- File Size: 365 KB
- Print Length: 98 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1941728081
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Leslie Lynch (October 17, 2015)
- Publication Date: October 17, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B016SRSAR8
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,098,939 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Christmas Grace (The Appalachian Foothills series Book 5) Kindle Edition
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Expectant mother Natalie, middle-aged Ella, and grandmotherly Gertie are each challenged by their circumstances and relationships as Christmas approaches. These strong women (and the men who love and support them) withstand every curve life sends them - whether it's loneliness, a health crisis, or the stresses and strains of marriage - but not without a few sharp words and a lot of tears.
Christmas Grace is a heartwarming journey through Advent to the joy of Christmas and its endless possibilities for new life and new love. It's the perfect novella to be read amidst the fuss, family, and frenzy of the holidays - one that will help you recall what and who is most important.
(The author is a fellow member of the Catholic Writers Guild.)
I'd have been happy to read more about these characters, especially Ella's spunky mom, Gertie!
Three women (Mother, daughter, and granddaughter) each deal with their own type of personal loss (recent death, deployment overseas, a dwindling flame in a marriage, and much more) around Christmas time while they attempt to hide their vulnerabilities to the other people in their lives. Each woman’s story is complete from start to end.
This book is a fast read with around 100 pages. I found myself fully vested in each character introduced. The flow/pace of the story is great with no slow spots or rushed scenes.
I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys reading a believable, could-happen-in-real-life type romance.
I read this in December, but think it will make a great read for any time of the year.
Recently widowed, awash in grief, and stumbling through the shambles of her life, Gertie, 74, gathers more grief than consolation from her daughter. She avoids the domineering Ella, 50, during the holidays.
Mason, Ella’s husband, bemoans the fortunes of his slumping law firm. He sees Ella more as a convenience than a consort. He expects her to drop her own plans to exhibit her ceramic creations in order to arrange the “traditional,” client-wooing Christmas gala.
Pregnant with Ella’s and Mason’s grandchild, Natalie, twenty-something, plans to ignore the holidays. They remind her of her husband, Connor, deployed to a war zone. She tells her mother, “I’m sorry, I won’t be able to help you…No Christmas for me…. I’ve just turned into a Grinch.” She cherishes her moments on Skype when she can almost touch Connor through her laptop screen.
Gertie proves the most imaginative, if reckless, in mending her broken heart, plunging into an extreme makeover, planning a sky-dive, and taking up with a guy on a turquoise motorcycle, she sparkles as she weaves and crashes through the story line.
The bulk of the novella measures the accumulated weight as each family emergency presses against Ella’s shoulders and forces her resentment to bubble to the surface. Obsessed with his declining client base, Mason ignores Ella’s plight. While squeezing the “Merry” out of “Christmas,” he snuffs out the embers of Ella’s love for him. He not only stifles his family-life but the flexibility essential for his company’s survival. Much to his dismay, Ella decides to dig in her heels.
Can Leslie Lynch, the award-winning romance author, snatch these harried “chestnuts roasting on an open fire,” before they go up in smoke? There’s no easy fix. Those who anticipate their own hectic holiday appreciate the pain of apparently insoluble family situations. Christmas Grace offers them hope, adjusts their frame of mind, and revives the meaning of the words Christmas, family and holiday.