Thursday, November 13, 2008
Robin Jones Gunn's Engaging Father Christmas ~ Reviewed
Engaging Father Christmas
By Robin Jones Gunn
Published by FaithWords
Miranda Carlson can't wait to return to England to spend Christmas with her boyfriend, Ian. She has spent a lifetime yearning for a place to call home, and she's sure Carlton Hall will be it, especially when hints of engagement fill the air.
But Miranda's high hopes for a jolly Christmas are toppled when Ian's father is hospitalized and the matriarch of the Whitcombe family refuses to bless Miranda and Ian's relationship. How can Miranda ever find a place to belong in this cheery corner of the world? When family secrets threaten all her relationships in unanticipated ways, Miranda is certain all is lost.
And yet ... as Miranda searches for love, she finds the promise of so much more in the arms of a certain Father Christmas. Perhaps this holiday has special gifts in store for her after all.
Warm and engaging only begin to describe characters Robin Jones Gunn brings to life on the pages of this book. The setting, a cozy corner of England, adds a subtext of tradition to the tale. Engaging Father Christmas is a story of love, redemption, and finding home—perfect for giving to all the readers on your list this year. Novel Reviews and I give it a high recommendation.
Reviewed by Ane Mulligan