Monday, December 25, 2017

"Hear Them Ring" by Erynn Mangum



About this book:

   “Light the fire, grab a cup of hot chocolate and snuggle down for this collection of Christmas novellas!”


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“The Christmas Watch” by Erynn Mangum:

About this book:

  “Lindsey Rowe grew up hearing her grandparents' love story and has been waiting for her perfect Mr. Right to walk through the door for as long as she can remember. When Marcus Klein comes into her family's florist shop two weeks before Christmas, it seems like love at first sight. Has God finally brought love to Lindsey this Christmas season? And why is Jason, her best friend from childhood, suddenly acting so weird?”


Spiritual Content- Set during Christmas; Scriptures are read, mentioned, talked about, & thought over; Bible reading; Prayers & Blessings over food; Church going; ‘H’s are capital when referring to God; Mentions of God; Mentions of the Good News and sharing it; Mentions of Bibles, Bible reading, & books of the Bible; Mentions of prayers, praying, & blessings over food; Mentions of churches, church going, church choirs, services, sermons, & pastors; A few mentions of angels; A mention of a sinner;
            *Note: Mentions of Santa.


Negative Content- Minor cussing including: a ‘dumb’, a ‘gosh’, a ‘heck’, an ‘idiot’, an ‘oh my gosh’, a ‘wimp’, and two ‘sheesh’s; Some sarcasm & Eye rolling; Mentions of alcohol, an alcoholic, when he’s drunk, & rehab; Mentions of fires, smoke, & the possibility of dying; A few mentions of lies & lying; A few mentions of hunting; A couple mentions of a car accident; A mention of serial killers;
             *Note: Mentions of car brands; Mentions of clothing brands; Mentions of movies, songs, & singers; Mentions of Starbucks; A mention of the Boy Scouts.


Sexual Content- a cheek kiss, and a barely-above-not-detailed kiss; Touches, Hand Holding, & Warmth (barely-above-not-detailed); Blushes; Noticing & Butterflies; Mentions of dating, dates, girlfriends, & boyfriends; Mentions of blushes; A few mentions of liking someone; A couple mentions of married couples kissing; Some Love, falling in love, and the emotions.

-Lindsey Rowe, age 25
                                         1st person P.O.V. of Lindsey
                                                        100(-ish) pages

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“Merry and Bright” by Erynn Mangum:

About this book:

  “Kelly Sanders is engaged, going home for Christmas and could not imagine life any better. At least until her fiancé breaks it off, she ends up having to catch a ride back to her hometown with her boss, Joe Patterson, and the snow starts to fall. When Christmas turns into a snowed-in, electricity-free day, will Kelly finally see that God has plans that go way beyond even her imaginings of a perfect Christmas?”


Spiritual Content- Set during Christmas; A few Scriptures are read, remembered, & thought over; Bible reading; Prayers; Talks about God; ‘H’s are capital when referring to God; Mentions of God & Jesus; Mentions of Bibles, Bible studies, & Bible reading; Mentions of the first Christmas; Mentions of prayers, praying, & blessings over food; Mentions of churches, church going, services, & youth groups; A few mentions of Christian ministries; A couple mentions of Christians; A couple mentions of blessings & being blessed; A mention of a miracle; A mention of a Christmas pageant; A mention of a Christian radio station;
           *Note: Mentions of Santa.


Negative Content- Minor cussing including: a ‘drat’, a ‘heck’, a ‘shoot’, a ‘stupid’, two ‘wimp’s, three forms of ‘crap’, and three ‘dumb’s; Some sarcasm & Eye rolling; Mentions of a father walking out on his family & the divorce; A few mentions of injuries & blood/bleeding; A few mentions of lies & liars; A couple mentions of vomit;
            *Note: Mentions of clothing brands; Mentions of movies, TV shows, songs, & singers; A few mentions of car brands.


Sexual Content- two cheek kisses, a barely-above-not-detailed kiss, and a boarder-line barely-above-not-detailed // semi-detailed kiss; Touches, Embraces, Hand Holding, & Warmth (barely-above-not-detailed); Noticing & Staring; Mentions of a cheek kiss; Mentions of dating, dates, & breakups; A few mentions of hand holding; Some Love, being in love & the emotions;
            *Note: A couple mentions of underwear; A mention of puberty.

-Kelly Sanders
                                         1st person P.O.V. of Kelly
                                                        100(-ish) pages

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“My Revised Christmas List” by Erynn Mangum:

About this book:

  “Chloe Carrington is not expecting much this Christmas - a nice break from studying in nursing school, picking up a couple of extra shifts at the bistro she works at and enjoying her festive decked out apartment. When God brings love in the form of someone familiar, will everything be merry and bright? Or will she stick with her ideal image?”


Spiritual Content- Set during Christmas; Scriptures are read & thought over; Bible reading; Prayers & Blessings over food; Mentions of God & Jesus; Mentions of Bibles & Bible reading; Mentions of prayers, praying, & blessings over food; Mentions of churches, church going, pastors, & singing carols; A few mentions of Christians; A couple mentions of those in the Bible; A couple mentions of witnessing & missionaries; A mention of a nativity; A mention of miracles;
            *Note: Mentions of Santa.


Negative Content- Minor cussing including: a ‘drat’, a ‘duh’, a ‘dumb’, a ‘gosh’, a ‘heck’, an ‘idiot’, a ‘sheesh’, and a ‘wimp’; Sarcasm & Eye rolling; Mentions of prisons; A few mentions of the smell of a dead body; A few mentions of lies, lying, & liars; A couple mentions of drinking; A couple mentions of being drugged;
            *Note: Mentions of movies, TV shows, singers, & songs; A couple mentions of Starbucks.


Sexual Content- a cheek kiss and a barely-above-not-detailed kiss; Touches, Embraces, & Hand Holding (barely-above-not-detailed); Noticing; Many mentions of dates, dating, & being asked out; Mentions of kissing & kisses; Mentions of boyfriends & exes; A few mentions of flirting; A few mentions of cute guys; A couple mentions of a couple making out; Some Love, falling in love & the emotions;
            *Note: A few mentions of labor & catching bloody babies; A few mentions of male menopause; A mention of tampons.

-Chloe Carrington, age 25
                                               1st person P.O.V. of Chloe
                                                        100(-ish) pages

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“O Christmas Bree” by Erynn Mangum:

About this book:

  “Bree Sanderson is the third generation owner of a Christmas Tree Farm and she could not love it more. With sales soaring and the Farm's fame spreading, the Sandersons' are already stretched tight for employees. When Bree's dad gets sick right in the middle of the busy season, Bree is forced to hire a new Santa, who turns out to be a very nice, very cute, very single guy. Is God finally bringing someone to the Farm that could potentially meet Bree under the mistletoe? Or is this Christmas going to bring something even more unexpected?”


Spiritual Content- Set during Christmas; Scriptures are quoted, read, thought over, & discussed; Bible reading; Prayers; Talks about God & living; ‘H’s are capital when referring to God; Mentions of God & His plans; Mentions of Bibles & Bible reading; Mentions of prayers, praying, & blessings over food; Mentions of churches, church going, pastors, & Sunday Schools; Mentions of Christmas, being a Christian, & witnessing; A few mentions of those & events in the Bible; A few mentions of praising & thanking God.


Negative Content- Minor cussing including: a ‘holy cow’, an ‘oh my gosh’, a ‘stupid’, and two ‘crap’; Sarcasm & Eye rolling; Mentions of deaths & pain; A few mentions of lies & lying; A few mentions of jail; A couple mentions of throwing up; A couple mentions of urine;
            *Note: Mentions of movies, actors, singers, & songs; Mentions of Starbucks; A couple mentions of the Hunger Games; A mention of Jimmy Fallon; A mention of Target.


Sexual Content- a cheek kiss; Touches (barely-above-not-detailed); Noticing & Butterflies; Mentions of being asked out, dating, dates, girlfriends, boyfriends, exes, & breakups; A few mentions of holding hands & embraces; A bit of Love, falling in love & the emotions.

-Bree Sanderson, age 26
                                            1st person P.O.V. of Bree
                                                        100(-ish) pages

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Just like when I reviewed Erynn Mangum’s other novella collection, “We Are Gathered Here”, let me just share my fangirling thoughts after I finished each novella :) –
The Christmas Watch:
It was so fun to read about a character with the same name and spelling as me! Goodness, y’all, this was precious! I really enjoyed this one! I really do think this one was my favorite just because of the plot. :)
Merry and Bright:
Ahhh! That was so sweet! I found the last half to be read quicker than the first, but overall, it was just so cute!
My Revised Christmas List:
Chloe’s so hyper, I love it. Also: Another Landon in an Erynn Mangum book is always a good thing! :D
O Christmas Bree:
This was so cute & Christmas-y with a great message! I loved that this one had less romance in it and lots of faith content!
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So, YES! I so enjoyed yet another novella collection/book by Erynn Mangum. I’m not shocked at all; there’s a reason she’s one of my top favorite authors. :)


See y’all on Wednesday with a new review! :)

*BFCG may (Read the review to see) recommend this book by this author. It does not mean I recommend all the books by this author.

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