in rehab with a broken hip and a bad case of irritability. He snaps at the workers and complains about doing physical therapy, so Daniel is grateful for the new aide, Fern Chupp, who uses her sweetness and charm to convince Daed to cooperate. Turns out, Daed isn’t the only one she charms.

As a widow, Fern is grateful for her new job at Fairview Rehab Center, even though it meant relocating to Ephrata, Pennsylvania, with her nine-year-old daughter, Lyddie. But Lyddie is grieving the recent death of her grandfather and dislikes leaving her Ohio home. Lyddie’s shyness also makes it difficult to make friends or recite school lessons.
When her class goes to the rehab center to interview patients, Lyddie’s too scared to do her assignment, so she runs away. During the hunt for her missing daughter, independent Fern learns to accept and appreciate Daniel’s help and support. By the time they discover Lyddie, she’s made a very unusual friend, and Fern and Daniel have developed a . Can four lonely heart create special bonds to make it a Christmas to remember?
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About the Authors


Laura V. Hilton is an award-winning, sought-after author with over twenty Amish, contemporary, and historical romances. When she’s not writing, she reviews books for her blogs, and writes devotionals for blog posts for Seriously Write.
Laura and her pastor-husband have five children and a hyper dog named Skye. They currently live in Arkansas. One son is in the U.S. Coast Guard. She is a pastor’s wife, and homeschools her two youngest children.
When she’s not writing, Laura enjoys reading, and visiting lighthouses and waterfalls. Her favorite season is winter, her favorite holiday is Christmas.
Inspirational author Rachel J. Good writes life-changing, heart-tugging novels of faith, hope, and forgiveness. The author of several Amish romance series, she grew up near Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, the setting for many of her stories. Striving to be as authentic as possible, she spends time with her Amish friends, doing chores on their farm and attending family events.
Rachel’s Amish series include Sisters & Friends (Charisma House & Harlequin), Love & Promises (Hachette/Grand Central), Hearts of Amish Country (Annie’s Book Club), and the forthcoming Surprised by Love (Kensington). She also has several anthologies in print as well as the Amish Quilts Coloring Book.
To learn more about Rachel, visit her at www.racheljgood.com.
Coconut Potato Fudge Recipe

1/2 cup plain, mashed potatoes, either instant or one medium potato, cooked

1/8 cup finely chopped (or crushed) almonds (optional)

3 cups powdered sugar

1 cup shredded coconut

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

3 ounces semi-sweet baking chocolate
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3 tablespoons butter

Beat powdered sugar and coconut into warm potatoes; then add the vanilla extract and almonds.  Press into a lightly-greased 8-inch square pan; set aside.  In a saucepan over low heat, melt chocolate and butter, stirring occasionally. When melted, pour over top of the potato mixture.  Refrigerate until set and then cut into squares.  Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.


My Thoughts

Love’s Christmas Blessing contains two Amish stories by Laura Hilton and Rachel J. Good.  Winter’s Treasure by Laura V. Hilton takes us on a journey to Mackinac County, Michigan.  Paris Kauffman is enjoying the birthday treasure hunt organized by her father with new friend, Sarah Fisher.  While at the bakery, the bus stops and lets out Quil Stutzman.  Paris remembers Quil and the crush she had on him, but, at the time, he only had eyes for Priscilla Graber.  Sarah is quick to latch onto Quil, but he only prefers Paris.  Quil needs to show Paris that he has mended his ways and wishes to court her.  Join them on their journey towards love that involves puppies, a skunk, misunderstandings, donuts, a jealous friend and a trip to Niagara Falls.

Rachel J. Good has written Mistletoe and Miracles set in Ephrata, Pennsylvania.  Daniel Graber’s father, Moses is currently staying in the Fairview Rehab Center and has four weeks left on his stay.  Daniel visits his father each day despite Moses’ cranky attitude.  Fern Chupp is a widow and mother who recently moved to town from Charm, Ohio.  She sold everything to give the two of them a fresh start.  Fern works as an aide at the rehab center, and Daniel is taken by her friendly demeaner and lovely appearance.  Lyddie’s teacher, Ruthie wishes to have the children visit the patients and brighten their days.  Lyddie is a shy child who prefers to spend her time engaged in a good book.  On visiting day, Lyddie disappears and is later found in an unlikely place.  Christmas is a time for miracles, and four lonely people might get a very special gift.

I enjoyed reading the two sweet stories in Love’s Christmas Blessing.  They both contain good writing and have steady pacing.  The stories are set in Lancaster County which has a large Amish population.  Both novellas contained pleasant characters apart from Sarah in Winter’s Treasure (I am hoping she will change when she matures).  I especially enjoyed the relationship between Lyddie and Moses (it was cute).   The romances were adorable and the attraction between the couples was plain.  The two stories are told from alternating point-of-views which allows readers to see issues from a male and female perspective.  We can see how confusion develops and misunderstandings arise.  I liked that a child’s shyness is addressed (I suffered from this affliction myself) and how loneliness can affect a person’s attitude.  Some of the Christian elements woven into the story are prayer, having faith, and events happen in God’s timing.  There is a unique recipe for coconut potato fudge at the end of the book.  Love’s Christmas Blessing contains two heartwarming Amish stories that will have you smiling. 


To celebrate the tour, Celebrate Lit Publishing is giving away:

Grand prize of $25 Amazon gift card


1st place: Paperback copy of Love’s Christmas Blessings


2-4th place: eBook copy of Love’s Christmas Blessings

Be sure to comment on the blog stops (schedule below) for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click here enter. Love's Christmas Blessing will be out on November 15 and will be available on Kindle Unlimited.  Thank you for visiting today.  I will return tomorrow to feature A Seat by the Hearth by Amy Clipston.  It is the third An Amish Homestead Novel.  I hope you have a blessed day.  Take care and Happy Reading!

Kris
The Avid Reader

Blog Stops

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Wishful Endings, November 12
Britt Reads Fiction, November 13
Maureen’s Musings, November 14
Quiet Quilter, November 15
Blossoms and BlessingsNovember 15
Jeanette’s Thoughts, November 16
Bibliophile Reviews, November 18
Splashes of JoyNovember 18
D’S QUILTS & BOOKS, November 19
Mary Hake, November 19
Just the Write Escape, November 20
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Janices book reviewsNovember 23
Carpe Diem, November 24

11 comments:

  1. I am enjoying these tours and finding all the terrific books my family is enjoying reading. Thanks for bringing them to us and keep up the good work.

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  2. Thank you for sharing. Nice review.

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  3. Thanks for sharing! These stories sound great. Yummy recipe also.

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    1. It is a unique recipe. Thank you for visiting today!

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  4. LOVE ALL YOUR BOOKS KEEP THEM COMING

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  5. This sounds like a fantastic read.

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  6. this cover makes me feel all christmassy!

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  7. Thank you for sharing they sounds awesome.I need to read them.

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