About the Book
Author: Kathleen J. Robison
Genre: Holiday Romance
Release date: November 30, 2021
Two broken women, two defeated children. Can Grace offer what they’re looking for? When the big city holds nothing but painful memories for sisters Rence and Sandy, they pack it up and head out for Grace and the promises it holds.
Promises of a new start. A new job at Grace General for Rence and a place to begin healing. But most of all, a promise to each of the sisters’ hurting children that a real Christmas awaits them in Grace, complete with snow on giant evergreens and lots of Mistletoe Magic.
But despite its Christmas card atmosphere, Grace, Oregon seems to hold a lot of secrets. Who is that giant of a man they encounter in the woods? Why won’t anyone talk about him? What is the hold the past seems to have over the town? Will they be able to break it before history tragically repeats itself? And will Grace be the place where love and forgiveness finally meet?
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I enjoyed this delightful Christmas story. It starts off with a bang when a wrong turn leads two defenseless women to an axe murderer. Then again, maybe not. Maybe he is just a very nice but totally misunderstood man.
Robison has crafted an engaging story of people needing a new start in a remote Oregon town. One might think it was a safe place. But the town seems to hide a dangerous secret. And while most of the people seem very nice, there is one who threatens the welfare of many.
There are themes of forgiveness, reconciliation and restoration in the plot. The characters are delightful, especially little Livy. Who wouldn't fall in love with her? There is a bit of a mystery, a little humor here and there, and a very touching story. I liked this novel and will be looking for more from Robison.
My rating: 4/5 stars.
About the Author
More from Kathleen
I love Christmas stories, and since becoming an author, I’ve wanted to write one. Mistletoe Village started out as Mistletoe Hermit, but then it wasn’t going in quite the happy direction that I wanted. So Mistletoe Village was born. I wrote this sweet, cozy, slightly suspenseful romance with all the elements that make Christmas … Christmas! But most importantly, it’s always about the faith element, Christ.
The main character Rence Paladin is dear to my heart. She was created with someone extraordinary in mind, and I had that person read the book to see what she thought. When she finished, she turned bright red and answered, even if you hadn’t told me … I knew it was me! However, it’s not her story, but it encompasses her delightful personality, some of her sweet memories of a single-mom, and how she strives to keep her focus on Christ while always serving others.
So let’s go. Let me take you to Mistletoe Village. You’ll find a little of everything that oozes Christmas in the tiny town of Grace. Holiday spirit, decorations, a children’s church pageant, and a Christmas festival. Oh, and I’ll introduce you to little Gus, the feisty family cock-a-poo. But most of all, I hope you, like Rence and Carl, rediscover the joy of Christmas at Mistletoe Village.
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(My star ratings: 5-I love it, 4-I like it, 3-It's OK, 2-I don't like it, 1-I hate it.)