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Thursday, December 11, 2008

Engaging Father Christmas by Robin Jones Gunn

I love Christmas! I look forward to it every year and can't get enough of all the wonderful sights, sounds, smells and tastes. I love celebrating the birth of Jesus and that this is a time of giving and reflecting.

If you love Christmas and it gives you a warm fuzzy feeling then I have a book that I highly recommend!

Engaging Father Christmas by Robin Jones Gunn

Miranda Carson can't wait to return to England for Christmas and to be with her boyfriend, Ian. She has spent a lifetime yearning for a place to call home, and she's sure Carlton Heath will be it, especially when a hinted-at engagement ring slips into the conversation.

But Miranda's high hopes for a jolly Christmas with the small circle of people she has come to love are toppled when Ian's father is hospitalized and the matriarch of the Whitcombe family withholds her blessing from Miranda. Questions run rampant in Miranda's mind about whether she really belongs in this cheery corner of the world. Then, when her true identity threatens all her relationships in unanticipated ways, Miranda is certain all is lost.

And yet...maybe Father Christmas has special gifts in store for her after all.

If you would like to read the first chapter of Engaging Father Christmas, go HERE

My Thoughts:
Engaging Father Christmas is a perfect Christmastime read! This is the second book in the Father Christmas series. The first book is
Finding Father Christmas and I found myself wishing I had read it before this one. I didn't feel lost or confused, but I was curious to know more about what had happened in the first book since I enjoyed this one so much.

This was a light, enjoyable and engaging read. It's not a glossy, everything is perfect, kind of story, though. There were plenty of kinks thrown in and more than one heart-tugging moment. This is the kind of book that will lift your spirits and leave you with a smile (and probably a tear in your eye). Can you tell that I thoroughly enjoyed it?

I admit I had my doubts. I thought it might be a cheesy, corny, made-for-TV kind of story but those thoughts quickly dissipated as the characters became real and I found myself engrossed in their lives. This is a book that I will want to revisit every Christmas.

Now, go grab a cup of cocoa (or tea since this is set in the UK!), curl up with a blanket by the fire and let yourself be swept away by Miranda and Ian. You will be blessed!

Robin grew up in Orange County, California and has lived in all kinds of interesting places, including Reno and Hawaii.

She and her husband currently live near Portland, Oregon and have been married for 30 years. They spent their first 22 years of marriage working together in youth ministry, and enjoying life with their son and daughter who are now both grown.

As a frequent speaker at local and international events, one of Robin’s favorite topics is how God is the Relentless Lover and we are His first love. She delights in telling stories of how God uses fiction to change lives.

Robin is the recipient of the Christy Award, the Mt. Hermon Pacesetter Award, the Sherwood E. Wirt Award and is a Gold Medallion Finalist. She also serves on the Board of Directors for Media Associates International and the Board of Directors for Jerry Jenkins’ Christian Writers’ Guild.

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