12/8/11

Finding Father Christmas (Review & Giveaway)

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 4 STARS

ABOUT THE BOOK - In FINDING FATHER CHRISTMAS, Miranda Carson's search for her father takes a turn she never expected when she finds herself in London with only a few feeble clues to who he might be. Unexpectedly welcomed into a family that doesn't recognize her, and whom she's quickly coming to love, she faces a terrible decision. Should she reveal her true identity and destroy their idyllic image of her father? Or should she carry the truth home with her to San Francisco and remain alone in this world? Whatever choice she makes during this London Christmas will forever change the future for both herself and the family she can't bear to leave.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR - Robin Jones Gunn is the bestselling author of sixty books, representing 3.5 million copies sold. A dozen of her novels have appeared on the top of the CBA bestseller list, including her wildly successful Sisterchicks series. Thousands of teens from around the world have written letters to Robin sharing how God used the Christy Miller and Sierra Jensen series to bring them to Christ as well as lead them to make life changing decisions regarding purity. Robin and her husband of thirty years live near Portland, OR, where they are members of Imago Dei Community along with other Christian authors including Donald Miller, the author of Blue Like Jazz. You can learn more about Robin on her Web site at www.robingunn.com.

MY REVIEW - 
This was a very beautifully written book. It was a little slow in spots that's the reason for the 4 stars instead of 5, otherwise it was great.
My favorite thing about this book were the descriptions. The Author had an excellent way of really setting the scene or (painting a picture) as I like to say. For that reason alone I loved this book.
"I kept walking. Down the hill, around the corner, and past the ivy-covered chapel. I paused only a moment to have a look at the softly lit church with the arched entryway. It seemed to me as if the church were wearing her rambling cemetery like an appliqued blanket. The blanket tumbled from the foot of the rose bed and fell haphazardly over a hundred sleeping kernels of life, lives that had built the chapel, paved the roads, and taken tea beside many a soot-covered hearth."
She also does a great job with the character development. I loved Miranda (the main character) I felt as though I really knew her and how she felt. While she was telling of her past, my heart was break for her. And the whole time she was searching for her Father, I wanted so bad for her to be successful.
This takes place in England, and I have always said that I do not like British books. BUT... this one did not bother me at all! In fact there was this one scene that about sums it up -
" "Would it be alright if I use your restroom?"
"Our restroom? Do you need to have a rest?"
"Excuse me?"
"Were you asking if you might lie down to tap a nap?"
"No. I would like to use the restroom... the bathroom... I want to wash up."
"Oh, Of course, the WC. It's in the hallway to the right of the stairs"
"The what?"
"WC. Short for water closet, of course."
"Oh, thank you." I turned to go, wondering how it could be that though we were both speaking English, neither of us understood the other. "
I loved this scene because this is exactly how I feel when I read British book. They use terms that are only used in England and I have no idea what they are talking about! Although here I did know what a WC was, LOL.
Great, clean, beautifully written book!

THE GIVEAWAY -
I am giving away my beautiful hard cover copy of this book -
Please use the form below -
Winner will be chosen and announced on Dec. 14th.

4 comments:

  1. This looks good! Thanks for the review!

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  2. This sounds excellent. I've been wondering about this one. Great review and contest. *fingers crossed*

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  3. This does sound like a perfect tale for the season, and I thank you for your wonderful review and the generous giveaway!

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  4. Hi, thanks for sharing your book and the nice review for us to know little more about Robin Gunn's book. I am interested in reading this one.
    Paula O

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