Sunday, February 22, 2015

Book Review ~ Christmas Stray (Sweet Holiday Romance) by Rachelle Ayala

Christmas Stray
(Sweet Holiday Romance)
by Rachelle Ayala

Juliette Martin does not ever want to celebrate Christmas again, not when it means reliving the last one after her six-year-old son, Jeremiah, passed away on Christmas Eve.

She and husband, Gabe, find themselves snowed in at a mountain cabin with a pair of strays. Juliette desperately needs a miracle to save her marriage and restore her faith in God.

Can a stray dog and an orphan boy help her believe in the magic of Christmas and the power of love? 

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Gabe and Juliette's marriage is rocky after the untimely death of their young son, Jeremiah.  Trying to save their marriage, they go to a remote cabin to spend Christmas and hope to rekindle their love for one another.  Juliette, however does not want to celebrate Christmas or have anything to do with the holiday as Jeremiah had passed away the day before Christmas the prior year.  Losing all hope in her marriage and missing Jeremiah terribly, two unlikely characters show up on a cold snowy day and show Juliette that there is hope in her life without Jeremiah, and even though he is gone from her life, he will always be in her heart.

So, I admit it.  I totally judge a book by its cover, so when I came across the book Christmas Stray, I could not resist.  I had to read this story.  I mean look at that cover.  How can anyone resist those cute puppy eyes?  I know I couldn't!  But what about the story inside that cover?  Did it stack up and meet my high expectations?  Yep.  Indeed it did.  Matter of fact, this story exceeded my expectations.  This is a heart-warming story that will tug the strings of even the coldest heart and bring a smile upon your face throughout.  The whole story flowed so smoothly and was extremely well-written.  I fell in love with Patrick and Puppy and the outcome was wonderful.   This was a really fast read but was one that I wanted to go on forever just because it was so inspiring.  Even though it is a holiday romance, it is one that can be appreciated and enjoyed anytime throughout the year. 

5 stars

Rachelle Ayala is the author of dramatic fiction crossing genres and boundaries featuring strong but flawed characters. She writes emotionally challenging stories and is not afraid of controversial topics. However, she is an optimist and laces her stories with romance and hope.


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