Sabotaged Christmas

Sabotaged Christmas

by Carole Brown


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Toni DeLuca, the Italian owner of DeLuca Construction, finds herself confronted with doubts about her father and his possible deceptions-all because of the mysterious pink notes she's been receiving.
Relations with Perrin Douglas who has a troubled history-but the first man in years who's interested her-is building to a peak. Yet Perrin's own personal problems and his doubts about women and God, keep getting in the way.
Gossip, a Spanish proposal, an inheritance, and a sabotaged construction business may ruin Christmas for Toni's employees as well as her own happiness.
Will a mysterious person succeed in pulling off the biggest scam Appleton, West Virginia has ever seen? And will this culprit destroy Toni's last chance at happiness with the man of her dreams?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781941622087
Publisher: Story and Logic Media Group
Publication date: 11/18/2015
Pages: 270
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.61(d)

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Sabotaged Christmas 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Virginiaw 11 months ago
I enjoyed this nice cozy mystery. I received a copy of this book from Celebratelit for a fair and honest opinion that I gave of my own free will.
Virginiaw 11 months ago
I enjoyed this nice cozy mystery. I received a copy of this book from Celebratelit for a fair and honest opinion that I gave of my own free will.
directorgirl11386 11 months ago
This is a well-crafted Christian Romance Supsense book. I found this book to be fast-paced and fun to read. Can't wait to read the next installment of the series. The characters are well thought out, fun and real type characters. Toni DeLuca is a single, good-looking Christian woman who inherited DeLuca Construction when her father passed away. Perrin Douglas, a widowed father hired Toni to put an addition onto his home. Their friendship goes further. This causes Toni to question who he really is; is he the person behind the sabotage? Is he the one making people question her and her father's business? The story was simple but there was a lot of things I didn't expect to happen. There are four books in the “An Appleton, WV Romantic Mystery” series and I look forward to reading them. This is book would make a great movie for the Hallmark Mystery Christmas movie channel.
Anonymous 12 months ago
This is a delightful book to read. The setting is typical of a small town where everyone know everyone else and what they are doing. Toni (Antonietta) DaLuca is an a-typical contractor, being a woman. Her company is in peril because construction items are disappearing. In-between getting to know author Perrin Douglas and his daughter, Blake; she receives threats via scented pink Stationery. The characters were very believable and were a joy to get to know, except for the villain. It was a hard book to put down. I would not hesitate to recommend this book to other readers. I was given this book for an honest review.
Ourpugs 12 months ago
Sabotaged Christmas Toni is receiving threatening notes. There is a mystery of who they are from, I has my suspicion it but was definitely a lot more to it. Besides being a mystery it is a good clean romance. Toni is the owner of an construction company and is hired by Perrin to build onto his house he just brought in town. He was not crazy that Toni was a girl and owner of the company. He didn’t know when he hired her. Perrin definitely has a lot of things to work out but that could be an who new story. He has a son named Blake, which was my favorite character. Blake was twelve years old but at times acted more grown up. This is part of a series that involves Appleton, WV which is an small town. I do enjoy books set in a small towns. It is not continuation, each book can be read as a stand alone. I received an complementary copy of the book from Celebrate Lit. I was not required to write an positive review. This is my own opinion.
TrixiO More than 1 year ago
Threatening pink notes, mysterious phone calls, and sabotaged building materials & construction sites taunt Toni Deluca. New Appleton resident and single dad Perrin Douglas hires Deluca construction to build an addition to his house. Expecting Toni to be a man, he soon finds the exact opposite is true! He's quite wary and untrustful of women since his late wife treated him badly, thus not starting the relationship off on the right foot. His twelve-year-old son Blake takes an immediate liking to Toni and tries to help smooth things over between them. As threats against her escalate, Perrin turns rather protective and proactive in helping Toni find out who's behind them, and that's where the journey for the reader begins! This is the first book I've read by Carole Brown and I was completely drawn into the story by the end of the first chapter. She wrote with the cleverness of any good mystery writer and the play between the characters kept my interest. She threw me off course quite a few times, I never guessed what the pink notes were about until she revealed it just at the right time. Trying to piece the mystery together was a challenge for me, and that is a good thing in my book (no pun intended)! I also loved the balance between romance and suspense without either one being overly played. I think this would suit anyone who loves a good mystery, a dash of romance, a smidgen of danger, threads of faith, and an all around great story! *I won a copy of this in a contest and voluntarily left a review. All opinions are my own. *
Deana0326 More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed the book and the wonderful characters. Toni is a very likable character. She has taken over as boss of Deluca Construction when her dad passed away. She has big shoes to fill since her father is gone. There is something really fishy going on when Toni gets threatening letters at the office. There are materials missing and jobs being sabotaged as well. Who is trying to destroy Deluca's reputation? Perrin has just moved to town and decides to hire Deluca Construction but is having second thoughts. He has heard some rumors that don't look favorable to the company. I think he may also have a problem with a woman being the owner. Perrin has been through a lot and his trust in women has vanished. Will he give Toni and her company a chance? I loved the description the author gave about construction being a type of art. I never really thought about it, but construction is an image that someone designed and built. The materials used are carefully selected and the crew sets to work to bring to live a form of art. I would hire Toni just because of how passionate she is about her job. My favorite character in the story is Blake. His father Perrin has discouraged him from going to church but you can tell the hunger he has for a better relationship with God. Blake seems years older than twelve and has a heart of gold. I liked the closeness he had with Toni. As Blake opens up to Toni about his mom's death, we get a glimpse into how hurt his dad has been. Blaming yourself for an accident can cause you to not trust, become bitter and lose sight of your faith. The story is a wonderful example of how to surrender to God and learn to love again. It's a great lesson in forgiveness and a wonderful mystery all rolled up in a wonderful book. You don't want to miss the ending and find out who has been behind all the mysterious accidents and threats against Toni. I received a copy of this book from Celebrate Lit. The review is my own opinion.
BMace More than 1 year ago
Take some mystery and intrigue, add a little romance and a whole lot of faith, and you have a most enjoyable afternoon reading. The author has done a masterful job of keeping us wondering who is sabotaging construction jobs, slashing tires, causing accidents and telling lies. Is it possible that one person could dislike Toni so much that they would cause all this havoc, even to the point of endangering others? A truly lovely story of learning to trust! I received an ARC through CelebrateLit for my enjoyment. All impression and opinions are my own.
GratefulGrandma More than 1 year ago
Sabotaged Christmas is billed as a Romantic Mystery and that fits the bill. Toni DeLuca is a single, attractive Christian woman who owns DeLuca Construction after the death of her father. She is an intelligent, competent employer who cares deeply about her employees and the business. Recently, she has begun dealing with sabotage at her worksites and mysterious pink notes threatening her, her business and questioning the honesty and integrity of her father. Perrin Douglas, a widowed father, has recently moved to Appleton, West Virginia, and hired Toni to put an addition on his older home. He is a reclusive writer who has been hurt badly by his previous wife. Toni and Perrin begin to develop a friendship that takes one step forward and two steps back on a regular basis. This causes Toni to question who he really is; is he the person behind the sabotage? Perrin’s son, Blake, really likes Toni and is constantly trying to get them together, something Toni wouldn’t mind, since she’s falling for him. As the accidents become more serious with one of Toni’s employee’s getting injured and she herself being attacked, can she find who is behind the trouble and more importantly, why? Brown gives readers a Christian romantic suspense novel concentrating on the feelings and thoughts of the characters. The budding romance of Toni and Perrin progresses slowly with plenty of obstacles in the way. The plot was simple, yet I wasn’t completely sure I had it figured out until almost the end of the story. The one thing that bothered me was that things were abrupt at times. A chapter would end with something happening, and you would expect the next chapter or so to continue with that storyline but nothing. Even within a chapter, I found this happening. Sometimes that thread never came up again, other times it was much later in the story where it was even mentioned again. The motives behind the sabotaging of Toni’s business are quite complex. All is revealed in the end but it felt a bit unfinished to me. I did appreciate Toni’s strong Christian faith, and the fact that Perrin begins to understand it and agreed to go to church and see if this was something he wanted to become involved in. Overall, this was a quick mystery with a good Christian message. There are four books in the “An Appleton, WV Romantic Mystery” series and I will try another one to see where the author goes with this series.
MrsTina42MR More than 1 year ago
Sabotaged Christmas #1 An Appleton, WV Romance**** Mystery by Carole Brown Who would sabotage Toni DeLuca's construction sites and why? Could it have anything to do with the mysterious pink notes/threats she is receiving? Will she learn who the saboteur is before someone is seriously injured? I like her strength and determination to put a stop to the destruction of her sites. Love the way she cares for her employees, especially the two closest to her and her strong faith. I wasn't too sure of Perrin Douglas at first. He was kind of a grouch but his past certainly explains part of that. I love his teenaged son, Blake and the matchmaking he does. This is a cute, heartwarming story of intrigue, suspense, gossip—and the consequences of, twists and turns in the story-line, family, love and mystery that brings danger and threats to Toni and her construction sites. As I read, I tried to figure out who was sabotaging Toni and why. The clues had me going in one direction and then another with a surprising ending. I especially appreciate the strong faith interwoven in the story-line and the way Toni shares her faith with others. ~ I won an e-book copy of this book from Celebrate Christmas Collection party, (no monetary gain were exchanged), this is my honest review~
GrandaddyA More than 1 year ago
This is an interesting story with a West Virginia small town setting. I haven’t read many books about contractors and especially none about a woman contractor. This story had some real twists and turns that kept me questioning how it would end. Certain aspects were easier to guess than others. The big question for me was why anyone would want to sabotage even one of the DeLuca Construction jobs. What was the purpose of stealing property from job sites or sabotaging equipment that resulted in serious injury to an employee? Why was someone sending Toni anonymous messages that made no sense to her? And the biggest question of all was what would it take to get Toni and Perrin Douglas to stop their incessant second-guessing of each other? Was it even possible for them to start seeing the real person in each other? I loved the role of Blake Douglas, twelve-year-old son of Perrin. That kid knew a lot more at twelve than I ever did. Blake truly portrayed the openness of children and preteens to things of the Lord when given the opportunity. I appreciated the strong faith portrayed by Toni and her desire to point them to Christ. I recommend this to anyone who likes the action and the charm of a small town. Life was certainly not dull for these residents of Appleton, WV. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author in exchange for my honest review.
KayMKM More than 1 year ago
Sabotaged Christmas is a fun and suspenseful romance set in a small town. The story is peopled with interesting characters and offers several twists and turns. Toni DeLuca is sweet, talented and competent, making a wonderful heroine. Perrin Douglas, on the other hand, is not my favorite hero, but he does come through in the end. It is good to see how he manages to overcome his past and move in a positive direction. There is a significant spiritual thread dealing with choosing to believe and trust in God. Forgiveness is another major focus. I’m looking forward to reading more about Appleton, West Virginia, and its residents. I recommend this book to those who enjoy small town, romantic suspense.
AnnE42 More than 1 year ago
I have enjoyed each of this author's books and this one was no exception. This is a wonderful combination of romance and mystery centered around the Christmas season that I thoroughly enjoyed. It has a story line that certainly kept me guessing as to what was going to happen next, and once I started it I couldn't put it down. This is another really good one from this author that I definitely recommend.