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    Robin Lee Hatcher(Author),Norah Hess(Author),Connie Mason(Author)

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A white woman learns the meaning of Christmas from an Apache, a little girl wishes for a Christmas angel, an errant husband returns, and a widow rediscovers love, in a collection of four romance tales. Original.

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  • By JJares on August 11, 2014

    Before picking up this book, I’d never read anything by any of these authors; I had no idea what to expect.Loving Sarah (by Madeline Baker) In retaliation for attacking a band of Indians, they attacked a small farm, killing the husband and stealing the 6 year-old son, Danny. Sarah was in the root cellar when the farm was attacked; as she ran to the ladder, her way was barricaded by an Apache in full face-paint. He stared at her for a long time and then left.The horses, cattle and food supplies had been taken during the raid, but Sarah found fresh meat and other food outside her door each week. Eventually, Sarah saw her Good Samaritan, an Indian on a large, gray horse.After giving gifts to each other, they meet; the Indian is a half-breed (Toklanni/ Devlin Dennehy) who was one of the attackers of their farm (the one who could not kill her). The Apache’s brother, Noche, stole Danny and was teaching him Indian ways.Over the course of the fall months, Toklanni and Sarah fall in love and marry. Toklanni returns to his village to get Danny; but Noche will not give up the child without a fight.A Christmas Angel (by Robin Lee Hatcher) Jennifer Whitmore had a school-girl crush on the man her step sister Christina married, Mick Gerrard. Mike’s dream was to move from Chicago and have a farm. After marrying, Mike and Christina moved out west to start life on a farm.Phoebe was their only child when Christina died. A few years later, Phoebe had an accident, which put her in a wheelchair. The doctor had hopes that Phoebe would be able to walk again, but it seemed doubtful without expensive nursing care. Mick reluctantly wrote to his parents-in-law and was shocked to learn that Jennifer, now a nurse, had given up her Chicago job to care for a niece she’d never met.The Homecoming (by Norah Hess) This story takes place during the Revolutionary War. Jase Harrison, on the rebound from his relationship with Olive Worth, asks Kate to marry him. Starry-eyed over a man 11 years her senior, Kate agrees; they marry minutes before Jase leaves to join Washington’s army.Olive’s jealousy drives her to start rumors about Kate; she also announces to all who will listen that Jase is coming back to her, not his wife. Kate lives in fear and worry for 6 months, until Jase gets a Christmas leave from the fighting.The Greatest gift of All (Connie Mason) A poor widow has to deal with her two children’s high expectations for Christmas when those kids befriend a man who looks a lot like St. Nicholas.Of the four stories, I liked the first one best (LOVING SARAH); A CHRISTMAS ANGEL was also entertaining. However, the last two stories were really ho-hum. Actually, I thought THE HOMECOMING was awful.

  • By Gemma on October 23, 2005

    From the back cover:1) Loving Sarah by Madeline Baker: A white woman learns the true meaning of Christmas from the Apache brave who has opened her heart to love.2) A Christmas Angel by Robin Lee Hatcher: A motherless little girl's wish for a Christmas angel comes true with the arrival of a beautiful stranger at her father's Idaho farm.3) The Homecoming by Norah Hess: An innocent bride finds special joy in the Christmas homecoming of a husband who married her on the rebound, then marched away from their Kentucky homestead to fight for his country's independence.4) The Greatest Gift of All by Connie Mason: A lonely young Colorado widow rediscovers the magic of love when her two children befriend a traveler who bears an uncanny resemblance to St. Nicholas.And my review:Madeline Baker's story was just okay. I've read a few of her works, and I've always felt the same thing. Fairly entertaining while you read them, but the characters just don't stay with you after you turn that final page. Three stars.Robin Lee Hatcher's story was my favorite in the book, and one I've re-read a couple of times. Very sweet and innocent, with lovable characters, I found this story quite touching. There wasn't an element of this story that a didn't like. And Phoebe, the little girl, was a great character, not just a flat plot device, which I really liked. This story was the reason I kept this book. Five stars.Norah Hess's story was certainly not what I expected it would be. From reading the back cover blurb, I thought it would be a story of reunited love, but it was not so, which made it an interesting read. The thing was, I found the heroine to be more than a little stupid, which really detracted from my enjoyment of the story. I think the reader is supposed to sympathize with her, but I had no sympathy for someone who made their own mess. Not only that, but she knew it was a stupid mistake while she was doing it, yet she barrelled ahead and did it anyway. Stupid, stupid, stupid. I wanted her to have more self-respect, and though she did have some in the end, it just didn't save the book for me. Also, I hated the hero's "I slept with her, but didn't court her, so it shouldn't bother you because it didn't mean anything" attitude. I am SO sick of the virgin woman with the slut man. One star.Connie Mason's story was one that I had to force myself to finish. I could not like the heroine. She was just so bitter and mean to her children. She professed over and over to love her kids, but then she was always getting angry and yelling at them for just being children. Loving your kids means more than just taking care of their physical needs. Just because you're bitter doesn't mean your children can't enjoy a little magic. One star.All together, a three star book. I would recommend trying to find this at a thrift or used-book store, as it's not worth buying it brand new, but Robin Lee Hatcher's story does make it worth owning.

  • By The.Verdict on January 9, 2010

    I love Christmas romances, and try to read as many as I can during the season. This book was a major disappointment to me. The first story didn't even mention Christmas until literally the last few pages. A majority of the story took place in the summer/early fall! The second story was much better, but by that point I was kind tired of waiting for the anthology to get good. So I moved on to something else. I don't think I will give it another try. There was just nothing in the story or plot to "grab" me or make me interested in what would happen next.

  • By Tami Brandt on March 22, 2003

    Madeline Baker's LOVING SARAH...In this beautiful story a white woman learns the true meaning of Christmas from the Apache brave who has opened her heart to love.Robin Lee Hatcher's A CHRISTMAS ANGEL...In this heart-warming story a motherless little girl's wish for a Christmas angel comes true with the arrival of a beautiful stranger at her father's Idaho farm.Norah Hess's THE HOMECOMING...In this endearing story an innocent bride finds special joy in the Christmas homecoming of a husband who married her on the rebound, then marched away from their Kentucky homestead to fight for his country's independence. (Hint...it's not what you'd expect!)Connie Mason's THE GREATEST GIFT OF ALL...In this wonderful story a lonely young Colorado widow rediscovers the magic of love when her two children befriend a traveler who bears an uncanny resemblance to St. Nicholas!


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