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

Releasing October 3, 2023, from Scrivenings Press

Four generations carve out a journey of faith.


Loudoun County, VA
December 1867

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