Tuesday, October 15, 2019

WESTERN CHRISTMAS WISHES by Brenda Minton and Jill Kemerer, Reviewed by Trixi Oberembt

His Christmas Family by Brenda Minton
“We never know what God has in front of us, Laurel, but we can rest assured He has a plan.”

Laurel Adams comes home to Hope, Oklahoma at her grandma’s request for a long past due visit only to find a reclusive wounded cowboy caretaker and a teenage girl with a rough family life. Both soon dig deep in her heart to sooth the hurts she’s buried since childhood.

I love how Cameron and Laurel sparred words at the first meet and how it just endeared me to these two characters even more. They both connect on a deeper level with painful childhood pasts, and once they can overcome their wariness to each other, how they connected in the heart department! I loved Rose, the young teenage girl, begging for love in her own fashion. She just wants to be accepted as she is to the people who care about her. Having been in foster care most of her life, I’m glad it didn’t jade her perspective on the adults in her life. Laurel’s grandma, Gladys, took her in and showed her unconditional love and she thrived on it. I love how the friendship developed between Rose and Laurel. 

This was certainly a very heartwarming story to lift your spirit! These characters quickly grow on you and make you care what happens to them. I found myself cheering for them all the way. And I just can’t help but fall in love with Cameron myself; I have a soft spot for wounded heroes. He’s everything I would want in one!

A Merry Wyoming Christmas by Jill Kemerer
“Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding~ Proverbs 3:5”

Estranged from his brother, Michael Carr has a lot of resentment brewing in his heart. So coming home was not his idea of fun! He got more than he bargained for when he rescued a woman and her young daughter on a snowy winter night! Finding the pair huddled together in their damaged car on the side of the road definitely put a chink in his plans. Perhaps God is using this to help the reclusive cowboy finally find forgiveness and love at last.

“Spending time with the pretty mom would be flirting with disaster.”

Content with being a loner, Michael suddenly found himself responsible for two ladies. I love how he stepped up and helped Leann and her daughter Sunni when they desperately needed him. Sunni, for all her little girl charm, immediately takes right to “Myco” and quickly works her magic on his heart. This was also a very heartwarming story with characters to deeply care about. 

Learning each back-story for Michael and Leann pulled at my heartstrings and wanting the very best God has for them. When Michael finally let go of the past and found forgiveness with his brother, that definitely was the highlight for me! It’s only when we allow God to heal the deep hurts that we can find freedom and reconcile relationships. I loved how Jill Kemerer portrayed that very scriptural truth throughout the book. 

Love, faith, laughter, and healing made this story one reason I love Kemerer’s writing. She creates stories that not only dig in deep but characters that come to life in your mind.

Two stories to warm you heart and soul this Christmas season! Two stories to remind you of God’s truth, and His love and care for each of us!

*I received a complimentary copy of this from the author and was under no obligation to write a review. All opinions are my own. *

BackCover Blurb:
Two tales of holiday homecoming.
Spend the holidays with family in these two Western novellas!

Home is where the heart is in
His Christmas Family when Laurel Adams comes home and discovers a foster kid and a seriously charming horse trainer living on her grandmother’s ranch. And in A Merry Wyoming Christmas, single mom Leann Bowden is starting over when she and her daughter are rescued from a snowstorm. Might the dashing cowboy be the Christmas gift they’re dreaming of?

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  1. Thank you Debra for posting this! I hope you and everyone who views this gets a chance to read Western Christmas Wishes!

  2. You're welcome! Looks like a great release!

  3. This book sounds like a very good read, I love the cover, and it has 2 Christmas stories! I Love to read Christmas stories, actually I just plain love what Christmas is all about. I would love to read this book. Thank you so much for sharing this book review. I will be adding this book to my TBR list. Gods Blessings to you all.


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