Five and Dime Christmas
Four Historical Novellas
by Susanne Dietze; Patty Smith Hall; Cynthia Hickey; Christina Lorenzen
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Pub Date 01 Sep 2022 | Archive Date 30 Sep 2022
Barbour Publishing, Barbour Fiction
Visit Scranton, Pennsylvania, in 1881 where the Woodworth’s Five and Dime has become the center of Christmas commerce—and a great place to fall in love.
A Merry Little Christmas by Susanne Dietze
Woolworth’s store clerk Hattie Scott’s heart is touched by a handsome customer, but when she takes on additional secretarial work to earn money for Christmas, she learns her new boss is Englishman Timothy Branson—her favorite customer. . .and a threat to her brother’s job! Can two proud hearts overcome their differences to help her brother. . .and find love?
A Home for Christmas by Patty Smith Hall
Essie Banfield doesn’t need money but welcomes the challenges of working a job where she meets a minister and six little boys who inspire Christmas wishes. But will Pastor Max Warner trust that she is more than just a socialite with charitable intentions?
The Light of Christmas by Christina Lorenzen
A job is the only thing independent orphan Lizzie Miller needs, and Henry Kimball is singularly focused on proving his success outside the family business. But could the lure of an old-fashioned family Christmas bring them together?
Lunch with Maggie by Cynthia Hickey
Maggie Larson works the lunch counter where she befriends a girl who’s lonely father delivers milk each Friday. Friday’s noon hour becomes the highlight of Maggie’s week, but after being left at the altar, she closed her heart to love and to God. Will Seth Jamison be able to unlock her heart?
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Four sweet holiday short stories of faith set at the Woolworth's store in Scranton, PA.
These four stories follow co-workers at a Woolworths store during the Christmas time. Quick, easy reads and the storylines are festive. It's faith based, but not overly so and the stories were enjoyable.
Thank you to NetGalley, the authors and publisher for a temporary, digital ARC in return for my review.
This was absolutely precious. It was such a refreshing read for a hurting world. This book consists of four short stories by four different authors, all set in Victorian Scranton, Pennsylvania. Each story follows one of the girls who works at Woolworth’s Five and Dime. Each story starts with a Bible verse that relates to how that character’s story will play out. I loved the references to Christ and how God’s blessings has shaped each character’s life. It was such a cozy Christmas book filled with all the hope, joy, and wonder of the season. I highly recommend adding this book to your holiday reads this Christmas.
This book contains four wonderful Christmas story with Woolworth, the Five and Dime store as a common thread. I never had the privilege of visiting one of these stores but they sound magical, a reminder of long ago days.
The short stories are all unique and delightful to read.
I highly recommend this book to help get you into the Christmas spirit.
What a wonderful read!!! Being a Christmas baby this book meant the world to me! The stories are all by different authors spreading Christmas cheer through the lives of different characters in Victorian England!
I looooooooved the Bible versus!! It makes the book more and more delicious like the middle of a sweet Christmas cookie!! I loved how each story made you feel like a visitor in their world and leaves you with a heart felt lesson!
God bless the authors!! Keep spreading the word of Jesus!
Devoured these lovely short stories - I’m always a fan of Christmas time love and the clean romance. Would definitely recommend for a quick sweet read
This charming quartet of Christmas novellas center on four women co-workers at the original Woolworth's Five and Dime in Scranton, Pennsylvania. As I am of a "certain age", there was one not far from me and it carried a great variety of items. Sadly, things weren't 5¢ or 10¢ and there was no soda fountain!
The history behind this long-ago iconic institution is revealed here and to great effect. The Christmas backdrop is ideal, as well! Faith elements weave seamlessly through each tale. Without exception, characters are well-drawn and likable people who work hard and respect others. They embody true Christmas spirit, and it's heartwarming. The reader will find no unnecessary melodrama here.
Susanne Dietze is the lone author I'd previously read, and I love her writing style. The other three novelists' contributions are enjoyable as well, and I will read more of their works.
Thanks to NetGalley and Barbour Publishing for an ARC of this delightful collection.
Cute four Short christmas stories to warm the heart up! I truly love the holiday season and read this kind of book is like reliving the feeling all the time of the year. 4 short narratives delightful, compelling and inspiring. Loved a lot!
This is a compilation of four stories by different authors all centered around Christmas and Woolworth’s 5 and Dime in the 1800's. It is a great collection and would make a delightful gift for all the Christian romance fans on your list.
A Merry Little Christmas by Suzanne Deitz is set in Scranton PA in 1881. Hattie Scott works at the Five and Dime to help pay her family’s debts. Tim Branson has come from England to advise Slocum Iron and Coal Company, where Hattie's brother works, on ways to improve production of steel. Hevisctaken by Hattie the first time he sees her and visit the store daily for purchases. When he needs a part-time secretary the agency sends him Hattie. They work together on a plan to improve the mill and save everyone’s jobs but will the owners approve it?
A Home for Christmas Patty Smith Hall is the story of a pastor, Max Warner, who is caring for six young boys who were alone and living on the streets. Essie works at Woolworth’s where he shops for six of each item on his trips. Her family is well off and she is working to bring purpose to her life. When she learns why he buys six of things she begins helping him, especially adding treats like a bit of candy or cookies along with necessities. Will they develop more than a working relationship? Will her father accept a poor preacher as his a son in law?
The Light of Christmas by Christina Lorenzen is the story of two people looking to find their own way in the world. As fate would it Lizzie and Henry work together at Woolworth’s. She is in housewares and he is across from her I’m tools. She wishes some day for a family to care for again after losing both her parents and working hard to make ends meet; he wishes to move up and become a bookkeeper rather than be given a job a his father’s mill. Coming from two different worlds will they find love and happiness together?
Lunch with Maggie by Cynthia Hickey is the last story in this book. Seth has lost his wife to influenza and us raising his young daughter alone. He begins taking Annie to Woolworth’s for lunch each Friday and begins a friendship with Maggie as she wants on them. Both he a Maggie have vowed never to be married. Will their friendship grow and change their minds?
I received an advance copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.
Scranton, Pennsylvania, in 1881 at the Woodworth’s Five and Dime where four couples will find love. The stories are A Merry Little Christmas by Susanne Dietze = Hattie and Timothy, A Home for Christmas by Patty Smith Hall = Essie and Pastor Max, The Light of Christmas by Christina Lorenzen = Lizzie and Henry and Lunch with Maggie by Cynthia Hickey = Maggie and Seth. All the stories are well written and are sweet and clean, these are all Authors I have not read before but I will be looking to see what else they have out. I received a copy of this book via NetGalley and am voluntarily leaving a review.
I love Christmas stories. Pack four love stories set in an old department store, one has the makings of a fun read. All four stories by different authors are set in the Woolworth Store in Scranton, Pennsylvania. Nostalgic considering Woolworth is no longer in business. I can remember my trips to the five and dime growing up. One could buy just about anything there. Each story begins with a Bible verse. Faith elements are woven throughout the stories but this adds to the wholeness of the story. The characters are fun and quirky. If you are looking to start the season off with a good read, this is the stories to do it with. I received a copy through Netgalley. A review was not required.
Charming, charming, charming. Loved this novella of a Five & Dime Christmas.
1881, Scranton Pennsylvania is the center of these four novellas. Four young ladies are each working in Woolworths department store. Each has their own story to tell. And each one finds love along the way.
A Merry Little Christmas finds Hattie working to help her family. When a handsome Englishman keeps coming into the store, she is intrigued. When she takes on a secretarial job, she finds her boss to be Timothy Branson, the very same Englishman who frequents her store. But when she finds out her brothers job may be on the line because of Timothy's work, can they reconcile their differences. And make a difference?
In A Home for Christmas socialite Essie Banfield takes a job at Woolworths to give her life purpose. When she meets Pastor Max Warner, who has taken in six homeless boys, she finds her heart full of compassion and wants to help. Will Max turn her down when he finds out she is not who he thinks she is.
The Light of Christmas finds Henry catching the eye of independent Lizzie. This is a delightful story of a slow love bloom.
Lunch with Maggie. Poor Maggie Larson, left at the altar, and turned off to marriage. A charming widower and his daughter lunch at the counter every Friday. Will Seth's slow attention bring Maggie's heart back to God and love?
This clean Christmas collection by Susanne Dietze, Patty Smith Hall, Cynthia Hickey, and Christina Lorenzen can be read anytime of the year. But it certainly put me in the Christmas mood with it's faith based elements.
I received a complimentary ebook copy from the publisher, through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
Five and Dime Christmas may be my new favorite Christmas compilation. With heartwarming stories based out of a now extinct department store, it grants a sense of nostalgia with the timeless hope of love at Christmastime. Each story follows the 'Happy Ever After' of a young saleswomen in 1881 (or thereabouts) and the subtle ways each author connected her story to another within the book were a cute part of each story. I had never heard of the authors from this particular compilation and each novella inspired me to look at their other works for my own personal reading.
I loved each of the heroines and would look forward to pulling this book out with my other 'Christmastime books' to curl up with in the busy season for a quick satisfying read in the midst of Holiday craziness.
Woolworth's Stores may be gone forever, but love and Christmas miracles remain timeless in 'Five and Dime Christmas.'
The nostalgic novellas of Five and Dime Christmas tug on the heartstrings and transport us to the golden heydays of the five and dime stores in the 1880s.
Four uplifting and endearing tales written by four excellent authors take us back into days of yore and to Christmases past.
One young woman's experience working for F. W. Woolworth is the focus and center of each tale. The individual novellas begin with a Bible verse pointing to the essence and main idea of the story, bringing in the religious element, which is much appreciated. The young women work in various departments of the store, providing us with information on each section. The details of Christmas provide the big red bow on top!
Five and Dime Christmas by Suzanne Dietze, Patty Smith Hall, Cynthia Hickey and Christina Lorenzen is a great story to set the mood for Christmas. All you need is to curl up in your favorite chair with hot chocolate and dream of yesteryear!
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This collection is a delightfully connected set of stories. They each stand alone, but the same few character names appear in each one, and all of them revolve around the Woolworth Five and Dime. I highly recommend this sweet collection of stories set at Christmas. Grab a blanket, a cozy drink, and snuggle up with these stories.
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