- File Size: 3581 KB
- Print Length: 94 pages
- Publication Date: October 2, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B07645C81Z
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,766 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Christmas on Madrona Island (Madrona Island Series Book 4) Kindle Edition
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I've read all the books in the Madrona Island series and loved them.
But this book is about the three main characters and their families. There are too many names and I couldn't remember who was who. The other books were published months or a year apart, but I've read hundreds of other books in between. I guess I'm still confused.
It's a joy to read a story about a community of friends and families that care for each other. It's also very refreshing to read a book without swearing dominating the pages, even when circumstances become trying. I just wish that she would have included at least a little bit of Christ in her Christmas. A couple of the character's "pray" during difficult situations, but there was no religious meaning of Christmas included in the story. Kyla's daughter is born just before Christmas Eve and she is named Hope, but there's no mention of the birth of Jesus. A church choir was present to participate in a Christmas show at the Senior Housing Center, but there was no singing of Joy to the World, Silent Night, or Away in a Manger...just Here We Come A-Caroling. There was plenty of Santa, reindeer, Christmas trees, and presents (and I don't mind these being included) and I realize that Andrea does not intend the book to be a part of the "Christian Fiction" genre, but I wish that Christmas on the island would have acknowledged the birth of Christ as being at least a part of the celebration.
All in all it is a wonderful story that I thoroughly enjoyed, and I'd give Hurst two compliments that I have not been able to give to that many authors. First, her portrayal of Madrona Island and its residents is so inviting that I wish it was a real community that I could visit, or even live there myself. And secondly, I was sad to see the story end so quickly. I hope that she has plans to continue the series in the near future.
Christmas on Madrona Island is a wonderful Christmas novella and it has all of the traditions that I associate with Christmas. Reading it reminded me that Christmas is a time to remember past holidays and those who are no longer with us even as we make new memories and welcome new family members. It is perfect reading for anyone who wants to experience the joys and traditions associated with the Christmas holidays before the actual season arrives. Read it and you will definitely be put you in a "holiday state of mind"!
I received a complimentary ARC of this book but I was not obligated to post a review.
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