Part of the Chiseled on the Heart: Christmas Legacy Novella Collection

God’s perfect plan seen in a simple nativity.
Generations changed because God’s love never fails.


Loudoun County, VA
December 1867

The Gift of a Lamb by Elaine Cooper

In 1776, 14-year-old Charlotte Hawkins and her brother, 10-year-old Elias, are still grieving the death of their parents. Their parents left instructions to be sent from their home state of Virginia to live with relatives they barely know, in Connecticut. The trip was dangerous, as war raged between the Redcoats and the Americans. To make matters worse, the churches in Connecticut don’t celebrate Christmas at all. Will this be the orphans’ worst Christmas ever?

A Lasting Legacy by Cynthia Roemer

Loudoun County, Virginia, 1814. After a disabling injury sends Daniel Hawkins home from war, he struggles how to provide for his young wife, Maggie and the child she’s carrying. As Christmas approaches, he finds a sheep his grandfather carved and attempts to carve a Nativity set for Maggie. When she goes into labor during a Christmas Eve blizzard, Daniel is forced to face his feelings of inadequacy. And perhaps learn that God has a plan for his life after all.

Healing within the Pieces by Candace West

Prison shackles haunt Nathaniel Hawkins upon his return home only to discover it occupied by a woman in hiding. Bad men are no strangers to Delia Evans, but the intruder who barged into the farmhouse shrinks from her. With no other refuge, they must endure each other. But have they misjudged? When the past shadows their doorstep, is a grudge worth the price of a man’s life?

The Christmas Carving by Kelly Goshorn

Wyatt Hawkins dreads Christmas. Memories from the fatal shooting of his childhood friend on Christmas Eve, 1864, has left a bitter taste in Wyatt’s mouth toward God, the holiday season, and his former fiancée, Madelyn Cunningham. As Christmas draws near, can the star he’s carving for his family’s heirloom Nativity point Wyatt back to the woman he’s never forgotten and the faith he’s left behind?

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What Early Reviewers Are Saying

“I’m a huge fan of Kelly Goshorn’s books, and The Christmas Carving has become another favorite! This delightful novella is a poignant reminder of the enduring power of faith, the healing potential of love, and the transformative magic of Christmas. I highly recommend it!” ~ Misty M. Beller, USA Today bestselling author of the Brothers of Sapphire Ranch series


“Goshorn weaves a deeply beautiful story of love, community, and reconciliation set within the folds of Christmas hope. Readers will ache for the characters, sigh in contentment at its conclusion, and leave pondering how they might grow into Christmas. This is a Christmas story to be read over and over again and should not be missed.” ~Crystal Caudill, author of Counterfeit Faith


The Christmas Carving is the perfect historical holiday read, with relatable characters, misunderstandings and themes of forgiveness, and all the feels. Enjoy with a mug of hot chocolate as you cheer Maddy and Wyatt on to reclaiming faith, hope, and finding love at Christmas.” ~ Carolyn Miller, bestselling author of the Regency Brides and Original Six romance series.


“Three years ago, he broke her heart, but this Christmas she has returned to help him find peace. The Christmas Carving is a heartwarming, hopeful walk through the aftermath of the Civil War while a lone woman tries to reignite the spirit of forgiveness and unity in a broken community, and broken lives. Rich with heart, symbols, and the spirit of Christmas, Kelly Goshorn has woven a story that stirs the soul.” ~Angela K Couch, author of A Rose for the Resistance and Where Wild Roses Bloom