Source: I received a copy to facilitate my review. The opinions expressed here are my own.
I really enjoyed this book. Some of the characters I really detested. Not because they were poorly written, for they were wonderfully developed. My favorite character to detest was Samantha Spivey’s mother Geraldine. She wants what she wants and doesn’t seem to care what Samantha wants. She is critical of everyone and everything. She looks down her nose at everyone. Samantha loves to dance with and for her church, especially when Joy tells her to think about it as dancing for the Lord.
Kristee Fujima loves to sing, but not the type of songs her aunt wants her to sing. Her aunt worked in Las Vegas. I could understand her mother want more for her than they had. Her lack of understanding often impeded the growth I thought Kristee was capable of demonstrating. Joy was once again able to help Kristee find her true voice and sing for the Lord.
I felt sorry for the assistant pastor Ted. He was 38 years old and still single. He dreaded going to his mother’s for Christmas because he knew that his mom would always have an eligible girl there in the hopes they would fall in love and get married.
This book also had a creep factor. Jonathan is a realtor and his wife Mariel works in the office. One day a man with a pock marked face enters looking for a house. The way he switches back and forth between talking like an illiterate man and a high class person tells you that something is not right. I’ll leave that for you to figure out. I just found it strange that he says he has to go out of town on some business and wants to see two houses he has picked out when he returns. Then when he returns he has a lot more money and now wants a much larger house with few people around. It makes you wonder what he is looking for and why he is acting so strange.
I would have to describe this as a story that takes place around Christmas that is full of charm and mystery. I have really enjoyed this novella. I look forward to reading more by this author.
I received a copy to facilitate my review. The opinions expressed here are my own.