Book Review: Christmas Miracle on Oyster Bay by Denise Stout (Then Comes Winter Anthology)


Christmas Miracle on Oyster Bay by Denise Stout

Then Comes Winter

Meryton Press (November 10, 2015

Classic Fiction Anthologies & Collections/Romance Fiction


Then Comes Winter with bluster and snow, that brings to our cheeks the ruddy glow… Gertrude Tooley Buckingham, The Four Seasons If you long for a toasty snuggle on a cold winter’s night, this compilation of original short stories inspired by the magic of the holiday season-and more than a nod to Jane Austen-is fancied as a sublime wintertime treat. On the heels of the summer anthology, Sun-kissed: Effusions of Summer, and in concert with some of Meryton Press’s most popular authors, this romantic anthology introduces several promising writers. With a robust mix of contemporary and Regency musings, Then Comes Winter rekindles passionate fires with equal wonder, wit, and admiration. Stories by: Lory Lilian, Linda Gonschior, Suzan Lauder, Beau North & Brooke West, Sophia Rose, Natalie Richards, Anngela Schroeder, Melanie Stanford, Denise Stout, Erin Lopez, Maureen Lee



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Christmas Miracle on Oyster Bay by Denise Stout

Right from the start this story got my attention because the setting is located in Southern Maryland (where I live), the female main character owns a bookstore (my dream), and her name is Lissa (I’m a Lisa). Off to a great start and does not disappoint. I really liked the way the unexpected relationship, attraction, and romance developed. Not too slow, not too fast. This is a sweet, warm, and romantic read. The perfect length to read for a break in holiday decorating. A nice updated Pride and Prejudice romance.

NOTE:  So far I have only read Christmas Miracle on Oyster Bay from this anthology. I will update review as I read more stories.

Reviewed by Comfy Chair Books/Lisa Reigel (December 9, 2020)


About Denise Stout

Denise Stout dreamed about writing from a very early age, guided along the way by some special teachers who took interest in her writing and encouraged her to pursue her words in print. She loves to write stories about strong women who strive for the best in life, sometimes faltering, but who always have the fortitude to pick themselves back up again while finding love along the way.

A frequent contributor to, she also reviews books, movies, and products. She earned her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Delaware. When not driving carpools, watching her boys play sports from the sidelines, volunteering or other activities, she loves to read. And write. Or watch Jane Austen adaptations. Denise lives in the Baltimore area with her husband and three sons.




Compilation of original short stories inspired by the magic of the holiday season

Romantic anthology introduces several promising writers


6 thoughts on “Book Review: Christmas Miracle on Oyster Bay by Denise Stout (Then Comes Winter Anthology)

      1. This was my debut.

        I have two more which are out of print because the publisher (different publisher) went out of business. Currently revising a full-length novel in hope of publication.

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