A Holiday Miracle in Apple Blossom

A Holiday Miracle in Apple Blossom

by June McCrary Jacobs

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A Holiday Miracle in Apple Blossom by June McCrary Jacobs

"What's happened?" Amber asked.
"One of your students was critically injured in an accident."
Amber let out a squeak. "Who?"

Tragedy brings heartache to the community of Apple Blossom. A car takes the life of 6-year-old Mary Noel Simmons's best friend—her dog—and nearly destroys Mary Noel's spirit as well. Now she lies at the hospital, traumatized and silent, while the medical bills are piling up with no way for her parents to pay them.

That is, until Mary Noel's teacher, Amber Kellen, breaks out of her quiet, lonely life to help.

With the help of her new friend Paul, Amber sets out to solve the family's financial problems by involving the entire community. And as the two friends work together, they discover that creating a Christmas miracle may also has some unexpected benefits. Filled with romance and kindness, this story of hope and faith will warm your hearts.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781462107308
Publisher: Cedar Fort, Incorporated/CFI Distribution
Publication date: 10/08/2013
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 4 MB

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A Holiday Miracle in Apple Blossom 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
JuneMJ 9 months ago
Before I begin my review, I would like to disclose that I have had three of my original sewing designs published in two different 'One Yard Wonders' sewing books which were both published by Storey Publishing. When I borrowed this book, 'Stitch Camp', from the local public library last December I knew I wanted to feature it on my upcoming blog because it was just perfect for middle-graders, tweens, and teens! I subsequently contacted the publicist at Storey with whom I had worked on promoting the two above-mentioned books in which my projects appear. I asked if Storey would be willing to sponsor a giveaway of one print copy for a US winner when I posted my feature on 'Reading, Writing & Stitch-Metic'. She agreed, and here we are. Now, on with my review: The first thing I noticed about this book as I flipped through it were the colorful, close-up photos of the projects and makers working on their projects. The second thing I noticed was the casual, conversational tone the authors' used throughout the text. There is a good amount of wit along with some puns to make things fun for the readers. I felt the authors were encouraging in the way they prompted makers to work through difficulties without worrying about perfection. All these components work together to make this book very appealing for middle-grade/tween/teen readers! I thought the book was user-friendly in the manner in which it is organized. There are six skills taught in the book: Sewing, knitting, crochet, felting, embroidery, and weaving. Each skill has its own chapter dedicated to introducing the particular skill, teaching basic techniques needed to learn/practice the skill, and instructing readers how to make several projects independently. I found the stepped-out project instructions to be excellent. The written text is accompanied by many colorful, up-close photos of the projects and their makers. The back matter includes a glossary, an additional reading list, metric conversion and standard equivalent charts, and an index. As a bonus, there are two pages of colorful punch-out cardstock gift tags for makers to use when giving their creations to others. Here's a list of my favorite projects in the book. I'll limit myself to one from each chapter: --SEW: Beanbag that is also a Hand Warmer; --EMBROIDER: Scout Badges {three of these are shown on the cover}; --FELT: Cut-and-Sew Mittens; --KNIT: Cord-Slung Backpack; --CROCHET: Hacked Sack {shown on cover in model's hand}; and --WEAVE: Beaded Necklace. ***Highly-recommended for middle-graders, teens, tweens, and adults! This would be a great resource for teachers, youth leaders, scout and camp leaders, parents/grandparents, and anyone who works with this age group. Happy Stitching! ----------------- Blogger Disclosure: As mentioned above, I borrowed this book from the local public library's children's section. I am not being compensated by the publisher or anyone else to post this review here or on any other site. ##################
WonderousReviews More than 1 year ago
Tess in Boots was an amazingly witty book! I was literally laughing out loud at times, had a constant smile on my face during parts of this book, and cried too. It was so easy to feel the emotions of the characters (except for the confusion between her "boyfriend" and Thatcher - it was always clear to me)! There were some pretty awesome twists and turns here too and I couldn't stop turning pages because one minute the reader is saying "awww", then they're like "what"! Then I just had to know what was going on, so I glued my Nook to my hands so I could read during all of my classes and get out of doing the dishes at home! Okay, okay, you got me. I didn't use glue, but there were many times when I wished I could! Tess was a dreamer and a very organized get everything done person, and that's something I can really relate to. She had all of these ideas about her perfect guy, and then everything from her guy to her job was flipped inside out, and she needed to rearrange those dreams and maybe even come up with new ones. It was so entertaining, fun, and inspiring to watch her transformation! Thatcher was very witty, charming, and full of surprises. I loved every minute of discovering something new about him - his current life, and his past! It was so fun to read about Tess planning a wedding in such short time, their journey to save Carl's Creek, and of course I loved the witty banter and growing relationship between Tess and Thatcher (he was so sweet), and her relationship with her brother! The character growth was great too, as Tess discovered what she truly wanted, and realized that she needed to rely on God instead of herself. Overall an amazing, laugh out loud, witty book, with secrets and discoveries that will make its way into your heart in the first couple of pages! I received a free copy of this book in exchange of an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are solely my own.
l_manning More than 1 year ago
Amber is pretty fresh to Apple Blossom, but she absolute loves teaching. However, right before Christmas, her student Mary Noel is involved in a tragic accident. Now Amber wants to try and do everything she can to make it better. With the help of a new-found friend, Amber may be able to help her pupil, her pupil's family, and even help herself in the process. This is a relatively short but fun read. Amber is a young teacher who would do anything for her class, and this love of her students is soon put to the test. Amber's young pupil Mary Noel is involved in a sad accident, and Amber just knows she must do something. While visiting Mary Noel, Amber meets a friend of the family, the dashing and sweet Paul. Amber and Paul are a great match in multiple ways. They grow closer as they work to serve Mary Noel and her family. If you are looking for a sweet romance that will raise your spirits for the holidays, this is a great choice. If I had one little complaint, it would be that Amber and Paul were a little too perfect. I mean they practically had no flaws. However, if you're escaping from the business of the holidays, you may want a story with very little to bring you down. This story just lifts up. It is a fun and quick read for your holiday season. Book provided for review.
lovingthebooks More than 1 year ago
Sweet and tender...A PERFECT book for the holidays! A tragic accident overcome by faith. A man and woman falling in love. A community coming together to help out a family in need. A holiday festival based on angels. Rejoicing in the birth of our Savior. SO. SO. SO. WONDERFUL! Mary Noel has been hit by a car. She survives, but her dog doesn't. Devastated, Mary Noel refuses to look at anyone or even speak to anyone. Amber and Paul come together to plan a holiday festival like none other, including all of Mary Noel's favorite things...like the color blue and angels...in order to help the family pay for the medical expenses. The community comes together to help; and there truly is a miracle on Christmas Eve in Apple Blossom. An AMAZING story of what one person can do to help another... And when a whole community comes together...with a little faith...miracles DO happen!
rhonda1111RL More than 1 year ago
5 STARS This is a good Christmas story. The reasons I gave it 5 STARS it touched me in so many ways. I cried some sad tears in the beginning, In part of the story I wanted to shout for joy. I even cried some happy tears. The characters to me were real. The setting was a small community. That one brand new teacher made a difference and got the town to work together for one little girl and her very worried parents. The drama starts right off and touches the heart strings from the first page. Amber learns one of her student Mary Noel was hit by a car. She will heal with broken bones but worst of all her puppy was with her and died. Mary Noel saw all the blood and injuries. She has closed down has not spoken since. Before Amber can say anything to her students they all tell her about Mary Noel and her dog. Amber's class pull together for Mary Noel they make lots of cards for her hospital room and other things. Just thinking about the story makes my eyes water again. It is so neat to see all the people pulling together to help where they can. They make a big difference by working together. Paul works with Mary Noel's father. He helps keep the business going while Mr. Simmons stays at the hospital. They won't let Mary Noel leave until she opens emotionally. Paul and Amber meet in the hospital and start working together and come up with a plan to help. As they are working they start to fall in love very vast. This book is a clean read, It does feature church, prayer and Christmas eve midnight service. It all fits so well into the story. I will look forward for more books from June McCrary Jacobs in the future. I really enjoyed her first novel. I was given this ebook to read and asked in return to give honest review of it by NetGalley and Cedar Fort publication: October 8th 2013 by Cedar Fort Publishing & Media 144 pages ISBN 9781462113521