Friday, September 27, 2013

Book Review: A Family For Christmas

Author: Winnie Griggs
Title: A Family For Christmas
Publisher: Love Inspired Historical
Publish Date: Oct 1, 2013
Buy: Amazon
Review Copy Provided By: Net Galley
Book Blurb: 
An Unexpected Gift

Eve Pickering knows what it's like to be judged for your past. So she's not about to leave the orphaned boy she's befriended alone in this unfamiliar Texas town. Since Chance Dawson's offer of shelter is the only way to look after Leo, Eve is determined they'll have a warm, welcoming home for the holidays.

Chance came from the big city to make it on his own despite a painful secret. But Eve's strength is giving him a confidence he never expected—and a new direction for his dream. With a little Christmas blessing, he'll dare to win her heart—and make their family one for a lifetime.

Review: This is a holiday novel, but the focus on the story was really not on Christmas but on Eve and Chance and the little boy Leo.

Eve rescues Leo when he is tossed off a train as a stowaway. He's a troubled youth and Eve becomes his champion, Chance who was on the same train becomes Eve's champion as well offering them a place to stay until all their affairs are situated.

An older woman, Dotty, stays with them as a chaperon.

This is a Christian romance so everything is clean, but that doesn't make any difference to the story.

Both the hero and heroine have their own difficulties as a result of their families. Eve's grandmother takes her mother's indiscretions out on her and as a result, Eve has very low self esteem. Chance and his father have a strained relationship as well. He also is unable to read, something he keeps secret from most everyone. It isn't mentioned, but I think he suffers from dyslexia.

In a small Texas town these two come together and start to build their lives. Eve blossoms in the new town especially as her business starts to take off and even when Chance's father arrives things stay on the up and up.

The best character in the story, is Leo. He's such a sweetie pie. He's had a rough life, losing his parents and then his home. He really knows how to speak his mind, and I particularly enjoyed the scene where he was left alone with Chance's father. See his dad cares a lot for his son, but he doesn't have the faith in his son's abilities that he should have. He also wants him to be something he's not. There's a lot of tension between these two.

In between all the tension, there is a wonderful love blossoming in a small pioneer Texas town, right at the start of the holiday season.

If you like historical romance or sweet romance, this is a must read.

Rating: 5 flowers


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