Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Book Review: Christmas On Bellevue Lane

Author: Anna DeStefano
Title:  Christmas on Bellevue Lane
Publish Date: Nov 2, 2015
Buy: Amazon
Book Blurb: 
Can Christmas in July be saved at the Dixon house?

With holiday carols, glittering ornaments and lots of cheer, Marsha and Joe Dixon welcome their new granddaughter to one of their favorite traditions. Marsha’s excited to share memories of her and Joe’s heartwarming love story, to help seven-year-old Camille feel even more a part of the sprawling foster family her grandparents have nurtured for decades.

But Joe’s struggle to recover from his recent heart attack and bypass surgery threatens their fun, and more than just Christmas in July is at stake. If he doesn’t regain his strength and ability to provide financially and emotionally for his family, the Dixon group home might have to close.

With loved ones rallying around and their treasured holiday tradition working its magic, Marsha’s convinced she can talk Joe into embracing the physical therapy he needs.

Will her and the Dixon clan’s Christmas-in-July wish come true?

Review: If you've read any of the Echoes of the Heart novels, you have to pick up the novella, Christmas on Bellevue Lane.

Through a family tradition of having Christmas in July, we get to learn the backstory and love story of Marsha and Joe Dixon the two fabulous foster parents that figure heavily in both of the past novels.

This is a quick read that you'll want to be longer, because Marsha and Joe are such fabulous characters and you really want more time spent on them and their relationship, but it was great to see how they got together and how they chose to foster children.

I would recommend having some tissues ready when reading this, because Marsha and Joe's struggles are heartbreaking at times. Joe is exceptionally pigheaded, especially with regards to his health. There were times when you wanted to give him a good smack upside the head.

This novella is part of a series and can be read as a stand alone story, but I'd recommend reading at least one of the full length books so that you have a better idea of who is who.

Highly recommended!

Rating: 5 flowers


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