First up is LILY by award winning author Ana Leigh. A continuation of her Mackenzie saga, Lily is Cleve and Adee's daughter who has struck out on her own as a Harvey girl. Losing her heart to three motherless children has put Lily in a terrible predicament, it seems she is about to lose it also to their handsome father, Sheriff Grady Delaney.
A TIME FOR ANGELS is Carolyn Davidson's contribution. Poor but proud Honoria "Honey" Morris is about to lose her farm, and Christmas is looking very bleak for her and her little sister. Until one snowy night before the holiday, an old man, lost and almost half frozen stumbles onto their property, and into their hearts. Much to the dismay of his hard hearted grandson, skeptical banker Zachary Bennett, the Morris girls have found a temporary home caring for his lonely grandfather. But Honey's warm nurturing seems to be finding a way to thaw out the ice in Zachary also.
The last in this Christmas collection is by Kate Bridges. THE LONG JOURNEY HOME is a story of a true Christmas miracle for widowed Melody Sutcliffe. Her husband, Mountie Logan Sutcliffe has returned from the dead, and will do anything to win his true love back!
Who can resist these wonderful, gifted authors? Grab a copy of FRONTIER CHRISTMAS, a warm cup of cocoa, and curl up under the tree for a truly magical Christmas read!
Of these 3 authors, I've only read books by Carolyn Davidson.
THE MACKINZIES: LILY (Ana Leigh) This story is a continuation of the book series by this author (see below). Lily is one of the Harvey House waitresses in Lamy, New Mexico in 1899. She left the Triple M Ranch, hoping to find a husband. Mr. Harvey is getting ready to close this restaurant and send the girls to Santa Fe. Lily has decided to go back home and be a spinster aunt. She hasn't found anyone she's interested in and she has become homesick. She really doesn't like the town sheriff, Grady Delaney, because he's spending too much time sheriffing and not enough time parenting.
For those who have read the rest of the MacKenzie's series, this is the last salvo. Note that it is a short story. I found it to be a rather common tale, but most Ana Leigh fans will want to read it for the final roundup of these characters' lives.
A TIME for ANGELS (Carolyn Davidson) Honey Bell Morris needs a loan and is insulted by the new new bank president, Zachary Bennett. He offers her the loan to pay off her house if she will have sex with him. A few months later, the retired bank president, Zachary's grandfather, is lost in a blizzard and meets Honey. When Honey saves him and Mr. Bennett decides to help her, Zachary thinks she is trying to seduce an old man.
The story seems a bit more contrived and Pollyanna-like than I care to read.
THE LONG JOURNEY HOME (Kate Bridges) As Logan Sutcliffe and Melodie were declared man-and-wife, he and the Royal Canadian Mounties are called away to chase some rustlers. Logan didn't return; eventually he's declared dead. Two years later, Melodie has finally put her grief away and decided to marry another man. There is plenty of grief to go around when they realize the ramifications of this love triangle. The 4th star (in my rating) is for this story.
1. Luke (1996)
2. Flint (1996)
3. Cleve (1997)
4. David (1998)
5. Peter (1998)
6. Jared (1999)
7. Jake (1999)
8. Josh (2000)
9. Zach (2001)
10. Cole (2002)