Today's review is the second book included in The Gift of Christmas. I couldn't tell you which book I enjoyed more, Macomber's The Gift of Christmas or Linda Goodnight's, In the Spirit of Christmas. As much as I love Debbie Macomber's feel good stories, I might say I enjoyed Goodnight's story the best.
Here's the SYNOPSIS:
Since leaving her troubled past behind, Lindsey Mitchell relished living in the small Christian community of Winding Stair, Oklahoma. But as December approached, she knew she'd need help to run her tree farm. So she hired new arrival Jesse Slater. The widower and his little girl fit right in...except when it came to celebrating the spirit of the season. As the town banded together and introduced the newcomers to the local festivities, Lindsey sensed there were deeply rooted reasons for Jesse's lack of faith. Could she help him find his way back home and teach him and his adorable daughter the true meaning of Christmas?
FROM MY PERSPECTIVE:
This was definitely a Christian Christmas Romance read and it was beautiful. There were scriptural references but they were indeed pertinent to the basics of the story.
Lindsey Mitchell was a strong christian woman living alone in the mountains and operating a Christmas tree farm. Jesse Slater was a widowed father to a six year old girl. He had no use for Christmas and although he believed in a God, he sure didn't know Him. And he had determined that once cheated out of his inheritance, he was going to fight for it and claim it for himself and his daughter. It was easy to love all three main characters and to enjoy their road to becoming a real family.
And even when the story reached the point where Lindsey would be shell shocked to learn of Jesse's real intent, I was glad to see there weren't pages of smoldering anger and misunderstandings to straighten out. In this story, both Jesse and Lindsey, loved the other and wanted what was best for the other. Forgiveness and understanding followed and made this one of the best Christmas stories I read this year.
I rated this well plotted story a 5 Wink read.