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A Wilderness Christmas: Loving Devlin / The Fourth Gift / Christmas Surprise / Christmas Star
A Wilderness Christmas Loving Devlin / The Fourth Gift / Christmas Surprise / Christmas Star Author:Elizabeth Chadwick, Norah Hess, Connie Mason, Madeline Baker LOVING DEVLIN by Madeline Baker — In this sequel to LOVING SARAH (found in A FRONTIER CHRISTMAS) for a half-breed Apache, love comes full circle as he witnesses the miracle of a Christmas birth, helping his woman bring forth her babe far from the comforts of civilization. — THE FOURTH GIFT by Elizabeth Chadwick — A... more » determined woman struggles to rid herself of the Yankee partner who has bought out half of her Arizona sheep ranch, but by Christmas morning the interloper has fulfilled the three wishes dearest to her heart, and given her a fourth gift she hardly dared hope for.
CHRISTMAS SURPRISE by Norah Hess
When a handsome stranger appears at her isolated farm looking for work, a lovelorn spinster finds the dark, dreary winter days become as bright and new as the Christmas surprise he brings her.
CHRISTMAS STAR by Connie Mason
Following her very own Christmas star through the wilds of Colonial Virginia, a beautiful orphan learns she has enough love to make three lonely people into a true family.« less
These are 4 Christmas tales following A FRONTIER CHRISTMAS (2004). Three of the authors returned while Elizabeth Chadwick is new. My favorites were by Elizabeth Chadwick and Norah Hess. Chadwick did a masterful job of showing the incredible tension Merritt was in when she becomes interested in Jonathan.
LOVING DEVLIN (by Madeline Baker) This is a continuation of the story LOVING SARAH in A FRONTIER CHRISTMAS (2004). LOVING SARAH was a page-turner; this one wasnt quite as interesting. It is 4 years after the first story and Sarah has lost two baby boys; shes pregnant again and worried. Marauding Cherokee Indians snatch 71/2 month pregnant Sarah.
There was an interesting interplay between Devlin and his estranged Apache brother, Noche. It was a very satisfying turn.
THE FOURTH GIFT (Elizabeth Chadwick) Isolated and insulated on a sheep ranch in Arizona, 29 year-old Merritt Fox has been doing a mans work since she was very young. Her only companions were lonely old men (Merritts mother died when she was young). Merritt never thought about being female or wearing dresses, etc.
Without telling Merritt, her uncle sells his ½ of the ranch to a book writer, Jonathan Forrester, and scurries off to the fleshpots of San Francisco. Merritt is shocked when she finds that Forrester means to take up residence in her ranch house. This is a story about a young woman, clueless about being feminine, trying to accept the softer side of herself and learning to respond to a man interested in her. It is a very bumpy -- but enjoyable ride.
CHRISTMAS SURPRISE (Norah Hess). Jassy Jeffers is alone on the farm she inherited from her parents two years when men arrive and threaten her. A man (Luke Slater) steps out of the woods and asks if they are bothering his wife. The men leave quickly. Jassy has never seen the man before.
Slater asks her for a meal and says hell do a few odd jobs to repay her kindness. Five months later, Luke is still on the Jeffers farm and the neighbors are starting to talk.
CHRISTMAS STAR (Connie Mason) This story is so hokey I hate to waste the space to summarize the story. Some folks like prophecy and the magic of Christmas but I do not; the story was just too outlandish for me.