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A Prairie Christmas Collection (Barbour Christmas Collections)

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  449 Ratings  ·  60 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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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
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
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
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
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.
Deann Doolittle
Dec 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: christmas-reads
Loved all these stories!!!
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
Nancy (NE)
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.
Oct 12, 2010 rated it really liked it
The first story in the book is called Take Me Home by Tracey V. Bateman. This is the story of Kathleen Johnson who gets a job as a teacher in Coon's Hollow. She learns that no teacher ever stays at Coon's Hollow school for very long. She soon learns the reasons why. She also meets Josh and they fall in love at first sight but she declares she can't marry him because her mother wants her to stay in her hometown with her family. Will she leave her family to be with the man she loves?
Sep 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Wonderful read, especially through the holiday season! This book helps to remind each person who reads it the true meaning of the holidays. This book encompasses many families and is segmented in chapters within each story line. I found it easy to finish one story line (at least) daily. The segmentation also allowed me to read and do other projects at the same time. A very good book overall.
Dec 24, 2014 rated it liked it
This book was frustrating. I had read half of the short stories in other books. There was no indication that this was going to happen. Also, several stories were by different authors but used the same characters. I would expect one to follow the other, but this didn't happen. The stories were good, but the fact that I had read several of them before was very annoying
Tricia M.S.
Jan 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Love this book!! With the collection of short stories, I found this was perfect for a cold, snowy Michigan day. I love the message of love and the true meaning of Christmas in each of them without feeling like I was getting thumped with a heavy sermon upon my head. I checked this book out from my local library and gave it 5 out of 5 stars!
Tasha enderby
Nov 24, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2011, christmas
This book doesn't really stand out to me but it is a feel good Christmas collection of short stories. They are all set in the early 1800's out in the parries of the new states. There is a romance and Christmas traditions that help bring in the Christmas spirit. There arebloads of recipes I dod not have a chance to try butbit may be fun to do it a group.
Mar 06, 2011 rated it liked it
I picked this book b/c I enjoy stories of Christmas and romances. "A Prairie Christmas" is a collection of 9 short stories that occur in the 1800s on the Prairies. This is a good read, but has the potential to be much better. It was difficult to follow sometimes, perhaps in part due to the 9 different writing styles
Trish Boese
Mar 22, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: fiction, christmas
1* I gagged my way through the first 2 stories in this collection and I had to stop after that. I couldn't bear them. If you're a person who's looking for a super-shallow, squeaky-clean escape, try it.
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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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