… two stories with a mistletoe connection in one book? There’s twice as much fun when Love Finds You under the Mistletoe*.
“An Appalachian Christmas” by Irene Brand is set in the 1940’s just after WWll. Julia Mayfield honors her dying sister’s wish to see that her two-year-old nephew gets to his paternal grandparents in the small hollow of Mistletoe, Kentucky. Julia is not used to children. Mistletoe is so far off the beaten path in the Appalachian Mountains that she has no idea what she is getting into. A kindly mailman helps her out by taking her to spend the night with Granny, a very wise older lady. David Armstrong, one of Granny’s grandsons, enters the picture in the form of a lot of help with decision-making on what to do with little Bobby when the paternal grandparents don’t even want to see him. Sparks fly between David and Julia when Julia decides to stay a while with Granny in hopes that Bobby will soon see his grandparents. The mountains work their healing magic on a troubled soul. The mistletoe that grows wild soon becomes a viable income for the ladies of the hollow thanks to Julia. Bobby’s grandparents finally come around after a miracle that will surprise everyone. David and Julia are headed for romance. See what happens when you read this wonderful story.
In “Once Upon a Christmas Eve” by Anita Higman, Holly Goodnight is all about Christmas. Her Christmas-themed store in Noel, Missouri, has just won an award for best Christmas shop in the USA. In the store is a mistletoe ball that was sent to Holly’s adoptive father shortly after WWll. Holly and her best friend Quig never seem to get under it at the same time. A famous writer named Van has somehow discovered that Holly was abandoned as a baby on the shop’s doorstep on Christmas Eve. He wants to write her story, and she reluctantly agrees. Holly’s best friend Quig thinks it’s a terrific idea until Van falls in love with Holly. Quig sets out to win Holly for himself. Will one kiss under the mistletoe ball help Holly decide who is right for her?
*Love Finds You under the Mistletoe is part of the Love Finds You series of unconnected inspirational romance novels.
Reviewed by Terry (staff)