Friday, January 20, 2017

Kissing Father Christmas by Robin Jones Gunn

Book description:

Bestselling, award-winning author Robin Jones Gunn welcomes us back to the cozy English village of Carlton Heath for a winter romance that will melt your heart.

Anna's first visit to Carlton Heath in England was last May for the wedding of her cousin Ian to Miranda. The beautiful event ended with a dance under the stars and Anna receiving an unexpected kiss from Peter, the groomsman who caught her eye and now holds her heart. Now, at the invitation of family and friends, Anna is returning to Carlton Heath for Christmas. She has Peter's recent email to fill her with assurance that he's looking forward to seeing her again as well. More than his brief words, though, the vivid memory of their unforgettable kiss provides a promise of more to come. Anna, ever the imaginative artist, has been busy painting a romantic conclusion to her holiday visit. Certainly she's not the only one who has been dreaming of another dance and another kiss.

But when she sees Peter again, his intentions seem to shift as speedily as the blustery winter weather. Is Anna's heart misleading her, or will Father Christmas bestow on her the gift of love for which she has long dreamed? 

My review:

   The first two books in this series were about Miranda. This book shifts to center on Anna, Miranda's husband's cousin. The book takes readers back to the charming Carlton Heath, and brings back some of the characters from the first books.

 This book was a bit different, as it focused more on romance than the first two did.... but I still enjoyed it. Sometimes these kinds of books can be a bit predictable, but this one was not too predictable and had a different enough plot that I wasn't sure what the outcome was going to be.

 I actually liked the main characters of this book better than those in the other two books, especially Peter. Though he is a fictional character, it was touching the sacrifices he made, and what he was willing to do to do the right thing. The advice Anna gave to him about showing grace to himself hit me hard, and it is something we all need to do more of.

 To me, this was the best book in this trilogy. Great read.

About the author:

ROBIN JONES GUNN is the much loved author of over 90 books with more than 5 million copies of her titles sold worldwide. Her Father Christmas books are a Hallmark Original movie. Her popular Christy Miller series now continues in Christy & Todd: The Married Years. Robin's novels and non-fiction works have received multiple awards and are a favorite with book clubs and study groups. Robin and her husband have a grown son and daughter and live in Hawaii.

Kissing Father Christmas is available from FaithWords, part of the Hachette Book Group.