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Product Details

  • Series: Love Inspired
  • Mass Market Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Love Inspired (October 16, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0373877803
  • ISBN-13: 978-0373877805
  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 4.1 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #871,543 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Nominated for Best Debut in Series Romance 2012- Romantic Times Book Reviews

Four and a half stars! Season of Joy, Virginia Carmichael --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

A big fan of the wide open sky and all four seasons, Virginia believes in embracing the small moments of everyday life. A home schooling mom of six young children who rarely wear shoes, those moments usually involve a lot of noise, a lot of mess, or a whole bunch of warm cookies. Virginia holds degrees in Linguistics and Religious Studies from the University of Oregon. She lives with her habanero-eating husband, Crusberto, who is her opposite in all things except faith.

Virginia also writes the Jane Austen Takes the South series (published by Howard Books/ Simon&Schuster) under the pen name Mary Jane Hathaway. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

More About the Author

Virginia was born near the Rocky Mountains and although she has traveled around the world, the wilds of Colorado run in her veins. A big fan of the wide open sky and all four seasons, she believes in embracing the small moments of everyday life. A home schooling mom of six young children who rarely wear shoes, those moments usually involve a lot of noise, a lot of mess, or a whole bunch of warm cookies. Virginia holds degrees in Linguistics and Religious Studies from the University of Oregon. She lives with her habanero-eating husband, Crusberto, who is her polar opposite in all things except faith. They've learned to speak in short-hand code and look forward to the day they can actually finish a sentence. In the meantime, Virginia thanks God for the laughter and abundance of hugs that fill her day as she plots her next book.

Virginia also writes the Jane Austen Takes the South series (published by Howard Books/ Simon&Schuster) under the pen name of Mary Jane Hathaway.


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Their stories, like the main characters are layered and unique.
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I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoy a beautiful Christian romance.
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A great debut and I can't wait to read more of Carmichael's work!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Sis Steele on October 18, 2012
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Inspirational romances are often set in small towns, Amish settlements, or medical locales. Few take place within the nitty-gritty day-to-day activities of a downtown shelter, the first clue Season of Joy is a special book. With her debut, Virginia Carmichael gives the reader a glimpse into a world where love and faith are tested daily. Themes of loneliness, loss, healing and hope are explored in a style both wry and compassionate.

The romance between the strong but lonely heroine and wary hero as well as interactions with colorful secondary characters keep the reader turning the pages quickly. An excellent understanding of "the least of these", both the poor in material goods and those poor in love and companionship, make this romance more than a just Christmas-themed story. Virginia Carmichael has given readers a gift for the season and beyond. Looking forward to more from her in the future.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ellen Gable Hrkach VINE VOICE on June 6, 2013
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I recently spent an enjoyable few days reading "Season of Joy" by Virginia Carmichael.

After spending years of climbing the corporate ladder, pretty and successful CEO Calista Sheffield decides she wants to experience a different sort of holiday season, one of giving rather than receiving. So she volunteers at the downtown Denver Shelter, never expecting her wounded heart will be filled with hope and healing.

The shelter's handsome director, Grant Monohan, is a person who has devoted his life to helping those less fortunate. He expects beautiful women like Calista to show up to volunteer during the holidays, usually actresses, models and other celebrities who arrive with an entourage of assistants and cameramen to record the volunteering for posterity. He knows that women like her don't stay long. Once the Christmas holidays are over, he assumes she will be gone.

The strength of this novel were the real, believable and well-developed characters. I cared about these characters and empathized with them.

This was one of those books that was truly a "joy" to read. It wasn't a suspenseful page turner but I was happy about that. It was a book, however, though I stopped reading from time to time, I still wondered what would happen with the characters. In that way, it was slightly predictable, but I certainly don't mind predictability in a book. I also liked that it takes place during the holiday season, although it is a book that can be read during any season.

This was an enjoyable read with believable and well-developed characters. Carmichael has a pleasant, easy-to-read writing style and I look forward to reading more books by her. I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoy a beautiful Christian romance.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Novel Junkie on January 16, 2013
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This was a tender, heartwarming novel set amid a Denver Rescue shelter. I really enjoyed the unique setting as well as seeing the obstacles the two characters had to overcome to be together. I was rooting for them the entire time, and I thought the author used a lot of perception when writing the heroine's character. On the outside, the heroine had everything she could dream of, but on the inside, she was so empty. It was really neat to see how working with the needy and homeless filled her spiritually barren heart over the course of the story.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on February 17, 2013
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This story makes me want to volunteer. It touched my heart and made me smile. This is my first book in the love inspired collection. I can't wait to read them all.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Psyche on February 4, 2013
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I read this book during the Christmas season, and it was exactly what I needed. This sweet, enchanting story was such a wonderful counterpoint to the hustle of the holidays. I eagerly await her next novel.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jenny's review on November 5, 2012
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I so enjoyed reading Season of Joy! I read it in 2 days because it was so good, funny , serious and heart tugging! Calista is CEO of a major corporation suddenly realizes she has no friends and nowhere to go and decides that she's going to help out at a homeless shelter and finds a whole new world of ahead of her. Grant head of the shelter who is struggling to keep things running is about to meet his match in every way. Grant and Calista must learn that God is in control and how precious friendship and love are.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Vince on December 18, 2012
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"Season of Joy" Offers All the Good Feelings of a Romance with the Power of a Realistic Mainstream Best Seller!

Season of Joy
by Virginia Carmichael
Love Inspired
Publication Date: Nov 1, 2012

Years ago I would have said that "Season of Joy" was too good to be an author's first published novel. I don't say that any more. It is so hard to break into print at the biggest publishing houses (like Love Inspired -whose books can be found in nearly every Wal-Mart) that often an author's best book is her first book. "Season of Joy" is such a book. I expect it to win many distinguished awards during the next year. It has already been nominated for RT's 2012 Best First Series Romance. That's a great start.

Future Award Winner!

"Season of Joy" is a strong contender for any writing award because it has the impact of mainstream realism. That is, it deliberately transcends the customary romance genre conventions.

"Season of Joy" is the type of romance that highly literate romance fans (often English professors) select to show their friends who read only 'so-called' literary quality works. Many critics love books like "Season of Joy" because such books are so demonstrably excellent. It is not hard to spot such a romance. "Winter's End" by Ruth Logan Herne and "Autumn Rains" by Myra Johnson were immediately identifiable as very realistic works that would go on to garner their share of laurels.

"Season of Joy" is an inspirational romance. It is about changing one's life for the spiritually better. It is also about taking chances. The heroine, Calista, takes the biggest chance. She volunteers to work at a homeless mission. No job is too lowly for her to do.
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