- File Size: 388 KB
- Print Length: 121 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: The Wild Rose Press; Champagne Rose 1st edition (November 9, 2012)
- Publication Date: November 9, 2012
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00A53KMSC
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,032,302 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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It's hard for Joe to prove he's now on the straight and narrow, when he carries the stigma of a just-served prison sentence.
It's also difficult for single mother, Katy, to trust an ex con, not only because of his past, but also hers. She's already been burned by the experience of a disastrous marriage. Her son, Kyle, is the one blessing which came of that union, and Katy will do anything to protect him.
Still, her parents see the good in Joe, who seems to have turned over a new leaf. Is it wise for Katy to trust their instincts and get to know Joe better? Well, he is easy to talk to, loves kids, and is quite easy to look at. Is it possible he really has changed?
Katy's favorite holiday, Thanksgiving, is fast approaching. Will Joe be part of her family's celebration or will he be gone for good?
Debra St. John has a real knack for depicting closely knit families and small town life, as once again evidenced in this engaging read. The story is perfect for the Thanksgiving season, as well as any other.
St. John also addresses a difficult topic in a sensitive way. It's not easy to trust someone who already has one strike against him. I'm not sure what my reaction would be if I were presented with an ex con in my life.
An Unexpected Blessing features Joe Mason who spent some time in prison and his past is not a rosy one. He is well aware of his transgressions, and now that he has served his time he wants to just lead a normal life. Joe Mason is a bad boy, but at the very beginning of the story he is also reformed one, but not by the love of the heroine - Katy Roth - or through his love for her, but because he learned his lesson in prison. What actually stands between him and his path to a happy life is the small-minded community into which he returned. Fortunately, with Katy's help and love he realized that if love is a true one than it will conquer all; prejudices, gossips and fears.
As I already mentioned, I liked this story because there was a shift from the usual bad boy transformation. I also liked it because the author wrote a small town mentality so realistically and palpable, it felt genuine. Katy's character is also great. I loved how she stood up for Joe, but also how she fought for their relationship and his stubbornness.
Usually stories that features a small town, a single mother and some kind of holiday tend to be too sweet and full of unnecessary drama and emotions. But not An Unexpected Blessing. This story is a pearl, a great shiny pearl. It is really worth reading. And, it comes with bonus features: lovely recipes for your Thanksgiving dinner.
Originally posted at Long and Short Reviews
Book provided by: Publisher
Review originally posted at Romancing the Book
This was a quick read, but lacked closure. Yes, there was going to be a happily ever after. But I was confused as to why Katy's ex and Kyle's dad was mentioned when he really had no reason to be included in the story. Since Andrew was not only mentioned but came to visit and was threatening towards his ex wife it was a loose end that wasn't tied in at all, while Katy tried to ignore him and his demands as unimportant. His inclusion just left me wondering, huh?
There was romance and love, family, fun, a second chance, small mindedness of the townspeople and darkness all thrown in and it worked. The characters were well developed, except Andrew, and Katy and Joe had many layers to them that when peeled back you couldn't help but like them. Kyle was what you see is what you get along with Katy's mom, Sarah.
The previous book I read by St John had a Christmas theme whereas this one was set in the fall and at Thanksgiving. At the back of the book there were recipes from their family Thanksgiving dinner and many will find their way to my table.
To me, An Unexpected Blessing was a nice story that could have been made better.
I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.