today’s book: Depending on You
Last week I started my annual blog series spotlighting new and recently-released Christmas reads! (Over 50 this year – And I’m SO EXCITED about it!)
Christmas is only 26 days away (YAY!!!) and I think we all could benefit from some extra Christmas cheer this year, right? Continuing through just before Christmas, I’m going to spotlight several new/recent Christmasy releases. So… snuggle in, grab your fave hot beverage and comfiest blanket, turn on some Christmas tunes and start your bookish Christmas list! Oh… and did I mention there are GIVEAWAYS with EACH POST in this series??!! (Because authors are awesome!)
Today’s first featured book is an inspirational historical romance about forgiveness and the restoration of a happily-ever-after love.
DEPENDING ON YOU
SERIES: Frontier Vows #3
GENRE: Inspirational Historical Romance
PUBLISHER: Utmost Publishing
RELEASE DATE: December 4, 2020
Can the joy and hope of Christmas restore their love before it’s too late?
Leah Whitsett’s life was ideal until the disastrous day she nearly died because of her husband’s deceit. When he returns home weeks before Christmas, she knows the best gift she can give him is forgiveness, but how can she relinquish her hard-won independence knowing he plans to turn their family’s life upside down again?
Bryant has always known his wife was a gift he’d never deserved, but how can he provide for her in a town that no longer wants anything to do with him? He longs to atone for the misery he’s put his loved ones through, but when he brings a family member home for the holidays, he and Leah may end up even further apart.
With emotions high and their marriage at stake, will the season bring the hope they need…or are their rifts too large to mend?
ugly christmas tree memories
by Melissa Jagears, author of Depending on You
We were economically disadvantaged when I grew up, and for Christmas, we definitely did not have a beautiful tree adorned with themed ornaments, but one year, someone gave us a big, unattractive fake tree. My mother dutifully made room for a tree that was too big for our small house because we were so excited. We had ornaments, mostly the popsicle stick kind made at school, but our normal tree was only two foot tall, so we hadn’t enough to cover a large tree. But we had yarn! So we made tons of yarn dolls with every yarn color we had. From Christmas-colored, to bright orange, to brown. We didn’t tie feet so that the angels would have skirts, and we gave them fat arms for wings. It was really ugly, frankly. But you know, that’s the Christmas tree I actually remember. I kept one of those ornaments for myself and she gets put on my tree every year to remind me of the countless hours my sister and I spent making the ugliest tree ever—or maybe, the greatest. The best ornaments contain a lot of love and time. That’s why I had my hero spend his time carving a simple heart ornament for his heroine in Depending on You.
See below for your chance to win a signed paperback copy of Depending on You and a hand-carved heart ornament, made by a woodworker, which is just like the heart Bryant carves for his wife in the book.
Award winning author, Melissa Jagears, is a homeschooling mom who writes Christian Historical Romance into the wee hours of the night. She lives in Kansas with her husband and three children. Her ebook novella, Love by the Letter, is her ACFW Carol Award winning novella and free to try. You can learn more about her, her books, and where she hangs out online at www.melissajagears.com
Melissa Jagears is offering a signed print copy of Depending On You + a hand-carved heart ornament (just like the heart Bryant carves for his wife in the book) to one of my readers! (US only. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.) This giveaway is subject to Reading Is My SuperPower’s giveaway policies which can be found here. Enter via the Rafflecopter form below.
What about you? What makes you want to read Depending On You by Melissa Jagears? Do you have a special homemade ornament that may not be the most attractive but has sweet memories attached?