E.E. Burke Spreads some Christmas Magic!

Old friend, E.E. Elisabeth Burke, knows all about Christmas magic and the wonder of making dreams come true. She lives it as well as writes about it. If you’re looking for the perfect gift for that special someone, you need look no further than this Christmas boxed set or any of her other books. Elisabeth’s stories have staying power and they always land on your keeper shelf so I’m very delighted to have her back.

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Two Brides, Three Wishes…an unforgettable Christmas

Thanks so much for having me back to visit. I’m eager to share about this Western historical romance Christmas collection that’s topped numerous lists at Amazon, including Historical and Western Romance.

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An American Mail-Order Bride Christmas Collection

 

Victoria, Bride of Kansas (#1 Amazon Bestseller)

Jilted society miss Victoria Lowell travels a thousand miles to marry a suitor whose romantic letters won her heart, unaware she’s been corresponding with the groom’s sister. The man she believes she loves isn’t the one she meets. In fact, he isn’t even expecting her. When the truth finally comes out, it will take a miracle to deliver a happily ever after.

Santa’s Mail-Order Bride

On a mission to bring toys to orphans for Christmas schoolteacher Maggie O’Brien is forced to go to her brother’s fiercest business competitor for help. Though he agrees, his benevolent gesture holds one catch—she must find him a bride. Will the love of a determined suitor and the spirit of the holiday capture the matchmaker’s heart?

The Christmas Wish

In this short story, a young orphan who has never known love gets his Christmas wish.

 

Some fun facts about this Christmas project

Victoria, Bride of Kansas, which became an Amazon bestseller, started as part of an unprecedented project with 45 other authors, the American Mail-Order Brides series. This book, about a lonely socialite who travels over a thousand miles to find true love, was a finalist in the 2016 Booksellers’ Best Awards and a semifinalist in the Kindle Best Book awards.

In this story, we meet a little girl, Fannie, who is mute. She hasn’t spoken since her mother left her two years earlier. Desperate to communicate with the troubled child, Victoria gives her a treasured doll and teaches her sign language.

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Where did Victoria learn sign language? At the first American School for the Deaf in Hartsford, Conn., which opened its doors in 1817. Within forty years of the opening of the Hartford school, more than twenty other schools for the deaf had been established, the majority residential, teaching manual sign language.

David O’Brien doesn’t react well to Victoria teaching his daughter how to sign. If she doesn’t speak again and relies on sign language, he fears she will be excluded. His feelings reflect the general consensus of the time, which was fired by a fierce debate over the best way to teach the deaf to communicate. “Oralists” argued that the deaf should be taught to read lips and speak (English) in order assimilate into the broader society. Even Alexander Graham Bell, better known for his invention of the telephone, advocated banning sign language. Fortunately, cooler heads prevailed and the deaf were taught both sign language and lip reading.

Santa’s Mail-Order Bride is the top-rated sequel. I couldn’t let Victoria’s meddling sister-in-law remain a spinster! This well-intentioned matchmaker has plans for a scheming Santa that backfire, with unexpected consequences. And yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus. I can’t wait for you to meet him.

This story incorporates a number of American Christmas traditions, including the beloved character of Santa Claus. Our version of Santa may appear contemporary, but the venerable gift-giver has a long history.

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Santa started with a real person. Saint Nicholas, born in the 3rd century in a village in present-day Turkey, is said to have spent his inheritance to help the needy, and he had a special love for children. It’s from his generous nature we get a gift-giving Santa.

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Fast forward to 18th century America where immigrants from Holland brought with them the tradition of Sinterklaas, who became “Santa Claus.” Woodcuts distributed in 1804 show images of an old man in a robe and long white beard filling colonial stockings with fruit and toys.

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In 1823, an anonymous poem (later acknowledged to have been penned by Clement Clarke Moore, an Episcopal minister), took the legend another step. Entitled An Account of a Visit from St. Nicholas or The Night Before Christmas. Moore’s poem is largely responsible for the image of Santa Claus as a “right jolly old elf” with a portly figure and the supernatural ability to ascend a chimney with a nod of his head. This is also where we first have references of flying reindeer and Santa’s sleigh.

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But we have American artist Thomas Nast to thank for the richest legends we have today surrounding Santa Claus. From 1863 through 1886, Nast contributed 33 Christmas drawings to Harper’s Weekly with references to Santa. Here is the most familiar Santa “portrait” he did in 1881. It is Nast who gave Santa his familiar suit, his North Pole workshop, the elves and his wife, Mrs. Claus.

America’s Victorians were very familiar with Santa and his legend. Department store Santa’s popped up at the end of the 19th century and early 20th century.

In fact, the hero in my book, who owns a general store, plays Santa in a parade. He wears what was traditional garb for Santa back then: a long green cape and stocking hat and a long flowing beard.

Santa’s on parade became a popular theme in towns and cities, and in the 1930s, Santa received “contemporary” red costume.

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Yes, Santa’s reputation reaches far back in history, and at the heart of his character we find love and generosity, and a special kind of magic that makes the world a better place.

You can pick up your copy of An American Mail-Order Bride Christmas Collection for only 99 cents until Christmas.

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Here’s a video to get you in the mood for this heartwarming Christmas read.

 

What was the best or worst gift you ever received?

Commenters on this post will be entered into a drawing for a free copy of the audiobook, Santa’s Mail-Order Bride (US or UK), or the free eBook.

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E.E. Burke Spreads some Christmas Magic! — 12 Comments

  1. I’m one very lucky lady, I’ve met EE Burke twice and she’s such an amazing lady. I’ve read this series & also have the audiobook, so whoever wins this will be blessed. This is my favorite series by EE and it will surely become yours. Here’s my review for the boxed set.
    EE Burke’s, Victoria Bride Of Kansas was wonderful. Such an uplifting and enjoyable book. I loved the way the story progressed and the characters showed such compassion for one another. Victoria and her heaven sent shopkeeper, both find out how true love comes in an unexpected turn of events. And it always helps having such a sweet little “Angel girl” in any story. EE Burke is a fabulous author and one that certainly has a gift of telling inspiring stories. Loved it, truly inspiring!

    Santa’s Mail Order Bride is absolutely a phenomenal book. I loved the characters that are also featured in EE Burke’s equally fantastic book Victoria Kansas Bride. Maggie O’Brien is truly a gift from God, to more than just the children she wants to provide Christmas cheer for, she’s a godsend for the joyously festive season. This was an exceptional Christmas story and the message within touched me deeply. Truly a bookshelf keeper.

    The Christmas Wish – short story was so heartfelt. Mrs. Claire Daines, who we met from Fugitive Hearts, has a Christmas wish and it’s a very special one. Billy Frye is an orphaned little boy who’s known only hunger, survival, & sad times since being abandoned at a young age. Now that Mrs. Daines has taken him in at the refurbished Inn where other unfortunate Children are living. He’s about to get the best Christmas wish he could ever imagine. Heartfelt, inspiring, and another one of EE Burke’s finest creations.
    Enjoy this boxed set collection, you’ll be forever Inspired both magically and spiritually.

    • Good morning, Tonya……Yes I agree. No one comes better than E.E. Elisabeth Burke. She writes some amazing, warm stories that touch your heart. I was really glad to see her return to Claire Danes and Billy. I loved those characters in Fugitive Hearts. Both of her others are excellent Christmas reads as well. Just a great boxed set.

      Love you, sister friend!

  2. My best gift ever was my 1st diamond ring my parents gave me when I was 12 years old. They told me if I kept it & took care of it I would receive more. It was a sapphire & diamond ring. I still have it to this very day.
    My worst gift I received at school in the 2nd grade, a 1/2 used bar of soap. My mom was on the Christmas party committee and she said I was just dumbstruck as she was & asked “why or what is this.” She said she was glad it was I who received it, so she could explain to her own daughter. So since she was on the committee her & the other room mothers had purchased extra gifts just in case someone forgot their’s. So I ended up with one of those lifesaver candy books. I was excited and then thought I had received the best gift of the day.

    • The poor child was probably just offering you what little they had in their life. How sad is that. So did you receive more rings then?

      • Probably someone who didn’t have much & was afraid to ask their parents to buy something for the party
        But the room mothers had many of the lifesaver candy books so everyone ended up with a great little gift, so whoever sent it probably got their best gift from the school party.
        Yes I did I received one for my senior class ring, and one for my 18th birthday and then my parent bought me my college class, too. All had beautiful diamonds in them.

    • Tonya, what a touching story. And that poor child who gave you a used bar of soap. Like Stephanie said, that’s probably all she had to give. But still, I’m sure you were very disappointed and then maybe a little angry. Kids don’t understand things and everything is personal with a 2nd grader. Glad you got the candy. I remember those Life Saver books. I’d eat everything except the peppermint. I didn’t like peppermint. That changed later on. I’ve gotten a lot of worst gifts. I once got this ugly, ugly sweater that three sizes too large and the tags were missing so I couldn’t even exchange it. I think I threw it away. Not sure.

      One of my best gifts was the complete set of Kathleen Woodiwiss books. I still have them. Despite that I moved a lot and donated so many books along the way, I’ve held on to those. I cherish them.

      • Probably someone who didn’t have much & was afraid to ask their parents to buy something for the party
        But the room mothers had many of the lifesaver candy books so everyone ended up with a great little gift, so whoever sent it probably got their best gift from the school party

        I love when I get a set of a really great authors book, they are always so special and worth returning too every few years.
        Wow! The ugly Christmas sweater. I believe we all get to experience that at least once in Our life.
        Merry Christmas, love you.

  3. I would be honored and blessed to win this series. I haven’t read any of her books yet but if they’re recommend by Linda Broday and my friend Tonya Lucas I know they’ve got to be excellent reads! Pick me please! ❤

    • Good morning, Stephanie…….Thank you so much for coming. It’s great to see you. I hope you’re doing well and able to manage the holidays. My energy level always drops during hectic times. Elisabeth’s books will always find a place in your heart. She consistently writes top-notch stories that lift you up.

      Hugs, sweet lady!

  4. I would say the worst gift I ever got was a size 60 dress but it was done as a joke. The best would be the mothers ring I still wear today.

    • Hi Quilt Lady……Glad you stopped by. Oh man, I’ll bet that size 60 dress was HUGE! Wish I could’ve seen your face. Bet it was priceless. Thank goodness it was a joke though. Your mothers ring is probably stunning. I’m sure you cherish it.

      Happy Christmas Shopping! And Good luck in the drawing.