Anthology Review – A Star will Rise

A Star Will Rise: A Mosaic Christmas Anthology II. 2020.

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Christmas should be a time of wonder and expectation, but what if tragedy, illness, family secrets, or betrayal strip away every belief in what the future holds? And in a good and loving God?

When circumstances beyond their control dramatically alter their lives, can broken, betrayed, and disillusioned people rediscover their faith and come to see that God’s plans are far better for them than the ones they had imagined for themselves?

Brenda S. Anderson | A Christmas Homecoming

About A Christmas Homecoming from Brenda S. Anderson on Facebook

Here’s a teaser for A Christmas Homecoming, A Coming Home Series short story: “Our love story is definitely not typical. It began on a day not unlike this one, when your grandfather was on his way to propose to his girlfriend. Only two weeks later, he proposed to me.”Intrigued? I hope so! In this story, those of you who read Pieces of Granite and other books in my Coming Home series will recognize the main characters, Marlene & Bernie Brooks, the parents of Debbie, Ricky, & Marcus. They needed their own love story, and it ended up surprising me!


Eleanor Bertin | Love and Unexpected Stress Responses

About Love and Unexpected Stree Responses from Eleanor Bertin on Facebook

Expectations can be wonderful — like the expectation, kept for thousands of years, that God would keep His promise and send us a Saviour. And expectations can turn sour, if they’re based on faulty thinking or fear. This Christmas, Mosaic’s Christmas anthology A Star Will Rise carries the theme of Expectation.In my story, readers of my novels, will recognize Anna, a 60-something widow and her son Jesse, who has Down syndrome. When I wrote Jesse into my first novel, Lifelines, my own son with DS was only a young teen. Love and Unexpected Stress Responses is based on a message I received last November from my neurologist-nephew, about new research that could lead to a treatment for Down syndrome. I found my own expectation for Timo’s future all bound up in fear of change and an unknown future. Naturally, I inflicted my own angst onto my poor unsuspecting character, Anna Fawcett, giving her an anxious month of December.But not to worry, God soothes her fears and by the end of the story, she’s facing an entirely different kind of expectation – this time a very exciting one!


Sara Davison | Sixty Feet to Home

About Sixty Feet to Home from Sara Davison on Facebook

A bit about the story: God and Jonas Kendall have plans for his life. Big plans. When those plans come to a crashing halt one night, so does Jonas’s faith in a good, caring God. Which is kind of a problem since he is the pastor sent in to fill the pulpit in a nothing church in the nowhere little town of Elora for the month of December. Could be a really long Advent season …Those of you who have read Lost Down Deep or my stories in the other two Mosaic anthologies will recognize the little town of Elora, which is the setting of this story. A few old friends may pop in to say hi as well. The theme of A Star Will Rise is expectation. Jonas has great expectations for his life and all He thinks God has planned for him. When those plans don’t come to fruition, his faith is severely tested as he questions everything he has believed to be true about God and about himself.


Regina Rudd Merrick | The Twelve Days of Mandy Reno

About The Twelve Days of Mandy Reno from Regina Rudd Merrick on Facebook

Have you ever had your expectations to come crashing down on you? It’s even worse when it happens at Christmastime!!God has a few things to teach law-student Mandy Reno when things just don’t seem to be going her way. She is stuck at her grandparents’ house in her tiny hometown of Clementville, Kentucky, studying virtually and working part-time at the local diner due to a global pandemic. When she realizes that her parents, on a mission trip to Brazil, are unable to get home for Christmas for the same reason, Mandy’s expectations of what might be her last Christmas “at home” are ruined. Young Sheriff Clay Lacey attempts to make it up to Mandy – but will she see it for the gift it is, or run for the hills when she realizes who is behind twelve days of surprises?Also in the RenoVations series, you’ll recognize characters from my story “RenoVating Christmas” in Hope is Born, the anthology from last year, and from my novel, Heart Restoration: RenoVations Series, Book 1.


Angela D. Meyer | Returning to Christmas

About Returning to Christmas from Angela Meyer on Facebook

Here’s the teaser for my short story in the anthology, Returning to Christmas.When Josie’s abusive husband is killed in a car accident, the landlord threatens to collect rent from her by any means necessary. Josie flees with her son to a promised haven in another city, but the offer is retracted before she arrives. With nowhere to go, will Josie find the courage to live a life without fear and return home in time for Christmas to the family she left eight years ago?


Marion Ueckermann | One Christmas Wish

About One Christmas Wish from Brenda Anderson on Facebook

In 𝑶𝒏𝒆 𝑪𝒉𝒓𝒊𝒔𝒕𝒎𝒂𝒔 𝑾𝒊𝒔𝒉, Marion takes us to a place that recently has grown dear to her heart . . . the beautiful West Coast of South Africa! I personally can’t wait to travel there!𝑨𝒃𝒐𝒖𝒕 𝑶𝒏𝒆 𝑪𝒉𝒓𝒊𝒔𝒕𝒎𝒂𝒔 𝑾𝒊𝒔𝒉:Can one start over by disappearing?With a change of identity for both herself and her infant son, Delaney and Aidan Jamison flee a bad situation to start a new life far away from everything they love. Soon, they settle into a relaxed lifestyle in a small town on the western coast of South Africa. Well, as relaxed as Delaney can be while looking over her shoulder every day.Then came those fanciful wishes made on a shooting star with her kind—and handsome—neighbor that first Christmas Eve. And everything changed. Again.


Candace West | A Garland of Grace

About Garland of Grace from Candace West on Facebook

About A Garland of Grace:The season of giving has robbed Ivy Brentwood. In an instant, her world screeches to a halt when her parents place a letter into her hands. A letter written by a stranger. Her twin sister Holly.Hurt and disillusioned, Ivy wonders how she can heal when another part of her is missing. Will their family ever be whole again?Perhaps the season holds a gift that goes beyond any Christmas gifts imaginable.Our theme in this anthology is expectation. At Christmastime, expectation seems tangible—the fellowship, family gatherings, the Christmas plays, the carols, and the stories of Jesus’ birth.Sometimes disappointment shatters our expectations, but then grace steps on the scene. A helping hand or a kind word can restore hope to our hearts.

My Review

As life gets busier as we approach the holiday season, time for recreational reading may be at a premium. That’s why I like anthologies at this time of year. In A Star Will Rise you will revisit familiar characters and locations (and authors) if you’ve been reading the books in the Mosaic Collection. You will also be introduced to new characters and locations (and even a new author). If you haven’t yet read any of the books in the Mosaic Collection A Star Will Rise is a great introduction. The seven stories in this book can all be read as stand alones. This would be a great book to have during the holidays when you don’t have time for a full length novel.

The situations in the stories are ones readers can relate to – a Christmas engagement story, a health tragedy during the holidays, life with a special needs child, life with abusive partners, estrangement from family, a life plan that’s not following the plan, a surprise family member, life during COVID, and more. In all of them readers are pointed to Christ and the family of God who love others like siblings even when there is no blood tie.

While the writing styles of the seven women who wrote this anthology are different, they are all great storytellers.

Even though A Star Will Rise is written for the adult audience, it would be appropriate for a K-12 Christian school library. I think high school students would enjoy the stories.I received a complimentary copy of A Star Will Rise. This is my honest review.

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