Christmas Stitches: A Historical Romance Collection by Judith Miller, Nancy Moser, and Stephanie Grace Whitson (review)

It's the Holiday season so it is time to get into the Christmas spirit and snuggle down with a good book!  Christmas Stitches is a collection of 3 Christmas Christian fiction stories by Judith Miller, Nancy Moser, and Stephanie Grace Whitson.  




Christmas Stitches: A Historical Romance Collection

3 Stories of Women Sewing Hope and Love Through the Holidays



Blurb:


3 Talented Women, 3 Christmas Romances
Return to Christmases of yesteryear with three women who use their sewing talents to succeed in the late 1800s. But can love also be stitched into their lives?
 
A SEAMLESS LOVE by Judith Miller
1888 – Pullman, Illinois
Hannah Cooper possesses a special talent for embroidered fancywork and design which secures her a position in the Dressmaking and Millinery Shop in the Pullman Arcade near Chicago. There she encounters childhood friend Daniel Price who is disappointed to learn Hannah is being courted by a Chicago businessman. With two men vying for her attention, will Hannah seek God’s direction or ignore the warning signs He sets before her?
 
PIN’S PROMISE by Nancy Moser
1906 – Summerfield, England
Penelope (Pin) Billings and Jonathan Evers have loved each other since they were children, promising to one day get officially engaged. Both have distinct talents: Pin for sewing dresses and teaching others to sew, and Jonathan—a doctor right out of school—for helping the people of the village. As they become adults and the time to fulfill their promise seems right, a tragic event pulls them apart, making both question their future. Will they discover they are stronger together than apart?
 
MENDED HEARTS by Stephanie Grace Whitson
1890 – Nebraska
Rachel Ellsworth has always been encouraged to pursue her passion for art. She looks forward to taking the Grand Tour on her honeymoon and experiencing the great museums of Europe. But when tragedy strikes, Rachel's plans are put on hold and she is forced to stay with two maiden aunts in a small Nebraska town where the most exciting things that ever happen are quilting bees and the county fair. Rachel expects her stay in Lost Creek to be temporary—until a letter from home changes everything. How can a budding artist who loves the big city expect to find happiness in the middle of nowhere? 


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Review:

Christmas Stitches is a compilation of 3 Holiday stories by Christian Fiction authors Judith Miller, Nancy Moser, and Stephanie Grace Whitson.  All 3 authors write beautiful stories that incorporate following the Lord’s word without being preachy and historical romance. 

A Seamless Love by Judith Miller 4 stars
This story is a quick read with a good storyline and a likable hero and heroine.  Judith Miller focuses on the theme of dedication priorities - first God, then family, and then employer.  Hannah struggles with the family-work balance and she struggles with romance.  She has been in love with her best childhood friend, Daniel, for many years, but he doesn’t feel the same way. For a short story, the author does a great job with character development and keeps the story moving at a good pace.  I do feel like it ended rather abruptly as she spends a lot of time on how her work may be overtaking her priority over her family, but it is never resolved.  

Pin’s Promise by Nancy Moser
This story is also a quick read that keeps your entertained until the very end.  This is my first book by Nancy Moser and I really enjoy her writing style and the storyline of the book.  Pin’s Promise is about Jonathan, a new doctor, and Pin (Penelope), his 1st love as well as Anne who has a difficult home life.  I like how the characters seem so real - they are compassionate and caring, but also have their own faults.

Mended Hearts by Stephanie Grace Whitson
This 3rd story in the book is just as entertaining as the other two.  The author touches upon grief and how we often look for answers from God, but we don’t always feel that he is listening to us.  This is something that I believe many people can identify with.  The characters are very likable and well developed and the story moved at a good pace.  I also really liked the secondary characters - Anna, Nel, Aunt Jennie and Aunt Lizzie.

Overall, I enjoyed this book by these 3 amazing authors.  I received this book as an ARC through NetGalley and I voluntarily leave this review.  All thoughts and opinions are that of my own.

About the Authors

JUDITH MCCOY MILLER: Writing Christian fiction is Judy's secondcareer. For many years she worked as a legal assistant in law firms and laterworked in government law offices. She has retired from legal work in order towrite full time --a vocation she considers both a ministry and ablessing. Judy has authored or co-authored more than twenty-five bookssince she began writing in 1996. She is an award-winning author whose avidresearch and love for history are reflected in her novels, several of whichhave placed in the CBA and ECPA top ten lists. It is her deep desire to pointreaders to the love and grace of Jesus. judithmccoymiller.com
       
NANCY MOSER: Nancy is the Christy-award-winning author ofthirty novels which showcase people discovering their unique purpose. Sometitles are The Pattern Artist, The Fashion Designer, and Loveof the Summerfields. She's also written four biographical novels aboutreal women of history: Jane Austen, Nannerl Mozart, Elizabeth Barrett Browning,and Martha Washington. Her novel about Martha (Washington's Lady) was aChristy Award finalist. The Pattern Artist was a finalist forRomantic Times Magazine's Inspirational Romance of the Year, and AnUnlikely Suitor was chosen to be in Booklist's Top 100 Romances of theDecade. nancymoser.com

STEPHANIE GRACE WHITSON: Stephanie Grace Whitson began writing fictionwhen, as a result of teaching her home schooled children Nebraska history, shewas personally encouraged and challenged by the lives of pioneer women in theWest. Since her first novel was published in 1995, Whitson's titles haveappeared on the ECPA bestseller list numerous times and been finalists for theChristy Award, the Inspirational Reader's Choice Award, and ForeWord Magazine'sBook of the Year. Her 2012 release with Barbour, The Shadow on theQuilt, was Romantic Times Magazine's Inspirational Romance of the Year.stephaniewhitson.com
 




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