Somehow, Christmas Will Come

Somehow, Christmas Will Come

by Peggy Blann Phifer


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When Molly Dugan's best friend gets married and leaves St. Paul, Minnesota, to live in Georgia, Molly feels alone and plans a visit to her brother, Patrick, in Las Vegas. Molly had been worried about him ever since his wife died in a tragic boating accident. Grieving she could understand, but she sensed something deeper going on. And she was concerned about Patrick's six-year-old daughter, Bethany.

So she sets aside her life in St. Paul to spend an indeterminate time in Vegas. When Molly gets there, she finds more than she bargained on. And in the lead-up to Christmas, the situation only gets worse.... 6 year-old Bethany loses her last anchor. How does Molly convince her that somehow, Christmas will come.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780991372775
Publisher: Elk Lake Publishing
Publication date: 11/08/2014
Pages: 214
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.45(d)

About the Author

Peggy Blann Phifer retired from an executive assistant position after twenty-one years in the Electrical Wholesale industry. She came to writing later in life when a prayer she wrote appeared in a two-volume Guideposts Book compilation, Prayers for Every Need, in 2000. She self-published her debut novel, To See the Sun, which released in January 2012. Her writing has appeared in three anthologies in 2014, with a fourth releasing soon.

Widowed in October 2012, Peg now makes her home in northern Wisconsin in a home she bought together with her daughter and son-in-law. The three of them share the house with three cats, one dog, and one grand-dog. She converted a third of the house into a cozy apartment, where she spends most of her time writing.

Peg has three children, six grandchildren, eleven great-grandchildren, and numerous other grand-dogs and great-granddogs.
Follow her blog "Whispers in Purple," and on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.

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Somehow, Christmas Will Come 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Virginiaw More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful story of what people can survive. You will love all the characters. It made me laugh and cry through the whole book. I did not want to put this one down. This helps to see how someone can survive many deaths in one family. I loved it. I received this book from book for a fair and honest opinion.
loriweller1 More than 1 year ago
Somehow, Christmas Will Come is an inspiring novella. It describes the true sense of family togetherness, charity and love. It involves nuclear and extended family and of course God's love. It revolves around a child's concern if Christmas will come this year despite all the tragedies that occurred. It is humorous, sad, romantic and joyful. Overall, it packs a punch! I received this book from the Book Club Network in exchange for my honest opinion.
LanguageTCH More than 1 year ago
Somehow, Christmas Will Come by Peggy Blann Phifer is an engaging story about a young woman, Molly, who has experienced tragedy early in her life. Her parents were killed in a fiery car crash; she was placed in foster care until her best friend’s parents decided to give her a home and family. Her older brother, Patrick, seven years older than she, had left home at eighteen and had an established life of his own. At her best friend’s wedding when their relationship was going to be different and their lives more separate, another friend remarked, “Life is full of change, Molly…. We move on and face the next one.” Little did she know how much change she soon would undergo. Patrick’s wife was killed in a boating accident, along with friends—one of whom he had discovered was her lover. Patrick had a little girl, Bethany, and his mother-in-law, but Molly felt led to fly to Vegas to be with them. His grief had been inconsolable and he was acting strange in Molly’s opinion. So with the family’s best interests at heart, Molly heads to Las Vegas. She was at loose ends in her life so she was free to stay as long as he needed her. Not too long after she arrived, Molly was confronted with her brother’s out-of-control drinking. Her attempts to persuade him to seek help at AA or grief counseling were only met with anger and defiance. Tragically, not long after her arrival--in July, Patrick was instantly killed in a motorcycle accident while under the influence. Change indeed. Her mind could hardly grasp the enormity of the situation and her responsibility. She was more than grateful for Patrick’s mother-in-law’s constant support and presence for her and Bethany. Her faith and dependable friends who care help her to undergo all of the changes. This story is very touching, especially when we know that the character of Patrick and his dependency on alcohol is based upon an important person in the author’s life. Her first-hand experience of the effects of alcohol abuse lend credibility to the story. I recommend this story. I received this book through TBCN in exchange for an honest review.
grammy57 More than 1 year ago
I like the book. It was the first time I've read anything from this author. It was a novella, so not real long. The characters were very well developed. There was a lot of description in the book. In fact, in my opinion, too much so in some places. The story is not really about Christmas, but how this family dealt with tragedy. This author likes to use fancy words periodically. This is also my opinion, but I prefer the simple word when available. It wasn't a big deal, and was just sprinkled through out the book. Spoiler alert!: I also found that it ended too soon and didn't resolve some issues, for example the key they found. I would recommend the book, even with the seemingly negative things I mentioned, as they were more my preference than any fault of the author. It was definitely a Christian book and not preachy in any manner. I was given this book to review in exchange for my honest opinion.
NanceeMarchinowski More than 1 year ago
Can this broken family find wellness? Once Molly Dugan's best friend is married she leaves her foster family to visit her brother in Las Vegas. She is concerned about him due to the accidental and tragic death of his wife. Upon meeting her 6-year-old niece, Molly is in love! Throughout this book numerous family relationships are examined. Tragedy has a profound effect on everyone in this heart wrenching story. Peggy Blann Phifer has utilized some experiences from her own life throughout this very emotional story. Many issues are explored with a positive approach. Relationships throughout this book are poignant and believable. Love, faith and realism are strong points, and strong family ties are relevant throughout, particularly in difficult circumstances. There were moments in this story that literally brought me to tears, and other times laughter. The author has blended numerous difficult topics into a heartrending story that is unforgettable. I would like to have seen the book even more deeply developed and cultivated into a full-length novel, but for a story of this length it is my opinion that the author presented a very emotional and healing narrative. I highly recommend this book for any time of the year. Only a small portion of the story revolves around Christmas. Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from The Book Club Network's For Readers Only program in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own, and no monetary compensation was received for this review.
Gee0415 More than 1 year ago
I was hooked the minute I read a couple pages. It grabbed my heart with what an innocent child had to go through not once but twice. She had the most wonderful family that was so supportive throughout her pain and deep heartache. There were places in the book where I would cry and then there were those places that gave me a good laugh. The author spoke to my heart. This story is not just for Christmas. It is a story that could be read over and over anytime of the year. Peggy Blann Phifer will touch your heart with "Somehow Christmas Will Come". I rate this over a 5 star
Robbi44 More than 1 year ago
There’s an old saying, “…now there is sadness…but joy comes in the morning” which fits the storyline of this tender inspirational novel in which the tears of grief are turned to smiles of happiness. Interwoven into the plot, the author dramatically shares the hurts and consequences of alcoholism. Molly Dugan, the main character, finds herself giving up her Midwest life and moving to Las Vegas to help her older brother, Patrick, with the care of his six-year-old daughter, Bethany, after the recent death of his wife. As the story unfolds, Molly learns that not only was her sister-in-law killed in an accident involving alcohol, but Patrick has begun to drink heavily as well. Soon, Patrick also becomes the victim in a fatal crash and Molly has to find a way to help her young niece get through the grieving process of losing both parents as well as get through the process herself. This story shows the importance of a support system for families in difficult times by having Jessie, Bethany’s Nana move in with Molly as well as “Uncle Trace”, Patrick’s best friend come alongside them. Peggy Phifer provides a twist in the storyline that brought a smile to this reader’s face. I enjoyed this book which captures the innocence, yet insight, of a young child even when facing huge changes in her daily norms. I recommend it to all with a tender heart and to those who have faced the hurt of alcoholism. I received this free book from Book Club Network in exchange for an honest review.
HappyReader50 More than 1 year ago
This was a really good, quick read. This book takes events that could really be happening in real life (foster care, death of family members, alcoholism) and puts them into a story that really talked to my heart. It was a story of heartache and happiness; loss and gain; trouble and triumph and above all the message that we should never give up. An aspect that surprised me is at the end of this book--the reader is able to see a personal side to Ms. Phifer and why certain things happened as they did in the book. This is a heartwarming book that I would definitely recommend others to read. Thank you Ms. Phifer for this book.
Diana0 More than 1 year ago
Somehow Christmas will Come By: Peggy Blann Phifer Through all Molly has been through will Christmas come? Molly has lost her job and a friend has gotten married so now she is all alone. She decides to go visit a brother and her niece . Molly has had a lot of loss in her life but what about her niece Bethany who at age 5 lost her mother. Now she is waiting for her father to come home to celebrate and watch fireworks with her. Will her father return? Molly is so worried about her brother who has been drinking very heavy. She has talked to him about it and he assures her he has it under control. Then there is a knock at the door. Its Trace a coworker at the fire station where her brother works. What could he possibly want? Is he here to watch fireworks with them? Great story a page turner. Thought story line was good. Great characters. I would read more from this author. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a complimentary review copy of this book from The Book Club Network on behalf of the author. I asked to read it and give my own honest opinion of it. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
4Gazpacho More than 1 year ago
Somehow, Christmas Will Come is a beautifully written family story which has seen so much tragedy in their young lives. The one most impacted by the world gone wrong is a little 6 year old girl by the name of Bethany. At the age of 5, she lost her mother. At the age of 6, she loses her father. How will she survive? There are several aspects about this author's writing I really enjoyed. The first is how well she penned the dynamics of Patrick Dugan's family. She uses wit and humor to flesh out Patrick's character, how he lovingly fathered his daughter, handled his job professionally, and grieved his wife quietly. In spite of the emotional toll of so many problems the family faced, there were lighter moments that caused me to laugh out loud and tugged at my heart. The second aspect I liked is the development of a new face in the story after Patrick was gone, that of Trace Whitcomb. His place in the family dynamics is crucial to their survival. He quickly became a key player. It was exciting to read how a grandmother, an aunt, a first grader and a best friend became a new family unit for Bethany's sake. Of course, it was not perfect. There were the usual issues to deal with and even a bit of a surprise at the end. But all that put together is what makes this book a joy to read. Finally, there is a romantic element that develops between Molly and Trace. The author makes this part of the story seem natural rather than unrealistic or obtrusive, as it may very well have become. Kudos to the author for making it all fit together so well.  Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a complimentary review copy of this book from The Book Club Network on behalf of the author. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
chrisGA More than 1 year ago
Sweet, tender story of love and family in whatever form it may be found. Molly comes to visit her recently widowed brother and six year old niece to help them deal with their loss. She finds the child adorable,and her dead sister-in-law's mother, Jessie, providing nurturing and warmth to the devastated family. Unfortunately, her brother has become a serious drinker and resists her efforts to get him to ease up. Tragedy ensues, and Molly and Jessie together create a new family structure for the child with the help of "Uncle" Trace. That he is tall,dark and handsome as well as a believer and a warm and sensitive man is a plus. The rest of the story might be somewhat predictable, but who cares. The relationship between each of the characters is fun and heartwarming to experience vicariously. I received the book through The Book Club Network, but the opinions expressed are my own.
Anne_Baxter_Campbell More than 1 year ago
Oh, goodness--a story that will make you laugh, cry, and cheer out loud. Excellent job, Peggy Blann Phifer! The story begins in the spring with the wedding of Molly Dugan's best friend, Amalie, but quickly moves from the wedding in St. Paul, MN, to Las Vegas, NV. Molly couldn't go when her dear brother Patrick's wife Jaime had been killed in a boating accident. Now that the wedding is over, she's hurrying to Las Vegas to offer consoling hugs to her brother and his darling little girl, Bethany. What she didn't realize until then was that her brother had begun drinking. Not just socially, but heavily and every day. It was also a shocker to find out his wife had died while cheating on him. If it weren't for Jaime's mother, Jessie Baker, taking care of Bethie...well, it could have been a worse disaster than it already was. Attempts to talk to Patrick about getting into AA or some kind of treatment only resulted in angry arguments, and then the day came when Patrick's best friend, Trace Whitcomb, arrived at the door with news Molly should have anticipated--her brother, drunk as usual, had been hit and killed in a collision with a cement truck. Trace steps in to help and becomes.... Oh no you don't! You're not tricking me into giving away the rest of the story!
Blooming-with-Books More than 1 year ago
A delightful story of love and loss wrapped up in a promise of Christmas... Somehow Christmas Will Come   By Peggy Blann Phifer   Molly Dugan is worried about her brother Patrick.  He just hasn't sounded right since the death of his wife.  And then there is Bethany her 6 year old niece.  When she puts her life in Minnesota on hold to spend time with them in their home in Las Vegas the situation is worse than she imagined and it is about to get worse. With the help of Bethany's grandmother Jessie and Pat's best friend Trace, Molly plans her new life with Bethany as very important part of it.    And in the midst of their grief and upheaval this broken family comes together for healing as a new loving family.  And as Molly promises Bethany Christmas will come.  This is book is both lovely and heartbreaking at the same time.  The promise of Christmas shared is fulfilled and you will delight in it too. I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher through TBCN/BookFun in exchange for my honest review.
PattiShene More than 1 year ago
Molly Dugan knows something is not right with her brother, Patrick. He’s lost his wife in a tragic accident, but his strange behavior tells her his problems go deeper than that. She travels to Las Vegas for a visit, only to find her suspicions confirmed. Patrick has given in to an alcohol addiction and is headed down a dangerous path of destruction. Caught in the middle, grief-stricken by her mother’s death and bewildered by her father’s behavior at times, is 6-yr old Bethany. Molly struggles to help Patrick face up to his addiction while allowing her heart to be captured by her adorable and enchanting niece. When tragedy strikes, handsome Trace Whitcomb’s presence in Molly’s life becomes a reality she can’t ignore.   This story moved me to tears as the characters dealt with the heartache of avoidable tragedy and brought me to laughter as I delighted in the antics of young Bethany. Author Peggy Blann Phifer has crafted a most enjoyable novel about family relationships, the tragedy of consequences, and God’s healing love. Anyone who is close to a young child can identify with Bethany and her sweet innocence, her confusion about life’s unpredictability, and her joy when things do work out. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys books that emulate sweet romance while dealing with some of the harsh realities of life.