Please join me for a #TUESDAYTEA review of Snowflake Tiara, a two-novella collection of inspirational romance by Angela Breidenbach and Valerie Comer. Since Valerie’s book features farm-fresh foods, I’m serving Christmas mini-quiches made with organic sun-dried tomatoes and locally sourced Animas River green chilies. (My recipe is below.) I’ll pour you a cup of Ginger-Cinnamon tea while we discuss Snowflake Tiara, with its two stories-The Debutante Queen by Angela and More Than a Tiara by Valerie.
About Snowflake Tiara
The Debutante Queen by Angela Breidenbach–1889 (Helena, MT)
Calista Blythe enters the first Miss Snowflake Pageant celebrating Montana statehood to expose the plight of street urchins. But if her hidden indentured orphan is discovered, Calista’s reputation and her budding romance with pageant organizer, Albert Shanahan, could both unravel. Will love or law prevail?
More Than a Tiara by Valerie Comer–2014 (Helena, MT)
Marisa Hiller’s interest in competing in Miss Snowflake Pageant for the city of Helen’s 150th anniversary is at zip zero zilch when she discovers the official photographer is Jase Mackie. Can Jase make amends for past mistakes and offer her, not only a tiara, but a partner in her crusade to help needy children and families?
Snowflake Tiara by Angela Breidenbach
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
A glittering duet of holiday romance—set 125 years apart!
Angela Breidenbach and Valerie Comer have paired together to create two different Christmas stories. Both share the setting of Helena, Montana, but Debutante Queen is historical and More Than a Tiara is contemporary. Both involve competing in pageants and providing for needy children. I enjoyed the description of life in historical Helena and the charming first Miss Snowflake Pageant details, as Calista and Albert fall in love. In the contemporary, I liked the way the relationship between Marisa and Jase was repaired and then strengthened.
The caring spirit and warm love shining from both stories, makes the sparkle of Snowflake Tiara glow! 🙂 I recommend this book to those who want to read two delightful Christmas romances.
Recipe: Christmas Mini-Quiches
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Using premade pie crust, cut circles of pastry to place in tart pans or the bottom of muffin tins.
In each tart, put in a tablespoon of grated cheese (Swiss or other white cheese).
Sprinkle chopped sun-dried tomatoes and chopped green chiles in each tart.
Mix 1 cup of whipping cream with 4 egg yolks. Season with salt and pepper.
Slowly pour spoonfuls of this mixture into the tarts until filled.
Bake at 375 degrees for about 10 to 15 minutes until lightly browned.
Since Angela’s The Debutante Queen features a gingerbread village, I’ll share you with these sweet gingerbread houses.
Thank you for joining me for #TUESDAYTEA! I wish you a sparkling Christmas season filled with God’s treasured blessings of hope, peace, and forgiveness!
And the Angel said unto them, “Fear not : For behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.” Luke 2:10 KJ