Monday, October 27, 2014
Review of "Handcarved Christmas"
by Cynthia Hickey
Laura Worth answers an advertisement for a bride and leaves Missouri to meet her groom in Montana. When she gets there, she realizes her husband-to-be, Ben Cooper, has no knowledge of having sent for her. She is devastated, even more so when she breaks a precious heirloom. Ben's heart goes out to the beautiful woman and he marries her in answer to his mother's dying wish. As Christmas approaches, the two wonder whether their marriage will hold the love and intimacy God intended it to have. Will Ben win the heart of his unexpected gift?
MY REVIEW: Handcarved Christmas is a truly endearing Christmas novella. I read it in one sitting on a long drive back from visiting my daughters. I love snow and the fact that there is snow and a precious romance makes it even better. Ben and Laura are two extremely likable characters. I love historical romances and this one addresses a time when "mail-order brides" were the norm. Laura is a character full of bravery to move from Missouri to Montana to marry a man sight unseen. I rate this novella 5 stars and highly recommend it to readers.
I received a copy of this novella as a gift from another author in exchange for my honest review.
About the Author:
Multi-published author Cynthia Hickey had three cozy mysteries published through Barbour Publishing, with a novella releasing in March 2013. Her first mystery, Fudge-Laced Felonies, won first place in the inspirational category of the Great Expectations contest in 2007. Her third cozy, Chocolate-Covered Crime, received a four-star review from Romantic Times. All three cozies have been re-released as ebooks through the MacGregor Literary Agency, along with a new cozy series. She has several historical romances releasing in 2013 and 2014 through Harlequin’s Heartsong Presents. She lives in Arizona with her husband, one of their seven children, two dogs and two cats. She has five grandchildren who keep her busy and tell everyone they know that “Nana is a writer”. Visit her website at www.cynthiahickey.com.