Christmas Stray

Christmas Stray

by Rachelle Ayala

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Overview

Christmas Stray by Rachelle Ayala

Juliette Martin does not ever want to celebrate Christmas again, not when it means reliving the last one after her six-year-old son, Jeremiah, passed away on Christmas Eve.

She and husband, Gabe, find themselves snowed in at a mountain cabin with a pair of strays. Juliette desperately needs a miracle to save her marriage and restore her faith in God.

Can a stray dog and an orphan boy help her believe in the magic of Christmas and the power of love?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781507851012
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 02/11/2015
Pages: 108
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.26(d)

About the Author

Rachelle Ayala is a bestselling author of contemporary romance and romantic suspense. Her foremost goal is to take readers on a shared emotional journey with her characters as they grow and become more true to themselves. Rachelle believes in the power of love to overcome obstacles and feels that everyone should find love as often as possible, especially if it's within the pages of a book.

Her book, Knowing Vera, won the 2015 Angie Ovation Award, and A Father for Christmas garnered a 2015 Readers' Favorite Gold Award.

She is also a writing teacher and founder of the Romance In A Month writing community. She lives in California with her husband and has three children and two birds.

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Christmas Stray 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
tarafarah7 More than 1 year ago
**This review is for the audiobook on Audible** While many think the holiday season is the most wonderful time of the year, there are still some who find it difficult to deal with for a variety of reasons. In Christmas Stray by Rachelle Ayala, narrated by Kate Marcin, Christmastime is not something Juliette has been looking forward to because it comes with the painful memories of losing her 6-year old son. In addition, this sadness is creating wedge between her and her husband, Gabe. It's going to take a miracle to turn this around! This is where Stray #1 & #2 enter the scene! Find out if they are able to help Juliette find love, happiness, and peace once again. This feel-good, inspirational story is great for a variety of ages, teens on up! Not only does it inspire, but it gives hope in times of despair and faith in times of need. Rachelle Ayala's writing has a way of pulling me in and keeping me engaged through the last page. At just under 2 hours Christmas Stray is a must-read! Kate Marcin's narration gave the characters personality and voice. She did a very nice job and helped put me in the scene, as well as the minds and hearts of the characters, especially Juliette. I'm sure this book is a lovely read, but being able to listen to it made it that much better. :-) Overall, I give this audiobook a rating of 5/5 stars. If you are looking forward to the holiday season and enjoy shorter, touching books about family, love, loss, and miracles, then Christmas Stray is the one for you!! Thank you so much for reading my review. I hope it was helpful. :-)
Lashea677 More than 1 year ago
Christmas Stray had me catching my breath while losing my heart. Juliette and Gabe's story is as profound as it is heartbreaking. What once was strong, has been fractured by grief and hopelessness. Ms. Ayala tackles the subject of lost faith and broken hearts, while inspiring readers with her courageous characters. No parent should have to endure what this couple did. However, an adorable puppy and an equally lost little boy give this broken couple a chance at healing and moving forward. KLEENEX IS A MUST!!
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ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Deborah Stone for Readers' Favorite In Christmas Stray by Rachelle Ayala, Gabe and Juliette Martin head off to a cabin in the woods to spend Christmas together. A time to be alone and find out if their strained marriage can be salvaged. Christmas Eve the year before, their six-year-old son, Jeremiah, died of leukemia and Juliette has been lost in her grief ever since. She had prayed to God for a miracle, but Jeremiah still died. Their time at the cabin would give Juliette and Gabe a chance to reconnect, if it's not too late. They find a stray puppy and his companion, a young boy, during a snow storm. Gabe and Juliette take them both inside the warm cabin and, as they wait out the severe storm, Patrick and the puppy may just be the Christmas miracle that Juliette has prayed for. How will she deal with turning Patrick back over to his own family when the storm passes? Rachelle Ayala's characters are well thought out and the emotions of grief and loss are well defined. As Gabe and Juliette still mourn the loss of their only child, this strange boy appears to fill that void, if only temporarily. Juliette struggles to open her heart to feel love again for her husband and this temporary family. Rachelle Ayala's unexpected ending is both touching and delightful, and puts a smile on your face while it warms your heart. God is gracious and merciful and we see the evidence of that in Gabe and Juliette's unexpected and unusual Christmas miracle. This is a delightful story with a heartwarming and tender ending. I enjoyed reading it and plan to read more of this author's work.
MikiHope More than 1 year ago
There hasn't been a book that Rachelle Ayala has written that I haven't thoroughly enjoyed be it one of her steamier romances or truly sweet romances and then of course the first book I ever read and reviewed of hers Broken Build (Technothriller & Romantic Suspense)back in 2013. This relatively short novella had me literally sobbing at the happy ending--tears flowing down my face. I was going to go to sleep then decided to read it--then knew I had to write it up for all of you-I just could not wait. Talk about miracles and the power of healing after a grief no parent should have to endure.
Brencz More than 1 year ago
This is a beautiful story that will grab you right away and have you in smiles and tears. It was a magical and heartwarming story. It’s about Juliette Martin whose son passed away on Christmas Eve and never wants to celebrate Christmas again. Her marriage to Gabe is in shambles and yet he is still trying to do his best. They rent a cottage in the mountains to try to bring a little peace and happiness and maybe try to hold on to their marriage. What happens in the cabin was very unexpected. They lose electricity but find a puppy and a little boy, Patrick, that changes everything in their lives. The author does a wonderful job of describing so many emotions Juliette and Gabe go through with the loss of their son and finding a puppy and Patrick. The story line is great and you don’t want to put it down. I enjoyed everything about the book, the characters and the ending was perfect. You won’t be disappointed reading this book. Kudos to Rachelle Ayala. A great way to start the Holiday Season.
Rockport_rocker More than 1 year ago
A beautiful, sad, wonderful story of a Christmas miracle in a modern world.  They booked the holiday in a cabin to try to rebuild a marriage ravaged by the death of their son on the previous Christmas Eve.  No way could they have predicted the way that healing would come to them.  Really well written, well paced.  I was a little nervous about the topic but was handle so beautiful that I can recommend Christmas Stray to any of my reader friends.  I will be trying other books by Rachelle Ayala. I won copy of this book from the author during a recent on line release party for another book.
Shadowplay4u More than 1 year ago
Have you ever come across a story that was so surprisingly unique and intensely meaningful that you just couldn’t help getting lost within its pages? I am here to tell you that Christmas Stray is one of those stories. Not only did I lose myself completely to this beautiful journey, but I found that when it ended, I felt like a part of me was left behind never to return. The only way that I can aptly describe this book is that it felt like pure magic mixed with love and sprinkled with a bit of luck. Juliette has lost her direction and meaning in life. Her heart died the same day as her son, and she doesn’t know how to revive it. She has tried to find herself in anything that brings her a little bit of joy, but no matter how hard she tries the once bright spark fizzles out way to quickly. Even her loving and supportive husband Gabe has finally reached the end of his own rope after dealing with this for three very long years. In a last ditch attempt to salvage what they have together, Gabe whisks Juliette away to a very romantic and cozy holiday retreat. Are they both willing to fight for the love that still tightly binds them together, or will they find that even with their dazzling chemistry, their bond is far too bruised and broken to be mended? This story took me by surprise and led me down a very unexpected path that left me heartbroken and speechless. At their darkest hour, I found myself so invested that tears were running down my face before I realized that I was crying. While this is a solemn story, it is also a story full of opportunities for hope and a promise for a better future. Nothing is impossible if we want it bad enough and fight for it hard enough. Hope and love can transform even the most bleak outlook into one of a beautiful masterpiece. Ultimately we are the ones that construct the design and layout of our future, so start laying a good foundation now for a future that will only become more majestic with time. The variety and intricacies found in Rachelle Ayala’s books continues to astound me. This is one author who never fails to surprise and delight her fans with her never-ending levels of creativity and talent. This is a beautifully enchanting Christmas story that is sure to challenge and encourage every heart that it comes in contact with.