Monday, November 23, 2015

Review ~ Hope Under Mistletoe by Jessica R Patch

 About the Book

A rowdy bar owner. A widowed pastor’s wife. And Christmas hope that brings them together.

After widower Eden Snow’s church almost burns to the ground, she’s compelled to find a temporary place to hold services and Christmas cantata practices.

Has-been hockey player, Knox Everhart, has a reputation for being fast on the ice and with women. Except Eden. She’s always been a fascinating mystery to him, which is why he agrees to let her use the back room of his bar—with one rule: No converting his customers.

But when Eden brings the church to the bar, it offers something the bottle can’t. Hope. And he finds himself falling in love with a woman and a Savior he feels unworthy to pursue.

My Review

A charming novella set in the small town of Mistletoe shows that there is always hope when one puts their trust in Christ. From the rough and rowdy to the heartbroken, God can and does work miracles. 

Jessica R Patch has written a sometimes gritty but always poignant story of redemption that captured my attention from the beginning. Hope Under Mistletoe is Book One in a three book series. I’m looking forward to reading the next two.

I purchased this e-book (it was free) from Amazon and was not obligated to write a review.

Purchase: Amazon

About the Author

Jessica R. Patch lives in the mid-south where she pens inspirational contemporary romance and romantic suspense novels. When she’s not hunched over her laptop or going on adventurous trips in the name of research with willing friends, you can find her sneaking off to movies with her husband, watching way too much Netflix with her daughter, dominating her son at board games, and collecting recipes to amazing dishes she'll probably never cook. Her debut novel with Harlequin Love Inspired Suspense will release in early 2016. She is represented by Rachel Kent of Books & Such Literary Management.

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This is my first Christmas story of the 2015 season and it started it off pretty good, Y'all! I have a few more lined up already and look forward to spending quite a few hours curled up with a hot cuppa and a good book. 

It's super windy and cold here on the bay this morning. I was thinking about venturing out to the craft store for some Christmas garland making supplies but my mind is quickly being changed. Perhaps I will dig into another book on my list, The Substitute Bride by Carrie Fancett Pagels or Flirting with Mistletoe by Dora Hiers. 

Do you have any books you can't wait to read during the Christmas season? Please share! I love book recommendations. :)

Happy Reading,


  1. I think Rosamunde Pilcher's Winter Solstice is a lovely book for this season.

    1. Hey Barbara, I need to look this one up. I think someone has mentioned it to me before, maybe even you!

  2. Don't you just love Patch's stories?! Glad you enjoyed this one, such a pretty post and great comments :) I can't even believe it's the time of year for Christmas stories, but there are many good ones to choose from. I recommend Skipping Christmas by John Grisham (also a movie) and A Wreath of Snow by Liz Curtis Higgs (which should be a movie). Both are wonderful books! Happy Thanksgiving and hugs to you, Anne!

    1. Hey Kara, Thank you for your sweet comments! You are a doll. :)
      I have a copy of Liz's Christmas story and I material! I'll look up Grisham's, as I love Christmas movies too! I hope you have a fabulous Thanksgiving and hugs back at ya'!

  3. Sounds like a fascinating story that probably has a good ending! Thanks for sharing your review! Right now I'm not exactly reading anything tuned for the season...trying to read through Ben Carson's A More Perfect Union since I bought it at the book signing I met him at, and do need to read it if I want to understand just how he thinks about things.

  4. You will be a future leader, Bethany! I really like what Ben has to say. Maybe I should read his book. :)

  5. I love Christmas books. I am reading The Christmas Joy Ride by Melody Carlson. I had never read any of her Christmas books until September of 2014. My husband and I were staying at a lodge in Mammoth, CA and it just reminded me of Christmas. I ended up downloading The Christmas Bus and loved it so much I began looking for more of Melody's Christmas books, and yep, now I am completely hooked.


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