Featured Book: ‘The First Christmas’ by JB Richards.

Book Squirrel’s Advent Event featured book for December 23 is ‘The First Christmas’ by JB Richards.

A brand new release, this is a beautiful retelling of the story of the first Christmas that makes perfect Christmas Eve reading. 

A brand new release, this is a beautiful retelling of the story of the first Christmas that makes perfect Christmas Eve reading. JB Richards The First Christmas

Richards has masterfully dramatised the family and society into which Yeshua was born, bringing characters and the vivid settings of first century Judea to life so that the reader feels as though they are right there, looking on.

Told from the perspective of a close family member who does not yet realise who Yeshua would become, this familiar story is intimately and affectionately told in a new and engaging way.

This book is suitable reading for anyone from YA and older, and would make lovely family reading before Christmas.

‘The First Christmas’ is available on Amazon.

Dec 23 ~ Featured Book: ‘Nine Ladies Dancing 2017’.

Book Squirrel’s Advent Event featured book for December 23 is ‘Nine Ladies Dancing 2017’.

This collection presents ten Regency romances by bestselling authors— some traditionally sweet, some clean, some mildly sensuous — in a boxed set.

Book Squirrel’s Advent Event featured book for December 23 is ‘Nine Ladies Dancing 2017’.

This collection presents ten Regency romances by bestselling authors— some traditionally sweet, some clean, some mildly sensuous — in a boxed set.

Anthology Nine Ladies Dancing 2017

A Lot Like a Lady — Ladies’ maid Juliet Baines finds that pretending to be a lady isn’t nearly as hard as guarding her heart against the folly of wanting a man who’s completely out of reach.

Love, Unmasked — Armed with a new and sensuous gown, a full-face mask, and complete anonymity, Fidelity Scott is determined to make some scandalous memories to sustain her for the rest of her loveless life. But is her life truly without love?

Healing Hearts — Joanna Leighton has seen what love can do to a person and she refuses to subject herself to that pain. But when the quiet and secretive Colin Aldridge moves to town, she begins to wonder if love is perhaps worth the pain it inevitably brings.

Midsummer Love — Three sweet, clean short stories explore just how much fun Regency romance can be.

The Bartered Wife — When her father informs her she’ll be marrying his stepson the next day, Abigail Cavendish stumbles in shock from the house and directly beneath the hooves of a frightened horse. Unconscious, she’s unable to fight back when her father decides to go ahead with the marriage by proxy.

Four Calling Bards — Faced with a sudden plethora of suitors, vicar’s daughter Amanda Collins must choose between the lord of the manor, his footman, or the butcher. Or dare she remain unwed, caring for her father and advocating for the abolition of slavery?

The Color of Deception — After artist Kitty Sullyard mysteriously disappears, Nathaniel Bexley has only a single clue with which to find her. Will he be able to decipher the secret message she’s hidden in a drawing, or will Kitty be doomed to the hands of her kidnappers?

The Duke and His Bluestocking — Augustus Balfour, Duke of Carlisle, needs a wife. But the only woman he finds interesting has no need of a husband. Is there anything he can say to change bluestocking Georgiana Allen’s mind?

The Golden Goose — Rose Walsh tried to escape one man only to be kidnapped and held prisoner by another. She has lived under disguise as a ship’s boy for eight years. Then she hears the voice of a man that sparks a memory of the woman she once was. Will the bond they form see them to safety — and maybe beyond?

Something Like a Lady — Lady Annabella Price prefers hiding out in an abandoned cottage in the country to being with her stepbrother, the Duke of Wyndham, for even a day. At least she did… until the insufferable Lord Seabrook showed up.

‘Nine Ladies Dancing 2017’ is available on Amazon.

Book Review: ‘Team Holly’ by Jane Jago

The mutual love and respect between two young men and their stepmother is the beacon of hope for the dysfunctional family at the centre of this story.

 

 

Jane Jago Team Holly
The mutual love and respect between two young men and their stepmother is the beacon of hope for the dysfunctional family at the centre of this story.  Jago has masterfully created a lovable and realistic pair of heroes and very effectively positions the reader as a member of ‘Team Holly’ as the story begins to unfold.

This book serves to remind us that neither families nor individuals are perfect, and that those fractures that are often easier to overlook at other times of the year often come into acute focus at Christmas.

Its dark themes add depth and gravity to this powerful story, beautifully crafted with wonderful writing that draws the reader into the family home and holds them there, a silent witness of awkward, painful and tender moments alike.
Golden Acorns

‘Team Holly’ is fully deserving of a shiny Gold Acorn.
Find this great book at Amazon.

Book Review: ‘A Steampunk Christmas Carol’ by Angelique S Anderson

This new take on the classic tale is both enjoyable and intriguing.

Angelique Anderson A Steampunk Christmas Carol

This new take on the classic tale is both enjoyable and intriguing.

The steampunk elements added a different element, and the design of the spiritual world which Anderson has created and is really interesting. This spiritual layer of ‘administration’ is superimposed seamlessly over the Victorian society of which Dickens also wrote in ‘A Christmas Carol’, upon which this story idea is based.

The characters of Wylie and Adrian are likeable, and serve as an effective foil to Langdon, whose selfish and greedy ways come under scrutiny as the story progresses.

This novella works quite well as a stand-alone story, but is also interesting enough to make the reader want to read the rest of Anderson’s Dracosinum Tales series.

‘A Steampunk Christmas Carol’ is suitable reading for YA and older readers.
Silver Acorns
This book is a really good read and, as such, is awarded a Silver Acorn.

‘A Steampunk Christmas Carol is available on Amazon.

Dec 22 ~ Featured Book: ‘Goldmayne’ by Kate Stradling.

This is a blend and retelling of two quite obscure fairy tales from French-Canadian folklore. As Quebec is one of Book Squirrel’s favourite places in the whole world, this was a “must” for Christmas reading. 

Book Squirrel’s Advent Event featured book for December 22 is ‘Goldmayne’ by Kate Stradling.

This is a blend and retelling of two quite obscure fairy tales from French-Canadian folklore. As Quebec is one of Book Squirrel’s favourite places in the whole world, this was a “must” for Christmas reading. Kate Stradling Goldmayne

Evil witches, cursed royalty, heroes by happenstance, and happily ever after: Duncan does not believe in fairy tales, but when he runs away from his father’s farm, he tumbles headlong into one. Old Dame Groach recruits him as caretaker of her crumbling estate, where he must tend her poisonous garden, beat her white horse daily, and keep far away from the mysterious closet beneath the stairs… and that’s only the start of his fantastical troubles! A retelling and shameless embellishment of the French-Canadian folk tales, “Scurvyhead” and “Sir Goldenhair.”

‘Goldmayne’ is available on Amazon.

Book Review: ‘The First Christmas’ by J.B. Richards

A beautiful retelling of the first Christmas story!

What a beautiful retelling of the first Christmas story!JB Richards The First Christmas

Richards has masterfully dramatised the family and society into which Yeshua was born, bringing characters and the vivid settings of first century Judea to life so that the reader feels as though they are right there, looking on.

Told from the perspective of a close family member who does not yet realise who Yeshua would become, this familiar story is intimately and affectionately told in a new and engaging way.

This book is suitable reading for anyone from YA and older, and would make lovely family reading before Christmas.

Golden Acorns
I have given ‘The First Christmas’ a Golden Acorn. I’ll bet the magi didn’t think of that!

Find ‘The First Christmas’ on Amazon.

Dec 21 ~ Featured Book: ‘The Nutcracker Reimagined: A Collection of Christmas Tales’.

Book Squirrel’s Advent Event featured book for December 21 is ‘The Nutcracker Reimagined: A Collection of Christmas Tales’. 

This looks like a gorgeous collection, based on characters from the famous Christmas ballet. It’s certainly a unique idea in the world of reimagined traditional tales. 

Book Squirrel’s Advent Event featured book for December 21 is ‘The Nutcracker Reimagined: A Collection of Christmas Tales’.

This looks like a gorgeous collection, based on characters from the famous Christmas ballet. It’s certainly a unique idea in the world of reimagined traditional tales.

Imagine, if you will, that it is Christmas Eve. Anthology The Nutcracker Reimagined

The candles are guttered, one by one, and a hush falls over the grand parlor. The children have gone to bed, and a tall, gloriously decorated Christmas tree looms in the shadows of the hearth’s dying embers. Beside the tree a nutcracker stands guard, its broken jaw cradled in a kerchief tied about its head. All is quiet in this dark, peaceful scene until the long case clock chimes. Dulcet tones form a gentle symphony, and the parlor comes to life.

Now, the magic happens.

Lose yourself in The Nutcracker Reimagined, a collection of eleven Christmas tales based on the most treasured characters from the famous holiday ballet, The Nutcracker. Sugarplum fairies will dance in your head, as armies of mice and legions of dolls do battle, and a wounded nutcracker and his lady fair become the stuff of which legends are made. From Arabian dancers to living flowers and hosts of angels, enjoy these tales as reimagined characters from the beloved Christmas tradition find their own happily ever after.

And as the clock’s chimes signal the approaching sunrise, you’ll awaken from these magical stories to discover it has all been a beautiful dream of a retold Christmas classic.

‘The Nutcracker Reimagined: A Collection of Christmas Tales’ is available at Amazon.