Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Engaging Father Christmas by Robin Jones Gunn

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

Engaging Father Christmas

FaithWords (October 30, 2008)


Robin Jones Gunn

Robin grew up in Orange County, California and has lived in all kinds of interesting places, including Reno and Hawai’i.

She and her husband currently live near Portland, Oregon and have been married for 30 years. They spent their first 22 years of marriage working together in youth ministry, and enjoying life with their son and daughter who are now both grown.

As a frequent speaker at local and international events, one of Robin’s favorite topics is how God is the Relentless Lover and we are His first love. She delights in telling stories of how God uses fiction to change lives.

Robin is the recipient of the Christy Award, the Mt. Hermon Pacesetter Award, the Sherwood E. Wirt Award and is a Gold Medallion Finalist. She also serves on the Board of Directors for Media Associates International and the Board of Directors for Jerry Jenkins’ Christian Writers’ Guild.


Miranda Carson can't wait to return to England for Christmas and to be with her boyfriend, Ian. She has spent a lifetime yearning for a place to call home, and she's sure Carlton Heath will be it, especially when a hinted-at engagement ring slips into the conversation.

But Miranda's high hopes for a jolly Christmas with the small circle of people she has come to love are toppled when Ian's father is hospitalized and the matriarch of the Whitcombe family withholds her blessing from Miranda. Questions run rampant in Miranda's mind about whether she really belongs in this cheery corner of the world. Then, when her true identity threatens all her relationships in unanticipated ways, Miranda is certain all is lost.

And yet...maybe Father Christmas has special gifts in store for her after all.

If you would like to read the first chapter of Engaging Father Christmas, go HERE


Now this is a romantic Christmas story!! Even though I didn’t read the novella preceding this one, Engaging Father Christmas was a story I was able to read and enjoy fully on its own. Truly, Robin Jones Gunn has a tender, worshipful adoration for her Savior, and it is reflected beautifully in this tender love story between Miranda and Ian!

Miranda arrives in Carlton Heath England full of hope and rich expectations after being separated from the love of her life, Ian MacGregor. For the first time in her life, Miranda’s heart and life are filled with the love of extended family. Peace and grace, the two traits found abundant in the life of Sir James Whitcomb, Miranda’s father, have reached out and encapsulated each member of his family. It was pure pleasure to watch relationships blossom between Miranda and each member o the Whitcomb family!

In spite of the abundant fellowship, Margaret Whitcomb continues to hold Miranda at arm’s length. Will the love and mystery of Father Christmas be able to bridge the gulf between these two? You’ll have to read Engaging Father Christmas to find out!

I promise you, your heart will be touched, and you might even need to find your own rosebud handkerchief! What are you waiting for? Pick up your copy of Engaging Father Christmas today!

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