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It Really IS a Wonderful Life (Novella) - A Holiday Christmas Romance (Holiday Fiction) [Kindle Edition]

Linda Wood Rondeau
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (99 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Award-winning author Linda Linda captures the spirit of the holidays in this heartwarming novella set in the Adirondacks.

Midville newcomer and Iraq War widow, Dorie Fitzgerald, despises the frigid Adirondack wasteland that has now become her home.

After twenty failed job interviews, she questions the wisdom of moving to be near her parents. Desperate to belong, she joins the local Community Theater, in production for It s a Wonderful Life. Jamey Sullivan has put his professional life on hold in order to run the family business and to help his ailing father. He signs on for Midville s production of It s a Wonderful Life, although he hopes to receive a Broadway casting call any day now.

When these two meet, they are instantly attracted to one another. However, ambition, demanding children, and a romantic rival threaten to squash their growing love for one another. It Really IS a Wonderful Life is set in the beautiful Adirondack mountains, a perfect backdrop for romantic conflict.

Product Details

  • File Size: 295 KB
  • Print Length: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas (October 20, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #208,361 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful Retelling November 13, 2012
Linda Rondeau's It Really IS a Wonderful Life is a delightful contemporary romance set against the Christmas play It's a Wonderful Life. Dorie is a war widow with 2 young children who has moved to her parents' hometown. The two most eligible bachelors in town are vying for her attentions while she is trying to create a firm foundation for her kids and for her faith.

Rondeau presents a compelling picture of a woman who has relied on others for her faith. She finds she must make her faith her own without relying on her dead husband or her parents. Like the Baileys' in It's a Wonderful Life, she must see the bigger picture of how her life and the ones around her fulfill God's will in their choices. God becomes real for Dorie as she sees the way God cares for her and her children, the best Christmas gift she can receive.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't Get Discouraged November 7, 2012
It's a Wonderful Life is a movie made in 1946, directed by Frank Capra, which quickly became favorite
Yuletide fare on television. It's the story of George Bailey, a man whose dreams of seeing the world
and doing big things have been thwarted by circumstances. He has a wife he loves, and four children.
He finds himself stuck in his hometown managing his father's small savings and loan. When his uncle
misplaces $8,000, he faces financial ruin and possibly prison. In despair he contemplates throwing
himself off a bridge into an icy river. At that point he meets his guardian angel, Clarence. Clarence is
supposed to be somewhat of a dimwit, but he comes up with a brilliant idea. He shows George what the
world would be like if he had never been born. George realizes that his family and his town would have
been a far poorer place without him, and that his life was worthwhile after all.

In Linda Rondeau's romantic novel It Really Is a Wonderful World, we meet Dorie Fitzgerald at a time
when she is finding the world far less than wonderful. Her husband has recently died in a war in the
Middle East and she is raising two small children, Josh and Emmy, age six and three, on her own. She has
recently moved to Midville in the Adirondacks in northern New York to be near her parents who have
settled there. Her job search has come to naught and she is fuming over yet another rejection letter,
this one from James Sullivan of Bargains Galore. "Can't even get a job at the local dollar store!" Her only
social contacts are her parents' elderly friends from church. Dorie craves the company and friendship of
younger people. She also craves a more personal spiritual relationship with "the man upstairs.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not bad for a light read November 30, 2012
By Kim
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I got this as a freebie on one of the free kindle books sites. It was a good light read with a predictable happy ending.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Feel Good Book December 9, 2012
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This book was a bit predictable, but it left you feeling good. Good, fast read for this time of year.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good Book November 28, 2012
By Jean54
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This book was good and I enjoyed it overall. I thought the story was a bit forced and rushed especially at the end. I did like the characters and was into the book.
It could have used some more development in the plot and it would have been excellent!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A Good Editor Is A Priceless Commodity January 16, 2013
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This book had an interesting premise. The writing was good - never great, but good. However, the story jumps around too much. Plot lines are carefully developed, then too quickly resolved. The emotional connection with the characters is never quite formed, so the reader never feels that the resolution was satisfactory.

The ending felt scripted, and I suppose it was, given the fact that it was drawn from the classic movie. Still, more development would have been better. As a reader, when you see the end coming, you need more substance and connection with the characters to carry you along.

In a nutshell, too many plot-lines that resolve too quickly make for a story that feels abrupt and contrived.

For a free book, it was worth reading as very light, holiday-related fare.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Christmas Story January 16, 2013
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I love to read Christmas stories during the Christmas season. I got this as a Kindle freebie, it wasn't something I was looking for, but it sounded good and Christmas was coming. I thought this book was well written, fun and easy to read, and a great ending. I enjoyed this book!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars True love always wins December 12, 2012
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A wonderful story, so glad I picked it up to read. It brought tears and laughter to me, you will enjoy it if you like romantic stories.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Sweet Romance
This was a sweet heartwarming story. A nice story for the Christmas season or anytime.
Published 1 month ago by Joni
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE LOVE LOVE Linda
I love Linda's books & this one is one of my favorites!!! Linda has AMAZING talent & her books NEVER disappoint.I highly reccomend her!!!
Published 2 months ago by sheri biggs
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 2 months ago by Desertlady
5.0 out of 5 stars Heartwarming story
My own mother was the widow of a WW II soldier that had been KIA before she married my father. The story seem based me of stories she had told about the difficulty raising a child... Read more
Published 7 months ago by S.B.
3.0 out of 5 stars okie dokie
It was a enjoyable book to read. Sometimes it would be hard to follow the Authors style of writing jokier dokie book.
Published 9 months ago by doddle
5.0 out of 5 stars It Really IS a Wonderful Life; A Christmas Romance
When I first started reading this book I couldn't get into it. But when my daughter saw it on my kindle, she said, mom have u read this book? Read more
Published 11 months ago by gospel singer
5.0 out of 5 stars It's a wonderful analogy
Enjoyed this. I enjoyed seeing Dorie grow. She allowed God to work in her life so she could accept the new changes that came her way without floundering. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Patricia A. Arteaga
3.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable plot but... is a Christian romance. No where in the description or any of the reviews I ran through was it mentioned that this is a Christian book. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars It Really is a woderful life
Good Christmas story If you our a fan of the Movie "Its a wonderful life" you will enjoy this book
Published 11 months ago by anthony spatafore
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable
A pleasant, quick read during the holiday season about a trio trying to find love in a small town. A bit predictable(as many have said) and a bit unbelievable(since most sane... Read more
Published 11 months ago by SurpriseMe
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More About the Author

Award winning author, Linda Wood Rondeau is a native of Central New York, graduating from North Syracuse High School and later Houghton College. She moved to Northern New York where she met and married Steve Rondeau, her best friend in life, and managed a career in human services before becoming a professional writer. Moving from their small rural community, the couple now resides in Jacksonville, Florida. While adjusting to a teeming city presents numerous challenges, the author has discovered that the favorable temperatures allow her to follow another great passion--golf, a sport often mentioned in her books.

Rondeau's fiction, while containing humorous elements, hits home for those suffering with psycho-social issues. Drawing upon her more than 25 years in human services, Rondeau tackles subjects like post traumatic stress disorder, autism, child abuse, depression and marital conflict.

Rondeau's most recent release,A Father's Prayer (also listed as A Christmas Prayer) is a finalist for the prestigious 2014 Selah Awards as well as the ACFW Carol Awards and features an autistic child who, along with his caregiver, and a country singer, learns that even what seems like conflicting prayer requests are answerable by God. This book joins Rondeau's previous fiction releases: The Other Side of Darkness,the winner of the 2012 Selah Award for best first novel, It Really IS a Wonderful Life,a favorite Christmas book, Days of Vines and Roses, a chilling suspense and Joy Comes to Dinsmore Street. A mini-novel, Jolly Angel, is available in the Blue Heaven Romances Anthology as well as separately in ebook form. Rondeau's non-fiction book, I Prayed for Patience God Gave Me Children is highly acclaimed and is evident of her humorous style found in both her fiction and non-fiction.

Rondeau's personal blog, This Daily Grind, reflects the author's concern for the family unit and the various social issues that challenge our spiritual walk. She also manages a multi-author devotional blog, Life to the Fullest.

The author is a breast cancer survivor as well as a recovering food addict and is available to speak to your groups about autism or other issues that challenge family unity such as addiction or abuse.

The author loves to hear from readers. You may contact her through her website,, on Facebook, Goodreads, Twitter, Pinterest or via any of her publishers.

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