Saturday, November 5, 2016

Book Review ~ Finding Father Christmas / Engaging Father Christmas (Father Christmas #1-2) by Robin Jones Gunn

Finding Father Christmas / Engaging Father Christmas
(Father Christmas #1-2)
by Robin Jones Gunn 

By beloved author Robin Jones Gunn, two timeless, heartwarming Christmas novellas bound together for the first time in an omnibus edition.

In FINDING FATHER CHRISTMAS, Miranda Carson's search for her father leads her unexpectedly to London with only a few feeble clues as to who he might be. Immediately welcomed into a family that doesn't recognize her, and whom she's quickly coming to love, she faces a terrible decision. Should she reveal her true identity and destroy their idyllic image of her father? Or should she carry the truth home with her to San Francisco and remain alone in this world? Whatever choice she makes during this London Christmas will forever change the future for both herself and the family she can't bear to leave.

In ENGAGING FATHER CHRISTMAS, 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.

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I have a soft spot for holiday romance stories with happily ever after’s, so when I was given the opportunity to read Finding Father Christmas/Engaging Father Christmas I was beyond happy.  The first thing that grabbed my attention was the charming cover for the book.  The colors remind me of a vintage Christmas card and it just has that cozy holiday feel to it.  The stories themselves did not disappoint as I found myself caught up in a lovely and heartwarming story of love, faith and the true reason of the holiday season.  I was instantly caught up in Miranda’s story from the very beginning and was ecstatic that both novellas were combined in one book, right at my fingertips, so that I could continue right along without a pause.

These two charming and heartwarming stories are perfect for not only the Christmas season, but for any day of the year. Ms. Gunn’s style of writing is elegant and so beautifully detailed that I felt as though I could actually visualize the story unfolding right before my very eyes.  I fell in love with the charming English village and the characters as Miranda searched for the father she never had the opportunity to know and the revelation that her true Father was always with her, providing her with the courage needed to find the truth and discovering so much more. 

Grab a cup of your favorite hot beverage, seat in your favorite chair next to a roaring fire and enjoy both of these clean, inspiring and enchanting stories that will be sure to get you in the Christmas spirit and give you that warm and cozy feeling that we all crave and desire.

4 stars

ROBIN JONES GUNN is the much loved author of over 90 books with more than 5 million copies of her titles sold worldwide. Her Father Christmas books are a Hallmark Original movie. Her popular Christy Miller series now continues in Christy & Todd: The Married Years. Robin's novels and non-fiction works have received multiple awards and are a favorite with book clubs and study groups. Robin and her husband have a grown son and daughter and live in Hawaii.

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