A Texas Christmas contains six novellas by different authors set in Texas during the 1880’s and 1890’s in the weeks leading up to Christmas. Lacey Mather comes to Texas to run her aunt’s diner, but she intends to return home as soon as possible, unless the local blacksmith can change her mind, in “Here Cooks the Bride.” (by Cathy Marie Hake) Photographer Travis McCoy is too busy creating “A Christmas Chronicle” (by Pamela Griffin) to settle down, but when he meets Vivian Sager, she might just change his mind. In “To Hear Angels Sing” (by Romona Cecil) Bridget O’Keefe comes to Texas to teach orphaned Indian children, but faces hostility from some of the locals like Seth Krueger who blames Indians for his father’s death.
Polly Jessup holds onto a promise of marriage from Joey Carpenter, but when he returns from law school, she is disappointed, perhaps his painting “The Face of Mary” (by Darlene Franklin) will change his mind. Charlsey Ames works just as hard as the men on her father’s ranch, but when she meets accountant Harold Miller III, she is attracted to him, could he be “Charlsey’s Accountant?” (by Lena Nelson Dooley) When Josef Mueller returns home tracking a wanted man Bessie Mae Ames thinks he will be nothing but “Plain Trouble” (by Kathleen Y’Barbo) for her.
I enjoyed this book. I liked the fact that while this is a Christmas book, the stories take place in the days and weeks leading up to Christmas, and end on Christmas Eve or Day, so you can read it as far in advance as you want. The stories are sweet and interesting.
God’s plans are not are our own is a common theme in many of the stories. Many of the characters have their lives planned out and think they know where they are going, then something happens and they reach a crossroad where they have to choose which path they will take, and whether or not they will follow his path.
On the whole this is a sweet enjoyable book for the Christmas season. I give it 4 out of 5 stars.
Soli Deo Gloria!