Book Review | The Kissing Tree

The Kissing Tree is a collection of four novellas, each written by a different author: Karen Witemeyer, Regina Jennings, Amanda Dykes, and Nicole Deese. All four stories are centered around a timeless old oak tree in the heart of Texas.

First off, if you’ve followed me for long, you know how much I love novellas. Then to have a novella collection that features some of my favorite authors? Well, I knew I would love it. What I wasn’t prepared for was just how strongly those stories wove their way right into my heart.

I’m not sure I quite have words for how potent this collection is. If you have never read a novella collection before, this one will spoil you for all the others. It is funny, lighthearted, romantic, and yet incredibly touching. Who knew an old tree could make a person tear up?

The most important part about reading The Kissing Tree is to read the collection in order. Each story builds on the one before it and ends in a heartbreakingly sweet fashion. This is for sure my favorite novella collection of the year.


I received a complimentary copy of this book from NetGalley and Bethany House Publishers. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with FTC guidelines.

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