The Winner of Patricia Davids’ Amish Christmas Joy and ornament is Jolene Navarro. The winner of a copy of Amish Christmas Joy is Lily Georg . Congratulations, Jolene and Lily. Now, on to Patricia’s Christmas memory.
One that stands out is my first Christmas with my husband’s family. I only had one brother, and one set of grandparents, so our Christmas celebrations were very small and low key. My husband is the oldest of seven and Christmas was a huge deal in his house. His dad liked to decorate so the house was filled with tinsel and lights and candles and all things Christmas. It could have been Christmas store all by itself.
Christmas morning was pure chaos. Paper and ribbon flying everywhere eventually covering the entire floor. The gifts were simple, but everyone got tons of packages. It was the first time I saw anyone put toys and goodies in a stocking. (I usually got oranges and candy.) I knew then that when we had children of our own, our Christmas would include lots of presents and lots of decorations.
But it didn’t stop there. My mother-in-law is one of eight. Her mother was one of eight and she lived right next door. Christmas night everyone and I do mean everyone came to Grandma’s house and there were more presents. I counted the people once but lost track around one hundred. What a fun day that was and it changed my concept of family and Christmas forever. I’m so blessed to have married into the Beatty family.
What I’m giving away: A Mississippi Holiday. A copy of Restoring His Heart. Book#2 in the Home to Dover (Mississippi) series, a Thanksgiving romance, and bonus gift, a copy of Plantation Christmas Weddings novella collection – set in Natchez Mississippi. While not a Love Inspired book, two of the authors are LI authors. Lorraine Beatty writes Love Inspired Contemporary, Virginia Vaughan writes Love Inspired Suspense. Merry Christmas y’all.
Lorraine Beatty is a multi-published, bestselling author born and raised in Columbus, Ohio. She and husband Joe have two grown sons and five grandchildren. Lorraine started writing in Junior High and has written for trade books, newspapers, and company newsletters. She writes for Love Inspired Books and Barbour Books. She is a member of RWA, ACFW and is a charter member, and past President of Magnolia State Romance Writers. Away from writing she sings in her church choir, loves to garden, spend time with her grandchildren, and travel. I love to hear from my readers.
Restoring His Heart LI April 2013
A love to build on. After he crashes his sports car into a gazebo, Adam Holbrook is sentenced to spend thirty days rebuilding it – definitely not Adam’s usual glamorous lifestyle. But when Laura Durrant the contractor scheduled to help him, shows up, everything changes. Suddenly Adam wouldn’t mind an extended sentence. And no one’s more surprised by this change in attitude than Adam. As they work amid the sawdust and sweat Laura teaches him about more than carpentry. She teaches him everything he’s missed out on – a family, a relationship with God, and maybe even love.
Plantation Christmas Weddings – Tis the Season for Romance
Christmas at Dunleith – Sylvia Barnes
City woman meets country guy when the parents of the bride and groom meet for the first time and sparks fly. Can the elegant setting and the charm of Natchez bridge the gap, and turn sparks into fireworks?
Christmas at Brandon Hall – Virginia Vaughan
When the children of an estranged couple plot a reunion at their aunts wedding, will the memories of their own special time at Brandon Hall rekindled their love or end their marriage once and for and all?
Christmas at Longwood – Cynthia Leavelle
A trip to Natchez for a friend’s wedding and to research her next novel also turns up an old friend who holds the key to her own happily ever after.
Christmas at Monmouth – Lorraine Beatty
Planning other’s dream weddings is simple, coming to terms with being jilted at her own isn’t. Until an old boyfriend arrives and shows her what real love is.
*To be eligible for Lorraine’s presents, you must leave a comment and live within the Continental United States. Winner will be selected using Random.org. The winner will be notified Dec 5 and posted on the sidebar as well.