The Christmas Duet {blog tour}



Happy Saturday, readers! Welcome to the Christmas Duet blog tour, featuring His Law is Love by Rebekah A. Morris and O Come All Ye Faithful by Faith Blum. Both of these darling works of fiction feature Christmas song references, which makes them especially fun. :D 



Synopsis

Will hate and fear drown the song of Christmas love?

Amelia is eagerly anticipating her first Christmas in the west, but she soon finds that her brother-in-law's worry and her sister's exhaustion reach far deeper than the cares of a ranch and a family. A rash of fires and cattle thefts is plaguing the area, and the three young orphans they've sheltered are under suspicion from their prejudiced neighbors.

As hostilities mount, Amelia seizes every opportunity to help and encourage, but how much can one girl do? Will Reverend Brown win the community over to the true spirit of love? And will help arrive before everything they hold dear is destroyed?


My Review

His Law is Love was such a lovely story! 

Full of Christmas spirit and song references from the season, this story of a family in the west was so endearing. I adored the symbolism of choosing love over hatred, joy over fear. All of the characters were an enjoyment to read about—particularly that herd of children. 

I'd never heard of the Arizona Rangers of the early 1900s, so learning that tidbit from history was especially interesting. 

Oh, and they called Phoebe "Sissy"—I loved that! Having been called 'sissy' by my brother (and then parents and grandparents and anyone else who heard it...) for as long as I can remember, that was fun. :)


**I received an e-copy of this book from the author in exchange for my honest review.** 



Rebekah A. Morris is a homeschool graduate, an enthusiastic freelance author and a passionate writing teacher. Her books include, among others, Home Fires of the Great War, The Unexpected Request, Gift from the Storm, the Christmas Collection series, and her best selling Triple Creek Ranch series. Some of her favorite pastimes, when she isn’t writing, include reading, playing with her seven nieces and nephews, and coming up with dramatic and original things to do. (Sometimes with the nieces and nephews!) The Show-Me state is where she calls home. 



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Synopsis

O Come All Ye Faithful
Edwin wanted to be home, but instead he crouched in a trench. The English on one side of No Man’s Land and Germans on the other. What a way to spend Christmas. Could anything make it better?

Peace on Earth
Emmie and Elana are estranged sisters, torn apart by an old boyfriend five years earlier. Will they survive a night in the same hotel room after a blizzard forces them together or will peace on earth go out the window?

Silent Night
Christmas decorating had never gone this wrong. Jenna had just started when a crazy, gun-waving woman, walks right in the front door and ties her up in her own Christmas lights. Will Jenna even see her family this Christmas?

The Gift Goes On
Four friends and a year to reflect on. The year had been good for Carlotta, but Priscilla, Remus, and Newton all had at least one trial through the year. A mysterious giver the previous year had helped them all out, though. What would this year’s gifts bring?

O Christmas Tree
Gareth loves Christmas. But more than that, he loves Christmas tree hunting. As the family prepares for their annual trip, Gareth can barely contain his excitement. But what are all the spray bottles for?


My Review

This was a sweet collection of Christmas stories! Since there are five individual stories tucked inside these pages, I'll review and rate each one. 

O Come All Ye Faithful // 5 stars 
This was definitely my favorite story! I love the story of the Christmas Truce of 1914, and this was a personal look into the life and heart of one of the soldiers present. 

Peace on Earth // 3.5 stars 
The longest story in the book, this wasn't quite what I expected. I found that I couldn't connect well with either sister or their broken-home background. The theme of forgiveness was nicely done, though.

Silent Night // 4 stars 
I snickered and smiled my way through this story, which dealt well with the reality of mental illness. I would've liked more of Fay's backstory, but it was otherwise a sweet read. 

The Gift Goes On // 3.5 stars
Though sweet, this story felt like a chapter out of something longer. The group of friends were fun to read about, but I kept expecting more more about the mysterious gifts mentioned near the beginning. 

O Christmas Tree // 3 stars 
A cute story of a family going out to a farm to get their Christmas. While I enjoyed this one, I was confused by the spray bottles and the sister's attitude. The farm parts were fun though! 

**I received an e-copy of this book from the author in exchange for my honest review.** 



Faith Blum is a small-town Wisconsin girl. She’s lived in, or outside of, small towns her whole life. The thought of living in a city with more than 60,000 people in it scares her, especially after some interesting adventures driving through big cities like Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota.

Faith currently resides in the middle of the state of Wisconsin with her husband and their cat, Smokey. She is blessed to be able to have writing as her full-time career with household work and cooking to do on the side. She loves to paint walls as long as she doesn’t have to do hallways or ceilings.

When not writing, you can find her cooking food from scratch due to food allergies (fun), doing dishes (meh), knitting, crocheting, sewing, reading, or spending time with her husband (yay!). She is also a Community Assistant for the Young Writers Workshop and loves her work there. She loves to hear from her readers, so feel free to contact her on her website.




Just like Rebekah and Faith teamed up for this tour, they have also teamed up on the giveaway!

Grand Prize: Paperback of each (US only)
1st Prize: eBook of each (International and US)
2nd Prize: eBook of choice (International and US)

Enter here!




Are you looking forward to these new Christmas stories? Have you read any of these sweet authors' previous books? 

Comments

  1. Oh, glad to know you liked the "Sissy" in the story! :) Thanks for the lovely review, and for sharing about our books with your readers. :)
    Happy first of December!

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  2. They sound like good books for the season! I especially like the story of the Christmas truce too. :)

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