As soon as I started reading this book, I felt so cheated that it wasn't snowing outside because this book just puts you in that kind of mood. Instead my yard was knee deep in leaves and it was balmy. So I just brewed a pot of coffee and turned down the air conditioner so that I could really enjoy my reading time.
Engaging Father Christmas is the follow-up book to Finding Father Christmas which I haven't read yet, but I plan to remedy that very soon.
Robin Jones Gunn always develops the most wonderful characters and Miranda, Ian, and the Whitcombe family were no exceptions.
When Miranda arrives in Carlton Heath, England, she has preconceived ideas and hopes of what her first Christmas will be with her newfound biological family. However, there are always bumps in the road when you make plans.
Miranda discovers the personalities, the faith and the love of her family. Along the way we get to see some beautiful customs and experience the true spirit of Christmas.
I have already given one copy of this book away and definitely intend to buy more copies to give as gifts.
ABOUT THE BOOK
Miranda Carson can't wait to return to England for Christmas and to be with her boyfriend, Ian. She has spent a lifetime yearning for a place to call home, and she's sure Carlton Heath will be it, especially when a hinted-at engagement ring slips into the conversation.
But Miranda's high hopes for a jolly Christmas with the small circle of people she has come to love are toppled when Ian's father is hospitalized and the matriarch of the Whitcombe family withholds her blessing from Miranda. Questions run rampant in Miranda's mind about whether she really belongs in this cheery corner of the world. Then, when her true identity threatens all her relationships in unanticipated ways, Miranda is certain all is lost.
And yet...maybe Father Christmas has special gifts in store for her after all.
If you would like to read the first chapter of Engaging Father Christmas, go HERE