Finding Father Christmas: A Novella

Finding Father Christmas: A Novella

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by Robin Jones Gunn
     
 

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Bestselling author Robin Jones Gunn brings readers a poignant Christmas novella about a woman, desperate for a place to belong, who finds herself in London a few days before Christmas, looking for the father she never knew.

In FINDING FATHER CHRISTMAS, Miranda Carson's search for her father takes a turn she never expected when she finds herself in London with

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Bestselling author Robin Jones Gunn brings readers a poignant Christmas novella about a woman, desperate for a place to belong, who finds herself in London a few days before Christmas, looking for the father she never knew.

In FINDING FATHER CHRISTMAS, Miranda Carson's search for her father takes a turn she never expected when she finds herself in London with only a few feeble clues to who he might be. Unexpectedly welcomed into a family that doesn't recognize her, and whom she's quickly coming to love, she faces a terrible decision. Should she reveal her true identity and destroy their idyllic image of her father? Or should she carry the truth home with her to San Francisco and remain alone in this world? Whatever choice she makes during this London Christmas will forever change the future for both herself and the family she can't bear to leave. Robin Jones Gunn brilliantly combines lyrical writing and unforgettable characters to craft a story of longing and belonging that will stay with readers long after they close the pages of this book.

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Library Journal

Arriving in England during the Christmas holidays to search for the father she has never known, Miranda Carson only has a photograph to help identify him. Her late mother was a traveling actress who gave her daughter a colorful but painful life. What Miranda finds is not what she expected, and she will have to make a difficult decision to protect those she has come to love. Gunn ("Sisterchicks" and "Glenbrooke" series) dishes up a perfect Christmas story about sacrifice, family, and the true meaning of love. Recommended for holiday collections. Gunn lives in Oregon.


—Tamara Butler

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780446570121
Publisher:
FaithWords
Publication date:
11/29/2009
Sold by:
Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
833,341
File size:
639 KB

Meet the Author

Robin Jones Gunn is the bestselling author of sixty books, representing 3.5 million copies sold. A dozen of her novels have appeared on the top of the CBA bestseller list, including her wildly successful Sisterchicks series. Thousands of teens from around the world have written letters to Robin sharing how God used the Christy Miller and Sierra Jensen series to bring them to Christ as well as lead them to make life changing decisions regarding purity. Robin and her husband of thirty years live near Portland, OR, where they are members of Imago Dei Community along with other Christian authors including Donald Miller, the author of Blue Like Jazz. You can learn more about Robin on her Web site at www.robingunn.com.

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Finding Father Christmas: A Novella 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
love2readJK More than 1 year ago
This book and it's sequel, Engaging Father Christmas, as by far, my favorite Christmas books!!! They are cozy books with a heartwarming story. Pick up this book and be instantly transported into the story like only Robin Jones Gunn can do. I highly recommend adding this book to your collection.
LAlleva More than 1 year ago
A cozy nook book...this book was a companion as I sipped hot tea and snuggled with my kitten on long cold nights. Robin Jones Gunn is a phenomenal author, she captivates audiences of all ages and leaves them desiring more.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
LeAnneH More than 1 year ago
Delightful story with delightful characters delightfully told. Lots of little American-in England-surprises.
wbarker More than 1 year ago
Perfect for : Personal reading, Book Club reading, GREAT Gift Book (Note: the book does include discussion questions at the end)

In a nutshell: I think this is my ALL-TIME favorite holiday book (especially when combined with the sequel!). Going against her quiet nature, Miranda Carson leaves America and travels to England where she hopes to find her birth father by tracking down the studio who produced the only photograph she has of him. This is a heart-warming story of a blossoming faith and a quest to find family. I fell in love with the characters and the homey feeling this story gave me. My favorite characters in the book are Katharine and Andrew MacGregor, and Ellie and Julia Whitcombe. These characters help to spread a warmth throughout the story (along with the other characters of course!), full of new experiences, warmth, acceptance and growth. This was a quick read for me, made more enjoyable by the approaching holidays (yes - I would put up my Christmas tree today if my family would let me!) I highly suggest reading this book, and plan to give a few sets for Christmas gifts this year!

My Review:
I absolutely loved this book and the sequel, Engaging Father Christmas. It was a fast read for me that made me feel warm and peaceful. I highly recommend both books for personal reading, book club reading (there are include discussion questions) and as books that would be great for gifts!

Characters: With a handful of main characters, it was hard not to love each and every one of them, so I'll just talk about a few here, and let you read about the others yourself! ;) Miranda Carson is the main character, who goes on a quest to find her birth father. She has no family left in America, where she was raised by a fanciful actress mom until she was 11, then raised by a kind woman until 15, at which time she ventured out on her own to San Fransisco. (She lost both women, her Mom died in a theater accident, and her "aunt" died of cancer.) Along her journey, she meets Katharine and Andrew MacGregor, who invite her to join them for the annual Christmas play, then the after-party. Andrew has a wonderful Scottish accent, and a wonderfully warm and outgoing personality. She also meets Ellie and Edward Whitcombe and their two children Mark and Julia. Ellie is dressed in a wonderfully elegant dress, reminiscent of the Sugar Plum Fairy.

Story-Line: The characters in the story help Miranda (and the reader) to feel welcome through the holiday season, opening their homes to a perfect-stranger. Katharine plays a very important part throughout the book, and I just loved her. The story carries the reader through Miranda's spiritual (yet bumpy) journey, and her literal journey to find what she hopes will be her father's family.

Overall: This was a beautifully written book, that will surely be a cherished favorite among holiday stories. It is a nice easy read that could easily be shared with the rest of the family (no questionable scenes or language). readers will fall in love with the characters and ambiance throughout the book, and will look forward to reading the sequel. I especially enjoyed the dark green printing in the book instead of the normal black lettering!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Miranda was searching for someone what she would find would change her life forever. Her search lead her to the Tea Cosy in Country Heath. As she looked in the window, she wondered if she had made a mistake traveling from San Francisco to London. She had few clues, a birth certificate, a playbill, and an old photograph. The quaint teashop was warm, inviting and seemed to be drawing her in. The owners Katherine and Andrew were dressed for the annual performance of Dickens play A Christmas Carol. Miranda had not been to a play since she was nine years old, when she had made the decision to shun all plays and had denounced all fables and fairy tales, including the tooth fairy, Easter Bunny and Santa. Her mother was Eve Carson, actress. Miranda¿s childhood had been one of moving from one motel to another as her mother took one role after another. She did not mean to neglect Miranda but Eve¿s first love always seemed to be the theater. Miranda spent her life trying to remain invisible. She longed for a father, someone who would love her, someone who would accept her. Would she find the acceptance she desperately needed or would she go home keeping her secret to herself? Finding Father Christmas by Robin Jones Gunn is a delightful Christmas novel. The story is written from Miranda¿s point of view. I felt it was an interpretation of Dicken¿s A Christmas Carol. MS Gunn is a talented writer her words drew me into the story. I could almost see the old church with the brilliant stained glass windows and the home of Ellie and Edward. I could almost feel the warmth of the fire and the chill of the snowflakes. I felt I had been transported to the Tea Cosy and Ellie¿s home. The characters are well developed. Miranda is deprived and vulnerable and searchest for acceptance, yet not willing to wound others. Ellie, Katherine, Andrew and Doralee are perfect supporting characters. All showed love for Miranda. The end of the plot has a hint of romance in the future. I did not want this book to end. I wanted to see more of Miranda¿s life. Did she stay in London? Did she and Ian find love? Finding Father Christmas is the perfect Christmas book. It certainly put me in the right frame of mind for Christmas. I will be recommending Finding Father Christmas to all my friends!
MichelleSutton More than 1 year ago
This was a nice, cup of cocoa kind of read. While it had some poignant and soul-searching moments, I didn't find it very deep or compelling. But then again, I'm not much of a warm fuzzy Christmas story kind of book reader, either. So there was not enough conflict to make my heart respond. But it was a nice story and I want to read the next book in the series. I want to know what will happen to Miranda's love life since this story had no romance in it at all. Maybe if the book had been longer than a novella the author could have probed the inner workings of her heart more. But given the limitations of the word count, the author did a good job with this novel. It was well-written, and I finished it, which is a rare occurrence these days. Need I say more?
harstan More than 1 year ago
In San Francisco raised by her single mother, Miranda Carson feels profoundly lonely and finds a deep need to meet her biological father, a man she has never met. Her clues as to who he is are somewhat meager. She has an old photograph that she assumes is her father while on its back is stamped a studio in Carlton Heath, England a birth certificate and a playbill for The Tempest starring her mother in a Michigan theatre. With nothing to keep her in the states, Miranda decides to spend Christmas in England in search of her father. From London she goes to Bexley Lane, the address in the photo. There she is treated with warmth and friendship starting with a cup of tea and ending at the community production of A Christmas Carol and the party afterward. Although she feels some guilty for not revealing who she or her mission especially when she realizes her dad is hero to these kind people, Miranda feels at home for the first time in a long time. ---- The deep characterizations make this Christmas tale a winner. The English family and Miranda seem real as she debates telling these loving people the truth, which mean hurting an image they have of her father. Mindful of While You Were Sleeping, FINDING FATHER CHRISTMAS is a wonderful uplifting Yuletide tale that emphasizes everyone needs to feel welcomed and loved. ---- Harriet Klausner