Yuletide Treasures by Lauraine Snelling and Jillian Hart (Published by Steeple Hill, November 1, 2008)
This book features two short historical romances set at Christmas time. Although not a part of the Love Inspired Historical line from the same publisher, Steeple Hill, this book is very similar in style to that series.
The first story, The Finest Gift, is by Lauraine Snelling, is set in 1910 Minnesota. Arley Hooper is a plain young woman who has little hope for suitors and busies herself with the children at the orphanage. When she decides the girls deserve a dollhouse for Christmas, she enlists the aid of woodcarver Nathan Gunderson, who makes her believe that maybe she can find love.
The second story, A Blessed Season, is by Jillian Hart and set in Montana Territory in 1883. Bounty hunter Rafe Jones has taken on the task of finding an abandoned girl's long-lost mother for Christmas. Even his hardened heart cannot resist a young child's holiday wish. His search leads him to Cora Sims in the town of Angel Falls, Montana. Although Cora is most likely not the girl's mother, she develops an attachment to the child, and Rafe finds himself growing attached to Cora herself. Can this spinster and hardened bounty hunter find love together?
These two stories are a wonderful read for the holiday season, or anytime, for fans of sweet historical romances. I highly enjoyed both stories, although I particularly enjoyed reading A Blessed Season because it gave me a chance to revisit the setting and characters of my favorite Love Inspired Historical novel, Homespun Bride by Jillian Hart. I'd definitely recommend this book to readers of the Love Inspired Historical line.