12 Days of Keeping Christmas

Days 1-6


For the next six days I will be featuring each individual story, and hopefully other content,  in Keeping Christmas: Volume 1. What better than a collection of stories that take place in castles during Christmas? I think these will be a great way to start the burr-months. 

Grab a mug of something hot and delicious and curl up somewhere comfy. Your literary chariots await to take you on a journey from an early twentieth-century castle overlooking the Mississippi all the way back to the Holy Land at the time of Jesus’ birth. These six novellas, all set in castles real and fictional, celebrate the heart and joy of Christmas.


Day 2

The Girl From Dalarna (by Olivia Talbott): She’s the most beautiful woman in Sweden, but she doesn’t want to be. A simple life among milk cows is all she desires. Will a scandal upend her plans and ruin her chances for love?

About the Author

Olivia Talbott grew up in Montana, but currently lives in Kentucky with her husband and two daughters, a few sheep, and a border collie. She loves words, traveling, pickles, and having deep conversations about how Jesus changes everything.

Visit her at www.oliviatalbott.com


  1. margueriteg2016

    I started this anthology this morning! Pure joy with my hot tea!!! Hope to get to Olivia’s novella soon.

  2. Olivia

    Beautiful post Melissa! Thank you for the feature ❤️

    • MelissaWardwell

      You are most welcome, dear.

  3. debbiejpruss

    Thank you so much for sharing. God bless you.