Cowboy Christmas Homecoming by Mary Connealy, Ruth Logan Hearne, Julie Lessman, and Anna Schmidt (review)

cowboychristmashomecoming_gileadLast Chance Christmas by Julie Lessman

A Cowboy for Christmas by Ruth Logan Hearne

Longhorn Christmas by Mary Connealy

Connie’s Christmas Prayer by Anna Schmidt

Publisher’s Description:

Glad tidings, hearts binding.

They’ve weathered a lot worse than winter. For widow June Harper, another cold front is about to hit. Most call him Hugh. She’d call him Scrooge, except as the man ensures her needs are met, June can’t help but wonder how to meet the needs of his heart.

Netty Lewis can take care of herself, has for a while now. Some hired help over the holidays doesn’t change that. And even if Roy does take care of her, that doesn’t mean he cares for her or that he’ll stay past Christmas.

Pastor Colton McCabe is having the opposite problem. He’s not sure he’ll make it through the holidays with his new housekeeper. Grace can’t seem to do anything right but love. Perhaps being a homekeeper will earn her a permanent residence in his heart.

And no one longs for a home more than Connie Lancaster. She’s determined to return to St. Louis, and no cowboy can change her mind. But if Isaac can change her heart, maybe Connie will see the homecoming she’s been waiting for isn’t to a place but a person.

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I’ve been reading quite a few Christmas themed novellas this holiday season, and this collection was another enjoyable set of historical christian romances set in 1880’s America from Texas to the Washington Territory.

The first story is one of redemption, humility, and trust involving a successful pastor and a former saloon worker.  Julie Lessman is an author I’ve been wanting to try, and this might not have been the best choice for a first go.  It was interesting, but never really captured my interest (and the word ‘grace’ started to feel a bit overused).

Mary Connealy was the only known quantity for me, and she definitely delivered with a story that starts off with an exciting action scene and leaves me smiling at the end.  The advent journey included in this story was such a sweet idea, one that I might even give a try next December.

Ruth Logan Hearne, whose mention of collection in a comment on another blog led me to read it, gave a surprising story that is reminiscent of Ruth and Boaz set after a fire that devastated Ellensburgh. Setting the story in Washington (as usual) peaked my interest, the story held it.

Anna Schmidt’s story of a young woman who dreams of leaving her mother’s frontier cafe and the local rancher who comes looking for a wife.  This was another story that was a bit of a surprise, as it slowly turned out to be sweet and enjoyable as well.

3.5/5 stars  I would definitely recommend this to anyone who enjoys historical fiction which includes the faith journeys of the main characters, particularly (though not necessarily) during the Christmas season. I’m looking forward to reading more from each of these four authors.

Cowboy Christmas Homecoming by Mary Connealy, Ruth Logan Hearne, Julie Lessman, and Anna Schmidt | Gilead Publishing, October 2016 | paperback, 296 pages

This review refers to a review ebook read courtesy of the publisher, through NetGalley’s Read Now program.  All opinions expressed are my own, a positive review was not requested or required.


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