Four stories of holiday cheer and hope... A Hopeful Christmas by Anneka R. Walker, Sian Ann Bessey, Carla Kelly & Krista Lynne Jensen (Review & #Giveaway) @covenant_comm

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A Hopeful Christmas
A Regency Romance Collection
By Anneka R. Walker, Sian Ann Bessey, Carla Kelly & Krista Lynne Jensen
Adult Historical Romance
Paperback, Audiobook & ebook, 306 Pages
October 1, 2020 by Covenant Communications


"Readers will adore this." - Starred Review, Publishers Weekly

Kindle the spirit of the season as four of your favorite storytellers weave tales of love and hope in this charming yuletide collection. .

When Miss Ivy Hunt and Lord Curtis Blakely establish a secret acquaintance, neither can deny that their feelings extend beyond friendship. But as the children of bitter rivals, it will take a Christmas miracle for this star-crossed pair to reach their happily ever after.

Following the death of her father, Amelia knows Christmas will be lean. But when circumstances become dire, it is the unexpected arrival of a childhood friend that renews Amelia’s hope—both for the future and for love.

After two years at sea with the Royal Navy, surgeon Will Crenshaw longs for a quiet Christmas with his family. But when unrest at home threatens to ruin the holidays, it takes the kindly intervention of a mysterious house sitter to remind them of the true meaning of the season.

Marina Rowley is a spinster, Richard Stanhope a war-weary military man. A case of mistaken identity throws them together, but the unexpected stirrings of their hearts lead to an unforgettable holiday romance.

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My Review

A HOPEFUL CHRISTMAS is a collection of four historical stories set around Christmastime full of hope and love. Fans of cozy, sweetly romantic and heartfelt stories will love this! Highly recommended!

LORD BLAKELY’S GIFT by Anneka R. Walker was about a young woman who runs into a gentleman that concludes in a bit of a mishap and the start of an attraction. Their parents are bitter enemies, but they don't have the same prejudices and find friendship and the possibility of more between them. It's a sweet story with themes of forgiveness and serving others at Christmastime.

A SEASON OF HOPE by Sian Ann Bessey was a story about a family who has come upon hard times and the childhood friend who comes home. Of course friendship is easily renewed, but the young lord finds the girl he was friends with years ago is now a charming young woman who has his heart. I've loved everything I've read from this author, and this story was no different. I loved the characters, the humor, the warmth of family and Christmas cheer, and the very delightful romance! 

CHRISTMAS BY THE SEA by Carla Kelly is about a navy surgeon who comes home on leave for Christmas to find his home in a bit of an uproar and a special meeting that fulfills a Christmas wish. I would buy this book just for this story. It was that wonderful. The dialogue was perfect and it so easily tugged on my heart. I loved this family and especially the way the surgeon and his wife and children all interacted. There was so much humor and sweetness, but plenty of depth too, that all fit wonderfully in a few pages.

EXPECTATIONS AT CANTERWOOD by Krista Lynne Jensen has an adorable meet cute in the best of ways, but that gives quite an awkward start between the two love interests. It's about a girl who has been overlooked and misused, a returning soldier who doesn't want to soldier anymore, and how they find unexpected acceptance in each other. This was another story that was full of so much heart between the friendships and family, but also the acceptance and love that blooms. I loved every minute!

In the end, was it what I wished for? I loved all of these and was a bit sad when I turned the last page. Perfect for Christmastime or really any time you need some stories to uplift, make you laugh and cry, and of course sigh with each happily-ever-after ending. I can't recommend this enough!

Content: Clean
Source: I received a complimentary copy from the publisher, which did not require a positive review. All opinions are my own.

About the Authors

Anneka is an award-winning author who writes all things romance. She graduated from Brigham Young University-Idaho with a Bachelor's degree in English and History. She is a wife, mother of five, and believer in happy endings.

Sian Ann Bessey was born in Cambridge, England, but grew up on the island of Anglesey off the coast of North Wales. She left her homeland to attend Brigham Young University in Utah, where she earned a bachelor's degree in communications with a minor in English.

She began her writing career as a student, publishing several magazine articles while still in college. Since then she has published historical romance and romantic suspense novels, along with a variety of children's books.

Although Sian doesn't have the opportunity to speak Welsh very often anymore, she can still wrap her tongue around, "Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch." She loves to travel and experience other cultures, but when she's home, her favorite activities are spending time with her family, cooking, and reading.

Carla Kelly is a veteran of the New York and international publishing world. The author of more than thirty novels and novellas for Donald I. Fine Co., Signet, and Harlequin, Carla is the recipient of two Rita Awards (think Oscars for romance writing) from Romance Writers of America and two Spur Awards (think Oscars for western fiction) from Western Writers of America. She is also a recipient of a Whitney Award for Borrowed Light, My Loving Vigil Keeping, and Softly Falling.

Krista writes contemporary romance, historical romance, and fantasy. She has lived in lush Oregon and rugged Wyoming, but Washington is her beloved home state. She likes to choose familiar settings for her stories and is grateful to have such inspirational places to choose from. She is a mother of six, gramma of three, a gardener and cook, loves to travel, laugh, and hike, and lives ot make the best of what she’s been given. Find her on Instagram @kristajensenbooks.

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