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"From the mid-1800s to modern day, these novellas each tell a tale worthy of swooning. These bestselling authors' unique voices are on display in stories where each couples' winding path to love happens under the shade an enormous Texas oak tree."--Provided by publisher. "From the mid-1800s to modern day, these novellas each tell a tale worthy of swooning. These bestselling authors' unique voices are on display in stories where each couples' winding path to love happens under the shade an enormous Texas oak tree."--Provided by publisher.


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"From the mid-1800s to modern day, these novellas each tell a tale worthy of swooning. These bestselling authors' unique voices are on display in stories where each couples' winding path to love happens under the shade an enormous Texas oak tree."--Provided by publisher. "From the mid-1800s to modern day, these novellas each tell a tale worthy of swooning. These bestselling authors' unique voices are on display in stories where each couples' winding path to love happens under the shade an enormous Texas oak tree."--Provided by publisher.

30 review for The Kissing Tree: Four Novellas Rooted in Timeless Love

  1. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Monzon

    Long books are nice, but sometimes you just need a story that is short and sweet and can be read in a few hours and leave you satisfied and accomplished. A lot of times with compilations of novellas by different authors you tend to have a favorite and might even skim the one that isn’t your fave, but there is none of that with The Kissing Tree. All the stories are strong, well-written, heartwarming, and enjoyable. Might be one of my favorite multi-author novella collections ever. ❤️🌳 ❤️🌳

  2. 5 out of 5

    Bonnie DeMoss

    This is a really heartwarming collection of four novellas, all revolving around the same grand old oak "Kissing Tree" in Oak Springs, Texas. The extraordinary thing is that although each story is done by a different author, they collectively maintain the history of the town and are well woven together. The stories span from 1868 to contemporary times, as the town changes, romance blooms, and initials are carved into the tree. Broken Limbs, Mended Fences by Regina Jennings begins in 1868. Adam Fis This is a really heartwarming collection of four novellas, all revolving around the same grand old oak "Kissing Tree" in Oak Springs, Texas. The extraordinary thing is that although each story is done by a different author, they collectively maintain the history of the town and are well woven together. The stories span from 1868 to contemporary times, as the town changes, romance blooms, and initials are carved into the tree. Broken Limbs, Mended Fences by Regina Jennings begins in 1868. Adam Fisher returns to his boyhood town as a threshing machine salesman, determined to convince the town to embrace the changes of the times. He also wants to see Bella again, and apologize for an accident three years before. Inn For A Surprise by Karen Witemeyer is the delightful story of how opposites attract. In 1891, Phoebe Woodward, a romantic at heart, wants to open The Kissing Tree Inn. Her father sends the ultra practical Barnabas Ackerby to assist her, and sparks fly. From Roots to Sky by Amanda Dykes tells the story of Luke Hampstead and Hannah Garland. An airman during the war, Luke has been writing to Hannah, the sister of a buddy who was tragically killed. When it's time for him to go home, he seeks Hannah out in Texas. Heartwood by Nicole Deese is the story of Abby and Griffin, and how they deal with pain and loss. From Roots to Sky by Amanda Dykes is my favorite Novella in the book. I instantly connected with the characters, and the story touched my heart. This is the second work I've ready by Dykes, and she's becoming one of my favorite authors. I wasn't entirely on board with the ending of Heartwood, the last novella in the book, but overall these stories were woven together well and definitely enjoyable. I received a free copy of this book from Bethany House via Netgalley. My review is voluntary.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Kailey

    This book is perfect for when you want a quick read. I loved all of the authors that are included in this. Each story is so unique! My absolute favorite was Amanda Dykes’s story. This is one that I wouldn’t mind reading again! I received a complimentary copy from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine alone.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Toni Shiloh

    I loved the premise of this novella, a kissing tree were couples etched their initials in hopes it would mean happily ever after. Ms. Jennings’ novella kicks off this Texas setting. Broken Limbs, Mended Fences had some moments that had me wincing for the heroes blunders and hoping he’d make a comeback. In Ms. Witemeyer’s tale, I throughly enjoyed the opposites attract. I also liked imagining the Kissing Tree Inn coming to life. It was a great way to continue the history of the truth. Ms. Dykes has I loved the premise of this novella, a kissing tree were couples etched their initials in hopes it would mean happily ever after. Ms. Jennings’ novella kicks off this Texas setting. Broken Limbs, Mended Fences had some moments that had me wincing for the heroes blunders and hoping he’d make a comeback. In Ms. Witemeyer’s tale, I throughly enjoyed the opposites attract. I also liked imagining the Kissing Tree Inn coming to life. It was a great way to continue the history of the truth. Ms. Dykes has a way of words and it was the one thing I loved about her story. Plus a veteran looking for his next steps and I was rooting for her. Lastly, Ms. Deese brings us to the present and as always, I enjoyed her writing and the way she brings depth to her romance. All in all, 4 different stories that will help you escape and brighten your day. *I received a complimentary copy from the publisher via NetGalley. My review is not required nor influenced.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Brittany

    The Kissing Tree collection of novellas is a beautiful collection of stories that take place through the years. The common theme is an enormous oak tree in the town of Oak Springs, Texas. Each author did a wonderful job of creating a story that touched my heart and had me completely invested in the outcome. Broken Limbs, Mended Fences – Adam has returned to not only attempt to earn money using his threshing machine, but to win the heart of Bella. Adam and Bella were such fun characters! I loved w The Kissing Tree collection of novellas is a beautiful collection of stories that take place through the years. The common theme is an enormous oak tree in the town of Oak Springs, Texas. Each author did a wonderful job of creating a story that touched my heart and had me completely invested in the outcome. Broken Limbs, Mended Fences – Adam has returned to not only attempt to earn money using his threshing machine, but to win the heart of Bella. Adam and Bella were such fun characters! I loved watching as they worked through their various struggles and grew to care for each other. The Kissing Tree Inn – In this fun tale, it was humorous to see what Phoebe considered romantic and to watch as Barnabas reacted to the paint and wallpaper that she had chosen. I loved hearing the funny names for the inn that would pop into Barnabas’ head, such as the Inn of Smooching Shrubbery! I liked the way these two began working together to make the inn a success, each recognizing that the other had important contributions to make. From Roots to Sky – What a sweet story of two people who met through letters during the war. I loved the way Luke continued to stay in town, working with Hannah on her special project. The close bond that Luke and Hannah began to feel toward each other grew naturally as they spent time together and I wondered what path Luke would choose for his future. Heartwood – I really felt for Griffin and Abby. It was clear that they loved each other, both in the past and in the present, however, there was loss and hurtful words between them. I thought that the theme of second chances was beautiful in this story. Throughout every one of these novellas, the Kissing Tree was a central theme, woven beautifully and naturally into each tale. I really enjoyed this collection of stories! I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own. You can read this review on my blog: https://brittreadsfiction.wordpress.c...

  6. 4 out of 5

    Susan Snodgrass

    This is just a delightful collection of novellas which all feature an old oak tree called the kissing tree. Each story is set in a different time period. So many happy romances began at this tree and it has weathered much in its time. The last novella is especially poignant. A quick read and one that is sure to delight your heart. *My thanks to Bethany House Publishing for a copy of this book. The review here is my own opinion.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Heidi Robbins (Heidi Reads...)

    I love beautiful old trees, so the theme of a tree connecting four generations really appealed to me. Because of the variety of eras and the authors writing the different stories, each was unique and incorporated the Kissing Tree in a different way. While each story and couple was interesting, I connected the most with the emotions of the first, by Regina Jennings. A dream-killing injury, a challenge to her job, a wager, and unrequited love lead to an unlikely friendship between Bella and a scho I love beautiful old trees, so the theme of a tree connecting four generations really appealed to me. Because of the variety of eras and the authors writing the different stories, each was unique and incorporated the Kissing Tree in a different way. While each story and couple was interesting, I connected the most with the emotions of the first, by Regina Jennings. A dream-killing injury, a challenge to her job, a wager, and unrequited love lead to an unlikely friendship between Bella and a schoolmate from her past. I appreciated how Bella does her best to forgive and look for the good in Adam. He is back in the town he grew up in to sell the latest technology in harvesting, yet his former community has difficulty believing his promises. He and Bella both have something to prove, and the support they give each other goes a long way to make them both successful in their endeavors and relationship. They feel strongly and are compelling as they earnestly seek for solutions to their quandary. Inn for a Surprise brings the gentle humor author Karen Witemeyer brings to all her books, and the conflicting opinions on what would please the clientele of a hotel brought fun banter as the competition between Phoebe and Barnabas teaches them to listen and compromise in order to make the inn its best. I most enjoyed in Roots to Sky was the long correspondence between Hannah and Luke, and the way they grew to know each other before ever meeting. The healing and slow-developing sweet romance when they finally meet is lovely. Heartwood was a little heartbreaking, since the great old tree is coming to the end of its days. I was fascinated with Griffin's occupation of arborist and all the skills and knowledge it involves. Abby's grief over her father bleeds into her lifestyle and the way she can't leave behind his work on the grounds of the inn and move on with her own life choices. Griffin's return resurrects old hurts for both of them that they must face and resolve in order to take risks again and heal. Disclosure statement: A complimentary copy of this book was provided from a tour group, publisher, publicist, or author, including NetGalley, OR was borrowed from the library, including OverDrive, OR borrowed from Kindle Unlimited, OR purchased. A review was not required and all views and opinions expressed are unbiased and my own.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Paula Shreckhise

    THE KISSING TREE, Four novellas steeped in love and faith set in Oak Springs, Texas. Broken Limbs-Mended Hearts by Regina Jennings. 1868 This was the cutest novella, showing self sacrifice and helping others out of a kind and godly heart. I loved the description of the old oak tree and the canopy that touched the ground and offered a cool, sheltered respite. Bella Eden, a schoolteacher who was afraid of tests and an old schoolmate, Adam Fisher, reunite when he comes to town with his new-fangled th THE KISSING TREE, Four novellas steeped in love and faith set in Oak Springs, Texas. Broken Limbs-Mended Hearts by Regina Jennings. 1868 This was the cutest novella, showing self sacrifice and helping others out of a kind and godly heart. I loved the description of the old oak tree and the canopy that touched the ground and offered a cool, sheltered respite. Bella Eden, a schoolteacher who was afraid of tests and an old schoolmate, Adam Fisher, reunite when he comes to town with his new-fangled thrashing machine. A sheer delight. Inn For A Surprise by Karen Witemeyer 1891 In her wonderfully witty way, Ms. Witemeyer has given us a heart tugging tale of romantic Phoebe Woodward who wants to open the Kissing Tree Inn and no-nonsense Barnabas Ackerly who has been tasked to help her by his boss who happens to be Phoebe’s father. He doesn’t know it yet but Barnabas has a romantic side hidden beneath his business acumen. I loved the cute names Barnabas called the Inn in the confines of his mind: “Inn of the Smooching Shrubbery, Inn of the Osculating Topiaries and Inn of Pecking Pulp Providers.” This was a clever, touching story. From Roots to Sky by Amanda Dykes 1945 Amanda Dykes lovely poetic style tells a story of an airman home from the war to find the sister of a buddy he lost in France. Luke and Hannah have dreams for the future: “some dreams fade away when you grow up, an I s’pose that’s all well and good. We trade them for other dreams.” The old oak tree plays a part in yet another romance. This one had a homey, nostalgic feel to it. Heartwood by Nicole Deese Contemporary Hope from brokenness was the theme here. Abby and Griffen find triumph and community after a tragedy. Ms. Deese paints a picture of restoration from shattered pieces. This is one of the best novella collections I have read. The continuity of the old oak tree shines through the eras. *I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House on behalf of the authors. I was not required to give a favorable review. All opinions are my own.*

  9. 4 out of 5

    MJSH

    Centered around a great oak tree in Oak Springs, TX, this novella collection celebrates the legacy of love through generations. Regina Jennings introduces The Kissing Tree in 1868, Karen Witemeyer builds a romantic getaway inn next to The Kissing Tree in 1891, Amanda Dykes adds a cottage to the property in 1945, and Nicole Deese returns back to the tree itself in the present time. It's incredible how the authors have written these individual novellas to flow and fit so well together. I really en Centered around a great oak tree in Oak Springs, TX, this novella collection celebrates the legacy of love through generations. Regina Jennings introduces The Kissing Tree in 1868, Karen Witemeyer builds a romantic getaway inn next to The Kissing Tree in 1891, Amanda Dykes adds a cottage to the property in 1945, and Nicole Deese returns back to the tree itself in the present time. It's incredible how the authors have written these individual novellas to flow and fit so well together. I really enjoyed seeing cameo appearances of the characters (and their progeny) from story to story and felt like I knew The Kissing Tree as an Oak Springs resident by the end of the book. Each author has a unique writing style that will charm you; you can expect a ride into the history of agriculture, a romcom between two complete opposites, a nostalgic and different look at war and loss, and a heart-wrenching growth from fear and grief into healing and remembrance. I would love to read more collections by these authors. It's a novella collection not to be missed! I received a copy of the book from Bethany House Publishers and was under no obligation to post a positive review. All comments and opinions are solely my own.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Staci

    Sweet collection of novellas with an old oak in small town Texas as the central theme. This collection reminds me of when you pass by an old barn, farm or church that has been around for many years and think of stories that place could tell. And then you wish you knew what those stories were. The Kissing Tree takes readers on that journey: From the mid-1800s to current day. Readers are introduced to the kissing tree in the first novella Broken Limbs, Mended Hearts (Regina Jennings). 18 year old B Sweet collection of novellas with an old oak in small town Texas as the central theme. This collection reminds me of when you pass by an old barn, farm or church that has been around for many years and think of stories that place could tell. And then you wish you knew what those stories were. The Kissing Tree takes readers on that journey: From the mid-1800s to current day. Readers are introduced to the kissing tree in the first novella Broken Limbs, Mended Hearts (Regina Jennings). 18 year old Bella stands beneath that tree and offers her first kiss to a classmate. He turns her down! Several years later her story continues when Adam returns to town to share a new invention: a threshing machine. The tale picks up 1891 with Inn for a Surprise (Karen Witemeyer). Phoebe, a "spinster" at 23, has plans to open an inn for romantic getaways next to the kissing tree. Her vision for the inn is pink siding and other over the top feminine features. Her father sends his employee Barnabas to assist in making the inn successful. Roots to Sky (Amanda Dykes) moves the story forward to 1944/1945. Hannah full of spirit is feeling lonely after the loss of her brother. Luke, a WWII pilot in the European operation, was her brother's friend and promised to write Hannah after her brother's death. Love a romance founded on letters! So sweet. The conclusion, Heartwood (Nicole Deese) takes place in contemporary times. Abby is the groundskeeper for the land and struggles to move on because it was her deceased father's dream to work the land. Griffin, an arborist, benefited from her father's generosity as well and also loves the outdoors. Theirs is a tale of dealing with grief. Loved the current day details such as the kissing tree having its own Twitter feed. Enjoyable collection! My gratitude to publisher Bethany House for a complimentary NetGalley copy. I was not required to post a review and all opinions expressed are my own.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Aimee (Getting Your Read On)

    This was the sweetest book! I love how each book is connected by a tree that lasts through generations of people. In the first book we get our first introduction to the tree and see how it's history and legend were started. I love how each story is set in a different decade of time bringing different challenges to the characters. I thought all the stories were well done. These are all great authors and it's fun to see them writing for one collection. What a fun idea this was! Each story is novell This was the sweetest book! I love how each book is connected by a tree that lasts through generations of people. In the first book we get our first introduction to the tree and see how it's history and legend were started. I love how each story is set in a different decade of time bringing different challenges to the characters. I thought all the stories were well done. These are all great authors and it's fun to see them writing for one collection. What a fun idea this was! Each story is novella size so I read through them pretty quickly. The tree is an integral part of each of the couple's stories and romances and I really loved how each generation celebrated the tree's history and honored it's place in their community. It really gave the whole book such a romantic feel. Content: mild peril, kissing - I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions expressed are my own.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Leslie aka StoreyBook Reviews

    These four novellas travel through time in Oak Springs, Texas, and weave together love stories surrounding the Kissing Tree. While each story is independent of the other, there are a few ties that bring them all together besides the tree. The main characters in the first story, "Broken Limbs, Mended Hearts", Bella and Adam, make an appearance in "Inn for a Surprise". The Kissing Tree Inn is constructed in "Inn for a Surprise" but is still around in the last two stories and it is a descendent fro These four novellas travel through time in Oak Springs, Texas, and weave together love stories surrounding the Kissing Tree. While each story is independent of the other, there are a few ties that bring them all together besides the tree. The main characters in the first story, "Broken Limbs, Mended Hearts", Bella and Adam, make an appearance in "Inn for a Surprise". The Kissing Tree Inn is constructed in "Inn for a Surprise" but is still around in the last two stories and it is a descendent from the story "From Roots to Sky" that ties the fourth story into the book. Each story brings together two souls that thought they couldn't find love and they couldn't be more wrong. I don't think I can pick a favorite out of these four stories. Each has a unique tale to tell and I fell in love with all of the characters and the situations that they endured to get to the apex of finding their true love. "The magic found in Oak Springs had less to do with a romantic inn and everything to do with the nature surrounding it." Broken Limbs, Mended Hearts features Bella and Adam. You could say there were not bosom buddies while in their last year of school, in fact, a situation occurred that had Bella changing her chosen profession. I don't think she ever forgave Adam for that incident until he arrives back in town several years later and realizes she is the one that he wants as his wife. I liked how Adam realized he had a couple of hurdles to cross to win her affection and he is quite creative in helping get past those barriers. I enjoyed this line because progress happens no matter the time and this reminded me of that. Adam says this line to Bella - "I came to Oak Springs to bring our town up to date. It's the 1870s. Progress needs to happen." Inn for a Surprise is the story of Phoebe and Barnabus. This story had me in stitches because Barnabus thinks that this inn is a lost cause when it comes to marketing and has, in his mind, renamed the inn with several alliterations, including the Inn of Pecking Pulp Providers. When Phoebe stumbles across this information, I think it causes her to see Barnabus in a new light. They work well together as a team and it shouldn't be too surprising that they fall in love. What did surprise me was her father's reaction. You'll have to read the story to discover that answer. From Roots to Sky is Hannah and Luke's journey. Luke came to Oak Springs out of a sense of obligation to Hannah's brother that died during WWII. He had taken on the task of writing to Hannah and he included drawings of what he saw in Europe, much like her brother had done for her before he died. Hannah is endearing and scattered all at the same time. I'm sure many are not sure how to handle her proclivity to keep moving and not wait for anyone to help her do anything. I admired her determination to forge her own path and not a traditional path that might be expected of a woman in the 1940s. Heartwood is the last novella and brings together Abby and Griffin. Abby is a descendent of a character mentioned in "From Roots to Sky", Arnie, and the cottage built in that story by Hannah and Luke is another tie to all of the stories. I enjoyed watching these two lovebirds (when they finally admit it) reconnect even though it takes some time to get there since Griffin is there to assess the Kissing Tree and this riles Abby up to no end.  Abby and Griffin know each other well and both love nature and the outdoors. In fact, I liked this line that Abby says to Griffin - "You'll always smell like trees no matter what you squirt on your shirt. Nature's in your DNA." No matter what sort of story you might like, each novella in this book will appeal to you in one way or another, from the characters to the setting. We give this book 5 paws ups.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Melissa

    Regina's story is funny and sweet. Bella and Adam were fun characters full of spunk and stubbornness. The bet between Adam and Bella’s father made for an interesting element as well. Cute romance and a good start to the collection of stories. Karen’s story was charming as always. Her stories have a perfect blend of humor and romance and Barnabas and Phoebe’s story has both. It was an adorable story. Amanda’s story was great, I love World War 2 stories and this one is set during it so that alone Regina's story is funny and sweet. Bella and Adam were fun characters full of spunk and stubbornness. The bet between Adam and Bella’s father made for an interesting element as well. Cute romance and a good start to the collection of stories. Karen’s story was charming as always. Her stories have a perfect blend of humor and romance and Barnabas and Phoebe’s story has both. It was an adorable story. Amanda’s story was great, I love World War 2 stories and this one is set during it so that alone made me enjoy it...but Luke and Hannah made me love it even more. Restoring the house was a fun part of the story too. I loved Nicole’s story! My favorite part was the letter written by someone affected by the Kissing Tree, it brought tears to my eyes. Abby and Griffin were fun characters and easy to root for them to find their happily ever after. All in all, this is a superb collection from some of the best authors in Christian Fiction. I can’t even pick a favorite story because I loved each and every one of them. I highly recommend this collection. I received this book from the author and wasn’t required to post a positive review. All thoughts are my honest opinion.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Ashlee

    This is my new favorite novella collection! It has everything I love: historical to contemporary romances, a common and oh-so-cute theme, and fully developed stories. One of the four authors, Amanda Dykes, is new to me, and I love how novellas can make me get a taste for a new voice. I'm certainly going to look into Amanda's other books. When I saw the other three authors were involved, I knew this was a must read. I cannot get over how cohesive this set is. All four are appealing and felt comple This is my new favorite novella collection! It has everything I love: historical to contemporary romances, a common and oh-so-cute theme, and fully developed stories. One of the four authors, Amanda Dykes, is new to me, and I love how novellas can make me get a taste for a new voice. I'm certainly going to look into Amanda's other books. When I saw the other three authors were involved, I knew this was a must read. I cannot get over how cohesive this set is. All four are appealing and felt complete. I want more from most novellas, either because they feel underdeveloped or because I flat out want more story. These have this pretty bow wrapping that does not need nor require flushing out to full length novels. Thank you to NetGalley and Bethany House for the advanced copy! All thoughts in this review are my own.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Ancillar

    Firstly give me all the books *smile*. I have never met a collection of short stories that I enjoyed all of them and kudos to kissing tree to getting me all mushy mushy .Most of them where historical but trust Nicole Deese to come through with a contemporary because I am that contemporary lover. I cannot pick a favorite because the ladies delivered and now I want to read these ladies individual books. Huge thanks to Bethany house for my copy in exchange of an honest review .

  16. 4 out of 5

    Jeanne Alfveby Crea

    Fantastic collection by favorite authors! You don't want to miss this. In Regina Jennings' Broken Limbs, Mended Fences, the tree of shame grew to be the kissing tree! In this 1st sweet historical fiction story, Bella Eden meets Adam Fisher three years after he witnesses her embarrassing incident under the huge oak tree. Adam and his new-fangled machine return to town to convince farmers to take a chance on him and make their harvest easier. I really enjoyed their sweet story! Karen Witemeyer's The Fantastic collection by favorite authors! You don't want to miss this. In Regina Jennings' Broken Limbs, Mended Fences, the tree of shame grew to be the kissing tree! In this 1st sweet historical fiction story, Bella Eden meets Adam Fisher three years after he witnesses her embarrassing incident under the huge oak tree. Adam and his new-fangled machine return to town to convince farmers to take a chance on him and make their harvest easier. I really enjoyed their sweet story! Karen Witemeyer's The Kissing Tree Inn is a hoot! It is sweet and funny! The story of a young romantic spinster Phoebe Woodward and Barnabas Ackerly who is sent by his boss, her father, to make this romantic Inn a success. This is my first Karen Witemeyer story and I loved it. Barnabas kept renaming the Inn funny names (in his mind). "She seemed a female of the more intellectual variety. Sensible. Quiet. Then again, she'd propose the Idiotic Inn of Tree Kissing that threatened his livelihood, so what did he know?" From Roots to Sky by Amanda Dykes tells the tale of a navy pilot who travels to Texas to meet his navy buddy's sister. Luke Hampstead injured in the war when his plane was shot down, tried to stay alive by writing to his friend's sister Hannah Garland. "There's a time for thinkin' and a time for actin', and many a fool get the two mixed up. " Such a sweet story. These two misfits are perfect for each other! Heartwood by Nicole Deese is a fantastic last novella in the collection! Good advice from an unlikely source: " When things feel completely out of my control, my options become very simple: I can either tighten my grip and hang on no matter how much that hold might hurt myself or others, or I can open my fist and trust in a process much bigger than myself.....and let go." He was simply a man who had been broken by pain and scarred by loss. Two things her own heart could relate to well. Her father "never questioned the rhythm or cycle of the seasons, nor did he doubt the master plan behind it all." Favorite quotes; "True closure, it seemed, was a daily walk." "But that is the risk in loving people. The depth of heartache often matches the depth of love." "...protect our future by preserving the memories and stories from our past." "May your homes be blessed with love and laughter, and may your hearts be open to receive the gift of God's beautiful creation." At first, I planned to write how I really enjoyed all these stories, and what I liked about each of them. And the thought that my genealogical mind may have liked a more direct tie between the stories, but this last story hit it out of the park with a beautiful ending that tied it all together (and made it less important to have that timeline). LOVED. It.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Monica

    We joke about it, but the reality is life in 2020 has been difficult for many of us. The Kissing Tree by Regina Jennings, Karen Witemeyer, Amanda Dykes and Nicole Deese is a book of four novellas written in such a way to take you away from the stress of today's world for awhile and to leave you with a happy ending sigh. The Kissing Tree begins with Broken Limbs, Mended Hearts by Regina Jennings and is set in 1868. The past few years have been difficult for Bella Eden after suffering a broken wris We joke about it, but the reality is life in 2020 has been difficult for many of us. The Kissing Tree by Regina Jennings, Karen Witemeyer, Amanda Dykes and Nicole Deese is a book of four novellas written in such a way to take you away from the stress of today's world for awhile and to leave you with a happy ending sigh. The Kissing Tree begins with Broken Limbs, Mended Hearts by Regina Jennings and is set in 1868. The past few years have been difficult for Bella Eden after suffering a broken wrist and heartbreak at an old oak tree in town. Then a man from her past returns to town and disrupts her life with his new job and new invention. Inn For a Surprise by Karen Witemeyer is an uplifting story about Phoebe Woodward building a new inn in the late1800s. Her father sends, Barnabas, a property manager to help her with promotion to make the inn a success. Will the two be able to work together to do just that? From Roots to Sky by Amanda Dykes is set in the 1940s and follows WWII airman Luke Hampstead as he seeks to find the sister of his fellow airman to thank her for her letters. He finds Hannah in Oak Springs, Texas--and helps her build a house to honor his friend. Hearrtwood is set in today's world. Abby Brookshire is the head groundskeeper at the Kissing Tree Inn and is upset when The Kissing Tree is in danger of being removed. Can she work with her former beau, Griffin, to save the tree? I enjoyed The Kissing Tree from beginning to end. It was fun to see some of the characters make their way from one story to the next through another generation and it was also fun to see how the tree and the town had changed through the years. It was also fun to read about how the special oak tree played a part in each story and sort of told about the circle of life in a good way. I enjoyed all of the characters through the stories. I did just relax and enjoy reading about a special place through the ages and enjoyed the happy stories at a time when I needed it. Maybe it is just what you need too? I received a copy of this book from the publisher. All opinions within this review are my own.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Monique

    The Kissing Tree contains four short stories by Regina Jennings, Karen Witemeyer, Amanda Dykes and Nicole Deese. Though they are apart in time, they are centered around a famous big old tree, called The Kissing Tree in a small town in Texas. For me, it is very rare that I love all four stories and therefore almost impossible to get a 5 star rating for the entire book, but in this case I actually loved them all! Regina Jennings starts off with a bang, as she introduces a handsome man with farming The Kissing Tree contains four short stories by Regina Jennings, Karen Witemeyer, Amanda Dykes and Nicole Deese. Though they are apart in time, they are centered around a famous big old tree, called The Kissing Tree in a small town in Texas. For me, it is very rare that I love all four stories and therefore almost impossible to get a 5 star rating for the entire book, but in this case I actually loved them all! Regina Jennings starts off with a bang, as she introduces a handsome man with farming machinery among the sceptical Texas people. He makes a deal with the father of a girl he once fancied, but little does he know how this will impact her life... and it was so much fun to read! Epic finale is all I can say. Karen Witemeyer follows next with a shy but dreamy woman who wants to start her own romantic getaway inn and someone who is sent by her father to make sure it will work financially. I am a HUGE Karen Witemeyer fan, I have read everything she wrote, and I have to say this is my favorite novella yet. It had me laughing out loud several times and it is just amazing writing, characters and plot. Amanda Dykes kinda broke my heart and repaired it too, with her novella on a WW2 pilot who seeks out the women he wrote too during the war. I loved that it wasn’t the usual dramatics where she doesn’t know who she is and is mad when she finds out etc, but rather a slow healing of hearts and opening up to one another. And Hannah is such an unusual and amazing character! I didn’t expect to like Nicole Deese’s story as it is contemporary and that is just not my genre. But she suprised me in a very good way and showed me that romance can be very much alive today, too! It is a story of loss and how to cope, and I loved it all. All in all, I can really recommend these short stories! They are strong on their own, and even stronger together as characters and places weave through all four stories and connect them to a higher level. I’ve got a free e-arc from the publishers, but it has not influenced my opinions.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Abigail Harris

    Read Review Rejoice's Revew of Broken Limbs, Mended Hearts Regina Jennings: This is an adorable shorter novella that drew me in with every page even with the embarrassment in the story. I love how the cover fits the collection perfectly! Review of Inn for a Surprise by Karen Witemeyer: Without the suspenseful adventure of most of her stories I wasn't sure what to expect from Karen Witemeyer's "Inn for a Surprise" but I fell in love with the idea of the story right along with Phoebe and Barnabas as Read Review Rejoice's Revew of Broken Limbs, Mended Hearts Regina Jennings: This is an adorable shorter novella that drew me in with every page even with the embarrassment in the story. I love how the cover fits the collection perfectly! Review of Inn for a Surprise by Karen Witemeyer: Without the suspenseful adventure of most of her stories I wasn't sure what to expect from Karen Witemeyer's "Inn for a Surprise" but I fell in love with the idea of the story right along with Phoebe and Barnabas as they grew to love each other. Review of From Roots to Sky: Dykes has such a way with words... She pulls me in and doesn't let go of my heart for a good long while. Maybe it is the WWII theme or maybe it is the poetic way of writing the heart of a story on the page, I don't know, I just know that she is always on my list of need to read authors. Review of Heartwood by Nicole Deese: This is only the second story that I have read from Nicole Deese and I was hooked from the start! I love the sweet and light but still has a hidden gem depth showing truth and love. The bittersweet ending was just so wonderful, I really look forward to reading more from both authors. I voluntarily received and reviewed a complimentary e/copy of this book which I received from the author/publisher. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Carolyn

    The Kissing Tree is one of the strongest collection of its type I've ever read. I enjoyed each of the four novellas with well-drawn characters. None of the romances seemed rushed, which can be a temptation in novellas. The settings were unique and interesting despite all centering around The Kissing Tree, a grand oak in Texas. Two of the authors were already among my favorites. Two others I'd heard of but not read anything by. I enjoyed those stories equally! The Kissing Tree is one of the strongest collection of its type I've ever read. I enjoyed each of the four novellas with well-drawn characters. None of the romances seemed rushed, which can be a temptation in novellas. The settings were unique and interesting despite all centering around The Kissing Tree, a grand oak in Texas. Two of the authors were already among my favorites. Two others I'd heard of but not read anything by. I enjoyed those stories equally!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Lori

    I love all of these ladies and each has something special to offer in this collection of four short stories. I have on!y one problem with this book. Each of these stories makes me want more! I wish they were konger! I have enjoyed each story to the fullest and left me feeling satisfied. I am glad to recommend The Kissing Tree because it will bring you enjoyment just like it did me. Each of these ladies will draw you into their timeless stories and won't let go until you finish the book! I usually I love all of these ladies and each has something special to offer in this collection of four short stories. I have on!y one problem with this book. Each of these stories makes me want more! I wish they were konger! I have enjoyed each story to the fullest and left me feeling satisfied. I am glad to recommend The Kissing Tree because it will bring you enjoyment just like it did me. Each of these ladies will draw you into their timeless stories and won't let go until you finish the book! I usually have a favorite story in books like these but this time I just can't make up my mind because I love them a!!! I give this book 5 stars! Simply because I love these ladies writing style. It comes from their hearts and I can tell they actually had fun writing them! I learned a little something from each of these stories too. The faith filled messages are wonderful reminders that can work even in today's world. I was NOT required to write a positive review and all opinions are my own. My thanks to Bethany House/Netgalley for a copy of this book.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Faye

    A stellar collection of tales that culminate around a magnificent live oak tree. Picking up this book was a no brainer for me as it features four of my favorite authors, so I had high hopes, and it did not disappoint! I loved how this book followed various couples throughout the span of 150 years, with historical novellas, and then into the present day. This collection features fantastic characters, strong family, and faith. I loved how many of the stories had strong father figures. A delightful A stellar collection of tales that culminate around a magnificent live oak tree. Picking up this book was a no brainer for me as it features four of my favorite authors, so I had high hopes, and it did not disappoint! I loved how this book followed various couples throughout the span of 150 years, with historical novellas, and then into the present day. This collection features fantastic characters, strong family, and faith. I loved how many of the stories had strong father figures. A delightful, highly entertaining and enjoyable read, opposites attract and conflict turns to compromise. There was great chemistry between the characters, and though each of these stories was written by a different author with their own signature style, I think it worked so well in this format to tell each of the unique love stories in varying time periods. Highly recommend this novella collection! I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

  23. 4 out of 5

    R.j.

    Excellent! I love all these authors, so when I had a chance to read this book as an advanced copy, I just had to jump. This book is the best of each author in a novella. The resulting collection is just amazing. I will be honest. I would be hard pressed to choose my favorite! Regina Jennings’ introduction to the tree was excellent. Karen Witemeyer’s was just as good! Then the WW2 story by Amanda Dykes was beautiful. And nothing against the final author, but my history heart was a bit disappointe Excellent! I love all these authors, so when I had a chance to read this book as an advanced copy, I just had to jump. This book is the best of each author in a novella. The resulting collection is just amazing. I will be honest. I would be hard pressed to choose my favorite! Regina Jennings’ introduction to the tree was excellent. Karen Witemeyer’s was just as good! Then the WW2 story by Amanda Dykes was beautiful. And nothing against the final author, but my history heart was a bit disappointed by a contemporary story. I did love it! Seriously this book is easily worth your time! I received a copy of this book from the publisher to facilitate my review. All opinions are my own and I was not required to leave a review, positive or otherwise.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Karen R

    Excellent read! A keeper! All of the stories were terrific, building on each other, from the 1870's to present day. Loved each one. Highly recommend! Excellent read! A keeper! All of the stories were terrific, building on each other, from the 1870's to present day. Loved each one. Highly recommend!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

    Broken Limbs, Mended Hearts by Regina Jennings OH MY GOODNESS!! If you are in need of a sweet romantic story look no further! Bella has high plans until an accident derails them. So she moves onto a new plan. Adam is just trying to earn a living and earn Bella's respect. Will they have enough time with a competition ahead? Adam and Bella learn to trust each other and to trust God and His timing. Inn for a Surprise by Karen Witemeyer Swoon! This book was filled with wonderful humor and was utterly rom Broken Limbs, Mended Hearts by Regina Jennings OH MY GOODNESS!! If you are in need of a sweet romantic story look no further! Bella has high plans until an accident derails them. So she moves onto a new plan. Adam is just trying to earn a living and earn Bella's respect. Will they have enough time with a competition ahead? Adam and Bella learn to trust each other and to trust God and His timing. Inn for a Surprise by Karen Witemeyer Swoon! This book was filled with wonderful humor and was utterly romantic! Karen Witemeyer knows how to write a wonderful book! I loved Phoebe & Barnabas' story! I loved how the previous book slipped in as well! It was a wonderful tale of love and acceptance! From Roots to Sky by Amanda Dykes Aww, this was such a sweet story! Luke & Hannah were made for each other! I loved the story from the beginning to the very end! Hannah was a whirlwind and Luke was much more subdued but somehow those two just belonged. They made each other feel at home! Heartwood by Nicole Deese Oh I loved this book! Nicole Deese is a master storyteller! She has a way of taking your right to the heart of the matter! I learned more about trees than I knew before. Abby was a master gardener and artist who was so caught up in grief. Griffin was an arborist looking for some closure. I loved how their story wove through the pages.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Paula

    I love it! I love it!! Excellent book with four stories over a hundred years, all centered around a community tree. The first story is of two people that knew each other in school, but three years after they graduated, he returns to find that she is now the teacher. There is a contest between him and her father, that brings excitement to the story. The second story, is of two people that have known each other for a while, but have no interest in each other. Phoebe, a known spinster, is opening a I love it! I love it!! Excellent book with four stories over a hundred years, all centered around a community tree. The first story is of two people that knew each other in school, but three years after they graduated, he returns to find that she is now the teacher. There is a contest between him and her father, that brings excitement to the story. The second story, is of two people that have known each other for a while, but have no interest in each other. Phoebe, a known spinster, is opening an inn, and Barnabas is sent by her father, to help get the business going. As they spend time together, each learning the other one's strengths and weaknesses, they grow closer, and learn that they need each other. The third story is a WW2 pilot that comes to meet his best friend's sister, who is a spitfire that he gets to know. He really has no home, since he was an orphan, and it's a lovely story. The last one is of two people that almost married before, and he comes back to study the tree, and research the health of it. Meantime, he is hoping for a second chance with her. It is a bittersweet story that I enjoyed reading. I must say I loved all four stories and enjoyed reading this book! Highly recommend!!!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Lynda

    I have read several of these authors before, so when an opportunity arose to enjoy some of my favorites and try a couple of new ones, all of the stories linked together by a long-standing tree, I was eager to begin. Happily, I thoroughly enjoyed this collection! Broken Limbs, Mended Hearts by Regina Jennings This first novella sets up the collection beautifully, and love turns a symbol of a painful episode into a symbol of hope instead. I loved Adam and Bella's story, how both were willing to sa I have read several of these authors before, so when an opportunity arose to enjoy some of my favorites and try a couple of new ones, all of the stories linked together by a long-standing tree, I was eager to begin. Happily, I thoroughly enjoyed this collection! Broken Limbs, Mended Hearts by Regina Jennings This first novella sets up the collection beautifully, and love turns a symbol of a painful episode into a symbol of hope instead. I loved Adam and Bella's story, how both were willing to sacrifice for the other, how both could dream and work on their plans, wanting the best for the other, so holding their individual goals loosely and knowing they may need to change for the sake of happiness and love. Inn for a Surprise by Karen Witemeyer I love Witemeyer's humor, but there is just something ridiculously special about this novella and how a couple so very different from one another can discover how to make each other better by being together. She intersperses the action and dialogue with some beautiful prose that gives us insight into Phoebe's romantic nature as well as Barnabas' pragmatism, and left me sighing happily as I turned the final page. From Roots to Sky by Amanda Dykes A new to me author, I enjoyed this well-written and poignant story. Wartime letters draw these characters together and I found myself tearing up multiple times as I sympathized with the characters and the losses they'd endured. Yet this is ultimately a story of hope and remembering the past even as we embrace the future and the blessings of life and love. Heartwood by Nicole Deese This one was a bit tough for me. The author does a great job of describing grief, but it hit too close to home for me as I lost my mother less than a month ago. I could really relate to Abby's need for stability and for things to remain the same, even though they never can be again. A hard read, but a beautiful one by an author I have not read until now. This collection is a lovely mix by different authors writing in different times for the same setting. I really liked their interconnectedness and how the authors worked together to create a cohesive whole. I highly recommend it and look forward to reading more from each of these writers in the future. I received a review copy of this book from the authors and publisher but was under no obligation to post a positive review. The opinions expressed are both honest and my own.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Raechel Lenore

    4.5 stars Novella collections are so fun - I love getting little stories and tastes from various authors. The Kissing Tree collection starts out with Regina Jenning's story, "Broken Limbs, Mended Hearts", and it was absolutely endearing! I was hooked and laughing from the very start - and the ending was so sweet. It was an adorable story with relatable characters that really leapt from the pages.Second comes Karen Witemeyer's novella, "Inn for a Surprise"  which was very good too - I really like 4.5 stars Novella collections are so fun - I love getting little stories and tastes from various authors. The Kissing Tree collection starts out with Regina Jenning's story, "Broken Limbs, Mended Hearts", and it was absolutely endearing! I was hooked and laughing from the very start - and the ending was so sweet. It was an adorable story with relatable characters that really leapt from the pages.Second comes Karen Witemeyer's novella, "Inn for a Surprise"  which was very good too - I really liked Phoebe, and loved her "quirks" and genuinely sweet character. Her heart for starting the Kissing Inn tree was lovely, and I appreciated that Barnabas softened so much towards her and her vision. They complimented each other really well. The only thing I will point out in this story, is that it kind of bothered me that when he was mentally pointing out her beautiful qualities, he had to mentally remark that he could see why others might pass over her because she's plain. A reader might be allowed to think a person is plain because "beauty is in the eye of the beholder", however, I'd much rather see the hero be absolutely taken with her, regardless what the townspeople or even reader thinks of her appearance. I hope that makes sense. :)Otherwise, I really liked their relationship and their balance together. A very sweet story!Third we have Amanda Dykes' "From Roots to Sky", and this one carries an aura of more 'seriousness', following the story of  WWII airman Luke Hampstead as he meets his friend's sister for the first time - the young woman he's been writing to during the war. I liked the message of this one, and the overall theme of heart-aching beauty. It started off just a little slow for me, but I was soon taken up with the story and really loved getting to know the characters, and see the town of Oak Spring in the aftermath of WWII. Definitely a touching story.And lastly, we end with "Heartwood" by Nicole Deese, the contemporary novella of this collection. This is the second piece of read by this author, and I really love her writing style. "Heartwood" is a sweet and realistic romance, with complicated emotions and pasts the characters have to work through. There was a bittersweet part to this story, but it made for the perfect ending, and I love how the story, while contemporary unlike the first three pieces, really wove everything together and made for a beautiful finish.A great novella collection overall, that I very much enjoyed!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Marilee

    A creative masterpiece! Four sweet novellas, each taking place in the small town of Oak Springs, Texas and each revolving around a giant oak dubbed by locals as The Kissing Tree. From first story to last spans over 150 years, yet each story shares a timeless tale of trust, of healing, and of love. Each author manages to maintain focus and avoid trying to cover too much ground as often happens in novellas. This was a richly entertaining and beautifully written book that I will be re-reading for y A creative masterpiece! Four sweet novellas, each taking place in the small town of Oak Springs, Texas and each revolving around a giant oak dubbed by locals as The Kissing Tree. From first story to last spans over 150 years, yet each story shares a timeless tale of trust, of healing, and of love. Each author manages to maintain focus and avoid trying to cover too much ground as often happens in novellas. This was a richly entertaining and beautifully written book that I will be re-reading for years to come. Highly recommend to readers of Christian fiction everywhere. I received a complimentary copy but my opinion is my own.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Jody Pulcheon

    I finished reading "The Kissing Tree" by 4 great authors! It was really good, 5⭐. This novella has four stories set decades apart all surrounding an oak tree the community named the Kissing Tree. It was a cute quick easy read. *Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for the advanced read. * I finished reading "The Kissing Tree" by 4 great authors! It was really good, 5⭐. This novella has four stories set decades apart all surrounding an oak tree the community named the Kissing Tree. It was a cute quick easy read. *Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for the advanced read. *

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