Friday, December 14, 2012

Candlelight Christmas



Two Inspirational Christmas Stories ...

1. The Outlaw’s Gift by Linda Goodnight

1880s Oklahoma Territory
When drifter Seth Blackstone shows up at Raven Patterson’s homestead, Raven thinks this may be the solution to all her problems. But Seth’s mysterious past is about to catch up with him and could mean disaster for them both.

2. The Christmas Candle by Mary Connealy

Arkansas Ozarks 1883
Gabe Wagner, has left his hectic city life and moved onto Rose Palmer’s mountain. His plans to build a house will tear the heart out of her Ozark Mountain home. Rose learns that what she calls peace and quiet has evolved into isolation and loneliness. As Christmas approaches and she searches for the perfect way to honor the Savior’s birth, she realizes she wants to let Gabe into her life. But to do it, she may have to face a larger world that frightens her while she gives up the safe life she has always known.

Can the search for the perfect Christmas candle and the broken hearts of two little boys bring a solitary woman and a grieving man together?

My Review:

These two delightful novellas will definitely put the most hardened Scrooge into the Christmas spirit. Linda Goodnight is a new-to-me-author and after reading The Outlaws Gift, I'll have to remedy that! A tender romance with a stubborn heroine always grabs my attention. And Seth's battles with his past have hardened him almost beyond redemption. Thankfully Goodnight has a Christmas miracle up her sleeve for the powerful conclusion.

Connealy fans will be surprised to find that not a shot was fired in this touching Christmas story. But that doesn't mean that action doesn't explode off the page in any number of pager-turning ways! Loved Gabe's earnest (but clueless) drive to reach his sons and Rose is the captivating heroine who brings him to his knees. Loved the whole imagery of Rose's candlemaking as she definitely becomes a light in the Wagner household.

Please note: ebook format only.

Giveaway Opportunity:If you would like an opportunity to win a copy of Candlelight Christmas, please leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. If you post a comment and add your email, please use AT and DOT instead of @ and . in the address to protect yourself from spammers. If you enter the draw via email please remember to put the title in the subject line so that it's easy for me to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday December 16 2012. Offer open to international readers. Good luck!


  1. Both thse stories sound so tender and miracles are ones of the best things about Christmas stories.

  2. I love Christmas miracles that give me goosebumps and these ones did. Good luck, Na!

  3. Kav, I would like to enter this contest for Candlelight Christmas. Love Christmas, and think both of these will be good. MAXIE mac262(at)me(dot)com

  4. You'd be right, Maxie, they are great reads! Good luck!

  5. Our ladies who check out books in the church library love to read those books that have 2 or more stories. This book would be a wonderful addition to the library.
    Janet E.

  6. Wow, these books would be near for me. I lived by the Arkansas Ozarks when I was in 4th-6th grades. Then, because of a drought, our family moved to Oklahoma my remainder of 6th grade to my mid-twenties. My husband and I have retired to our hilltop home in the Missouri Ozarks along the Mark Twain National Forest ~*~ after the time in between back in my northern home state. I would like to read these two Christmas stories. Please add me for the drawing. Merry Christmas to you, Kav. Kathleen

  7. I have read and enjoyed books by both of these authors. These novellas sound good! Thanks for the giveaway!

    jswaks at gmail dot com

  8. I'd love to win a copy of Candlelight Christmas! Beautiful review of what sounds like a lovely Christmas tale. Thank you for offering this contest!

  9. Good luck everyone! And just a reminder -- this book has only been published in ebook format.

  10. thank you for the wonderful review of this book, and the giveaway. I love Christmas stories and would love to have this one too!

  11. I love both of these authors, they know how tell an amazing story. Please add me for Candlelight Christmas. Thanks, Kav!
    worthy2bpraised at gmail dot com

  12. I really love both of these authors! Thanks for the chance to win!


  13. I always enjoy a Mary Connealy book. They always put a smile on my face. Please enter me. Thanks.

    sweetdarknectar at gmail dot com

  14. I would love to win a copy of Candlelight Christmas. I enjoy books by both authors. They are so talented!


  15. These inspirational Christmas stories sound so very good!