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One historical romance + one contemporary romance = one sweet holiday read.
Two Christmas Romance Novellas Set 125 Years Apart
What if you were caught doing something good, but the man you loved didn’t see it that way?
The Debutante Queen by Angela Breidenbach ~ 1889 (Helena, MT): Calista Blythe enters the first Miss Snowflake Pageant celebrating Montana statehood to expose the plight of street urchins. But if her hidden indentured orphan is discovered, Calista’s reputation and her budding romance with pageant organizer, Albert Shanahan, could both unravel. Will love or law prevail?
More Than a Tiara by Valerie Comer ~ 2014 (Helena, MT): Marisa Hiller’s interest in competing in Miss Snowflake Pageant for the city of Helena’s 150th anniversary is at zip zero zilch when she discovers the official photographer is Jase Mackie. Can Jase make amends for past mistakes and offer her, not only a tiara, but a partner in her crusade to help needy children and families?
Join us in celebrating Montana’s 125th birthday, as well as the 150th birthday of its lovely capitol city, Helena!
Whether you have already seen the first of the season’s snow or are still awaiting its arrival, you’ll want to curl up with a cup of cocoa as you enjoy these two sweet tales.
The story begins at the time Montana was celebrating its new statehood. To help draw tourism to their great state, Albert oversees the first Miss Snowflake pageant. Calista’s compassion for the orphans in Helena nearly becomes her downfall. But it’s hard to miss a truly compassionate heart — and the example it sets for all those who see it.
Fast-forward to 2014, and Calista’s great-great-great-granddaughter finds herself competing for the same title. However, Marisa is not interested in the recognition as much as the opportunity to help those in need — particularly single moms and their hungry young children.
While I certainly wouldn’t compete in a pageant, I found myself rooting for Calista and Marisa in their contests and eagerly turning pages to see if they would be able to minister to those who tugged on their hearts. How would they use this opportunity to serve “the least of these”?
I appreciated Calista’s efforts to help her town provide for the orphans on the streets rather than turning up their noses at them. We are told to care for widows and orphans, but do we?
I also appreciated Marisa’s work to get the word out about the value of “real food.” We have become a culture of convenience, including our food, and our health reflects that choice. So few understand the potential lurking virtually undetected in fresh fruits and vegetables!
Snowflake Tiara is a double treat with two warm stories for the season.
(I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. The thoughts expressed here are entirely my own.)