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A Home for Christmas by Karen Wiesner
From the Anthology Small Gifts,
A Jewels of the Quill Christmas


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Reviewer: Robyn Roberts
Title: A Home for Christmas - Sequal to the book Wayward Angels
Author: Karen Wiesner
Publisher: Whiskey Creek Press
ISBN: 1-59374-394-7
Release Date: September 2005
Genre/Sub-genre: Contemporary Inspriational Romance
Year/Setting: Current
Overall rating: 4.5
Sexual content rating: Subtle
Karen's Website: www.angelfire.com/stars4/kswiesner/fiction.html

Craig Stevens is determined to tell Christie of his feelings for her once and for all. But how does a painfully shy man reveal his heart without voicing the words that could lead to rejection?

Christie Renata Zondervon grew up being passed from one foster family to another. All she's ever wanted is a family, especially at Christmastime. When she met Craig's brother, she thought she'd found the man to build that family with, and she was devastated when it didn't work out.

Craig has been there for Christie since the day they met. He's dried her tears, held her hand, listened to her talk about her hopes and fears at any time of day or night. He believes in her even when she doesn't believe in herself. She's never looked at him romantically before, until he invites her to go to Olympia, Washington to spend Christmas with him and his family. For the first time, Craig begins to show her his heart, and she begins to see him in a whole new light.

Craig has given himself just a few days to convince Christie he can be the man of her dreams. Now it's a countdown to a Christmas wedding or bust!

This was my favorite story in the anthology. Ms. Wiesner writes an excellent novella. While the book is connected to Wayward Angels, it will fully stand alone. I say this because it took me the first couple of chapters to remember I had read the first book. The characters were familiar, but I didnít put it all together at first.

Ms. Wiesner writes a sensitive novella that looks at the fears some of us have. She delves into the fear of failure, fear of flying and other fears. For some of us, these fears can overwhelm and paralyze us and it keeps us from living life to the fullest. It was so tastefully and sensitively written how Craig and Christie work to overcome fears together. I was rooting for them the whole way through the book. I think youíll get a chuckle out of the misspoken phrases Craig sometimes says. Youíll get an insightful look into Christieís fear of flying.

Craig and Christieís story is an inspiring look at the way love really can overcome all.

As for the other books in the anthology, I enjoyed each one of them. Hereís a brief look at the other stories:

When Rudolf was Kidnapped by Christine DeSmet: When her pet reindeer is stolen from the living nativity, will teacher Crystal be able to find the culprit? Will she also find love in the process?

Special Delivery by Carrie S. Masek: Accepting a ride with a stranger on Christmas Eve turns out to be just what Margaret needs.

A Kiss Under the Mistletoe by Julie Skerven: Five days before Christmas, Joanna Barnes finds herself breaking into Nick Maxwell's lakeside cabin to look for clues to her brother's disappearance. The last thing she expects to find is not at all what she bargained for when she meets the man of her dreams.

Winter Enchantment by Jane Toombs: The Earl of Malden, cynical and embittered, is not planning to celebrate Christmas at the Hall. He's vowed he has no use for friends, much less love. But when a cat falls into his bedroom through the chimney, a baby is left on his doorstep and a damsel in distress needs rescuing from a blizzard, his vow begins to come unraveled

Deck the Halls by Cassie Walder: A paranormal suspense where Laura Hallís husband and family are murdered at the family business. Will she find the killer or maybe a new love? (This was my second favorite story in the book. It was one awesome suspense story.)


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