Saturday, November 21, 2009

A Forever Christmas

By Missy Tippens

Publisher: Steeple Hill Love Inspired
Genre: Inspirational Romance
ISBN-13: 978-0373875641

Devastated by the loss of her favorite student to cancer, kindergarten teacher Sarah Radcliffe returns to her hometown of Magnolia, Georgia, to spend the holidays with her parents and try to ease the pain of this recent loss. When Sarah arrives in Magnolia, she finds her friend Donna Rae in the last stages of her pregnancy and directing the children’s Christmas play at church. After receiving doctor’s orders to stay on best rest for the duration of her pregnancy, Donna Rae pleads for Sarah to take over the director position. Even though Sarah does not want to be around children so soon after young Peter’s death, she reluctantly agrees. From the first time Sarah met the children in the play, one little boy stands out. Well, he stands in the back of the group and rarely says a word, but his quietness speaks to Sarah. His name is Hunter Jones, and he is the oldest son of Gregory Jones, Sarah’s high school sweetheart. The boy who broke her heart into a million pieces.

Gregory Jones is living a very hectic life. After his ex-wife walked out on him and their two small boys a few years ago, Gregory has been mother, father, provider, and so much more. Owning his own business, Gregory is putting in a lot of extra hours to buy the gifts his boys want most for Christmas and hoping that will make up for a mother they never see. As he rushes into the church building to pick up Hunter and Chase from the Christmas play practice, Gregory never expected to run smack dab into Sarah Radcliffe. It has been at least a decade since Gregory had been this close to Sarah, and she is more beautiful than he remembered.

Forced to spend a significant amount of time with Gregory’s boys because of the Christmas play, Sarah heart quickly belongs to these two little boys and she realizes Gregory is working himself to the bone to provide toys for Christmas when all that Hunter and Chase want is to spend time with their father. Sarah soon comes up with several fun activities for the Jones family to do together, such as decorate the Christmas tree and deliver cookies to several homebound individuals. When Gregory finds the boys’ letter to Santa, which reads “Dear Santa, For Hunter – a whole day playing outside with Dad by myself. For Chase – to sleep in Dad’s bed for a week. For both of us – Miss Sarah as our mom.”, he realizes his boys just want him for Christmas, and a new mom too! But Gregory is not sure that he and Sarah can forgive each other for the transgressions of the past.

This is such a sweet Christmas love story. Personally, I have always loved stories where former loves are reunited, and when Christmas is involves it makes it extra special. This is a wonderful story of young love remembered, forgiveness, and not only loving another person but loving an entire family. I really enjoyed seeing Sarah show Gregory that spending time with family is the most important thing. Like most other people, I live a very busy life, but the message of this book spoke loud and clear to me. Spend more time with the people you love! So my family and I have started back on family game night and movie marathon night. Thank you, Missy, for reminding me what is most important!!

Rating: 5 Petit Fours and 1 Hot Tamale
Reviewed by~ Buffie/ The Romance Dish


Emmanuelle said...

What a sweet review !! Thanks you. I want this book, now !

Missy Tippens said...

Emmanuelle, thank you! I hope you enjoy it. :)


Tami Brothers said...

Oh man! I can't believe I missed this today! I am definitely grabbing a copy at the store this weekend. I'm bummed I didn't grab one today at the GRW meeting when Missy was signing them!

Maybe if I bring it to the Christmas party I can get her autograph????

Thanks for sharing this with us, Buffie!!! We really appreciate you guys blogging with us!


Missy Tippens said...

Tami, I'm not sure if I'll be there in December. But I'll be glad to sign it anytime!! :)

Linsey Lanier said...

Yes, thanks Buffie. Missy's book sounds just wonderful. I need to get a copy, too. :)


Ana Aragón said...

Great review! Can't wait to read it...

Buffie said...

Hey ladies! Sorry for being late to the party. Saturday was hectic and I totally forgot. Please forgive me!!

This is a wonderful, sweet Christmas love story. I think all of you would enjoy it.