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Hometown Heroes: A Christmas Anthology – Review by Renee Ullery

Hometown Heroes: A Christmas AnthologyHometown Heroes: A Christmas Anthology by Carrie Dalby
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Hometown Heroes: A Christmas Anthology
Stars:4

This set of books include the following books: Courtship and Courage by Carrie Dalby, When Time Stood Still by Chelsi Arnold and J D Boudreaux, Hobbes House Noel by CJ. Peterson Talking in Code: A Christmas by E. A. Hale, and Safe Haven by Jolie St. Amant. As a whole group, this anthology was put together well. The individual stories were short and quick, but had sweet romances in each book. I very much enjoyed all of these stories, but I particularly enjoyed Safe Haven. If you looking for a set of quick stories to read in between all the wrapping, this is a great holiday romance set to read!!!!!!

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Hometown Heroes A Christmas Anthology- Review by Gail Guerrero

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Hometown Heroes A Christmas Anthology

Four Stars

This is a collection of books about men and women who have put themselves on the front line so to speak. They give even when they have very little for themselves. All the stories were well written and had good character development. Sometimes short stories are better because it gives you just enough to satisfy you. There is no mincing words just straight to the point with only a few curves. These stories were a great distraction from my cranky 7 month old. I love anthologies because you get to read a variety of books and sample an author before reading their other stories. Overall I liked this book and will check out more from these authors.

Reviewed by @gguerrero89
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Hometown Heroes: A Christmas Anthology – Review by Michelle Austin

 

Hometown Heroes: A Christmas AnthologyHometown Heroes: A Christmas Anthology by Carrie Dalby
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Hometown Heroes: A Christmas Anthology
by Carrie Dalby, Chelsi Arnold, Cj Petterson, E. A. Hale, J D Boudreaux, Jolie St. Amant

Hometown Heroes: A Christmas Anthology was a great 5 star read.
This is a great compilation of five short stories from six different authors. All of these authors were new to me and I can’t wait to read more from them. All of their stories pulled me right in.
They range from historical to present time and paranormal.

Courtship and Courage By: Carrie Dalby
When Time Stood Still By: Chelsi Arnold and J.D Boudreaux
Hobbes House Noel By: C.J Petterson
Talking in Code By: E.A Hale
Safe Haven By: Jolie St. Amant

There are some moments that brought tears to my eyes and others that made my heart smile and LOL. All of the stories are of course based around Christmas. There are so many great characters, main and secondary. And I loved Versace. If you’re looking for a great holiday read with great stories I highly suggest you 1-click and get started today. Another great thing about this book is that part of the proceeds are donated to the Cajun Navy Relief fund.

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Hometown Heroes A Christmas Anthology by Various Authors – Review by Tausha Treadway

Hometown Heroes, A Christmas AnthologyHometown Heroes, A Christmas Anthology by Cj Petterson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Hometown Heroes: A Christmas Anthology by Various Authors. This was a wonderful collection of romantic Christmas stories ranging from Paranormal, Historical & Contemporary! One of my favorites was When Time Stood Still by Chelsi Arnold & J D Boudreaux is about Jacqueline Jones who needs a change from her East Side Apartment so she moves to the Smokey Mountains in Tennessee. Nick Lapointe once a member of the Cajun Navy says goodbye to Cajun country and heads to the same Smokey Mountains. When they meet sparks fly, literally, they are both attracted to one another but they also want to kill each other. Will love win out? This is a very entertaining read. I also really enjoyed Safe Haven by Jolie St Amcent. Its the story of Haven Cross trying to get over the tragic death of her husband during war. Every year @ Christmas she returns to Chateau Rouge & relives her proposal but the Enchanting Hotel has other plans for her & Chance Montgomery the musician in town. Can Haven let go of the past and have a future with Chance or will she let her fear hold her back? These are all very good Holiday romances and its well worth the read!

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Hometown Heroes: A Christmas Anthology – Review by Maura Harper

Hometown Heroes: A Christmas AnthologyHometown Heroes: A Christmas Anthology by Carrie Dalby
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This collection of Christmas short stories was a quick and easy read. Each story features a different genre and each featured a hero of some type (hence the title of HOMETOWN HEROES).

Courtship and Courage by Carrie Dalby is a period romance. This is not a genre I read and I kind of rolled my eyes when I realized what it was. I have to say that I enjoyed it. It talks about a time in US history that I am unfamiliar with (shame on me) and I would like to learn more about. It is a sweet romance that takes place between a school teacher and a boat captain. It is well written, quick and to the point.

When Time Stood Still by Chelsi Arnold and J D Boudreaux is a contemporary romance. I have read both of these authors before and loved the fact that the male protagonist is reading one of Chelsi Arnold’s books. This is a story of how opposites attract and features a character with PTSD. My favorite line in the story – actually the entire anthology – “All a girl needs is her dog, caffeine, and a good pair of shoes. Everything else can be winged.” Well plotted with a very clear beginning, middle and end – I would love to read this as a full length novel.

Hobbes House Noel by CJ Petterson – This is a story where we learn that all is not as it appears. I believe that each character in this story is a hero in there own way.

Talking in Code by EA Hale is a full length novel in 13 short chapters. Complex and detailed story about a lost art.

Safe Haven by Jolie St. Amant – This is a short story\novella which is more like a scene from the author’s series “Chateau Rouge”. Paranormal Romance at its best. Makes you wonder what actually is going on around us.

The other thing I realized after writing the review is that there are no sex scenes and I don’t remember any foul language.

I would recommend this anthology to my mother’s book club.

Review by @mauraharper

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Hometown Heroes: A Christmas Anthology – Review by Madison Degraffenreid

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Hometown Heroes: A Christmas Anthology

5-stars

Such a wonderful compilation of stories. Each contained a wonderful hero or heroine for the reader to fall in love with. My absolute favorite story in this anthology was When Time Stood Still. I really felt the whole book was a great holiday read. The characters were amazing and the storyline in each short tale was easy to follow.

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Hometown Heroes: A Christmas Anthology by Carrie Dalby, Chelsi Arnold, Cj Petterson, E.A. Hale, JD Boudreaux, Jolie St. Armant – Review by Lisa Boltiador

Hometown Heroes: A Christmas AnthologyHometown Heroes: A Christmas Anthology by Carrie Dalby
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Hometown Heroes has a good mix of stories centered around Christmas, heroes, and love. It has a little somethin for everyone. Courtship and courage is a historical romance with a sassy girl and a determined boat captain, centered around Christmas. I like how he’s making all his choices to be ready for a future with her, it’s sweet. When time stood still is sort of an opposites attract situation. These two were meant to meet, it was fate. Though they definitely butted heads for sure. Safe Haven takes place at this hotel I’ve read about before. All sorts of paranormal things going on, but falling in love is what it’s all about. Such a fun and sweet story.

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Hometown Heroes: A Christmas Anthology by: Carrie Dalby, Chelsi Arnold, CJ Peterson, E.A. Hale, J D Boudreaux, Jolie St. Amant – Review by Kaitlynn Taylor

Hometown Heroes: A Christmas AnthologyHometown Heroes: A Christmas Anthology by Carrie Dalby
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Hometown Heroes is a great anthology! These following authors provided me with so much Christmas entertainment: Carrie Dalby, Chelsi Arnold, J D Boudreaux, CJ Peterson, E.A. Hale and Jolie St Amant. Some of these authors are new to me, while others I’ve read before. I absolutely loved reading these novellas by some of my favorite authors and being introduced to some great new authors.

Each novella captured my attention and had me hoping for a happy ending! This anthology is one I would recommend to anyone looking for their next Christmas read!

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Hometown Heroes: A Christmas Anthology by Carrie Dalby, Chelsi Arnold, J D Boudreaux, C.J Petterson, E.A Hale and Jolie St Amant – Review by Katie Matthews

Hometown Heroes: A Christmas AnthologyHometown Heroes: A Christmas Anthology by Carrie Dalby
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

 

This was a fantastic collection of short Christmas stories by some amazing authors! I loved that there were couple who I have read work by before and then also some new tome authors but each story in this anthology I thought was a well-deserved 5 star read! Although there may only be 5 stories there is definitely something for everybody from historical, contemporary to paranormal!
The 5 stories included in the anthology are as follows
Courtship and Courage by Carrie Dalby
When Time Stood Still by Chelsi Arnold and J.D Boudreaux
Hobbes House Noel by C.J Petterson
Talking in Code by E.A Hale
Safe Haven by Jolie St. Amant
I don’t think I can actually choose a favourite from this anthology which unusual for me there always seems to be one that stands up but I absolutely adored all of them. Each one was different and the author or authors were able to drag me into their stories easily. I actually would have happily read full length versions of any of the stories.
As I said before there is definitely something for everyone in this great collection and I cannot recommend it enough!

@katiem

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Hometown Heroes: A Christmas Anthology – Review by Tracy Wilkin

Hometown Heroes, A Christmas AnthologyHometown Heroes, A Christmas Anthology by Cj Petterson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Hometown Heroes is a Christmas anthology comprising of five stories, which included:

Courtship and Courage by Carrie Dalby – A dramatic story set in the summer of 1898. Claire O’Farrell guards her heart but is no match for Joe Walker. This story was edgy and well written. A thoroughly enjoyable read.

When Time Stood Still by Chelsi Arnold and JD Boudreaux – A story starring Jacqueline and Nick. They get on each others nerves, spit fire at each other regularly, and provide a reader with endless action, activity, love and endurance. A fantastic and dramatic tale that was difficult to put down. A cleverly spun story worthy of 5 stars.

Hobbes House Noel by CJ Peterson – Merrill becomes a heroine after saving a stranger’s child. Christmas takes on a whole new meaning for her and she realises that sometimes what you are looking for comes to you in the oddest way, at the most unexpected time. A moving story that stays in your mind long after finishing.

Talking in Code: A Christmas Homecoming by EA Hale – Another story set in years gone by. Evelyn is a suffragette who is fired from her job in an ammunition factory, so a war veteran can take her position. Evelyn becomes entranced by James, until she realises who he is. Explosive emotions, courageous acts, defiance and love all go hand in hand to make up an adrenalin spiking and dramatic story that will never get old.

Safe Haven by Jolie St. Amant – Haven struggles to let go, and after her fiance was brutally taken from her, she has to deal with heartbreak, devastation and loneliness. She meets a dashing musician, Chance, and there unfolds a beautiful story of second chance love. An emotionally charged story that will lea vge a readers heart full.

This anthology celebrates all our heroes and heroines, whether famous or humble in their splendor. This collection of stories points out that  a hero comes in all shapes and sizes, and the strength and courage of the human spirit is awe inspiring and never to be underestimated. All the authors are unique in their own right, but together they deliver some of the best christmas reading you will ever find. 5 stars.

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