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The Gift of Christmas based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Today's review is on the first of two Christmas stories contained in this reissued release of Debbie Macomber's, The Gift of Christmas and Linda Goodnight's, In the Spirit of Christmas. The Gift of Christmas, was a sweet, warm and fuzzy Christmas Romance. Ashley Robbins knew Cooper Masters for many years as her mother cooked for him. She had loved him since she was sixteen and he had assisted her in financing her education. When she is finally able to pay him back the education money, Cooper is awed by her beauty and her fun loving personality. She is drawn to him because of his business savvy and formal demeanor....opposites attract, but they also clash. The story is about a gal who has her life in order and she knows what she would like in a husband. She's patient enough to explain her beliefs; he's wise enough to seek his answers from those who have an answer, but the question remains, can they overcome their differences and let love grow in the middle? Not only was this a delightful Christmas romance, it tasted of fairytale goodness and could be considered a Christian read as well. I rated this part of the book at 4 stars. Linda Goodnight's In the Spirit of Christmas 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. Rated this read a 5 star read, so between the two we averaged 4.5 stars!
Not Macomber's best Christmas offering. Never really identified with or cared about the characters or story line. However, the bonus story by Linda Goodnight was much better. Glad it was included; made the book worth reading.