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Christmas Homecoming – Book Review

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Four acclaimed authors come together to create an inspiring, touching and magical Christmas collection of romance stories, centering around the trials and miracles of one American family. Though the love matches of Christmas Homecoming are a little predictable, the stories are worthy of a day spent in the summer sun, resting by the cool blue of swimming pool, or by a blazing fireplace with the sound of Jack Frost nipping at your door.

Christmas Homecoming; “Silver Bells” by Debby Mayne

The first story told in Christmas Homecoming is of Grandma Carol Scheirer. The beauty of the story is the proof it provides, that love can still be found, even when you’re in your 60’s. The romance of “Silver Bells” is mature and captivating, showing that people love much differently after years of wisdom in the making. When Grandma Scheirer follows God leading in her life and decides to marry a very long time family friend, she uses her wedding as the perfect reason for her family to come together again. This set-up makes for the perfect transition from author to author, allowing each one to tell another Scheirer family member tale.

Christmas Homecoming; “I’ll be Home for Christmas” by Elizabeth Ludwig

The second story of Christmas Homecoming is utterly enthralling with the raw emotions it portrays. Highly capable of bringing tears from readers as well as some laughter. Readers follow along as Carol’s grand-daughter, aptly named Christmas, sorts through the guilt that has twisted her very soul and the seed of hope that her faith in Christ has planted in her. Christmas’ greed led to her completely abandoning her family and left her blaming herself for the death of her grandfather. Now entrusted with family secrets, Christmas is put to the test and discovers whether greed is still the ruler of her heart, or if love can help her change.


Christmas Homecoming; “O Christmas Tree” by Elizabeth Goddard

Missionary Holly Scheirer takes a furlough to return home for her grandmother’s upcoming nuptials. When arriving she faces the truth of God’s love and his ultimate plan for her life. Being a missionary in South Africa was her dream, always, but could God have another plan for her, a new dream. Holly pray’s for discernment as she battles with the truth in her heart, maybe God has chosen love for her after all.

Christmas Homecoming; “The First Noelle” by Paige Winship Dooley

The last installment in the Christmas Homecoming saga is initially gut-wrenching for readers. Though the story becomes a little too predictable too fast, the plotline adds a nice finishing touch to the Scheirer family story. Noelle Scheirer was jilted at the alter, now 7 years later, she is planning her grandmas wedding and coming to terms with the guilt, betrayal and disappointment she felt for the man she had planned to marry. Noelle’s story proves that love is not easily conquered or extinguished, that love remains even when we fight it, and that God’s ways and His timing are not our own.

Meet the Authors of Christmas Homecoming

Debby Mayne is an acclaimed author, the Festival Collection Dating Feature Writer and co-author of a daily devotional for women; Be Still and Let Your Nail Polish Dry. Some of her works include Love Finds You in Treasure Island, Florida, a July Romantic Times Top Pick with 4-1/2 stars and her up and coming Portrait of Love, set for a June release.

In 2008 Elizabeth Ludwig was named the IWA Writer of the Year for her work on the novel by Heartsong Presents: Mysteries!, Where the Truth Lies. Elizabeth Ludwig is a regular contributor to the popular literary blog Novel Journey, named one of Writer’s Digest’s 101 Most Valuable Websites for Writers.

Elizabeth Goddard is a passionate Christian and compelling writer. Some of her works from Heartsongs Presents include: Sessions of Love and her most recent release; Disarming Andy.

Paige Winship Dooley is the author of over a dozen books and novellas with more on the way. Expect to read her works from Heartsong Presents: The Petticoat Doctor and Carousel Dreams.

Publication Details

Authors: Debby Mayne, Elizabeth Ludwig, Elizabeth Goddard, and Paige Winship Dooley

Title: Christmas Homecoming

Publisher: Barbour Publishing

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