Finding Father Christmas by Robin Jones Gunn and a Giveaway

Finding Father Christmas by Robin Jones Gunn: Book Cover

From the book flap: Miranda Carson’s search for her father takes a turn she never expected when she finds herself in England with only a few feeble clues to who he might be. Unexpectedly welcomed into a family that doesn’t recognize her and whom she’s quickly coming to love, she faces a terrible decision.
Should she reveal her true identity and destroy their idyllic image of her father? Or should she carry the truth home with her to San Francisco and remain alone in this world? Whatever choice she makes during this Christmas will forever change the future for both her and the family she can’t bear to leave.
I read Engaging Father Christmas in October (review found here) and loved the story. I didn’t find out until later that it was actually a sequel to Finding Father Christmas. I was so happy to read the full story of Miranda and how she came to England to search for her father. Robin Jones Gunn tells a lovely story that very much figures into the Christmas season. I recommend both books (read in order) – they will uplift your Christmas spirit.

Thanks to Miriam at Hachette Book Group, I’m hosting a giveaway of both books. This giveaway is limited to residents of the U.S. and Canada. To win Finding Father Christmas AND Engaging Father Christmas :

1. For one entry leave a post and comment about this review.

2. For a second entry post about this giveaway on your blog and leave a link for me.

I’m going to make this a fast giveaway and close it at 11pm (EDT) Friday, Dec. 12, 2008. Please leave contact info (e-mail, blog link). I’ll use random.org and post the winner on Saturday. Good luck!

Engaging Father Christmas by Robin Jones Gunn

Engaging Father Christmas by Robin Jones Gunn: Book Cover

From the book flap: Miranda Carson can’t wait to return to England to spend Christmas with her boyfriend, Ian. She spent a lifetime yearning for a place to call home, and she’s sure Carlton Heath will be it, especially when hints of engagement fill the air.
But Miranda’s high hopes for a jolly Christmas are toppled when Ian’s father is hospitalized and the matriarch of the Whitcombe family refuses to bless Miranda and Ian’s relationship. How can Miranda ever find a place to belong in this cheery corner of the world? When family secrets threaten all her relationships in unanticipated ways, Miranda is certain all is lost.
And yet . . . as Miranda searches for love, she finds the promise of so much more in the arms of a certain Father Christmas. Perhaps this holiday has special gifts in store for her after all.
Robin Jones Gunn has written a sweet, cozy novella that is perfect for the holiday season. It’s the first book I’ve read by this author. In fact, it’s the first I’ve read that fits in the Christian Lit. category.

If you want a book that will help you get in the holiday mood, Engaging Father Christmas would be a good choice. It had the feel of an old-fashioned Christmas – much like an old black and white movie. It took a couple of hours to read and I enjoyed it very much.
I’ll be looking for Finding Father Christmas. It is part 1 of Miranda’s story and I want to read all the details!
Thanks to Miriam at Hachette Book Group for sending me this book.