Christmas Journey

Christmas Journey

by Patricia Kiyono


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Christmas Journey by Patricia Kiyono

Helen DeGroot is a widow, a mother, and grandmother. Her quiet life in Zutphen includes her children, grandchildren, and church committee work. She can't shake the feeling that life has something else in store for her. But finances are tight, and her grown sons always seem to need her help.

Mike Sikkema has a high-powered job at a travel magazine. He's never had time for settling down with a family. But when his brother tells him about their mother's health problems, he drops everything and heads to Zutphen, Michigan to help out. Apartments are scarce in the small town, so he rents a room from an attractive widow in his brother's congregation.

The road to self-discovery and happiness can be long and painful. Can these two help each other navigate the journey?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781505624922
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 12/15/2014
Pages: 162
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.37(d)

About the Author

In a previous life, Patricia Kiyono taught elementary school students by day and changed diapers at night. Now she teaches college students part time and changes diapers only when she’s taking care of grandkids. She loves to do anything that doesn’t involve exercise. Right now her favorite activities, in addition to writing, include scrapbooking, sewing, and making music. She and her husband live in southwest Michigan, near their five children and nine grandchildren.

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Christmas Journey 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Crystal61 More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed the story. It is about a romance between an older woman and a younger man, ten years apart. She is a grandmother and he never married. I thought that Mike's quick acceptance of his feelings for Helen was great, even though he did have a moment of doubt. Helen could not believe that she was falling in love. Watching them go through "regular" daily activities made me feel that there is still love out there after you lose your mate. Thank you for this story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is a must read for fans of innocent romance. The characters are well developed and believable. I love reading about West Michigan and people my own age finding love. Well done Ms. Kiyono!
More_Than_A_Review More than 1 year ago
The Christmas Journey is an endearing Christmas story with a sweet romance. Helen is a widow and she meets her pastor’s brother who has a high power job in Chicago.  I liked Mike immediately.  I was concerned about where we were going with Helen in the beginning.  Her sons were picking on her, she was forgetful and overwhelmed.  I was really glad I stayed with the story and experienced the happy ending. The interactions between Mike and Helen were adorable during the trip (the bike ride and the dancing).  The family drama for each of them added realism to the story.   The romance between a more mature couple was refreshing after being inundated with young adult storylines.   You can see my full review at More Than a Review dot com where I rate the level of sex, violence, language and drug/alcohol use in books.   
JoyDent More than 1 year ago
Christmas Journey, a delightful and heartwarming Christmas story is not only inspirational, but also highly entertaining. Miss Kiyono’s   casts of characters literally jump off the page and into your heart. I fell in love with Mike Sikkema from the beginning. He is the perfect  hero for the beautiful and lovely widow, Helen DeGroot. I really identified with Helen in so many ways. Her son’s ‘litany of criticisms’ made  me smile, especially where it concerned ‘all her stuff’!  Hum…sounded a lot like conversations at my house. ¿ I also loved seeing a  second chance at romance blossom between this beautiful middle-aged woman and single, never been married, handsome man. I found Miss Kiyono’s insights on how each generation views ‘aging’, both poignant and relative. She’s woven together certain inevitable truths about life and aging with heartwarming humor. You’ll not only be touched, but you’ll laugh out loud, and you’ll smile a lot.  This story is about family relationships, and romance and how, ‘happily ever after’ is never too late.  5 Stars! This author provided an ARC for an honest review.