Shenandoah Family Christmas by Lisa Belcastro is from a novella series. I was given this book with no knowledge of it belonging to a series, so I was unaware of the situation. It felt off at first, but I can adapt, adjust and move on like any Reading Soldier!
This story is about a few people in the 1600-1700's. A set of sisters, Rebecca and Melissa, have evidently walked into a time portal and found themselves here. They've met men, explained their pasts- er, futures and chose to stay behind. Rebecca has a daughter, Felicity who's caught smallpox, a deadly virus that turned plague in those days. Her husband is also ill. So Melissa's family and a few others set out to find cures.
Shenandoah Family Christmas was lovely. The base message was to lean on God, no matter what is going wrong, or right in life. Find appreciation for the good that's been given, and leave the rest for God to fix. The theme was very strong and sure to make those who love The Lord proud, but for those who are offended by any form of faith or religion, they'd be put off by it. For me, it was perfectly fine but I didn't like a few things.
One, I like the cover. I understand the red mittens and the ship is nice, set against a stormy sky. I would have loved more details on the ship, but that's neither here nor there. I also loved the story itself. It's a sweet story, and I guess back in those days, constant praying was THE thing, especially during a crisis. Sadly, they prayed way too much for my dose of fiction. For me, the best parts were of Jonah, and his 'white lie' to stay with the one who stole his heart!
All in all, the story was nice and I was happy it was a novella. I don't know if I could have handled a full novel like this. I'm off to the next read! 📚
Rating: 👓👓👓.5 /5 specs
* Blood Memory, Season 2: Volumes 1-4 is next.
**eBook provided by Celebrate Lit Bloggers, for an honest review.
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