A Semi-Precious Christmas by Jan Elder
Published By White Rose Publishing December 01, 2015
Genres: Romance, Christian
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
On a bright, crisp December morning, jewelry store manager, Peridot Keaton-Jones, arrives at work expecting to find her beloved uncle Marty. Instead, she’s greeted by the muzzle of a gun pressed to her temple. When thugs assault her, threaten her life, and steal thousands of dollars worth of jewelry, Peri can only pray her uncle is late to work for the first time in his life. Christopher Lane is a TV news cameraman in the right place at the right time. He witnesses the heist, calls the police, and offers help when Peri needs it most. She can’t deny her attraction, but is he really her hero, or is he just after a story? And with Christmas right around the corner, can Peri and Chris avert a holiday disaster?
Jan Elder’s novella in the Christmas Holiday Extravaganza series is a sweet little romance with enough thrilling action to make it a wonderful holiday treat.
The clever cover of this book grabbed my attention and when I saw it was a bit of a ‘thriller’ as well I knew I had to read it. Ms. Elder throws her readers right into the action with the jewelry store robbery that begins this fast paced story. Her main character Peridot is the niece of a jewelry store owner who is looking forward to a full day of Christmas sales when she finds herself at gunpoint upon entering the store. The two thieves proceed to wreck the store and grab thousands in merchandise, injuring Peri when she hesitates to help them. A “good Samaritan” manages to catch a photo of the thieves in action and further calls the police. And so begins a great story about finding love and trust again. Ms. Elder’s hero, Chris is the good Samaritan who helps Peri in more ways than one. When Peri’s uncle is discovered in the back alley badly beaten, Chris makes it his personal mission to ensure that Peri will stay safe until the thieves are caught. And when the thieves also break into Peri’s home, Peri decides being alone anymore isn’t the best idea. Still grieving over her husband’s tragic death four years before, Peri hasn’t been willing to put much effort into finding love again. And although she and Chris have just met, she is quickly sensing the attraction sparking between the two of them. Chris is also a bit wary of love, given his ex-wife left him and his daughter for someone else “who had more to give”. But Ms. Elder brings them together through all their experiences and shows that there is no time requirement for love. I believe one of the best parts of Ms. Elder’s story was the way in which it was told – from Peri’s point of view. I loved the look into her thoughts and feelings and laughed out loud at her phrase “He kissed me again….and then I kicked him out because I wanted him to stay”. I’m not always a fan of first person since I often find the many *frowns* and *smiles* to be annoying; however Ms. Elder had a good balance between what her character thought/did and the actions of others going on around her. I especially loved her way of having Peri and Chris “know” each other without having actually met – Peri had been the reading companion and friend of Chris’s late aunt Margaret. This had given both of them the opportunity to know a lot about each other and their families before they met. And when they both realize that Peri had been praying for Chris and his family for years, including that he would find Christ, they discover the hand of God was preparing them for a life together. It was really nice to read this modern story in which the characters were able to fall in love with each other without falling into bed. I loved that family was important to everyone in the story and a welcoming kindness prevailed in each home. I will most certainly recommend this lovely Christmas time story to my friends and family looking for a good read.
I received this E-book free of charge from White Rose Publishing via NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review. I will receive no fiscal compensation from either company for this review.