Historical Romance Novella Collection Book Review: Under the Texas Mistletoe

About the Book

Title: Under the Texas Mistletoe

Author: Karen Witemeyer

Genre: Historical Romance

Publisher: Bethany House Publishers

Publication Date: August 31, 2021

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Publisher's Book Description

“Three Charming and Festive Holiday Novellas Spiced with Humor, Frontier Action, and Sweet Romance

In this 3-in-1 novella collection, bestselling author Karen Witemeyer presents the new story "A Texas Christmas Carol," in which a town's wealthy, Scrooge-like bachelor finds his world invaded by a woman set on earning his donation for helping the local poor, and by the penetrating questions of three mysterious visitors.

It also includes, for the first time in print, "An Archer Family Christmas." When the Archer clan gathers for the Christmas holiday, an unexpected request for help leaves Cassandra Archer directly in the path of a dangerous outlaw. Desperate to protect the woman he loves, Jim Archer races to the rescue, only to find that Cassie's life is not the only one in peril. It will take a Christmas miracle--and the entire Archer clan--to keep a second Archer Christmas from ending in disaster.

In previously published "Gift of the Heart," a widow and her young daughter move to Hope Springs for a fresh start. But with no money to secure a home, Ruth must convince a wealthy resort owner to accept her heirloom brooch as collateral. Will the pin that brought love to three generations soften the heart of a wounded recluse and give Ruth a second chance at love as the holidays draw near?

Sprinkled throughout the collection, you'll find a hope-filled Christmas devotion, Witemeyer holiday recipes, and fun facts about nineteenth-century Christmas celebrations!”


My Review

Under the Texas Mistletoe is a special novella collection with three captivating stories written by Karen Witemeyer. The historical novellas in this book feature meaningful Christmas love stories that sparkle with faith, hope, and second chances. Page after page, elements of history, adventure, and romance come together seamlessly to create stories that entertain and inspire.

The stories in this collection include endearing characters who overcome setbacks , trials, and heartache as they pursue purpose, forgiveness, healing, and hope. I experienced real emotional connections to the characters within each story, and their authenticity, perseverance, grace, and courage uplifted and encouraged me. 

From beginning to end, this collection is well-written and descriptively detailed. As they explore the wonders of Christmas and the themes of generosity, family, traditions, and new beginnings, these novellas are wholly engaging. Though each story is creative and unique, they all affirm the gift of family, the importance of generosity, the value of faith, and the blessing of fresh starts. 

Under the Texas Mistletoe is a moving story collection that reflects the miraculous nature of the Christmas season. The novellas it contains are truly edifying, worthwhile, and thoughtful. I wholeheartedly recommend this book to all readers.

*I was given a copy of this book by the publisher. A review was not required. The review I have written is voluntary and contains opinions that are entirely my own.


About the Author: Karen Witemeyer

“For those who love to smile as they read, bestselling author Karen Witemeyer offers warm-hearted historical romances with a flair of humor, feisty heroines, and swoon-worthy Texas heroes. A transplant from California, Karen came to Texas for college, met a cowboy disguised as a computer nerd, married him, and never left the state that had become home.

Winner of the HOLT Medallion, ACFW Carol Award, Inspirational Reader's Choice Award, National Reader's Choice Award, and a finalist for both the RITA and Christy Awards, Karen is a firm believer in the power of happy endings. . . and ice cream. She also loves to reward her readers. Every month she gives away two inspirational historical novels to someone from her newsletter list and offers substantial bonus content on her website.” --Biography from Karen Witemeyer’s author page on Amazon.com.

Click here to visit Karen Witemeyer's website. 


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