Thursday, October 12, 2023

A LOUISIANA CHRISTMAS TO REMEMBER Anthology, Reviewed by Trixi Oberembt

A Louisiana Christmas to Remember  
by Morgon Tarpley Smith, Betsy St. Amant, and Lenora Worth 
Three heartwarming, interconnected stories of faith, love, and restoration

“Moreau has always been special, but I believe that hurricane united us.”

After the last hurricane damaged the town of Moreau’s beloved Le Petit Chapelle, three main characters—plus feisty Granny Eloise—have a vision to restore her to her original beauty. Three authors portray those characters in each of their novellas and bring a very lovely story to life!

I enjoyed getting to know Mattie, Jolene, Adale and Grandma Eloise. They were complex characters with many layers that the authors peeled back and gave us a glimpse of what made them tick. We can’t forget to include the heroes…Paul, Cameron and Remy who definitely added their own charm and personality. I wished the town of Moreau was real because it would be one to put on my bucket list to visit! 
If I had to pick a favorite character, I’d say Jolene fit the bill. She’s so much like me at times and it made her so relatable. My heart went out to her as she struggled to find her way back into her “hometown”; Cameron was the perfect soulmate for her. I also loved the faith thread in these stories; reminders of knowing who we are in Christ, forgiving the past, and keeping our faith strong no matter what happens (good or bad). Knowing God has each of us in His hands, guiding our paths. I love seeing this played out in each story! These authors seamlessly tied all three novellas together to make it feel like one long and satisfying read. Let’s not forget to mention the Christmas charm and all the traditions the town of Moreau keeps!
The love tropes are just as charming; Mattie and Paul are friends-to-more, Jolene and Cameron are opposites attract and Adale and Remy are second chance romance. This is definitely an “all the packages tied up in a neat bow to unwrap on Christmas day” kind of read to enjoy over and over any time of the year!
*I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review. *

BackCover Blurb:
A Rare Snowfall Leads to a Christmas to Remember

Three heartwarming, interconnected stories of faith, love, and restoration, brought to you by three Louisiana-native authors. Will a rare snowy Louisiana Christmas bring restoration and hope to the hometown and hearts of three women from the town’s founding family?

A Louisiana Snow by Morgan Tarpley Smith, meet Mattie: A passionate visionary who learns to forgive and finds love in unexpected places…

Restoring Christmas by Betsy St. Amant, meet Jolene: An artist and prodigal daughter who discovers love exists in the very place she once called home…

A Christmas Reunion by Lenora Worth, meet Adale: A beautiful widow who finally dares to love again…

And don’t forget Granny, whose feisty spirit, blunt dialogue, and quirky ways play an important and endearing role. 

Barbour Publishing, September, 2023
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1 comment:

  1. Thank you for sharing this Debra! This would make a great Christmas read for any reader :-)


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