Review of The Gift of Christmas Past: Contemporary Romance from Erin and Cindy Woodsmall

I’ve read books from author Cindy Woodsmall often throughout the years. She’s known for her Amish fiction. This book is different, written by Cindy and her daughter Erin. This one is contemporary Christian romance. And I was excited to review it.

Review of contemporary Christian romance
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About the Book…

From the book’s Amazon description…Arson wasn’t the only fire that ignited between them. Promises shattered.
Lies spoken.
She was arrested.
He returned to the safety of his wealthy parents.

Almost ten years later, Hadley and Monroe are both specialists in the field of speech therapy. They meet again . . . thrown together to help a four-year-old-girl rendered mute after being rescued from a fire. 

Years of secrets and anger beg to be set free as Hadley and Monroe try to push aside past hurts and find common ground in order to help the traumatized child and her family.

Can the love of Christmas past drift into the present, bringing healing and hope for all?

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My Thoughts…

I wasn’t disappointed. This was an interesting story with a sweet romance- actually two!- and likable, compelling characters. The story had characters who had grown up in the foster care system, and it presented a sympathetic perspective of kids who are struggling and often misunderstood. I also liked the speech therapy element of the story. Both main characters end up in that field, and it’s an area I’ve never really thought about.
The book is written from a third person perspective, not focusing on any one person. In fact, in addition to the main relationship of Monroe and Hadley, there is another romance that springs up! I sometimes don’t like books like this because I feel that they don’t develop that characters well. But I thought the authors did a good job in this one.
This was a good read. I recommend it with four strong stars and a G rating for content. You can find the book on Amazon here. (And at the writing of this post, it’s FREE for Kindle!)
Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book for review purposes. All opinions are entirely my own, and I was not compensated in any other way.

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