Monday, December 15, 2014

Book Tour and Giveaway: Holiday Bliss

Holiday Bliss is book 2 in the Bliss series-- It comprises three romantic novellas by three different authors--set in different era's, in one home on the water called, Bliss.

Tending Her Heart by Kathleen Shoop 
Julie Peters' plans to modernize Waterside Hospital's labor and delivery protocols are thwarted by old school doctors and brown-nosing colleagues. But a handsome doctor who understands her point-of-view has a fine bedside manner and a way of Tending Her Heart that has forever-after attached to it. Can a Thanksgiving stay in the regal home called Bliss give her the space she needs to right her future and fall in love? 

The Christmas Miracle by Marcy Waldenville 
Brenan Brown has a terrible secret. One his beautiful wife doesn't know about. One that could destroy his happiness and his family. One he'd thought he buried along with his former identity in a grave in Ireland. But shady characters--terrorists really--from his past come to the stately mansion with blackmail and kidnapping on their minds. And with his family's after at risk, his future in peril, all Brenan can hope for is The Christmas Miracle. 

Holiday Wish by JD Wylde 
Vaughn Jennings has one rule he refuses to break. Not even for Chelsea Chathford, the curvaceous master carpenter he employs. With just reason. But with every day that goes by, it gets harder and harder to follow his rule. Can he follow his heart? Or forever wish he had? Because Christmas comes but once a year. And with it, the only chance to have his Holiday Wish come true.

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"Each story is vivid in historical and modern details and will certainly have you wanting to visit Bliss yourself. The characters come to life, making you fall in love with each and every couple, rooting for them to make it. I highly recommend this wonderful novel by five talented authors." 
- Kristine McCaffrey - Amazon Reader Review on Bliss Series Book 1

"Loved the book! It's my first anthology and I couldn't wait to get to the next story for the continuation. Can't wait to read these authors' next books." 
- review from Amazon on Bliss Series Book 1

My Review: All three of the stories included in this anthology were remarkably well-written. Each one had its own flavor, because of the different authors, but they all grabbed my attention right away and held it to the end.  I liked the fact that they were all tied together by the house called Bliss, even though they each took place in a different era.

The Christmas Miracle is full of suspense and mystery--terrorists, bombs, kidnapping and the FBI no less, as well as romance. The description of the huge Christmas party the Browns hosted was incredible. It was just what I would imagine such a party to be in the South in 1920.  The party didn't wind up quite the way anyone expected, but the family would definitely have a holiday story to tell for years to come.

Tending Her Heart is set in 1971, and is the only story in the group to revolve around Thanksgiving. I think Julie was my favorite character in the book. She is very strong willed and determined, and she's working for a cause that really struck a chord with me. She and Michael have a rocky relationship at first, due to several presumptions and misunderstandings....but in the end, they find their happily ever after!  I also enjoyed the subplots with other nurses and doctors throughout the story.

Holiday Wish is a modern day love story.  Chelsea works for Vaughn, and they have strong feelings for one another. Unfortunately, Vaughn has an incident in his past which has totally closed him off to the idea of dating someone from work. The more they try to fight their feelings, the more fate--and friends--seems to bring them together. This was the quickest, lightest read of the three, and it kept me smiling almost throughout.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and look forward to reading more by all three of these authors.

I received this book to review through Beck Valley Books Book Tours, all the opinions above are 100% my own.

My Rating:  Four stars

Meet the Authors
Kathleen Shoop

Bestselling author Kathleen Shoop holds a PhD in reading education and has more than 20 years of experience in the classroom.  

Kathleen has been featured in USA Today and the Writer’s Guide to 2013. Her work has appeared in The Tribune-Review, four Chicken Soup for the Soul books, and Pittsburgh Parent magazine. She lives in Oakmont, Pennsylvania with her husband and two children.

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Marcy Waldenville

Marcy Waldenville knew she wanted to write at an early age. A firm believer in anything-is-possible, she is happy to be following that dream. Born and raised in a small town in Western Pennsylvania. She lives in Southern Butler County with her husband, Ken.

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JD Wylde
A misplaced mountain child, J.D. lives in the rolling hills of western Pennsylvania with her husband of more than thiry years (and yes, she was a kindergarten bride). Their sons and one beautiful daughter-in-law live nearby. Ozzie, their neurotic dog lives a lot closer. And yes, she still roams wild and free, whatever mountains are currently in her path.

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1 comment:

Sharon Martin said...

Sounds like such a wonderful read, ready to curl up and read this one right now.