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I’ve long been a fan of Robin Jones Gunn‘s books, so I was thrilled when I was given the opportunity to review the books in her Father Christmas collection. Though I’d already read all of her other books, for some reason this collection had yet to find its way to my bookshelf. When Robin’s marketing team contacted me asking if I’d review the books in the series in advance of Finding Father Christmas making it’s debut as a movie on the Hallmark Movies and Mysteries Channel, I jumped at the chance.

Click on the picture above to get all the info about how you can watch Finding Father Christmas, beginning this Sunday, November 13!

The first two novellas in the collection, Finding Father Christmas and Engaging Father Christmas, have been combined into one volume making it easy to follow Miranda Carson’s story from beginning to end.

In Finding Father Christmas, Miranda is on a search to find the father she never knew. A few cryptic clues tucked in a velvet envelope are all she has to lead her on her search. The clues lead her to a small town in England where she discovers the truth and finds the family she always wished she’d had.

Engaging Father Christmas finds Miranda heading back to England to spend Christmas with her father’s family and her boyfriend, Ian. She has huge hopes that before long, she and Ian will marry and make Carlton Heath their forever home, but troubles abound. Her true identity is made public and the relationships she’s built over the last year are threatened. Will her dreams come true or come crashing down around her?

These novellas were a great way to jump start the holiday season.   From the moment I saw the beautiful vintage-inspired cover, I could feel Christmas magic coming alive. As I read, I found myself feeling like I was strolling the festive, garland lined streets of Carlton Heath alongside Miranda and Ellie. The stories are fun and easy to read, just long enough to tell the story but short enough to read in their entirety in an evening cozied up by the fire with a cup of tea. The characters are quirky, engaging and totally relatable; the relationships real, raw and emotional. This is the perfect book to read to kick off the holiday season and get you in the Christmas Spirit!

Kissing Father Christmas is the latest novella in the Father Christmas collection. Written as a stand alone book, it continues to tell the story of the residents of Carlton Heath that we all fell in love with in the first two novellas.

In this installation of the Father Christmas collection we meet Ian’s cousin, Anna. After traveling to England for Ian and Miranda’s wedding, Anna finds herself enchanted with the town of Carlton Heath as well as one of the town’s residents, Peter. When her family and friends invite her to spend the holidays in England, Anna jumps at the chance. Her time there strengthens her relationships with friends and family, but she can’t seem to figure out what’s going on with Peter. Just when she thinks they have something special, he pushes her away.  She begins to wonder if she ever should have set foot back in England again.

This novella is written in the same spirit as the previous two in this collection, I found myself feeling like I was having

tea with Ellie and Anna. I really enjoyed getting to know the characters a bit more and pick up on where they left off, as well as getting know Peter and Anna and dive into their story. Robin Jones Gunn has a way of writing that just seems to wrap the reader up in the story and include them in it, this book is no exception. As always, the characters and storyline were real and relatable. It’s what keeps me coming back to her books time and time again.

Disclaimer:
I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for this review. All thoughts are my own and I was not required to write a positive review.

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Book Review: Room for Hope

Room for Hope
by
Kim Vogel Sawyer

Neva Shilling is used to being a part-time single mom.  Her husband, Warren, travels every other month in order to buy items to stock the mercantile they own in Buffalo Creek. When Warren suddenly passes away, Neva is in for the shock of her life.  It turns out that Warren was leading a double life, those months he supposedly traveling he was actually living with another wife and children in a nearby town. His dying wish was that Neva raise his other children as their “Aunt Neva”. When a deputy shows up with a wagonload of Warren’s belongings, as well as his three other children, Neva has a choice to make. Can she find a way to love and raise these children as her own or will she send them away to life in an orphanage? Her own children and the residents of Buffalo Creek don’t make her choice easy, but it’s not long before she realizes she might just have room for hope.

Room for Hope is another fantastic novel by Kim Vogel Sawyer.  I really enjoy the way to she’s able to intertwine historical fact with a captivating story. This book is no exception.  Neva’s story is an interesting one and it’s told in a way that draws the reader in. it’s as if you find yourself right there with the characters feeling their emotions and joining in their story. Readers of historical fiction will not regret adding this book to their shelves.

Disclaimer:
I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for this review. All thoughts are my own and I was not required to write a positive review.

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Cookbook Review: 5 in 5 For Every Season

5 in 5 For Every Season
by
Michael Symon

In this follow up to his bestseller, 5 in 5, celebrity chef Michael Symon sticks with his simple formula of 5 ingredients + 5 minutes, adding a seasonal cooking component. In this new cookbook, Symon introduces 165 new recipes that use 5 main ingredients.  The cookbook is organized by season and includes a 5th section specifically devoted to making the holidays simple. Many of the recipes include pictures and each includes an introduction by Symon, some providing tips about substitutions that can be made.

Flipping through the book on an empty stomach is a bad idea! I can’t wait to try some of the recipes, especially the pasta dishes.

Disclaimer:
I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for this review. All thoughts are my own and I was not required to write a positive review.

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Book Review: Faith Builders Bible

Faith Builders Bible

This Bible is sure to be a hit with the Lego lover in your live.  Written in the easy reading New International Readers Version, the text is accompanied by some awesome additional features including tips on how to study the Bible and memorize scripture. What Lego lovers will love most are the 24 awesome pictures scattered throughout the book, each using building blocks to depict a scene from the Bible and captioned with the accompanying verse.

My 9 year old master builder’s eyes lit up when this book arrived and I barely got it out of his hands long enough to write this review. If you’ve got a little one in your life needing a new Bible, I’d definitely recommend giving this one a look.

Disclaimer:
I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for this review. All thoughts are my own and I was not required to write a positive review.

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Book Review: A Moment of Weakness

A Moment of Weakness
by
Karen Kingsbury

When they were children, Jade Connor and Tanner Eastman were the best of friends.  They lost contact when a scandal involving Jade’s mother all but forced her and her father to leave town. Years later Jade and Tanner find themselves face to face again and realize that all the feelings they’d had before are still there.  After a wonderful summer spending time together and getting know each other again, one moment of weaknesses changes their lives forever.

Ten years later when Jade’s husband tries to ruin her life, due in large part to her desire to fight for religious freedom, Jade and Tanner find themselves together again.  Faced with losing her only child, Jade must reveal secrets that she’s held onto for more than ten years. When the truth comes out, Jade and Tanner find their lived changed again – this time for the better.

Originally released in 2000, this second book in Kingsbury’s Forever Faithful series is no less relevant today than it was then. The fights for religious freedom mentioned in the book seem as though they could have been ripped from today’s news headlines. The way the story was written was intriguing and thought provoking, it took me a lot less time to read it than I initially thought it would. I can’t wait to pick up book 3 in this series, Halfway to Forever, to see how to story lines develop.

Disclaimer:
I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for this review. All thoughts are my own and I was not required to write a positive review.

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Book Review: The Methuselah Project

The Methuselah Project
by
Rick Barry

Roger Greene is living his dream as a WWII fighter pilot. He’s a war hero with a great record, having shot down many enemy planes. The day Roger is shot down of Germany his life changes forever. Rather than killing him or registering him as a POW, the Germans keep Roger as a subject to experiment on. After being injected with a mysterious substance he finds that his body miraculously heals instantaneously and he stops aging. Roger is the only success in a secretive program called the Methuselah Project. This success ends up being the reason he is held captive for 70 years, researchers are looking for a way to replicate his genes. In 2015, he finally meets a research assistant, who feels for him and plots a way to help him escape. When he finally outsmarts his captors and escapes, Roger finds himself in the middle of modern society that he does not understand at all.  On top of that, there are people on the hunt for him, willing to do whatever it takes to silence him. Roger must try and navigate a new and curious world while fighting for survival.

This book was a page turner.  It felt a bit like the story of Captain America, but with some added twists. The writing is well done and captivating, it kept my attention from the first word to the last word. The plot was intriguing and the characters were easy to relate to. This is the kind of story that makes everyone wonder about its plausibility and contemplate what it would look like if it was a reality. This is the first I’d heard of Rick Barry, but I think I’ll be checking out some of his other books.

Disclaimer:
I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for this review. All thoughts are my own and I was not required to write a positive review.

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Book Review: Blessed, Blessed…Blessed

Blessed, Blessed…Blessed
by
Missy Robertson

Since their rise to fame a few years ago, the Robertson family has taken turns releasing books that tell their stories. The latest family member to take a turn is Missy Robertson, wife to Jase. In her book, Blessed, Blessed…Blessed, Missy shares the story of how she became a member of the famous duck hunting family and all the things the family has faced, the main focus being the journey they’ve faced in dealing with their daughter Mia’s cleft lip and palate.

Missy’s writing is honest and heart-felt, giving readers an insight into how the family faced this ordeal. She doesn’t try and sugar coat anything, but reveals just how they struggled with the situation and how they saw God’s hand at work. I enjoyed reading this story, especially learning how positive Mia has been throughout her struggles. It was amazing to learn just how God intervened in the situation and the fact that Mia seems to be truly aware of this, she has such strong faith for such a young girl.   Just like the other books written by the Robertson family, Blessed, Blessed…Blessed gives readers an opportunity to get a little glimpse into their lives and get to know their story a little better.

Disclaimer:
I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for this review. All thoughts are my own and I was not required to write a positive review.

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