Gifts of Christmas

I love the holiday season.

The scents, the sounds, the twinkling lights, glistening snow, the yummy treats. 

Truly, I love it all.

But I also love the gifts that don’t come from the store, but from the heart. The gifts that lift our spirits, warm our hearts, and wrap us up in a cozy blanket of love. 

It was thoughts of those gifts that inspired my newest series and collection of sweet holiday romances.

There are three books in the series: Gift of Grace, Gift of Hope, Gift of Faith.

Although each book can be read as a stand-alone, a fun little detail is that each story ties to one of my other series, too!

Tomorrow is the release day for Gift of Grace, book one in the series. Today, you can pre-order the book for just 99 cents!

Sometimes the best gifts

Are those freely given from the heart . . .

Ready to begin a new life far away from the sad memories of the Civil War, J.B. and Nora Nash head west on the Oregon Trail. They settle into the small community of Pendleton, Oregon, on a piece of land where they’re excited to build a future and their dreams together.

A devastating tragedy leaves them both reeling as they draw further and further apart. Nora blames J.B. for her unhappiness while he struggles through his own challenges. Only a miracle can bring them through their trials and reunite them for Christmas.

Together, will they discover the gift of grace in this sweet holiday romance brimming with hope, history, and abiding love?

Gift of Grace is the first book in the Gifts of Christmas series, a collection of heartwarming, wholesome romances, featuring precious gifts given straight from the heart.

Much to her dismay and surprise, J.B. stepped onto the bed with his damp boots and picked her up, holding her tight against his chest. Without missing a step, he walked off the other side and toward the bedroom door.

Nora clenched her hands into fists and pounded on his shoulders as he carried her into the kitchen.

The big galvanized tub they used for taking baths sat near the stove and she could see steam rising from the water. She had no idea what J.B. intended to do, but whatever it was she would fight him until her last breath.

“Put me down, you brute!” she demanded, shoving against his solid chest.

“Whatever you say, Nora,” J.B. said, dropping her into the tub.

Water splashed over the sides onto the floor and stung Nora’s eyes. She spluttered, pushing hair out of her face then rubbed her eyes.

Before she could stand and step out of the tub, J.B. reached down and ripped off her nightgown, sending buttons flying into the air. Appalled, she watched in horror as he wadded the ruined cloth into a ball and tossed it into a basket with dirty clothing sitting on the floor near the stove.

He glowered at her, pinning her in place with an unrelenting gaze. “You stink and your hair looks like you rubbed bear grease over your head. Take a bath and wash your hair. Maybe by the time you finish, you’ll feel better. At the very least, you’ll smell better than something left to rot on the side of the road.”

Shocked speechless by his actions, she remained as still as stone as he went into the bedroom and returned with the tray of tea and toast he’d prepared.

“When you get out of there, you eat that toast and drink the tea,” he ordered. “If you don’t, I swear I’ll force-feed you.”

Defiantly, Nora lifted her chin. “I’ll eat when I feel like it.”

J.B. picked up a bar of perfumed soap and a wash cloth then bent down until his nose nearly touched hers. “Either you start scrubbing or I’ll do it for you.”

Nora grabbed the soap and cloth from him. If looks could have killed, James Benjamin Nash would have inhaled his very last breath in that moment.


What about you? What is your favorite gift of the season?

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After spending her formative years on a farm in Eastern Oregon, hopeless romantic Shanna Hatfield turns her rural experiences into sweet historical and contemporary romances filled with sarcasm, humor, and hunky western heroes.
When this USA Today bestselling author isn’t writing or covertly hiding decadent chocolate from the other occupants of her home, Shanna hangs out with her beloved husband, Captain Cavedweller.

51 thoughts on “Gifts of Christmas”

  1. When all seven of my children and their families come back home for the holidays and we are all together again. And the look of joy from the grandkids as they open their gifts. Happy Holidays.Shanna, The Gift Of Grace sounds like a wonderful read.

  2. I love it when I get to go home for Christmas, the years that I do get to go home are very special to me. When I give Mom that call that I’ll be home for Christmas, the happiness I hear in her voice is priceless.
    May you and Mr. CC have the best Christmas ever.
    I loved this book, I cried reading it, but it was truly a wonderful gift from you to your readers.
    Love you dearly And I’m so proud you are in my life.

  3. Shanna, your new series, Gifts of Christmas, sounds wonderful. I love novels about the Civil War and the Oregon Trail. I can’t wait to start reading Gift of Grace.

    In my family, we all live close. I enjoy making plans with everyone for lunch and dinner throughout these next weeks. And coming back to the house for dessert and enjoying the decorations.

  4. I can’t wait to read this book. I need to up my holiday cheer. I had already pre-ordered if. I’ve had a hard stressful several months, well year, so it hasn’t truly registered to me that it is Christmas. I hope you have a very Merry Christmas filled with all the people and things you love!

  5. I just finished reading this the other day. Such a beautiful story. My favorite gift of the season is time with my family.

  6. My favorite gift is to be able to contribute to another families Christmas. I’ve been able to buy all the gifts for the children of 2 families this year which I have not been able to do before. Thank you

  7. My favorite gift is the real reason for the season–Jesus!! I love that we take the time to sing the songs of His birth, and why He came. Without Jesus, we would have no reason to celebrate.

  8. Definitely time spent with family but also the connection with others that I don’t usually connect with other times of the year. I also love the feeling that people are just a little bit kinder, more giving, serve others more and look out for the less fortunate.

  9. Next month my Mom turns 98 I treasure every minute I have with her. God has Blessed me with the greatest gift the health of my Mom. I need nothing else.
    Can’t wait to read gifts of Grace… Thank You from the bottom of my Heart for Sharing your Talent, you give your readers a way to dream each day… You’re a True Blessing..

    • You are so sweet, Peggy. Thank you!
      And that is so awesome your mom will soon be 98. For sure – treasure every moment with her!
      Wishing you a beautiful, blessed holiday season!
      Merry Christmas!

  10. I love the gift of spending time with my family and I also love homemade gifts for they are gifts from the heart . If someone takes the time to make a gift that shows they care for its much easier to go buy something but to take time to make something to me really shows how much they love you

  11. My favorite is having family here and time to visit. My husband was in the Air Force for 24 years and we spent many holidays and special days apart. We learned to celebrate when we could. You are celebrating an event or a person, not a date. That can be done any time you can manage it. Our oldest daughter and her family moved about 6 hours away, so we don’t see them very often (she is buried in law school). It will be wonderful to have them here if only for a few days. Our other children still live in the area, but having everyone here together will be a delight.
    Have a great Christmas and a wonderful 2020.

  12. Family time is priceless. The older I get, the more I realize how important memory making is with those you love. Merry Christmas Shanna. You are such a light in this world.

  13. Enjoying family. We go to Christmas Eve service together in the late afternoon, enjoy dinner afterwards, open gifts, and go to the 10 pm candlelight service. I love celebrating the birth of Jesus. And, I enjoy doing random acts of kindness. Such a blessing. Merry Christmas Shanna.

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