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I have always loved to read and I was able to share that love through my work as a public librarian for 22 1/2 years. I now enjoy reading to my granddaughter and supporting authors through my reviews!

Monday, November 30, 2020

Joy to the World: A Regency Christmas Collection

Joy to the World: A Regency Christmas Collection
ABOUT THE BOOK

Joy to the World: A Regency Christmas Collection 


By Carolyn Miller, Amanda Barratt, and Erica Vetsch

9780825446696 | $16.99 | Paperback | 336 pages

Inspirational Regency romance with a Christmas twist from three best-selling authors


In Joy to the World, three popular authors come together to offer a heartwarming collection of holiday Regency romance. Based on lines from a beloved Christmas carol, these three novellas in one book have depth, faith, and satisfying stories all packed into the perfect length for readers to curl up and take a brief break from their holiday busyness.

"Heaven and Nature Sing" by Carolyn Miller
Two music lovers, deeply devoted to each other, were on the brink of engagement when family circumstances drove them apart. How can they ever overcome their obligations and fears to find their way back into each other's arms?

"Far as the Curse is Found" by Amanda Barratt
One winter night, a woman struggling to provide for her illegitimate child encounters a scarred veteran of the Napoleonic Wars on the streets of London. Can love conquer the darkness of two broken pasts?

"Wonders of His Love" by Erica Vetsch
A Scots portrait painter with a hidden identity finds work at a noble manor house over the holidays. He never imagined he'd fall in love with the emotionally frozen widow there. Now he wants nothing more than to thaw her heart.



MY THOUGHTS.....

Just looking at the beautiful cover of this book makes me happy! Joy to the World is a delightful collection filled with great characters, inspiring messages, and a look at Christmas in early 1800 England, and the three stories inside are such a treat to read. Carolyn Miller, Amanda Barratt, and Erica Vetsch truly understand Regency!

A Christmas house party is the setting of Carolyn Miller's contribution and it is our first lovely view of a Regency Christmas, with its mention of mistletoe, kissing balls, wreaths, and of course, Christmas carols. Heaven and Nature Sing showcases a love that seemed lost until a second chance is offered.

Far As the Curse is Found is a moving reminder that beauty is truly in the eye of the beholder. Amanda Barratt reminds us that hidden hurts and wounds that we carry inside are just as debilitating as the physical scars that are visible for all to see. Jenny and Dwight help each other find healing and possibly, they can experience a future together.

Can a Scottish painter assigned to paint royal portraits help an unhappy widow find a reason to be happy again? Will their different social classes prevent them from pursuing a relationship together? Author Erica Vetsch gives us their wonderful story in Wonders of His Love.

This is certainly a book to read and savor and I loved that the three story titles reference the lines of the beloved Christmas carol, Joy to the World. I recommend it to all who enjoy Christian romance and holiday stories.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Kregel Publications. A favorable review was never required and no monetary compensation was given. These are my own thoughts. 

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

ABOUT THE AUTHORS


Carolyn Miller is an Inspirational Regency romance author who lives in the beautiful Southern Highlands of New South Wales, Australia with her husband and four children. She loves reading especially Jane Austen and Georgette Heyer), music, films, gardens, art, travel and food. She also "really enjoys creating worlds where flawed people can grow in faith, hope and love."


You can read more about her here. Website Facebook Pinterest Twitter Instagram





ECPA best-selling author Amanda Barratt fell in love with writing in grade school when she wrote her first story—a spin-off of Jane Eyre. Now, Amanda writes romantic, historical fiction, penning stories of beauty and brokenness set against the backdrop of bygone eras not so very different from our own. She's the author of over a dozen novels and novellas including The White Rose Resists: A Novel of the German Students Who Defied Hitler and My Dearest Dietrich: A Novel of Dietrich Bonhoeffer's Lost Love.


Amanda lives in the woods of Michigan with her family, where she can be found reading way too many books, plotting her next novel, and jotting down imaginary travel itineraries for her dream vacation to Europe.

Visit her Website or follow her on Facebook    Twitter     Instagram



Erica Vetsch 
is a New York Times best-selling and ACFW Carol Award–winning author. She is a transplanted Kansan now living in Minnesota with her husband, who she claims is both her total opposite and soul mate. 

Vetsch loves Jesus, history, romance, and sports. When she’s not writing fiction, she’s planning her next trip to a history museum and cheering on her Kansas Jayhawks and New Zealand All Blacks.

A self-described history geek, she has been planning her first research trip to England.

Learn more about Erica Vetsch and her books at www.ericavetsch.com. She can also be found on Facebook (@EricaVetschAuthor)Instagram (@EricaVetsch) and Pinterest (Erica Vetsch).


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