Holiday Bliss (book review & giveaway)

Holiday Bliss is book 2 in the Bliss series-- It comprises three romantic novellas by three different authors--set in different era's, in one home on the water called, Bliss.  I received this book to review through Beck Valley Books Book Tours. All the opinions above are 100% my own.

About the book:

Tending Her Heart by Kathleen Shoop

Julie Peters' plans to modernize Waterside Hospital's labor and delivery protocols are thwarted by old school doctors and brown-nosing colleagues. But a handsome doctor who understands her point-of-view has a fine bedside manner and a way of Tending Her Heart that has forever-after attached to it. Can a Thanksgiving stay in the regal home called Bliss give her the space she needs to right her future and fall in love?

The Christmas Miracle by Marcy Waldenville

Brenan Brown has a terrible secret. One his beautiful wife doesn't know about. One that could destroy his happiness and his family. One he'd thought he buried along with his former identity in a grave in Ireland. But shady characters--terrorists really--from his past come to the stately mansion with blackmail and kidnapping on their minds. And with his family's after at risk, his future in peril, all Brenan can hope for is The Christmas Miracle.

Holiday Wish by JD Wylde 

Vaughn Jennings has one rule he refuses to break. Not even for Chelsea Chathford, the curvaceous master carpenter he employs. With just reason. But with every day that goes by, it gets harder and harder to follow his rule. Can he follow his heart? Or forever wish he had? Because Christmas comes but once a year. And with it, the only chance to have his Holiday Wish come true.

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"Each story is vivid in historical and modern details and will certainly have you wanting to visit Bliss yourself. The characters come to life, making you fall in love with each and every couple, rooting for them to make it. I highly recommend this wonderful novel by five talented authors." - Kristine McCaffrey - Amazon Reader Review on Bliss Series Book 1

"Loved the book! It's my first anthology and I couldn't wait to get to the next story for the continuation. Can't wait to read these authors' next books." - review from Amazon on Bliss Series Book 1

My review:

The Christmas Miracle

1920 - This story was so much more than the book blurb above.  There were a number of story lines running through the book.  Brenan's story of trying to leave his past behind him in Ireland and move on In Harrington, NC at Bliss was at the forefront... and it was exciting and suspenseful.  His love and passion for his wife Jane was a page turner. There was also the story of Zelie:  both her story of a lost love showing up unexpectedly back in town after 20 years... and her story of being a black woman living through the fears and trials of segregation while being on staff at Bliss, but really considered more a part of the family.

I found the story of Jane pushing the boundaries of segregation and prejudice to be just as strong a part of the story as Brenan fighting against his past (if not a stronger part).  It really was a deep and meaningful book.  And... thinking back on the reading... I can completely see this being a TV series.

Tending Her Heart

1971 - Another story with a serious subject.  This story branches off of Kathleen Shoop's previous novel, Return to Love.  In Return to Love, April and Hale have suffered the loss of a baby at birth.  In this story... we meet Julie and Michael, who are a nurse and doctor at the hospital where April delivered.  Reading about April's story of dealing with still birth was a difficult read for me.  Reading Tending her Heart was a different story.  It was amazing to me to read about maternity wards and birth stories in 1971.  What a different world it was!  Julie's strength and courage to speak out about the practices was impressive.  While I LOVED the progression of the attraction and relationship between Julie and Michael... and I loved April's return in helping Julie (in multiple ways)... the true story here for me, was in nurse fighting for improved patient care practices.  (But I wouldn't leave out the scenes between Julie and Michael for anything!!!)

Holiday Wish

I loved the story between Chelsea and Vaughn.  Chelsea has worked hard to earn respect as a master carpenter.  Not an easy feat for a woman.  She grew up raised by her father, and is comfortable in jeans and heanleys and being one of the guys.  But, over the 5 years of working for Vaughn... she's slowly fallen for him.  Unfortunately... Vaughn is serious about his "no employee dating" rule.   The real complications seems to come when Vaughn also finds that he's slowly fallen for Chelsea as well.

I can tell you... I felt Chelsea and Vaughn's struggles right along with them as they fought to keep the respect of their co workers while trying to find happiness.  It was just such a real story.  Such a real fear... wanting to hold on to a good thing, while wanting more for the future.

Meet the Authors

Kathleen Shoop

Bestselling author Kathleen Shoop holds a PhD in reading education and has more than 20 years of experience in the classroom.

Kathleen has been featured in USA Today and the Writer’s Guide to 2013. Her work has appeared in The Tribune-Review, four Chicken Soup for the Soul books, and Pittsburgh Parent magazine. She lives in Oakmont, Pennsylvania with her husband and two children.


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Marcy Waldenville

Marcy Waldenville knew she wanted to write at an early age. A firm believer in anything-is-possible, she is happy to be following that dream. Born and raised in a small town in Western Pennsylvania. She lives in Southern Butler County with her husband, Ken.


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JD Wylde

A misplaced mountain child, J.D. lives in the rolling hills of western Pennsylvania with her husband of more than thiry years (and yes, she was a kindergarten bride). Their sons and one beautiful daughter-in-law live nearby. Ozzie, their neurotic dog lives a lot closer. And yes, she still roams wild and free, whatever mountains are currently in her path.


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