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Saturday, December 25, 2010

review: the christmas brides by Linda Lael Miller

Gifts of time and love are surely the basic ingredients
of a truly merry Christmas. - Peg Bracken

The Christmas Brides
culled from her McKettrick and Creed series, “First Lady of the West” Linda Lael Miller presents a 2 in one reissue of her bestselling novels of historical Americana.
  • in A McKettrick Christmas, Elizabeth McKettrick looks forward to spending the holidays with her family. her traveling companion is spoiled Whitley Carson whom she plans to introduce to her kith and kin. along the way, a massive avalanche occurs and their train is stranded. with the rest of the helpless passengers, Lizzie faces the cold and darkness of a winter blizzard. she puts on a brave front and assists the handsome doctor Morgan Shane in taking care of those who were injured. using her wits and hoping against hope, she is resolute that she and the survivors may still be home in time for Christmas.
  • young schoolteacher Juliana Mitchell finds herself and her four Indian wards homeless and penniless in A Creed Country Christmas. her brother Clay has denied her again of her inheritance money. she encounters the widower Lincoln Creed who brings her and the children home to his ranch. there, she meets his seven year-old daughter Gracie and the rest of the ranch hands. with Christmas just a few days away and amidst the threat of the Bureau of Indian Affairs at her heels, Juliana learns that all may not be lost for her and her wards.
Lizzie's family reminds me so much of my own. i come from a big one too and Christmas is always the perfect season and reason for everyone to be reunited. it is also a time for christenings and weddings. if they had the time and the resources, my relatives who lived abroad would come home and spend the holidays with us. Juliana's concern for her wards also brings to mind my favorite grade school teachers. their patience and devotion to their profession are truly admirable. looking back now, my childhood Christmases were certainly memorable. they were times of wonder, expectation and delight over lots of gifts, plentiful food and love from family and friends.
Linda Lael Miller writes with such simplicity that reading her books is pure enjoyment. she paints vivid images that brings the reader right into the story. she  populates her pages with ordinary men and women who lived in a different era yet their lives, their emotions and the predicaments they face translate well into the present time.
The Christmas Brides is a great book to read not only for this holiday season but also for the rest of the year.

my personal rating is:
The Christmas Brides may contain material not suitable for younger readers 17 & under

Disclosure of Material Connection: i received a copy of The Christmas Brides from Harlequin through NetGalley.com i did not receive any payment in exchange for this review nor was i obligated to write a positive one. all opinions expressed here are entirely my own and may not necessarily agree with those of the author, the book's publisher and publicist or the readers of this review. this disclosure is in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255, Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

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