Book Review Double Feature (and a Giveaway!): Mistletoe Melody & Mistletoe Mission by Stacey Weeks

Posted January 2, 2020 by meezcarrie in Christian, contemporary, giveaway, romance, Stacey Weeks / 17 Comments


Today, I’m featuring two book reviews for the price of one – Mistletoe Melody and Mistletoe Mission both by Stacey Weeks!

MISTLETOE MELODY
SERIES:
Mistletoe Meadows #1

GENRE: Inspirational Contemporary Romance, Novella
PUBLISHER: White Rose Publishing
RELEASE DATE: December 1, 2018
PAGES: 65

Former musician, Melody Staff, spends Christmas at a bed and breakfast in the village of Mistletoe Meadows. While everyone sings familiar carols of Christ drawing near, Melody stumbles over misplaced notes. Her recent diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis has scared off her fiancé and thrust her life into a grand pause. She’s not sure her heart will ever sing again.

Quentin Oxford has endured a devastating year. His preteen daughter suffered a stroke, and they’ve grieved his wife’s sudden death, but the Lord coaxes a surprising refrain from Quentin’s heart as God rewrites his and Melody’s score into a holiday love song that will last for Christmases to come.

 

That’s why Jesus came. He meets us in our pain and leads us out toward God.

Mistletoe Melody is a charming, sweet story that would make a perfect Hallmark movie. Melody’s recent MS diagnosis hit close to home, and I appreciated reading the authentic portrayal of the emotional struggles she dealt with in addition to the physical. It’s not often that we encounter a character with chronic health issues in fiction, though it’s something I wish we did see more of, and I loved this element to the story.

Alongside Melody’s battle is Janie’s – Quentin’s preteen daughter who recently suffered a stroke, not to mention the loss of her mother. Weeks used these two plot points as a sweet reminder that a) God never wastes what we go through and b) He so very often puts someone else in our path with similar struggles to help us take our eyes off ourselves and put others first. Despite being such a short novella, the author did a great job with this plotline’s pacing and layered development.

Quentin & Melody’s romance is, sweet as well, and the whole story overall just made me smile. The setting, the characters, the tender moments, the writing style – all of it is well-done and enjoyable. If you’re looking for a quick read to warm your heart, Mistletoe Melody is a great choice!

(I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I read with Kindle Unlimited. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.)

My Rating: 4.5 stars / Loved it!

KissingBook Level: 3 / May forget to breathe on occasion

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MISTLETOE MISSION
SERIES:
Mistletoe Meadows #2

GENRE: Inspirational Contemporary Romance, Novella
PUBLISHER: White Rose Publishing
RELEASE DATE: December 1, 2019
PAGES: 70

While her own relationships always end up doomed, Emily Colt is still determined to create happily-ever-afters through her wedding and event planning business. In hopes of expanding, she enters her latest project–staging the Christmas wedding of the year–into a town-wide contest. But between crossing paths with the first man to break her heart and dodging a saboteur, she doubts success is within her grasp.

Jilted pastor, Luca Wilson, fled to the mission field to escape a broken heart. All the hurt rushes back when he returns home to officiate his cousin’s wedding, and he finds Emily–the girl to whom he once promised forever–organizing the celebration.

Despite Luca’s lost faith in love, their unforeseen reunion rekindles a spark, and Luca vows to help Emily save her struggling business. But to succeed, they will have to learn what it means to trust each other and believe in the God of Christmas miracles.

 

“What an odd pair they made, a wounded event planner and a jilted minister. What was God thinking putting a Christmas Eve wedding in their hands?”

There’s a lot in play for Emily as she tries to establish her wedding planning business, win a contest for a coveted storefront location on the popular Mistletoe Mile, plan the Christmas wedding of the year despite every obstacle you could possibly think of (and then some), AND try to keep her heart from being broken again by her first love. With these plot points, we got to see a lot more of Mistletoe Meadows as far as the ‘quirky small town’ aspect and its characters, and I wouldn’t mind another visit or two to this quaint locale.

I also really enjoyed Luca’s character for many reasons, not the least of which was his heart for missions and for supporting missions. Like Melody’s MS diagnosis in Mistletoe Melody, Luca’s missionary status isn’t something we see often in fiction unless it’s a story set on the mission field. I like this author’s ability to find real life struggles that go beyond the typical formulas and weave them into an entertaining story.

Bottom Line: Like the first novella in this series, Mistletoe Mission is well-paced with an engaging writing style and relatable characters. I didn’t connect quite as much with this novella as I did Mistletoe Melody but it’s still a fun & sweet read and I could easily see it becoming a Hallmark movie as well.

(I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I read with Kindle Unlimited. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.)

My Rating: 4 stars / loved it!

KissingBook Level: 3 / may forget to breathe on occasion

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Also available to read for FREE with Kindle Unlimited


Stacey Weeks is the multi-award-winning author of Glorious Surrender (2016) and Chasing Holiness (2020), inspirational romances The Builder’s Reluctant Bride (2016), Mistletoe Melody (2018), Mistletoe Mission (Dec 2019) and inspirational romantic suspense novels In Too Deep (2017), and Fatal Homecoming (2019). Stacey lives in Ontario where she speaks at women’s conferences, teaches writing and bible study workshops, and writes about the things of the Lord.

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17 responses to “Book Review Double Feature (and a Giveaway!): Mistletoe Melody & Mistletoe Mission by Stacey Weeks

  1. Megan

    I’m really intered in Mistleto Melody and reading a book that has a main character with a chronic health issue. Thanks for the reviews!

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