Saturday, November 4, 2023

A LOUISIANA CHRISTMAS TO REMEMBER by Morgan Tarpley Smith, Betsy St. Amant, and Lenora Worth. Reviewed by Rebecca Maney

Three delightfully inspiring holiday romances with an amazing fluidity between stories, making the three voices that wrote them seem as one.

"I heard about your mistletoe moment."

Small towns. Everyone knows everything about everyone. Ugh! Mattie Hayes wasn't going to let the not-really-a-mistletoe-moment ruin her plans for the first-ever, hopefully forever, Moreau, Louisiana Christmas Festival; the goal being to generate enough funds to restore their town's beloved historic chapel. She had her list and was checking it twice, and no one with the first name of Paul was going to be a distraction. Gracious! Could the tiniest part of her heart want him to be a distraction? - A Louisiana Snow by Morgan Tarpley Smith

"Sounds like you might need to give yourself the gift of forgiveness this year."
What was she even doing here? Oh, that's right. Her grandmother's eightieth birthday party. Jolene Broussard's original plan was to drop into Moreau, join her family for the celebration, and then head back to . . . nowhere . . . nothing. So when she agrees to delay her departure in order to complete a town mural, (after all, everyone still considered her to be an artist) Jolene and a local contractor don't exactly see eye to eye on the plan (understatement alert!). Can a restoration project restore Jolene's shattered faith in herself? (plus, draw a permanent truce with the handsome man who has wormed his way into her heart). - Restoring Christmas by Betsy St. Amant

"  . . . Remy Vachon had shown up here in Moreau, Louisiana, in her town of all places. As a renowned architect at that?"
Adale Lavigne-Marchand Broussard's precise life tilted on its axis when the man who had broken her young heart arrived at her mother's eightieth birthday party. How was it even possible that out of all the historical architects in the universe had the town chosen Remy Vachon to restore the town's chapel? And even more infuriating? Her mother didn't seem the least bit surprised. Well, a lot of water had flowed under that Paris bridge over the years, and Adale was not especially ready to forgive or forget . . . or was she? - A Christmas Reunion by Lenora Worth

*I purchased this book and was under no obligation to provide a positive review. 3.5 stars

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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