A Pioneer Christmas Collection   -     By: Kathleen Fuller, Vickie McDonough, Lauraine Snelling
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Journey along with American settlers who learn that despite where the trail takes them or how primitive their lodgings may be Christmas is all about the heart. Determined to honor Christ's birth, these pioneers find a way to make Christmas happen in places like a cave, a tipi, and a dugout. Modern readers will enjoy a peek into life before commercialism took over the sacred day, distracting us from the true blessings of faith, hope, and love.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 448
Vendor: Barbour Books
Publication Date: 2013
Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 (inches)
ISBN: 1624161901
ISBN-13: 9781624161902
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Journey along with American settlers who learn that despite where the trail takes them or how primitive their lodgings may be Christmas is all about the heart. Determined to honor Christ’s birth, these pioneers find a way to make Christmas happen in places like a cave, a tipi, and a dugout. Modern readers will enjoy a peek into life before commercialism took over the sacred day, distracting us from the true blessings of faith, hope, and love. Enjoy nine original novellas of Christmas romance as penned from many of today’s leading Christian authors, including Lauraine Snelling, Kathleen Fuller, and Vickie McDonough.

Author Bio

CBA and ECPA best-selling novelist Kathleen Fuller is the author of over twenty novels and novellas, including An Amish Wedding, which was recently voted as the number one collection of the year by the Family Fiction 2012 Readers Choice Awards. Kathleen lives with her husband and three teenaged children in Geneva, Ohio. When she’s not writing she enjoys teaching, swimming, and traveling.

Bestselling author Vickie McDonough grew up wanting to marry a rancher, but instead, she married a computer geek who is scared of horses. She now lives out her dreams in her fictional stories about ranchers, cowboys, lawmen, and others living in the West during the 1800s. Vickie is the award-winning author of over thirty published books and novellas. Her books include the fun and feisty Texas Boardinghouse Brides series and End of the Trail, which was the OWFI 2013 Best Fiction Novel winner. Whispers on the Prairie was a Romantic Times Recommended Inspirational Book for July 2013, and A Pioneer Christmas Collection was on the CBA Bestseller's list for two months. Vickie is a wife of thirty-eight years, mother of four grown sons and one daughter-in-law, and grandma to a feisty eight-year-old girl. When she's not writing, Vickie enjoys reading, antiquing, watching movies, and traveling. To learn more about Vickie's books or to sign up for her newsletter, visit her website: www.vickiemcdonough.com

Lauraine Snelling is an award-winning author with over 75 published titles including two horse series for kids. With more than 3 million books in print, Lauraine still finds time to create great stories as she travels around the country to meet readers with her husband and rescued Basset Sir Winston.

Margaret Brownley loves hearing from her readers and can be reached through her website. The author of more than twenty novels, she was a 2010 RITA finalist and INSPY nominee and is currently writing western romances for Thomas Nelson. For more love and laughter in the old West, check out Margaret's latest books at www.margaretbrownley.com

Marcia Gruver’s southern roots lend touches of humor and threads of faith to her writing. Look for both in her Texas Fortunes and Backwoods Brides series. When she’s not perched behind a keyboard, you’ll find her clutching a game system controller or riding shotgun on long drives in the Texas Hill Country. Lifelong Texans, Marcia and her husband Lee have five children. Collectively, this motley crew has graced them with a dozen grandchildren and one great-granddaughter—so far.

Cynthia Hickey grew up in a family of story tellers and moved around the country a lot as an army brat. Her desire is to write real, but flawed characters in a wholesome way that her seven children and five grandchildren can all be proud of. She and her husband live in Arizona where Cynthia works as a monitor in an elementary school.

Navy wife Michelle Ule is a writer, genealogist, and Bible study leader. She graduated from UCLA with a degree in English Literature and married a submarine officer whom she followed all over the world with their four children. Michelle lives in northern California with her family.

Editorial Reviews

As the weather turns cooler and the leaves start to turn and homes start settling in for the holidays, this is the perfect book to turn to on those cool fall or cold winter evenings.
 
A book full of quick, easy to read, encouraging stories that will help put you in the Christmas spirit. Each author brings a story that will capture you from the first page to the last.
 
I love these collections because they are not meant to be in depth or full of thought provoking content. They are meant to bring warmth, hope, love and faith by way of short stories. Yes, they can be very predictable at times but that is part of the charm of each collection.

A Pioneer Christmas is a beautiful collection of historical Christmas stories. I loved them all but Buckskin Bride by Vickie McDonough was my favorite of the nine. Most of these authors are new to me and will be looking for more full length stories by them in the future. I recommend this book to get you into the holiday spirit.

This collection brought me the scent of Christmas cooking and the tingle of snow. There's excitement, occasional violence and good fellowship. A PIONEER CHRISTMAS COLLECTION is writing of impressive quality by seven female authors and any reader would be glad to find this under the Christmas tree.

This collection was a nice harkening back to days past and shows the reader that, despite the difficulties faced, these pioneers still made Christmas a priority. We could perhaps learn a thing or two from them.

Overall a terrific collection of wonderful stories. I enjoyed every single one. A terrific Christmas gift for you or a friend :)

You will not be able to finish this book without seeing that God is our ultimate shelter and love. He sent or provided each of the characters just what was needed when they needed provision and help. Each novella has a satisfying ending but I wished the stories would keep going. I wanted to know more about the characters’ lives because I was so drawn into their situations. To me that is the sign of a well written story which is why I recommend this as a great Christmas read to fans of Inspirational Romance and Historical Fiction.

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  1. Royal
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A Pioneer Christmas Collection
    August 23, 2014
    Royal
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    While I read this in paperback form, the quality is excellent and the book is a delight to hold and read. It looks extra special.

    The 9 stories are varied and interesting. I love Christmas, and this book brought me much joy. I think I liked "The Calling" best, but they were all good.
  2. Betty Caudill
    Milford, OH
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Good book
    January 21, 2014
    Betty Caudill
    Milford, OH
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Our Granddaughter likes it a lot. It was one of her BD gifts.
  3. half pint
    Nebraska
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    wonderful Christmas stories
    January 18, 2014
    half pint
    Nebraska
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    Loved every one of these stories. Stories set in the 1800s are my favorite and none of these disappointed.
  4. Jet W
    Western Pennsylvania
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Very Nice Book to Read
    December 19, 2013
    Jet W
    Western Pennsylvania
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    These books are nice stories and easy to read. I love the look of the book with the ragged edges. Not only bought book for myself but for 2 friends.
  5. ibjoy1953
    Virginia
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Wow What a wonderful Christmas Read!
    December 13, 2013
    ibjoy1953
    Virginia
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

    A Pioneer Christmas Collection was such a good read! Each story is short enough that it can be read in an hour or so, but they are short but Awesome!! I especially enjoyed these because the setting of each is during the pioneer days and I love that era in history. Listed below are the nine stories, the author who wrote each one, and the historical time and place of the setting. If you only purchase one fiction to read during the Christmas Season, this is the one you need to choose! These stories are so neat because during the busy season, its comforting to sit down take a break and read all or half of one story at a time. And if you read the beginning of my blog, you saw that Barbour Books had this amazing book for only $1.97. But hurry, it may end soon!

    And today I am mainly focusing on A Pony Express Christmas by Margaret Brownley, since Margaret so graciously provided a copy for me to read and review.

    Ellie-Mae Newman was in search of her brother. He left home because of not getting along with their dad, but now that their dad was gone, Ellie-Mae wanted to find her twin. But at this time, she is sitting with a broken wagon with two stubborn mules to pull it with, that is if it was workable! Then she runs into a hanging about to happen, and offers money for the poor mans life. Thanking Ellie and walking away, Mr. Corbett thought he was free, but little did he know he had a price to pay.

    Margaret Brownley makes every story she writes funny and fun to read. In the mist of the difficult situations Ellie-Mae and Mr. Corbett were in, she had be laughing most of the way through A Pony Express Christmas Collection. How these two kept going on their trail was anybody's guess, but they kept one. Ellie-Mae was one determined woman, and Mr. Corbett was a fugitive. But as they stopped at each Pony Express office on the trail, them seemed to run into a dead end, but Ellie-Mae just wouldn't give up. Wanna find out if they find this twin brother? The answer is in Ms. Brownley's story, A Pony Express Christmas. And you will find this story in A Pioneer Christmas Collection from Barbour Books HERE.

    And here is a list of the stories in A Pioneer Christmas Collection!

    1. DEFENDING TRUTH by Shannon McNear, 1791 NC

    2. THE CALLING by Kathleen Fuller, 1820 OH

    3. A SILENT NIGHT by Ana Urquhart, 1824 Scotland & 1830 MI

    4. A PONY EXPRESS CHRISTMAS by Margaret Brownley, 1862 NE

    5. A CHRISTMAS CASTLE by Cynthia Hickey, 1867 AZ

    6. THE COWBOY'S ANGEL by Lauraine Snelling, 1875 ND

    7. A BADLANDS CHRISTMAS by Marcia Gruver, 1885 ND

    8. BUCKSKIN BRIDE by Vickie McDonough, 1889 OK

    9. THE GOLD RUSH CHRISTMAS by Michelle Ule, 1897 AK

    I received this book from Author Margaret Brownley and the publisher Barbour Books to read and review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 55.
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Author: Shannon McNear
Located in: Goose Creek, SC
Submitted: July 19, 2013

    Tell us a little about yourself.  I'm a Midwestern farm girl transplanted to the Lowcountry of South Carolina (20-some years now), homeschooling mother-of-many, military wife, history geek.

    What was your motivation behind this project?  I love the Revolutionary War era and find myself intrigued by its political and cultural currents. It's a natural setting for the emotional conflict inherent in good romance.

    What do you hope folks will gain from this project?  A fresh appreciation, not only for the cost of liberty, but also the complexity of the time and its issues. A deeper understanding of God's grace. And of course, enjoyment of the give-and-take between Micah and Truth!

    Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists?  I have to admit that I went for a bit of a Louis L'Amour "Sacketts" vibe with this story, with a faith-based slant. I also love Stephen Bly, Deeanne Gist, Julie Klassen, Elizabeth Camden, and too many other authors to name.

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