Blog Tour - Christmas Kisses: An Echo Ridge Anthology Review and Giveaway

Christmas Kisses is a collection from five bestselling and award-winning authors.
Set in the snowy town of Echo Ridge in upstate New York, these inspirational romances are sure to delight while you sip cocoa by the fire and listen to Christmas carols.

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The Candy Counter Heiress by Lucy McConnell Amazon bestselling & award-winning author
Someday Reese Gates will own The Candy Counter at Kenworth's; but someday can't come fast enough when the manager threatens to bring in a national candy provider. Reese secretly takes matters into her own hands hoping to save her parents from additional worry and prove herself capable of running the company. Her deception deepens as she ropes computer guru Andy Edwards into helping her expand the business.  Reese wanted to shake things up, but she wasn't planning on her heart getting caught in the mix by Andy's stolen kisses. If she can hold it together until after Christmas, then she can reveal her successful online company and her feelings for Andy. Unfortunately for Reese, even the best laid plans can melt like chocolate.

Christmas Makeover by Cami Checketts Amazon bestselling author
Chelsea Jamison has been infatuated with Drew Stirling longer than she's loved playing basketball, high-top sneakers, and the Knicks. Unfortunately, all Drew sees is the kid who kicked his trash in the high school free throw contest and not the girl whose heart breaks into a fast dribble when he's near.
Drew makes an unexpected visit home to Echo Ridge and their friendship picks up where they left off as they scheme to make a teenaged boy's Christmas dreams come true. When Chelsea realizes she's fallen for her best friend, she wonders if there is any hope of a relationship with Drew or if she's stuck in buddy-status for life. *

Soda Fountain Christmas by Connie E. Sokol Amazon bestselling author
Keira Kenworth has one focus this holiday season: save her father's old-time department store from bankruptcy. She is not focused on Tayton Wells, the tall, dark, and genius marketing guru from downtown New York, hired to make it happen. He is as doubtful that her nostalgic connect-the-town ideas will succeed as she is about his numbers-first plan. However, it's not just their different approaches that cause sparks to fly. Working together on a fast deadline to save the store before Christmas, the unspoken connection between them grows. But will the tough decisions they face drive them back to their separate worlds, or will they lead to the beginning of love?

Hope for Christmas by Rachelle J. Christensen Amazon bestselling & award-winning author
Anika Fletcher hates Christmas--its promises of good tidings and hope for the future are as tinseled as the ornaments on Kenworth's Hope Tree. Despite her feelings, Anika wants to maintain her daughter's faith in the magic of the season and gladly accepts a second job working with the handsome Carlos Rodriguez to restore Kenworth's old fashioned soda fountain. Carlos is no stranger to hard times and slowly shares his life of light and joy with Anika as they work together. Just as her fragile soul begins to feel hope again, an ill-timed act of charity changes everything. Anika isn't sure who she can trust or if hope is worth nurturing--especially at Christmas when it's easy to enjoy a kiss and believe love can last longer than the season. *

One Winter Night by Heather Tullis Amazon bestselling author

Jonah Owens thought moving to Echo Ridge to open his art gallery would solve all of his problems. The need to sell his grandma's house adds an unexpected complication. It would be easier if his neighbor didn't have all those farm animals.
Kaya Feidler's family has owned their land for nearly a hundred years--long before the neighbors were there. There's no way she's giving up the animal therapy business she's been struggling to make profitable. She gets a temp job helping Jonah in the gallery. Spending time together is a recipe for romance, but can they overcome their own hangups to be more than friends?

My review: Okay...this book is awesome! I loved everyone of the stories. I loved that they were all set in the same little town in upstate New York, Echo Ridge. I thought that it was really fun that each of these stories encompasses the same time period so you see the same events happen, just through the eyes of different characters. The way it was done not only does the little town become almost a character on it's own, but also the things that happen in the little town. So fun!

I loved Reese in The Candy Counter Heiress by Lucy McConnell, she's a down to earth girl who loves to make chocolate (a girl after my own heart) but she has certain ideas for the family business. Unfortunately, her mom is currently in charge of the business and is really unwilling to listen to any of her ideas, even if they are good ones, leaving Reese feeling a little as though she doesn't belong. She's also trying to keep her heart safe from her long-time crush Andy, she doesn't want to give him power to break her heart again. But that keeps getting harder and harder, it seems like Andy's always there and when he offers to help Reese out with a website she knows her mom doesn't want, he's around even more. I loved this one! 

Christmas Makeover by Cami Checketts was way fun too! I loved Chelsea, it was so funny the way that she was trying to sneak around to stay off her best friend, Jessica's, radar so that she wouldn't try to give her yet another makeover. Chelsea has always been content to live in workout clothes, but Drew her best friend and guy she's liked forever, has finally come back to town. He's always seen her as just the hang out and do sports buddy. Maybe a little makeover wouldn't hurt and would make him look at her another way. Such a fun story!

Hope for Christmas by Rachelle J Christensen is next. This one made me a bit sad, because of the way that Annika felt that she had to push everyone away and do everything on her own. But I did love that as she and Carlos kept getting thrown together at work she learned to trust him bit by bit and eventually knew that she loved him. Her sweet daughter Megan was adorable and I loved how she is so playful and fun. What a sweet love story.

Soda Fountain Christmas by Connie E Sokol was great too! I loved Keira and how she tries to work so hard to maintain and even grow the family business, even though she is continually shot down by the grinchy Cecillia. She's sure it's going to be more of the same when hotshot Tayton Wells shows up to try to do some advertising. But she's pleasantly surprised that he is willing to listen and even implement her ideas. But is she really willing to give up the family business for him? Loved the love story in this one! So cute, and fun!

One Winter Night by Heather Tullis, I stayed up late finishing this cute story! I loved Kaya, she's a bit feisty and pretty much willing to do whatever it takes to keep her dream of animal therapy for those that need it alive. She has a farm in the middle of a subdivision and she doesn't realize that it's making it hard for Jonah Owens to sell his grandmothers house. I loved the way that when he confronts her, she pretty much forgives him right away and notices good things about him. It was fun that she ended up working with him to try to open his art gallery. Such a fun love story as well!

Bottom line: I LOVED this set of books. Each of the books has a great love story that's clean and fun and puts you in the mood for Christmas. I'm really hoping for a follow up set, I'd love to learn more about some of the background characters and maybe see them get a happy ending as well!

I was sent an e-copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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