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Overview Historical Romance: For Colonial settlers in Jamestown and Williamsburg who were enduring the hardships of carving a home out of the wilderness, Christmas was a reminder of where they came from and their hope for the future. But for some, finding the faith and joy necessary for celebration is a daunting task. Susanna's introduction to America is on a bride ship. Paul lost his livelihood in a fire. Raven is to be married off to a much older man. Mary grieves her husband's murder. Can these lonely souls open their hearts to the gift of love?
Historical Romance: For Colonial settlers in Jamestown and Williamsburg who were enduring the hardships of carving a home out of the wilderness, Christmas was a reminder of where they came from and their hope for the future. But for some, finding the faith and joy necessary for celebration is a daunting task. Susanna's introduction to America is on a bride ship. Paul lost his livelihood in a fire. Raven is to be married off to a much older man. Mary grieves her husband's murder. Can these lonely souls open their hearts to the gift of love?
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LAURALEE BLISS has always liked to dream big dreams. Part of that dream was writing, and after several years of hard work, her dream of publishing was realized in 1997 with the publication of her first romance novel, "Mountaintop", through Barbour Publishing. Since then she's had twenty books published, both historical and contemporary. Lauralee is also an avid hiker, completing the entire length of the Appalachian Trail both north and south. Lauralee makes her home in Virginia in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains with her family.
Lauralee Bliss currently resides in the state of Virginia.
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Holy Spirit Inspired Book! Jul 29, 2008
I am completely DELIGHTED. Actually, it is the second time through reading this book - I ordered it about a month ago and read it then, too. I LOVE the characters in these stories. First, in Angel of Jamestown, what a lovely, inspiring story. Absolutely perfect in every way is this story - I don't know how you do it Lauralee but the characters COME TO LIFE on the page with your descriptions of Alice and Paul. Then, in Broken Hearts, again, the characters are so real in your description that they come to life on the page.....you have such a way of completely fitting the character to the language, gestures, etc., it is as if your readers are actually there. Excellence, that's all I can say - pure excellence, and good for you for using the GIFT God bestowed upon you to write. Of course, I hope you write many, many more historical romances, because I think that is my favorite but your books are also my favorites - I don't have anything to compare them to really. The only other person that writes with such fullness that I can think of is Cathy Hake - extraordinary, really extraordinary. I will never forget these two stories.
Four Heartwarming Romance Novellas Nov 12, 2007
Reviewed by Regan Windsor for Reader Views (11/07)
"Colonial Christmas Brides" contains a collection of four historical romance novellas set in early colonial times. Each novella tells of hardship and loss in the wilderness of the new land, reliance on faith in God to provide direction and hope, and the joy that comes with celebration.
`Jamestown's Bride Ship' carries the reader aboard a ship of brides meant for the early settlers, sent to build and sustain community in Jamestown, Virginia Colony, during the 1620s. Susanna, not one of the intended brides, has been sent to America by her Grandmother to live with her aunt. Determined to reboard the ship back to England, Susanna seeks only to regain her strength after the long journey. That is until she finds herself in the arms of Joshua Deane. Joshua, having lost a wife and child in a native uprising while he was away overnight, has no intention of sacrificing another family to the rigors of colonial life. Drawn to Susanna, Joshua turns to God for guidance. Will he find his answer in time? Without Joshua, Susanna has little to stay for in Jamestown.
`Angel of Jamestown' opens in Jamestown, Virginia Colony, 1676 with Paul Dodson reliving the fire that consumed his home and livelihood as a blacksmith. Angry at being left with nothing and no means to rebuild, Paul is ready to fight for the Governor's attention, even at the price of death. "What else have I to live for anyway? You might as well have my life, too, for I have nothing else." It is then that a beautiful woman comes and saves him, leading him away from his battle, and reminding him to have faith in God. This "angel" continues to help him rebuild his life, through tools, clothes, and kindness. Determined to identify the woman and seek her reason for rescuing him, he begins to unravel the mystery of her identity. When he finally finds her and begins to spend time with her he finds himself falling in love. While her status is far above his, could she love him for whom he is, and is he brave enough to find out?
`Raven's Christmas' takes the reader to Williamsburg, Virginia Colony, in 1757 where Raven, aged twenty, finds herself with the horrible decision of marrying a man she doesn't love, and is fifty-years her senior, or risk losing her cherished family home to her wretched uncle. It is not until Andrew Faulkner, a musician and actor, comes to Williamsburg that Raven begins to pray for the ability to marry the man she loves. The only way that can happen is through the return of her Uncle William, a man that has been missing for several months and presumed dead.
`Broken Hearts' finds a heartbroken Mary Farthington, recently widowed when her husband was murdered in Williamsburg (1775), mistaken for one who summoned the militia to fight the governor. Left with a fatherless little girl, Mary is determined to have a doll made from the doll head that survived her husband's death. She brings the doll to a local craftsman who agrees to fashion a wooden body for the doll. Mary finds herself drawn back to the shop, and soon their friendship begins to grow. Just as thoughts of marriage begin to materialize she hears news that she is in danger and that John, the craftsman's, has ties to her husband's death. Mary, feeling heartbroken and betrayed begins to pack up her daughter and flee the plantation. Suddenly remembering the precious doll, she realizes she must face John and arms herself for the confrontation.
"Colonial Christmas Brides" provides four heartwarming historical romance novellas to set your heart and soul in the mood for the holidays. Lauralee Bliss and Irene B. Brand have mastered the task of developing heartfelt characters, stories of deep faith, and the magic of Christmas festivities.