A Shenandoah Family Christmas by Lisa Belcastro is an 88 page novella in the Christian historical fiction genre. It is published by Washashore Publishing and was released on November 17, 2015. To purchase your own copy, click here.
Where is Christmas?
Disease, freezing temperatures, and the Revolutionary War bring bitter reality to the Reed home in December 1777. Captain Benjamin Reed is ordered to sail a supply shipment south to General George Washington. Days before Shenandoah’s scheduled departure, Ben’s first mate succumbs to smallpox.
Rebecca Reed had never feared the dreaded disease until her one-year-old daughter Felicity breaks out in the telltale rash. In the cold, dark days of Advent, Rebecca, Ben, and the Reed family wait in prayerful hope as Felicity fights for her life and they wonder who could be next.
With the rest of the family at risk, they decide to obtain the forbidden cowpox vaccine. Ben’s brother Jonah, his uncle Isaiah, and Shenandoah’s cook Adam Greene venture off in search of the outlawed vaccine. A blizzard hits. A tree crashes. Jonah crumbles to the ground. A woman with the face of an angel aids Jonah, but is it too late? And where are Adam and Isaiah?
As the death toll rises throughout the Colonies, the Reed family prays for more than one Christmas miracle. Purchase book HERE
About the Author
Lisa Belcastro lives with her family on Martha’s Vineyard. She loves time with her family and friends, running, gardening, outdoor activities, cooking, chocolate, reading, traveling, a healthy dose of adventure, and her cat, Ben, who keeps her company while she creates fictional lives for the numerous characters living inside her head.
Lisa runs as an ambassador for TEAM 413 (www.team413.org), and has completed a marathon (26.2 miles) in all fifty states.
Lisa’s stories are set on the Vineyard amidst the magnificence of the ocean, the beauty of sandy beaches, rolling hills, and ancient cliffs, as well as the people and events that make the Island so very unique.
When she’s not at her desk, Lisa is living in paradise, volunteering at her daughter’s school, serving in her church community, planting and weeding her numerous gardens, training to run the Walt Disney World Dopey Challenge in January 2016, walking the beach looking for sea glass, or enjoying a great meal while she pens the cuisine column for Vineyard Style Magazine.
MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK
Ben and Becca are faced with the horror of their daughter having the deadly smallpox illness, which is spreading throughout the area, with no medicines available to help. And on top of that, when Ben’s family venture out to find the vaccine they need, Jonah is injured, which leads him to Ava, who we may here from in another book!
As the illness continues to spread, Rebecca realizes the medicine that can help her daughter is far beyond her reach, so she is left to trust the Lord with her daughter. Rebecca is a strong, determined lady with a life full of faith, and it was clearly evident as she helped nurse her daughter and depend on the Lord for the healing. This was not an easy thing, the fear, the struggles, the sacrifices she and her husband made, left Rebecca with no one else. This is truly a book of unconditional love of a mother for her child. To read the faith of this character was a challenge to me. Christmas is about miracles, and this story was truly a miracle to read during the Holidays. I highly recommend A Shenandoah Family Christmas any time of the year.
I received this book from Celebration Blog Tours to read and review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 55.