This year, spend Christmas in Bethlehem, Maine, as the town prepares for annual living nativities. Will stepping into the roles of Mary and Joseph help empty nesters David and Kate Walters discover the joy of becoming parents again unexpectedly? Can a young pastor and a pretty choir member convince the town to be like three wise men of long ago when a devastating hurricane threatens tradition? Can veterinarian Leesa McElroy survive working alongside a man more at home with camels than Christians? Will the truth about singer Angeline Monroe’s abandoned career come to light at Christmas?
I received this book for free from Author Gifted in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
I was selected to be a reviewer and judge for a pretty prestigious award in the writing community. Since I take my judging seriously I was not able to blog about the books until after the winners were announced. Well they were announced last week so now I am free to blog out my little heart.
The first book that I got was actually a novella as part of the anthology Christmas comes to Bethlehem. That is Bethlehem Maine for those still with me. So this novella is obviously based in Bethlehem and follows the main character as she tries to make it on her own.
Leesa a single vet at the McElroy Veterinary Clinic has had better days. Dealing with an angry dog and a catty woman who could spell disaster to her practice with one word, Leesa must tow a very thin line. Kate the city manager has not only asked Leesa to take on a major undertaking, but one that could spell disaster for the entire town’s Christmas production if not completed. The only thing that is standing between Leesa and accomplishing the task is Logan Franks, not only the owner of the only camels this side of Portland, but a tough, no nonsense widower who does not want to be part of any festivities.
For a book that borders on religious and romance I was not specifically looking forward to it. But I figured that I could step outside of my proverbial wheelhouse once in awhile and to my surprise I really did enjoy this story. Although many may argue with me, I found this book to have supernatural elements and I really thought that this story was one of the best novellas that I have read in awhile. The characters for the length were very well thought out and developed. The plot was there and followed along without diverting. Even the conversations carried on as if you were standing next to the people who were talking. All of these made it not only enjoyable but honestly made me a fan of the author.