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Whiskey River Christmas – 4 books! #Review #Romance #Christmas #Series

 Whiskey River Christmas, Books 1 – 4

  1. A Texas Christmas Past by Julia Justiss – 141 pages
  2. A Texas Christmas Reunion by Eve Gaddy – 157 pages
  3. A Texas Christmas Homecoming by Nancy Robards Thompson – 143 pages
  4. Once Upon a Texas Christmas by Katherine Garbera – 152 pages

Publisher: Tule Publishing

Published: November 2017

Rating: 5/5

I don’t usually do reviews like this, but thought it appropriate for this thoroughly enjoyable festive series. There are four books in the series, each written by a different author but all featuring Felicity – the matchmaking ghost! She was looking forward to marrying the love of her life, Drew Harwood, after he returned from fighting in the First World War. However, fate intervened and she died of Spanish Flu shortly after his return. Felicity didn’t want him to stay alone and took steps to help him and others to find their HEA at Christmas.

A Texas Christmas Past by Julia Justiss

In ‘A Texas Christmas Past’ the events in Felicity’s demise are related before going on to show how Felicity helped to bring together the man she loved with the widowed sister of his best friend from his time in the army, the man who has made it possible for him to keep his ranch running. Audra Donaldson had worked as a nurse during the war and has seen more than her share of tragedy. She is visiting her brother for the Christmas season and plans to go to work with others who have been traumatised by their war experiences and suffering the then unacknowledged PTSD. She is suffering herself and has personal knowledge of strategies to help herself and others. Drew is determined to resist his attraction to the nurse but Felicity has other lavender scented plans for the two!

This is a lovely, caring romance which is a great introduction to the series and scenarios. It is a heartwarming story with great characters and one that left me eager to read the subsequent stories in this series!

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A Texas Christmas Reunion by Eve Gaddy

The series moves from 1918 to the present day and features three friends who live in Whiskey River – Savannah Taylor, Rachel Wilson and Avery Burton. Now the notorious three bad boys from the Barrel area of town,  Harlan Sullivan, Elijah Lane and Logan Calloway have returned to town having, against the odds, made a success of their lives. In each of the next three stories in this series the focus is on one of these couples and the first couple are Savannah and Harlan who were secret lovers as teenagers until Harlan unexpectedly broke their relationship off just days after they first made love. She was understandably devastated and has been reluctant to trust anyone with her heart ever since. Now he’s bought the construction company where Savannah works. How will she cope with her first love’s return? Will the chemistry between them still be as volatile? Why did he leave? Can Felicity work her lavender scented ghostly influence on these two to give their love a chance?

As soon as I saw the author, I knew I’d love this story! She has a great way of bringing characters to life within the pages of her story and she did just that in this sweet second chance romance, too. The drama of secrets from the past being revealed, how Harlan is prepared to help save someone who was instrumental in breaking up their teen romance to ensure Savannah’s happiness is so sweet! I loved this story and look forward to reading the next two!

I requested and received a copy of this novel, via NetGalley. This is my honest review after choosing to read it. 

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A Texas Christmas Homecoming
by Nancy Robards Thompson

The second ‘bad boy’ from the less affluent area of Whiskey River to feature in this series is Elijah (Eli) Lane who left the area after being suspected of stealing the car belonging to the mother of his secret girlfriend, Rachel Wilson. He wasn’t the thief but Rachel didn’t back him up and, disillusioned, he left to participate in a scheme which helped him turn his life around. He’s been in the army and to college as well as working in the wine industry and now he’s returned to help set up a new vineyard in partnership with his two teen friends who have also done well after leaving the Barrels. He’s determined to show Rachel that he’s made something of his life . . . . even though she married someone else shortly after he left.

Rachel was devastated when Eli left without contacting her. She believes he abandoned her without a second thought but there are secrets to be revealed and a matchmaking ghost with lavender scent who will strive to help these two to uncover what happened and to move on to their own HEA together. However, even though their attraction is a hot as ever, there are other considerations this time around, including Rachel’s determination to make a success of her backing company and her delightful young daughter!

The angst and drama run riot through this third story in this festive season. Some of the events from the second book also feature in this one and it is great to read about them from a different point of view. This is a story to have your taste buds tingling as Felicity, the Harwood’s matchmaking ghost, tries to work her magic for another couple this Christmas. It is a delightful read and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Now I can’t wait to read the fourth and final story in this series!

I requested and received a copy of this novel, via NetGalley. This is my honest review after choosing to read it. 

Buy Links:    Amazon (UK)         Amazon (US)        Barnes and Noble

 

Once Upon a Texas Christmas by Katherine Garbera

This is the fourth and final story in this brilliant series. This time the focus is on Logan Calloway, the third man from the Barrels area who left as a teenager with everyone expecting him to never do much with his life. He astounded his detractors as he became a Hollywood A-lister, a superstar who never forgot his roots and actually set up a local charity to help anyone growing up in a similar situation to himself. Now instead of being supercilious to him, those who used to put him down now seek his approval and attention. As his friends are heading back to Whiskey River for the festive season, Logan goes there, too. Whilst there he visits the offices of his charity and discovers that his assistant, Avery Burton, may be another great reason for being in Whiskey River! With so many events occurring and the attraction between the two growing, the matchmaking Harwood ghost, Felicity, will be endeavouring to work her lavender scented magic again to bring love and romance to this couple!

Again, this story has events and characters in common with the previous two books in this series but they are related from a different point of view, adding to the feeling of actually being there. As Logan reflects on his past and moves on to the future, this story is an emotive read and shows how he strives to use his success to help others escape from low expectations and to boost their aspirations. The romance is brilliantly portrayed and it is endearing to follow its development. There is plenty of angst and turmoil and this story is yet another real page turner, with Felicity, the Harwood ghost, playing a lavender scented cupid in this thoroughly enjoyable conclusion to the series.

Buy Links:    Amazon (UK)         Amazon (US)        Barnes and Noble

Overall:

I loved this whole series, reading them in sequence over a long weekend – whenever life didn’t get in the way. I am so impressed with how the authors have collaborated to bring the characters, events and scenarios to life in each book yet each author brings their own voice to ‘their’ story.

This is definitely a fantastic Christmas series that I have no hesitation in highly recommending to anyone who enjoys escaping into community based romances – in this case with Felicity, a matchmaking ghost, to lend the couples a lavender scented hand on their journey to their HEA!

I requested and received copies of these novels, via NetGalley. This is my honest review after choosing to read them.

 

Synopsis:

A Texas Christmas Past by Julia Justiss

Once Upon a Texas Christmas by Katherine Garbera

2 comments on “Whiskey River Christmas – 4 books! #Review #Romance #Christmas #Series

  1. carhicks
    November 24, 2017

    I have so many Christmas stories/books to read already, I said no more. Guess what, I have four more to read now. Thanks for the great endorsement.

    Like

    • bicted
      November 24, 2017

      Sorry to be a bad influence but I’m glad you’ve got them – I hope you love them as much as I did!

      Like

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