Tuesday, December 15, 2015

"A Shenandoah Family Christmas" By Lisa Belcastro Book Tour and a giveaway

                                                        By Lisa Belcastro
                                                     Release date: November 17, 2015
                                                  Genre: Christian, Christmas, Historical 
Book Information:
Where is Christmas?Ebook - A Shenandoah Family Christmas
Disease, freezing temperatures, and the Revolutionary War bring bitter reality to the Reed home in December 1777. Captain Benjamin Reed is ordered to sail a supply shipment south to General George Washington. Days before Shenandoah’s scheduled departure, Ben’s first mate succumbs to smallpox.
Rebecca Reed had never feared the dreaded disease until her one-year-old daughter Felicity breaks out in the telltale rash. In the cold, dark days of Advent, Rebecca, Ben, and the Reed family wait in prayerful hope as Felicity fights for her life and they wonder who could be next.
With the rest of the family at risk, they decide to obtain the forbidden cowpox vaccine. Ben’s brother Jonah, his uncle Isaiah, and Shenandoah’s cook Adam Greene venture off in search of the outlawed vaccine. A blizzard hits. A tree crashes. Jonah crumbles to the ground. A woman with the face of an angel aids Jonah, but is it too late? And where are Adam and Isaiah?
As the death toll rises throughout the Colonies, the Reed family prays for more than one Christmas miracle.
Author Info: About the Author 
Author picLisa Belcastro lives with her family on Martha’s Vineyard.  She loves time with her family and friends, running, gardening, outdoor activities, cooking, chocolate, reading, traveling, a healthy dose of adventure, and her cat, Ben, who keeps her company while she creates fictional lives for the numerous characters living inside her head.
Lisa runs as an ambassador for TEAM 413 (www.team413.org), and has completed a marathon (26.2 miles) in all fifty states.
Lisa’s stories are set on the Vineyard amidst the magnificence of the ocean, the beauty of sandy beaches, rolling hills, and ancient cliffs, as well as the people and events that make the Island so very unique.

When she’s not at her desk, Lisa is living in paradise, volunteering at her daughter’s school, serving in her church community, planting and weeding her numerous gardens, training to run the Walt Disney World Dopey Challenge in January 2016, walking the beach looking for sea glass, or enjoying a great meal while she pens the cuisine column for Vineyard Style Magazine.    
 My Review:"A Shenandoah Family Christmas" by Lisa Belcastro is a really good novella. It is about a family struggle to heal a toddler of smallpox and the struggle to keep other family members from getting it. From the beginning of this story, I was intrigued, I was literally hoping that Rebecca and Ben was able to keep their daughter from being another victim that died from smallpox.
I haven't read the other novels in the (Winds of Change) series, but I was able to fully understand this short read, and now I want to read the rest of the series. I suggest that if at possible, you read the other novels first as this story talks about time travel, ( it isn't necessary that you do), as it might explain the plot a little better.
This story is a romance and I don't know but I think the next book in the series is going to be about a romance that ends this book.
If you like history, this book mentions George Washington,( though the book is not about him or his troops)  as this story is set during the Revolutionary War.
I love the cover of this book as the red mittens are part of the story! 
Does all end well for Ben and Rebecca? Do they have a good Christmas? 
This book shows that you must have faith and love to survive, and also in this case a little knowledge about the future ( medical treatments) helps also.
I have given  "A Shenandoah Family Christmas" by Lisa Belcastro five stars.
I was given a copy of " A Shenandoah Family Christmas" by Lisa Belcastro from Celebrate Lit and the author for an honest review.

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