Monday, December 7, 2015

Blog Tour/Review: Christmas Fire by Jennifer AlLee

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Christmas Fire, by Jennifer AlLee
2015, 48p, Clean Historical Romance
My Rating=4 Stars
Source: Received a copy of this book from the author via Singing Librarian Book Tours

Blacksmith David Esterly expected the woman he'd corresponded with to be his mail order bride. Instead, he finds that she's changed her mind, and someone else has taken her place. Tragic circumstances forced Caroline Buchanan to join the group of mail order brides heading to Angel Vale, Wyoming. As these two strangers work through secrets and past hurts, can they make it through the fire and find the gift God has for them?

Caroline Buchanan starts out living in Maine, but events in her life lead her to join a group of women heading to Wyoming to become mail order brides. David Esterly is anxiously awaiting his bride and learns that she didn't end up coming so Caroline came in her place. After meeting her, he agrees to go ahead with the marriage. Caroline keeps her past a secret from him and is afraid that if the truth comes out, he will send her packing.

I love mail order bride stories! It's interesting to watch two strangers come together and work through their issues in order to stay together. Caroline and David had some awkward moments. There was also some humor as the things David did to prepare for the wife he thought he was getting weren't things that Caroline was fond of. There was a particularly funny part with some fabric. They were easy to root for since they seemed perfect together--they just needed to realize it.

I love that this was short so it was easy to read in one sitting. I also felt satisfied when I was finished. There were a few difficult passages to read as we learned of Caroline's life in Maine. This is the perfect book to pick up on a day when you want a quick story which, even though it starts out with some tough parts, is worth reading to get to the end!

Jennifer AlLee was born in Hollywood, California, and grew up above a mortuary one block away from the famous intersection of Hollywood & Vine. Now she lives in the grace-filled city of Las Vegas, which just goes to prove she's been blessed with a unique life. When she's not busy spinning tales, she enjoys playing games with friends, attending live theater and movies, and singing at the top of her lungs to whatever happens to be playing on Pandora. Although she's thrilled to be living out her lifelong dream of being a novelist, she considers raising her son to be her greatest creative accomplishment. You can visit her on Facebook, Pinterest, or her website.

There are two separate giveaways for this tour. The first one is just for my stop for an e-copy of Christmas Fire and the second one is a tour-wide giveaway for the entire collection. Make sure you enter both of them!

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Tanya Stowe said...

A thoughtful review. Thanks.

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