Three romances that all get a little help from a kissing bough... Meet Me Under the Kissing Bough by Josi S. Kilpack, Anneka R. Walker & Sarah L. McConkie (Review) #cleanromance #christmasromance #regencyromance #victorianromance #newbook #newbooks @covenant_comm

In case you're already in the mood for a bit of Christmas cheer, I'm sharing my review
of this new historical romance collection set during the most wonderful time of the year...

Meet Me Under the Kissing Bough
By Josi S. Kilpack, Anneka R. Walker & Sarah L. McConkie
Adult Historical Romance, Inspirational, Christmas
Paperback, Audiobook & ebook, 268 Pages
September 20, 2021 by Covenant Communications


We wish you a merry Christmas and a happily ever after! This special holiday historical romance anthology featuring three heartwarming novellas proves that no matter the obstacles, 'tis the season for love.

Meet Me under the Kissing Bough by Josi S. Kilpack

Deborah Winfrey hasn't had the heart to host a holiday party since her husband's death. But this Christmas, it's time to move forward. The festivities bring renewed life to her home, and the attentions of two very different men promise a chance at new love.

Healing Hearts for the Holidays
 by Anneka R. Walker

Julia Hunt is strictly forbidden from associating with the family in the nearby manor̬ including the handsome younger son, Esmond, who quickly steals her heart. With Christmas around the corner, an old bundle of hidden love letters may be the key to her own happily ever after.

A Christmas Correspondence by Sarah L. McConkie

In this novella inspired by the timeless tale A Christmas Carol, John Charleston finds himself on an unexpected journey in the company of the insufferable Lady Carolyn Morleigh. But the magic of the season has a way of softening even the hardest of hearts.

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My Review

MEET ME UNDER THE KISSING BOUGH is a collection of three short romances (each around 100 pages long) all set at Christmas time with some involvement of a kissing bough. The characters are easy to like and relatable, the romances sweet with plenty of feels, and enough Christmas cheer to leave readers with a warm feeling of contentment and a smile at the end of each story. Definitely recommended for the holiday season or anytime you're looking for a bit of Christmas cheer and romance.

MEET ME UNDER THE KISSING BOUGH by Josi S. Kilpack was my favorite story from this collection. I loved the characters, the swoon-worthy moments, the heartbreaking ones that tugged on my heart, the festivities, and the family relationships in all their complexities. I especially loved these characters and the way they both have to be vulnerable and honest in order to find a second chance at happily-ever-after. Highly recommended!

HEALING HEARTS FOR THE HOLIDAYS by Anneka R. Walker is a story set in the same family as her Lord Blakley's Gift from a previous collection (A Hopeful Christmas), so the situation and some of the characters were familiar to me. It felt a bit like stepping back in with friends. Regardless if you've read the previous story or not, this one has delightful characters and a few twists that make for a very enjoyable story.

A CHRISTMAS CORRESPONDENCE by Sarah L. McConkie starts off with a shabby businessman carrying out a promise and a wealthy lady of society who has hardened her heart and turns her nose up at others. It took me a bit to get into this story as I didn't like the heroine for the first half and she was really dramatic. It just came off as overdone to me. However, by the end the story had pulled on my heart and won me over.

In the end, was it what I wished for? I thoroughly enjoyed reading this collection. The characters were all relatable and well drawn, the plots had enough twists and surprises to keep things entertaining, and the romances were delightful. Definitely a collection to add to your holiday reading!

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

Through the course of her writing career, Josi has written in a variety of genres, won several awards, and been an active part of the writing community. Josi also loves to travel to beautiful places and cook delicious food. She is the mother of four adult children and lives in Northern Utah.

Anneka R. Walker is an award-winning author raised by a librarian and an English teacher turned judge. After being fed a steady diet of books, she decided to learn about writing. The result was a bachelor's degree in English and history. When she isn't dreaming up a happy ending for a story, she's busy living her own together with her husband and adorable children.

Sarah L. McConkie started her writing career in the second grade with a thirteen-page magnum opus about dinosaurs. Although the plot line and penmanship lacked polish, Sarah learned she loved retiring to bed thinking of what to write the next day. On a good night, she still does the same thing. Sarah took up the pen several years later after tucking her own little dreamer into bed and now combines modern life experiences, a robust knowledge of Regency classics and a passion for all things old fashioned and proper to craft her historical romances. She costars with her own Mr. Right in the real-life romantic comedy she calls life as they raise their four darling children. Sarah believes creating thought-provoking and moral stories promotes literacy in a world that needs more readers.

Do you enjoy Christmas-themed romances? Will you be reading this collection?

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