A Pioneer Christmas Collection “On Sale for $1.97… Nine authors including Margaret Brownley

A Pioneer Christmas Collection

From Barbour Books.
Nine authors including Margaret Brownley


First of all, I would like to thank Margaret Brownley for sending me a copy of this book to read and review. And the next thing is, I just found out that this book is for sale at Barbour Books for just $1.97. Wow that is a bargain! But hurry, not sure for how long. 


9 Stories of Finding Shelter and Love in a Wintry Frontier

by Margaret BrownleyKathleen FullerMarcia Gruver,Cynthia HickeyVickie McDonoughShannon McNear,Lauraine SnellingMichelle UleAnna Carrie Urquhart

Journey along with American settlers who learn that despite where the trail takes them or how primitive their lodgings may be Christmas is all about the heart. Determined to honor Christ’s birth, these pioneers find a way to make Christmas happen in places like a cave, a tipi, and a dugout. Modern readers will enjoy a peek into life before commercialism took over the sacred day, distracting us from the true blessings of faith, hope, and love. Enjoy nine original novellas of Christmas romance as penned from many of today’s leading Christian authors, including Lauraine Snelling, Kathleen Fuller, and Vickie McDonough.


A Pioneer Christmas Collection was such a good read! Each story is short enough that it can be read in an hour or so, but they are short but Awesome!! I especially enjoyed these because the setting of each is during the pioneer days and I love that era in history. Listed below are the nine stories, the author who wrote each one, and the historical time and place of the setting. If you only purchase one fiction to read during the Christmas Season, this is the one you need to choose! These stories are so neat because during the busy season, its comforting to sit down take a break and read all or half of one story at a time. And if you read the beginning of my blog, you saw that Barbour Books had this amazing book for only $1.97. But hurry, it may end soon!

And today I am mainly focusing on A Pony Express Christmas by Margaret Brownley, since Margaret so graciously provided a copy for me to read and review.

Ellie-Mae Newman was in search of her brother. He left home because of not getting along with their dad, but now that their dad was gone, Ellie-Mae wanted to find her twin. But at this time, she is sitting with a broken wagon with two stubborn mules to pull it with, that is if it was workable! Then she runs into a hanging about to happen, and offers money for the poor mans life. Thanking Ellie and walking away, Mr. Corbett thought he was free, but little did he know he had a price to pay.

Margaret Brownley makes every story she writes funny and fun to read. In the mist of the difficult situations Ellie-Mae and Mr. Corbett were in, she had be laughing most of the way through A Pony Express Christmas Collection. How these two kept going on their trail was anybody’s guess, but they kept one. Ellie-Mae was one determined woman, and Mr. Corbett was a fugitive. But as they stopped at each Pony Express office on the trail, them seemed to run into a dead end, but Ellie-Mae just wouldn’t give up. Wanna find out if they find this twin brother? The answer is in Ms. Brownley’s story, A Pony Express Christmas. And you will find this story in A Pioneer Christmas Collection from Barbour Books HERE.

And here is a list of the stories in A Pioneer Christmas Collection!

1. DEFENDING TRUTH by Shannon McNear, 1791 NC

2. THE CALLING by Kathleen Fuller, 1820 OH

3.  A SILENT NIGHT by Ana Urquhart, 1824 Scotland & 1830 MI

4.  A PONY EXPRESS CHRISTMAS by Margaret Brownley, 1862 NE

5.  A CHRISTMAS CASTLE by Cynthia Hickey, 1867 AZ

6. THE COWBOY’S ANGEL by Lauraine Snelling, 1875 ND

7. A BADLANDS CHRISTMAS by Marcia Gruver, 1885 ND

8. BUCKSKIN BRIDE by Vickie McDonough, 1889 OK

9.  THE GOLD RUSH CHRISTMAS by Michelle Ule, 1897 AK
I received this book from Author Margaret Brownley and the publisher Barbour Books 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.

Whispers in the Wind by Lauraine Snelling

After fleeing North Dakota and the now defunct Wild West Show, Cassie Lockwood and her companions have finally found the hidden valley in South Dakota where her father had dreamed of putting down roots. But to her dismay, she discovers a ranch already built on her land.

Cassie’s arrival surprises Mavis Engstrom and forces her to reveal secrets she’s kept hidden for years. Her son Ransom is suspicious of Cassie and questions the validity of her claim to the valley. But younger son Lucas decides from the start that he is in love with her and wants to marry her.

Will Cassie be able to build a home on the Bar E Ranch and fulfill her father’s dream of raising horses, or will she be forced to return to the itinerant life of her past?
I really enjoyed this historical fiction, and the vivid descriptions about ranching at the Bar E Ranch in South Dakota and getting to know the horses there! The story started off a little slow for me, but picked up after a few chapters and I will hooked! I could hardly put the book down. Cassie trying to fulfill her fathers dreams was heartwarming in itself, and special as well. If you enjoy a good historical fiction, and stories about ranching and horses, you will love this one. I highly recommend it to you!
I received this book from Bethany House 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.
Lauraine Snelling
Photo Credit: Photo courtesy of Ginger Murray Photography

Lauraine Snelling

Lauraine Snelling, an award-winning author of fifty-plus books with sales of over 2 million copies, also writes for a wide range of magazines and teaches at writers’ conferences across the country. She and her husband make their home in Tehachapi, California. Visitwww.laurainesnelling.com

REUNION………….by Lauraine Snelling


by Lauraine Snelling









Keira Johnson, a 50-year-old mother of two grown sons, believes she lives a good Christian life without secrets– until she discovers a life-jarring fact her late mother kept hidden all her life. Kiera was born out of wedlock, and the man she had always known as her father had adopted her as an infant.
Meanwhile, Keira’s beloved 17-year-old niece, Kirsten, has just discovered an unwanted pregnancy. Her boyfriend, Jose, is bound for college and Kirsten does not know what to do. As the family comes together for a reunion, Keira and Kirsten struggle with their fractured pasts and jumbled present. Will truth and honesty be the catalysts that allow the entire family to find peace?
Inspired by events in Lauraine Snelling’s own life.



The Sorenson family will be getting together for a reunion for the first time since Dagmar Sorenson passed away. As Dagmar’s daughter Keira is busy getting ready for the reunion, she is also busy looking for her birth certificate to get her passport for her dream trip with her husband to Norway. But what she finds will change her life forever because her birth certificate doesn’t have a fathers name. Why would her mother do this to her? And who is the mysterious man who fathered her, along with her mom? And is she still a Sorenson? After all she loved the father who raised her, and he loved her as well.

This is a heartwarming story of love, betrayal, forgiveness, understanding and hope. And Lauraine Snelling creates a special unique group of characters that develop so well throughout the story, giving readers a wonderful and enjoyable read. As we read Keira’s story, we laugh and cry with her as she is forced to deal with the developments taking place in her life. And with all of the twists and turns in the plot, I couldn’t put this book down. I kept reading and reading until the very last word.

I highly recommend this wonderful heartwarming read for anyone that likes a nice, clean, fun, read. You will not be disappointed, so pick up your copy today!

Buy this book from Christianbook.com / from Amazon.com / from Barnes & Noble

Buy an autographed copy from Lauraine

This book was provided by FaithWords for me to read and review. I was not expected or required to write a positive review. The opinions in this review are mine only.


Lauraine Snelling Long Bio:

Award-winning and best selling author Lauraine Snelling began living her dream to be a writer with her first published book for young adult readers, Tragedy on the Toutle, in 1982. She has since continued writing more horse books for young girls, adding historical and contemporary fiction and nonfiction for adults and young readers to her repertoire. All told, she has seventy books published.

Shown in her contemporary romances and women’s fiction, a hallmark of Lauraine’s style is writing about real issues of forgiveness, loss, domestic violence, and cancer within a compelling story. Her work has been translated into Norwegian, Danish, and German, and she has won the Silver Angel Award for An Untamed Landand a Romance Writers of America Golden Heart for Song of Laughter.

As a sought after speaker, Lauraine encourages others to find their gifts and live their lives with humor and joy. Her readers clamor for more books more often, and Lauraine would like to comply … if only her paintbrushes and easel didn’t call quite so loudly.

Lauraine and her husband, Wayne, have two grown sons, and live in the Tehachapi Mountains with a watchdog Basset named Winston. They love to travel, most especially in their forty-foot motor coach, which they affectionately deem “a work in progress”.


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