Four Inspirational Christmas Romances from Susan May Warren, Jenny B. Jones, and Melissa Tagg (Review Briefs)

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Oh, the Weather Outside Is Frightful
(Montanna Fire)
by Susan May Warren
Christian Contemporary Romance, Christmas
Paperback & ebook, 176 Pages
November 19th 2016

Summary

She kept him alive in his darkest hour… 

CJ St. John never dreamed his epic summer as a smokejumper would end with a harrowing plane crash—one that crushed his pelvis and rendered him nearly an invalid. He wouldn’t have made it through the dark night of pain and danger without brave fellow smokejumper Hannah Butcher. In fact, if he were to admit it, he probably fell in love with her that night. 

He gave her the courage to reach for her dreams… 

Hannah Butcher had dreamed of being a smokejumper for years—but dreaming and doing are vastly different. During rookie camp, she would have given up if it hadn’t been for CJ St. John urging her on. She probably fell in love with him then—but especially when he held her hand and kept her calm during their terrifying survival. 

A winter storm awakens their memories—and fears… When Hannah discovers that CJ plans on skipping out on their mutual friends’ wedding, she knows he’s been lying to her about his recovery—and determines to give him the same stubborn encouragement he’s given her by forcing him to attend. But when a blizzard detours them, and worse, they’re run off the road, they’ll have to face their darkest fears to survive. A Christmas story about the miracles that happen when the weather outside becomes frightful. 

Note: If you picked up this title in the Candy Cane Kisses Christmas Anthology, this is an extended version! Discover how CJ and Hannah fell in love...and continue their story after the storm is over!

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My Review

OH, THE WEATHER OUTSIDE IS FRIGHTFUL was a story that tugged on my heart and made me want to root for these characters to get things figured out and to find their happily-ever-after. I loved the characters and I loved their history and how they found strength in each other. I also loved seeing the family that I fell in love with from this author's prior Noble Legacy series. If you enjoy inspirational romance or this author's other books, you're sure to enjoy this one!

In the end, was it what I wished for? Yes. I pretty much loved this one from start to finish.

Content: Clean

Source: Purchased

A Sugar Creek Christmas (A Sugar Creek Novel)
A Sugar Creek Christmas
(Sugar Creek)
by Jenny B. Jones
Christian Contemporary Romance, Christmas
Paperback & ebook, 236 Pages
December 10th 2014

Summary

Sometimes all love needs is a second chance. 

Morning television show darling Emma Sutton has just been fired. The only way to get her job back is to find a holiday story to warm the coldest heart. So when her hometown of Sugar Creek, Arkansas, needs a Christmas event planner, Emma moves back, sure her story lies in the town’s desire to become a tourist’s holiday wonderland. The plan is perfect—until Emma meets her new boss. 

Charming, handsome Noah Kincaid isn’t just Sugar Creek’s newest mayor. He’s also Emma’s ex-fiancé. Ten years ago Emma left Noah her ring and a goodbye note, but it’s haunted her ever since. The last thing Noah wants to do is work with the woman who broke his heart, but Emma’s desperate to prove to him that her bah-humbug ways won’t interfere with her work. 

Emma finds it’s more than the mistletoe drawing her back to Noah. Whatever they had is clearly not over, but Noah’s kisses can’t protect Emma from a past that won’t leave her alone. As the snow falls and the trees glisten, love will come to Sugar Creek. But will it come in time to make all of Emma’s Christmas dreams come true?

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My Review

A SUGAR CREEK CHRISTMAS was heartfelt and romantic with a dash of Christmas spirit. The town was charming as was this story that endears the readers to these characters. I loved them all, especially Emma's grandma who likes to liven things up and stir things up with Emma. If you enjoy inspirational romance then grab this one!

In the end, was it what I wished for? Yes. I love this author's books ad this was no exception.

Content: Clean

SourcePurchased

One Enchanted Christmas
One Enchanted Christmas
(Enchanted Christmas Collection #1)
by Melissa Tagg
Christian Contemporary Romance, Novella, Christmas
ebook, 118 Pages
December 8th 2015

Summary

Last December, mystery author Maren Grant had the most perfect night of her life. On a glimmering winter evening, she got to watch the photo shoot for her very first book and ended up on a magical date with the cover model himself—Colin Renwycke. 

Fast forward one year. This December, with a looming deadline, restless spirit and her creative spark long since gone, Maren is desperate to get unstuck. And she can’t get Colin out of her head…or his year-old open invitation to spend a couple weeks writing at his family’s farm. 

Drew Renwycke never planned to come home and take over the Renwycke family farm. But he’s spent too many years watching his siblings unravel, including his brother, Colin, after one terrible family mistake. If moving to Maple Valley, Iowa, renovating an old farmhouse and switching careers is what it takes to put the Renwycke family back together, he’ll do it. 

But his simple plan upends when a scrappy author lands on his doorstep. And she just might be the key to coaxing his brother home. But what if he wants her all to himself? Drew will have to choose between his Christmas wish and the enchantment of a holiday romance that just might be the happy ending they all long for.

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My Review

ONE ENCHANTED CHRISTMAS was such a fun read! Maren was such a great character and the plot was unique and rather humorous setting this story up to be very enjoyable. I loved getting to know these characters and falling in love with them as they fall in love with each other. An enjoyable inspirational romance that is hard to put down.

In the end, was it what I wished for? Yes. Another inspirational Christmas story that I loved!

Content: Clean

SourcePurchased

One Enchanted Eve
(Enchanted Christmas Collection #2)
by Melissa Tagg
Christian Contemporary Romance, Novella, Christmas
ebook, 134 Pages
November 22nd 2016

Summary

A delightful Christmas romance about finding the perfect recipe for love.

After years of mistakes and regret, Colin Renwycke finally has a plan: Hone his baking talent at the Denver Culinary Institute and embark on a new career as a pastry chef. If he's lucky, he might even manage to earn back his family's respect. But despite his skills in the kitchen, Colin's a mess in the classroom and his ongoing disasters are proving too much for his prickly instructor. If he loses his spot at the school, he's out of backup plans.

Culinary school instructor Rylan Jefferson has the chance to reclaim her dream of running her own bakery. But she only has until Christmas Eve to come up with the perfect recipe to impress an eccentric investor. She has no time for holiday parties or family plans . . . and especially not for the unruly student baker who couldn't follow a recipe if his life depended on it. 

But Colin has the one ingredient Rylan needs most—talent. Lots of it. And when he makes a proposal that just might solve both their problems, Rylan can't say no—even if it does mean traveling all the way to Iowa. It just might be that the snow-covered plains and a charming small town full of postcard Christmas cheer are exactly what her hungry heart needs . . . along with a man who is much more than he seems.

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My Review

ONE ENCHANTED EVE was a sweet and fun story about two people who find that they might just be perfect for each other. I loved the slowly-building romance and that the characters were at complete odds with each other in the beginning. There was some serious banter and chemistry flying in this one. Throw in some small-town charm, a little Christmas magic, and a great family and you have a truly enjoyable romance. Definitely not one to miss!

In the end, was it what I wished for? Yes. Loved it and loved the way this author can make a story tenderly sweet and fun!

Content: Clean

SourcePurchased

Have you read any of these? Did you find any favorite Christmas stories this year?

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