A sweet read for the Thanksgiving and Christmas season. This book spans both holidays and offers a gentle story about acceptance, kindness and the importance of learning to appreciate people for who God made them to be.
Eve Pickering and Chance Dawson both have secrets and family pasts that make them feel that they are failures in certain aspects of their lives. These secrets are heavy burdens on both of them and impact the way they view themselves and others.
In A Family for Christmas, Eve rescues an orphan boy named Leo and forms an unlikely alliance with Chance and an elderly town resident named Dotty. I enjoyed returning to Turnabout, Texas and reading about Chance’s story. I also enjoyed getting to catch up with the other characters from the two previous books in this series. A Family for Christmas is well-written and can definitely be read as a stand-alone book. However, I am glad that I have read the two previous books and anxiously await the fourth in the series.
I was blessed to win this book in a contest on Petticoats and Pistols and was not required to write a review, but happily do so. (5 stars)
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Born and raised in the bayou country of southeast Louisiana, Winnie moved to the opposite corner of the state when she married her college sweetheart over 25 years ago. She and her husband, along with their four teenage children, reside in Plain Dealing, a small community nestled in the piney hill country of northwest Louisiana..
With a BS degree in mathematics and a minor in Computer Science, Winnie has held an 8:00-5:00 job in the Computer Programming/ Information Technology field since she graduated from college. But her first love has always been reading and writing romances. During the years preceding her sale she submitted to numerous writing contests and won or placed in many of these. Her biggest thrill, however, came in May of 2000 when she received that dream-come-true call heralding her first sale.
The year 2000 was, in fact, a banner year for Winnie in several other areas as well. She and her husband celebrated their silver wedding anniversary. The oldest of her four children headed off for her first year of college Her second born, taking on the role of eldest-sibling-in-residence, got his driver’s license and inherited the less glamorous little-sister-chauffeuring and errand-running responsibilities that came with it. Her two youngest – twins – entered the we’re-grown-up-now world of high school. And to crown the year off nicely, she received a Christmas present from her editor in the form of a late December call to make an offer on her second book!
Winnie belongs to numerous writing organizations, including Romance Writers’ of America and several of its local and special interest chapters. She is active in these groups as well as in her church – after all, she’s a firm believer in the adage that you reap in proportion to what you sow.