Kissing Father Christmas By Robin Jones Gunn
Published By Faithwords/Centerstreet October 04, 2016
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Bestselling and award-winning author Robin Jones Gunn returns to the cozy English village of Carlton Heath, with a winter romance to melt your heart.
A year-and-a-half ago, Anna flew from Minnesota to Carlton Heath to attend the wedding of her cousin, Ian, to an American woman named Miranda. The beautiful event ended with Anna receiving an unexpected, unforgettable kiss from groomsman Peter. Now Anna is delighted to be invited back for Christmas with her family, dreams of romance dancing in her head. But when she finally sees him again, Peter insists his only interest in Anna is as a friend. Anna is hurt, and becomes even more confused when Peter takes her on a romantic tour of London. Is Anna’s heart misleading her, or is there a reason Peter is denying what he feels?
Robin Jones Gunn’s third return to the village of Carlton Heath brings a wonderful Christmas story of love, grace and forgiveness to life in a beautiful way.
Having read the first two books in this wonderfully idyllic series I was eager to return to the MacGregor/Whitcombe families of Carlton Heath. Ms. Gunn did not fail to draw me back in immediately with a pleasantly paced plot that exploded with over-the-top Christmas celebrations and family gatherings. Given that I have a large family that celebrates all holidays with as much food and fun as we can pack in, I had such fun reading about another family who did the same. The love and joy that flowed out of each person was almost tangible and I began to dread the end of the story. I could almost taste the sweet goodies and delicious “nibbles” that were being made. I am also now going to go in search of a “Lion Bar” to find out if the taste is a magical as everyone in this story says. But even with all this fun I think the best element I found in this story was in the lives of Peter and Anna who were central to the plot. Anna and Peter had made a romantic connection on her previous trip to Carlton Heath and Anna is thrilled to be back near Peter. His reception of her is less than she hoped and when he asks to simply remain friends, Anna’s heart takes a hurtful blow. She is positive he likes her but cannot see why he holds back. Anna determines to honor Peter’s request but cannot still the piece of her heart that cries out for his love. When Peter finally reveals the reasons for his reluctance, Anna will have chance to show him he is worth the grace and love that God offers to those who will ask. I truly enjoyed reading this story of Peter and Anna and loved how Ms Gunn intentionally intertwined the concepts of truth, grace and peace. Ms. Gunn allowed Anna to first realize and accept that God offers peace if we allow Him to work things out so that she could in turn share that with Peter. And Peter would further learn that secrets are the enemy of peace – they must be shared in truth and accepted so that one can be at peace with the happenings of one’s life. I was so glad to see that Ms. Gunn gave her characters full voice in their struggles and solutions. By showing each step of their redemption process I was able to empathize fully with all that was taking place in the pages of this book. I hope there will be many more stories that Ms Gunn will be writing about Carlton Heath. I am absolutely recommending these books to others and will be purchasing copies of all this series for my personal library in the very new future. What a happy beginning to my Christmas Season reads!
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