by Karen Witemeyer, Regina Jennings, Amanda Dykes, and Nicole Deese
The Kissing Tree collection of novellas is a beautiful collection of stories that take place through the years. The common theme is an enormous oak tree in the town of Oak Springs, Texas. Each author did a wonderful job of creating a story that touched my heart and had me completely invested in the outcome.
Broken Limbs, Mended Fences – Adam has returned to not only attempt to earn money using his threshing machine, but to win the heart of Bella. Adam and Bella were such fun characters! I loved watching as they worked through their various struggles and grew to care for each other.
The Kissing Tree Inn – In this fun tale, it was humorous to see what Phoebe considered romantic and to watch as Barnabas reacted to the paint and wallpaper that she had chosen. I loved hearing the funny names for the inn that would pop into Barnabas’ head, such as the Inn of Smooching Shrubbery! I liked the way these two began working together to make the inn a success, each recognizing that the other had important contributions to make.
From Roots to Sky – What a sweet story of two people who met through letters during the war. I loved the way Luke continued to stay in town, working with Hannah on her special project. The close bond that Luke and Hannah began to feel toward each other grew naturally as they spent time together and I wondered what path Luke would choose for his future.
Heartwood – I really felt for Griffin and Abby. It was clear that they loved each other, both in the past and in the present, however, there was loss and hurtful words between them. I thought that the theme of second chances was beautiful in this story.
Throughout every one of these novellas, the Kissing Tree was a central theme, woven beautifully and naturally into each tale. I really enjoyed this collection of stories!
I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own.
ABOUT THE BOOK:
Bestselling novelist Karen Witemeyer joins award-winning authors Regina Jennings, Amanda Dykes, and Nicole Deese for this Texas-sized romance novella collection. Each of the authors’ unique voices is on display in stories where courting couples leave a permanent mark of their love by carving their initials into the same oak’s bark.
In Regina Jennings’ Broken Limbs, Mended Fences, a small-town teacher has her credentials questioned by a traveling salesman.
Karen Witemeyer’s The Kissing Tree Inn tells the tale of an unlikely woman building a very unexpected lover’s retreat.
From Roots to Sky by Amanda Dykes follows a young WWII naval airman who heads to Texas to meet the sister of a lost compatriot.
Heartwood by Nicole Deese is a modern-day romance where the aftermath of a giant storm brings changes for the owner of a historic inn.
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