The Advent Bride by Mary Connealy (12 Brides of Christmas, #1)

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The Advent Bride by Mary Connealy (12 Brides of Christmas, #1)The Advent Bride by Mary Connealy

Also by this author: Sophie's Daughters Trilogy, Doctor in Petticoats, Wrangler in Petticoats, Sharpshooter in Petticoats,
Genres: Christian Fiction, Christian Historical Fiction, Historical Fiction, Novella, Romance
Published by Shiloah Run Studios on October 6, 2014
Pages: 51
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
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#1:The Advent Bride
Melanie Douglas attempts to connect with a troubled student using an advent box with hidden rewards. When Henry O’Keeffe sees a remarkable change in his son, he has to meet the new teacher. Will more than one prayer be answered in the small Nebraska town?

12 Brides of Christmas

New–The 12 Brides of Christmas! You’re invited to a Christmas wedding…that is twelve of them! Discover the joy of an old-fashioned Christmas romance with these twelve heart-warming stories. Brand-new stories from renowned inspirational fiction authors that take you into the heartland of historical America will release each week starting October 6.

Don’t be late! Watch for all 12 stories:
October 6 – #1: The Advent Bride
October 13 – #2: The Nutcraker Bride
October 20 – #3: The Evergreen Bride
October 27 – #4: The Gift-Wrapped Bride
November 3 – #5: The Yuletide Bride
November 10 – #6: The Gingerbread Bride
November 17 – #7: The Nativity Bride
November 24 – #8: The Christmas Tree Bride
December 1 – #9: The Festive Bride
December 8 – #10: The Christmas Star Bride
December 15 – #11: The Snowbound Bride
December 22 – #12: The Fruitcake Bride

…have yourself a Cozy Little Christmas!

Typing this on my phone, so might rewrite some when I’m finally at a computer. Last night while I knew my newborn son would wake up at any moment and I was already exhausted I decided to try a novella from one of my favorite Christian historical fiction authors instead of delving into a deeper and longer novel. It was a great choice.

I started reading this Nebraska Advent tale of a schoolmarm and a difficult boy child that was all but orphaned after his mother’s postnatal death and his griff shrouded father. While Simon has jumped into mischief and Hank has dived into work (even multiple jobs) to keep busy and avoid the pain of love and lost… There is another whom circumstances and God’s Will might just have provided.

The story is short and clipped. But them sometimes novellas have to be to get it all in. I wouldn’t mind a longer tale, but then Mary’s writing always makes me feel that way.

I pride myself in staying up to date in what’s available in CHF and I have to admit I almost missed this (thanks Amanda!). The Advent Bride is (to my understanding) the first is a novella collection of twelve Christmas Brides published by Shiloh Run Press an imprint of Barbour Books. I was blessed to read this eBook ARC provided by Barbour via NetGalley and truly hope to read the rest of the novels in the series as well.

Update: The omnibus paperback edition will be released in the fall of 2015 in time for the Christmas and advent season!



About Mary Connealy

Mary Connealy writes romantic comedy with cowboys. She is a Carol Award winner, and a Rita, Christy, and Inspirational Reader’s Choice finalist. She is the bestselling author of the Wild at Heart series, Trouble in Texas series, Kincaid Bride series, Lassoed in Texas trilogy, Montana Marriages trilogy, Sophie’s Daughters trilogy, and many other books. Mary is married to a Nebraska cattleman and has four grown daughters and a little bevy of spectacular grandchildren. Find Mary online at

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