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Christmas Stray (Sweet Holiday Romance) by [Ayala, Rachelle]
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Editorial Reviews

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"A Christmas Stray is a deeply heart-felt and beautifully inspiring story of choosing to live again in the wake of personal tragedy." - Amber McCallister
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"Touching story of love and miracles." - Chantel Rhondeau
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"A story of hope, forgiveness and moving on when you no longer think you can." - Rebecca Austin
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"This book is so true, so emotional and so magical that makes you want to read several times." - Elisabete C.F. Martin
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"A heartfelt, uplifting novella that draws you in and makes you hope for miracles." - Sharon Coady
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"Miracles do happen in so many forms."- Jessica Cassidy
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"This heartfelt Christmas tale will leave you wanting a stray of your very own." - Corissa Palfrey
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"A heartwarming holiday tale!" - Michele Shriver
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"Sad, sweet, and quite realistic." - Linda Scarchuk
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"I cried, I laughed, I love a book that can evoke all of my emotions." - Brandi Pletcher
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"Ms. Ayala was able to surprise me, and that's a very good thing." - Tope Awofeso
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"The most sweet and tender story ..." - Vera Neves

About the Author

Rachelle Ayala is a bestselling author of contemporary romance and romantic suspense. Her foremost goal is to take readers on a shared emotional journey with her characters as they grow and become more true to themselves. Rachelle believes in the power of love to overcome obstacles and feels that everyone should find love as often as possible, especially if it's within the pages of a book. Her book, Knowing Vera, won the 2015 Angie Ovation Award, and A Father for Christmas garnered a 2015 Readers’ Favorite Gold Award. She is also a writing teacher and founder of the Romance In A Month writing community. She lives in California with her husband and has three children and two birds.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1387 KB
  • Print Length: 224 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1519718438
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Amiga Books (February 3, 2015)
  • Publication Date: February 3, 2015
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00T5JTM0Q
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #195,605 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By CR on February 3, 2015
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Juliette and Gabe's marriage is on the rocks, and this trip is their last-ditch effort to save it. They didn't expect to find a little boy in a snowstorm, but Patrick and his dog enter their lives and help Juliette remember that life can be good, despite her grief.

I really liked these characters. Of course, Puppy and Patrick are little darlings and I just want to squeeze them! Gabe is a good man who is trying to be a great husband - I think he is just at his wit's end, not knowing how to help his wife who refuses to live in the present and is always looking back.

Juliette is a complex case. She has so much she needs to learn throughout the course of the story, and the growth in her was good to see. Everything isn't smooth sailing for this couple, but the author does an excellent job of making it feel real and getting me to hope this couple works things out.

I was surprised by the slight paranormal aspects of the story, but it was a nice change from what I normally read. All in all, a great Christmas story about the power of love and making yourself see the miracles all around you.
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Get ready to bawl your eyes out! Ms Ayala has done it again

After the devastating loss of their son, Juliet and Gabe have drifted apart....this is their one chance to reconnect. Can they do so?

This story takes you on their journey and you'll see the very importance on faith in walking through this difficult journey. You'll get to experience their ups and downs. You'll get to laugh and cry and definitely shout at your screen (at least I did).

There was a particular twist that I didn't see coming and that's saying a good thing...given that I read lots of books and I don't get surprised very often.

I've never gone through this, but in writing this book, Ms Ayala shows that it is possible to for your life to have meaning and purpose after something like this. And given that she's experienced this, that says a lot

As I mentioned earlier, be prepared to bawl your eyes and out and shout and cheer for this couple.

Congrats Ms Ayala for yet another great book!
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This book is written in a way that I can imagine myself in the story. It reminds me that I have to cherish those close to me because just about anything can happen. This story is very heartwarming to me because Patrick and Puppy played a major life changing role in Juliette and Gabe's marriage. And how these two very important characters have impacted Juliette in the most miraculous way. My favorite quotation from Christmas Stray is when Gabe told Juliette "Hey, remember you can't control when someone comes into your life, nor when they leave?" This book has been added to my favorite list, and I wish it didn't have an ending to it. I would like to see this wonderful and well written book made into a movie.

FTC: I was sent this book for review through Tomoson. All reviews are written with 100% honesty from my own perspective. #RachelleAyala
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Have you ever come across a story that was so surprisingly unique and intensely meaningful that you just couldn’t help getting lost within its pages? I am here to tell you that Christmas Stray is one of those stories. Not only did I lose myself completely to this beautiful journey, but I found that when it ended, I felt like a part of me was left behind never to return. The only way that I can aptly describe this book is that it felt like pure magic mixed with love and sprinkled with a bit of luck.

Juliette has lost her direction and meaning in life. Her heart died the same day as her son, and she doesn’t know how to revive it. She has tried to find herself in anything that brings her a little bit of joy, but no matter how hard she tries the once bright spark fizzles out way to quickly. Even her loving and supportive husband Gabe has finally reached the end of his own rope after dealing with this for three very long years. In a last ditch attempt to salvage what they have together, Gabe whisks Juliette away to a very romantic and cozy holiday retreat. Are they both willing to fight for the love that still tightly binds them together, or will they find that even with their dazzling chemistry, their bond is far too bruised and broken to be mended?

This story took me by surprise and led me down a very unexpected path that left me heartbroken and speechless. At their darkest hour, I found myself so invested that tears were running down my face before I realized that I was crying. While this is a solemn story, it is also a story full of opportunities for hope and a promise for a better future. Nothing is impossible if we want it bad enough and fight for it hard enough. Hope and love can transform even the most bleak outlook into one of a beautiful masterpiece.
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Gabe and Juliette's marriage is rocky after the untimely death of their young son, Jeremiah. Trying to save their marriage, they go to a remote cabin to spend Christmas and hope to rekindle their love for one another. Juliette, however does not want to celebrate Christmas or have anything to do with the holiday as Jeremiah had passed away the day before Christmas the prior year. Losing all hope in her marriage and missing Jeremiah terribly, two unlikely characters show up on a cold snowy day and show Juliette that there is hope in her life without Jeremiah, and even though he is gone from her life, he will always be in her heart.

So, I admit it. I totally judge a book by its cover, so when I came across the book Christmas Stray, I could not resist. I had to read this story. I mean look at that cover. How can anyone resist those cute puppy eyes? I know I couldn't! But what about the story inside that cover? Did it stack up and meet my high expectations? Yep. Indeed it did. Matter of fact, this story exceeded my expectations. This is a heart-warming story that will tug the strings of even the coldest heart and bring a smile upon your face throughout. The whole story flowed so smoothly and was extremely well-written. I fell in love with Patrick and Puppy and the outcome was wonderful. This was a really fast read but was one that I wanted to go on forever just because it was so inspiring. Even though it is a holiday romance, it is one that can be appreciated and enjoyed anytime throughout the year.

*I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
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