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FLAMES OF GOLD
LEANNE BURROUGHS, AMY BLIZZARD, JUDITH LEIGH, AMBER DAWN BELL, PATTY HOWELL
ISBN#: 978-0-9818550-5-9
October 2008
Highland Press Publishing
P.O. Box 2992, High Springs, FL 32655
Trade paperback
$12.49
236 Pages
Anthology
Rating: 3 Cups

A New Tradition, by Leanne Burroughs

Abigail is an advocate of women’s rights and the only daughter of her parents. Their fondest wish is to see her married, but she will not marry someone who does not consider her an equal.

Morgan has graduated from law school but does not know if that is how he wants to spend the rest of his life. He is happy as a bachelor and cannot imagine himself married.

While helping a sick friend by waiting tables at a restaurant, Abigail sees a very handsome man with mischievous eyes. She soon meets him again with a family friend and a romance blossoms until Morgan disappears without word. They meet again by chance and the attraction is still strong.

This is a nice tale, but the conflicts between the two main characters never quite ring true. The other characters are well drawn and the settings of Saratoga in the summer and New York in the winter fit the story perfectly.

The Snowflake Ball, by Amy Blizzard

Chloe is not a Christmas person and working as a doctor in a busy ER does not help. This year they conned her into playing Mrs. Claus.

Woody is a fireman from a family of Christmas fanatics. He is determined to make the beautiful ER doctor treating his cut a fan also.

An ER doctor with an aversion to Christmas finds love and her Christmas spirit in a handsome fireman.

This is an inspirational and touching love story. The two main characters are very likeable and sympathetic. The hospital setting is very appropriate to the story and the plot is entertaining and flows well.

Chance for a Merry Christmas, by Judith Leigh

Sue has just lost her mother and is going to spend the holidays in Mistletoe with her best friend Kacey who always cheers her up.

Chance is in the Air Force and was wounded in Iraq. Home in Mistletoe, he is happy to be among friends and family, but never dreamed that he would fall in love.

A wounded soldier and a grieving woman meet and fall in love in a Christmasy town called Mistletoe. They must overcome fear of Chance’s job to have a future together.

This is a very inspiring story set in a small town with a Christmas theme. I loved the townspeople and the town. Their love story is very romantic.

A Christmas Flame, by Amber Dawn Bell

Angel is a widow. She lost her husband and newborn child in a fire three years ago and has become a virtual recluse.

Jacob feels guilty because he could not save Angel’s family. He also still feels the guilt from not being able to save his sister when he was twelve. his fireman bears scars on the inside as well as the outside.

Three years ago, Angel lost her family in a terrible fire caused by Christmas lights on a dry tree. The fireman who tried to save them all has been haunted by her grief ever since and waits for the day she begins to live again.

This is a sweet story of love lost and found. Both characters have had great loss in their lives and need each other to heal. The little child Elizabeth adds a wonderful touch and I enjoyed reading about Angel and her struggle to learn to live and love again.

Entertaining Angels, by Patty Howell

Gwen is a graphic artist with a strong faith in God. She has strong family values and is always willing to help those in need.

Branson is an FBI agent with a con man for a brother. Branson’s relocation in the Witness Protection Program leads him to his soul mate.

A homeless child and the Christmas season bring a couple together.

This is a tear jerker of a story with very appealing characters and an inspirational message. I loved the little girl and Branson and Gwen make a wonderful couple. The religious message is a little heavy at times, but it is a very good story.

This is a nice collection of short stories with a Christmas theme. The characters are all pretty well developed and the settings range from turn of the century New York to the present. The stories also carry an inspirational theme for the most part and this fits in with the seasonal theme. This is a welcome addition to the usual story collections of the Christmas season.

Maura
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