Maggie Award Finalist 2016 in Romance Novellas
A Christmas Carol meets It's A Wonderful Life A letter for Sonja's deceased friend arrives at the post office in Michigan, and with it a proposal. With her father threatening to kick her out of his home, Sonja impulsively responds, offering to travel west to be a substitute bride. At the same time, Louis's railroad promotion sends him back to Michigan, the one place on earth he'd hoped to never return-where Christmas past was full of pain. A mysterious stranger leaves him marked copies of "A Christmas Carol" as he considers romancing Sonja in Christmas present. Will Louis discern the best choices for Christmas future? Does it include the Poor House, again? Even so-will God bring healing and love to him this year?
|Publisher:||Hearts Overcoming Press|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)|
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What a heart-warming novella! With a bit of mystery and romance, Author Carrie Fancett Pagels does a wonderful job of helping the reader see that God has a purpose for their life, and man can’t change that. Taking place in Shepherd, Michigan, this story is full of rich history. I could see how the mail was delivered in that day, and I could see the poor house that so many lived in. While life was difficult, the narrative is full of hope for the future, and healing of hearts. And who doesn’t love a Christmas story? This book will be enjoyed by anyone who likes a light romance, as well as those who are looking for a book with history. I received a complimentary copy of this book but was not required to leave a positive review.
A wonderful unique story of love, forgiveness, healing. It is a Christmas book that can be enjoyed any time of the year. I fell in love with the characters. This will be a book I will want to read again.
Fresh, satisfying Christmas story I love this historical romance. This is the kind of book that I like to read at Christmas time—one that make me feel happy and content. That is exactly how I felt, when I finished reading The Substitute Bride. The plot is fun, the main characters seem like real people, and the setting makes me think I might like to live in the town of Shepherd, Michigan. Sonja is a wonderful heroine. She is a very strong woman, yet her humility is amazing, and she has a sparkling sense of humor that is very appealing. She definitely has a servant’s heart. Louis is not the type of man that I would generally think of as a hero—a serious railroad executive, but he really does shine in this story. His thoughtfulness is beyond every woman’s dream. This story gives readers a wonderful example of how home is not necessarily a place, but it is the people who care about you. I recommend this book to those who are looking for a fresh, satisfying read. Disclosure: I received a PDF version of this book from the author for my honest review.