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A Prairie Christmas Collection

(Barbour Christmas Collections)

4.07  ·  Rating details ·  519 ratings  ·  68 reviews
Settling the vast open prairies, weathering the winter storms, and finding joy to celebrate during Christmas epitomizes the pioneer experience. In this unique collection of nine Christmas romances, readers will relive a prairie Christmas with all its challenges and delights as penned by multi-published authors, including Tracie Peterson and Deborah Raney.

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Paperback, 445 pages
Published September 1st 2010 by Barbour Books (first published 2010)
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What a nice cozy read. The stories are fun little romances and feature couples in the plains states/territories between the 1860s-1880s. They probably won’t prove to be super memorable, and as short stories most had some form of handicap simply from the length restrictions. But I really enjoyed this read and am happy to recommend it to anyone looking for a sweet Christmas read that won’t require a lot of emotional commitment.

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Ronda  Tutt
Net Galley

Absolutely Beautiful! Enjoyable Read!

Beautiful Christian Christmas Stories that will definitly get you in the mood for the snowy winter season. Every story was very touching with its own each HEA. I always find these historical stories of the old days amazing as they get through the hard times and make due with what little they have.

Each story has its own blessing as the characters are described throughout the story making you just want to hug the book when the story is over because i
Shari Larsen
Nov 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is a collection of short stories all taking place during the Christmas season, from the 1860s through the late 1880s, in various locations throughout the Great Plains.

I really enjoyed all of the stories, but one of my favorites was Take Me Home by Tracey Bateman; a gentle romance about a first time teacher who feels like she is in over her head with her first teaching job; I loved the main characters, but it's the secondary characters that really made the story. I cannot really say why with
Dec 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
SUMMARY: Experience Christmas on the historical American Great Plains as retold by nine different multi-published authors, including Tracie Peterson and Deborah Raney. Follow pioneers, immigrants, and orphans through their adventures, heartaches, challenges, victories, and romances. You are sure to find more than one favorite among the nine holiday romances in this unique collection to warm your heart and inspire your faith.

REVIEW: I really enjoyed this collection of short historical romances fr
Lydia (Overweight Bookshelf)
Dec 23, 2010 rated it liked it
Recommended to Lydia by: Barbour and NetGalley
First reviewed here: http://overweight-bookshelf.blogspot....

To be completely honest, I am not a huge fan of anthologies. The moment I start getting into the plot or the characters, the story draws to an end. There isn't enough time for deep and meaningful character development or plot development. For me, anthologies are literary snacks-something to whet your reading palette when you don't have enough time to fully engross in a book. The stories in this collection were sweet and cozy, the equiv
Nov 15, 2010 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Shannon, Mom
This was a really nice collection of Christmas stories. A couple of the stories felt a bit rushed in the "climax", but I think sometimes that's just the way short stories are, they have to pull things together a lot faster due to their shortened nature. Each story was about 50 pages long, which was nice -- I could read one or two in a sitting, and not have to remember what was going on in the book when I was able to pick it up again, which this week was nice, since I haven't had any large chunks ...more
Jul 25, 2010 rated it liked it
Though I think I read a version that only had 4 of these historic romances,they're still a bit too romantic and old aged for me, but I got it as a christmas present (big suprise there) and decided to give it a chance and its actually kinda good, in a cute "this is how people fell in love awhile ago (like people my parents age or older, which is old trust me) kind of way". Or maybe it takes place in the early 1900s?? Whateva same consept; it was so innocent and adorable, and I liked it. =P
Wilani Wahl
Jul 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A wonderful collection of 9 Christmas novellas from 9 different authors. I loved each of these. One of the things in addition to the fact they were well written was the spiritual thread that wove through each of them. I am sure I will be reading this collection again
Rachel Brand
This is a wonderful collection of historical romances, the perfect Christmas gift for anyone who is a true romantic at heart or simply an admirer of the good old days of wagons and bonnets. From stories of love at first sight to newly married couples overcoming problems together to widowers and spinsters finding a love they never thought they'd experience, there is sure to be more than one story in here to delight an avid inspirational historical romance reader.

Having spent most of December rem
A lovely collection of holiday novellas, featuring Christian-based historical romances blossoming on the wintry plains. There are some wonderful authors in this collection. This is my third book from Barbour Books, and I am finding myself really enjoying novellas from them! I really enjoyed how the first and last stories tied together, a perfect way to end the collection! The only story I didn't enjoy and felt disappointed with was Christmas Cake by Janet Spaeth. The plot was simply not substant ...more
Bobbie davis
May 08, 2019 rated it did not like it
I bought this book because one of my favorite authors Pamela Griffin wrote a story in it. I admire her writing style but this one didn't do much for me.
Nov 26, 2017 rated it liked it
Mixed bag of short stories, some good, some not so good. Easy reading and requires little in the way of engagement from the reader.
Heather Costa
Just more short stories. Totally predictable but still fun to read. Doesn't require too much thought.
Aimee M.
Nov 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
I didn't read all of the stories, but the ones that I did read were very good.
Jan 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Delightful collection of Christmas stories.
Deann Doolittle
Dec 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: christmas-reads
Loved all these stories!!!
Carolyn Mc.
Dec 27, 2018 rated it it was ok
Light, predictable niceynice christian writing.
Kay M
Dec 19, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: christmas
Nine Historical Christmas Romances

Take Me Home by Tracey Bateman (Coon's Hollow, Iowa, 1887)
This story was included in a book that I read a couple of years ago (Christmas on the Prairie), but I enjoyed reading it again. As a new teacher in a strange town, Kathleen struggles to fulfill the expectations of her mother.

One Wintry Night by Pamela Griffin (Leaning Tree, Nebraska, 1871)
Good story about a young woman coming to terms with the realities of life and learning about the things that are reall
Dec 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
i picked this book up in a used book store for $4.00.. i loved reading the short stories right before bed.. they were long enough to interest but short enough to finish daily.
I loved the positive christian messages woven into each story, and the fact that theses stories are Christmas themed was just an added bonus. A great book to read during the holiday season.
The women in the stories were not really keen on love, at first, but by the end of the story they accept the fact that you can't stop
Dec 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle-netgalley
This collection of fun to read Christmas stories (suitable for reading anytime of year) are each approx. 50 pages in length. I felt each of these stories had great character development considering the length of each. Each story is different and does not tie in with each other. My personal favorites were Take Me Home by Tracey Bateman. Coon's Hollow was in need of a teacher and Kathleen Johnson was the perfect fit, at least in Josh Truman's eyes. Will Kathleen stay? I loved the character of Mary ...more
Dec 16, 2010 rated it really liked it
A PRAIRIE CHRISTMAS COLLECTION: 9 HISTORICAL CHRISTMAS ROMANCES FROM AMERICA'S GREAT PLAINS by various authors(Tracie Peterson,Tracey Bateman,JoAnne A. Grote, Maryn Langer, Deborah Raney,Pamela Griffin, Darelene Mendrup, Janet Spaeth and Jill Stengl) is a wonderful inspirational Christmas romance.It is a reprint. It is a sweet romantic tales of days gone by and finding love.It is well written by all the authors. It has romance, faith,determination, courage, adventure, heartache, challenges, vict ...more
Nov 28, 2014 rated it it was ok
My mom gave me this book last Christmas and I finally ran out of other reading material and read it. The stories are predictable, shallow, saccharine, and badly written (which I think is par for the course for romance novels).

What really annoyed me was that most of the stories were not believably set in the 1800s. They were written in the present day, and then had the word "car" changed to "buggy" and so forth. For instance, in the "Circle of Blessings" story, I don't think a family of that era
Virginia Campbell
"A Prairie Christmas Collection: 9 Historical Christmas Romances from America's Great Plains" is the perfect holiday reader's treat for a "Prairie Woman at Heart" like me. Nine talented authors are featured in this charming Christmas anthology: Tracie Peterson, Tracey Bateman, Pamela Griffin, JoAnn A. Grote, Darlene Mindrup, Deborah Raney, Janet Spaeth, Jill Stengl, and Maryn Langer Smith. Each author spins a heartwarming romantic tale full of seasonal spirit and sentiment, and there are also de ...more
Dec 14, 2016 rated it liked it
4 stars:
One Wintery Night
A Christmas Gift of Love
God Jul
Circle of Blessings
Christmas Cake

2 stars:
Take Me Home
Image of Love
The Christmas Necklace
Colder Than Ice
Dec 11, 2011 rated it really liked it
The writing is simple and the book is obviously published by a less-than-perfect publishing company but the stories are sweet and entertaining and really help keep you in the Christmas spirit. I love historical fiction, especially stories about the 1800s prairie era, so I really enjoyed the stories in this book. The characters are surprisingly interesting and the plots are cute (usually romantic with a Christian theme). I really enjoyed reading the stories during the Christmas season last year a ...more
Nov 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
I am not a big fan of short stories BUT when I saw this book the other day at LifeWay Christian bookstore I knew it would be just right for Christmas time. I enjoyed reading all the stories and I hated when the stories would end. By reading this book I have found some new authors that I enjoyed and I will be looking for other work by them. I would recommend this book for quick reads and to enjoy the Christmas season. I will be reading this book every year at Christmas time because I enjoyed it t ...more
Dec 31, 2015 rated it really liked it
I got kind of burned out on prairie romances years ago, and neither romance nor short stories are my favorite type of reading, but I have enjoyed many of Tracie Peterson’s books and have been wanting to read Deborah Raney, two of the authors whose stories are included in this collection. There are a few stereotypical stories - a marriage of convenience, a snobby Boston socialite who moved West, a teacher teaching out West temporarily - until she falls in love. But there are a few surprises, too, ...more
Dec 08, 2012 rated it liked it
Not my usual genre for sure, it came recommended as a holiday read. This is a historical romance collection of nine short stories that happen to take place around Christmas time. There is a Christian touch to all of them. Too brief for anything but stock character development, predictable plots, and simple theology. Very inconsistent quality of writing, some were definitely better than others. One in particular was a laughable eye roller. Others were delightfully charming. Sometimes you just nee ...more
Nov 09, 2013 rated it liked it
This was nine different stories in one volume. Each story is independent of one another. The first story's summary on the inside cover of my book doesn't match what the story is about. The story is titled "Take Me Home" and the summary talks about Abigail and in the actual story there is no one named Abigail. The story is about a young woman named Kathleen who comes to Coon's Hollow, Iowa as the new school teacher. This story takes place about two years after the last story [Colder Than Ice] in ...more
Dianne Sidebottom
Jul 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
Even though it's winter where I am now, I do not experience snow, ice, blizzards n our Christmas is in summer. Interesting different stories. What I remember most is Aunt Susan's Christmas cake recipe n how mice had eaten the ingredients. By not washing the wool before knitting left the hands stained red from the dye... Swedish recipes ...the gift of money left for a worker as a traditional Christmas blessing ... Aunt Stella shut in a cellar with only a cat for company.
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Tracie Peterson is a bestselling author who writes in both historical and contemporary genres. Her novels reveal her love for research as well as her strong desire to develop emotionally meaningful characters and stories for her readers. Tracie and her family live in Montana.

pen name: Janelle Jamison

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