Friday, November 8, 2013

Love Finds You at Home for Christmas

Authors: Annalisa Daughety and Gwen Ford Faulkenberry
Publisher: Summerside Press
October 2012
ISBN: 978-1609366872
Genre: Christmas (one historical, one contemporary)

Love finds a home in two heartwarming stories of Christmas past and present.

"Sweet Southern Christmas" by Annalise Daughety -- Both Ruby and Cliff have returned home to their small Arkansas town after serving in World War II. As snow blankets the town and Christmas draws near, will their wounded hearts find healing and love?

"Small-Town Christmas" by Gwen Ford Faulkenberry -- Sophia never expected to return to her hometown, but she's converting her grandparents' Victorian mansion into a café. Then her childhood friend Jon walks into her café and back into her life. As Christmas descends upon the Ozark hills, Jon woos Sophie with a tender love that makes her feel like she's come home.

LOVE FINDS YOU AT HOME FOR CHRISTMAS is a sweet set of two Christmas stories.

Cliff is a sweetheart healing from the death of his brother and physical wounds of his own, and Ruby is healing from the death of her fiancé and finding her place in the new world opening up for women in the work field. Ruby is opinionated and strong, but it did get a little annoying that she repeatedly told everyone she never wanted to marry. It began to sound a bit like a scratched song on the CD that repeats over and over…

Jon, in the second story, has always loved Sophia but she married another and ended up divorced. And now she can’t forgive herself, plus as the preacher’s daughter, she feels rejected by the church. Will she be able to forgive herself enough to move on and give love another chance? This story wasn’t as well written as the first. I didn’t connect with the characters as well, but Ms. Faulkenberry is very talented with description and I could “see” the town as she described it.

If your in the market for a Christmas novel collection and if you haven’t read this one yet, then don’t miss LOVE FINDS YOU AT HOME FOR CHRISTMAS. It’s a great book to put you in the holiday spirit. $12.99. 320 pages. 3.5 stars.

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