The Gift of Christmas Past - Cindy Woodsmall & Erin Woodsmall

4 Stars!

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?

Cindy Woodsmall is the "New York Times" and CBA best-selling author of eighteen works of fiction. She's been featured in national media outlets such as ABC's "Nightline" and the "Wall Street Journal." Cindy has won numerous awards and has been finalist for the prestigious Christy, Rita, and Carol Awards. Cindy and her husband reside near the foothills of the North Georgia Mountains in Flowery Branch, GA.

Erin Woodsmall is a writer, musician, wife, and mom of three. She has edited, brainstormed, and researched books with Cindy for almost a decade. She is very excited about their first coauthored book.

Find out more about Cindy and Erin at

MY THOUGHTS - Book 1 of my Holiday reading!
This was a great quick Christmas story. It was sweet and very heartfelt and a little suspenseful at times.

Good solid character development. I wasn't sure how I felt about them at first. I wasn't in love with either of the main characters - Hadley and Monroe. They were both just OK for me, but I did grow to like them both very much as the story developed.

At first you are reading a flash back and I actually really liked this part (even though I didn't love the characters). Then it jumped 10 years in the future. The transition was a little uncomfortable for me. I felt a little lost at first - it didn't feel smooth enough. But... again, it redeemed itself and the story started getting interesting again.

I love Cindy Woodsmall as a writer but I had only read her Amish stories. Erin is new to me.
I would have to say that I think I like Cindy's Amish books better but I will certainly be willing to more books like this as well. This was a very enjoyable read!

I voluntarily posted this review after receiving a copy of this book from Litfuse Thank You!!
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