A Christmas in the Alps by Melody Carlson

A Christmas Novella

by Melody Carlson


After a time of heartache and loss, Simone Winthrop discovers a tantalizing letter from her French great-grandmother, which seems to suggest that she is heir to a family treasure. Ever practical, Simone assumes the claim is baseless, but her best friend encourages her to find out for sure. Despite her deep-rooted fear of flying, Simone boards a jet to travel to Paris at Christmastime to uncover the truth.

During the long flight, Simone meets the charming Kyle Larsson, who’s on his way to France to become an apprentice clockmaker. Though they abruptly part ways, an unexpected rendezvous in the French Alps at Simone’s family’s clock factory may lead to the discovery of the family treasure . . . and so much more.

For anyone who is wearying of staying home, Melody Carlson invites you to spend Christmas with her in the beautiful French Alps this year. So pull on your mittens, tie your scarf tight, and prepare yourself for a magical mountain holiday.


A Christmas in the Alps by Melody Carlson turned out to be quite the delightful read. At first I thought the book was slow going and kind of boring, but after several chapters it begin coming more to life. Especially after Simone arrived in France, there was much more interest there. I enjoyed getting to know the characters as well as Paris and France. And especially during the Christmas season. I could just imagine the beautiful decorations and lights, and especially during the night time Christmas lights Tour Simone was on. What fun that would be.

I was especially glad for Simone in the end, and Kyle as well. The ending was nicely woven together to make the story more enjoyable and pleasant. This is a nice novella to be read during the Christmas Holiday season. It is pretty short and a quick read so it won’t take much of your time. Unless you are more like me and like to savor each page instead of zooming through it. Check it out. I think you will enjoy it. This one deserves a Four Star from me. Simply because it was so slow during the beginning.

A special thanks to the author/publisher and netgalley for a copy of this book. I am not required to write a positive review, the opinions here are mine alone. I am disclosing this with my review in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

The Forgiving Jar by Wanda Brunstetter

The Forgiving Jar


My Rating 4.00 stars 

  • File Size: 1059 KB
  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Shiloh Run Press (February 1, 2019)
  • Publication Date: February 5, 2019
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English


What would happen if you found out someone has been impersonating you?

Sara Murray had never met her mother’s parents and was surprised to learn after her death that they were Amish living in Pennsylvania. When she is finally able to make the trip to meet them, she is shocked to learn someone else has been living with them and pretending to be Sara. Sara can’t understand how quickly her grandparents are willing to forgive the imposter.

Secrets and deceit seem to follow Sara, and she is so tired of it. Though soon she meets Brad Fuller who is visiting her grandparents during Christmas. She likes him a lot, but even he seems to pull away from her, not being totally honest.

Struggling, Sara finds an old canning jar hidden in the basement of her grandparents’ home that is full of encouraging prayers. Can Sara find a way to forgive the past and move on to building new relationships?


The story continues with Sarah Murray. This time, she comes to Lancaster after losing her job, in hopes of staying with her newly discovered Amish Grandparents. But when she arrives, her impersonater Michelle has been living there for a while, and even staying in her mom’s old room! It’s time for another battle between Michelle and Sara!

This is a sweet Amish story, except for the two Englishers, Sara and Michelle. For me, these two adults act plain out childish! There ‘thoughts’ are especially childish and they should both be ashamed! Though I can see Sara’s point, Michelle was munching off Sara’s grandparents a little too much. But the grandparents are the ones who invited Michelle to stay!

As always, in her trademark stylish way, author Wanda Brunstetter gives readers another amazing Amish story to enjoy. The story gets a little boring sometimes, but especially half way through, it comes to life in a new way! And the main issue, forgiveness was weaved together  throughout the story. If you enjoy Amish, here is another winner from this very special Amish Author!

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.”




New York Times bestselling and award-winning author Wanda E. Brunstetter is one of the founders of the Amish fiction genre. She has written close to 90 books translated in four languages. With over 10 million copies sold, Wanda’s stories consistently earn spots on the nation’s most prestigious bestseller lists and have received numerous awards. Her novels are based on personal research intended to accurately portray the Amish way of life and are well-read and trusted by many Amish, who credit her for giving readers a deeper understanding of the people and their customs. When Wanda visits her Amish friends, she finds herself drawn to their peaceful lifestyle, sincerity, and close family ties. She and her husband, Richard, have been blessed with two grown children, six grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.

On the Web: www.wandabrunstetter.com

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