Two broken women, two defeated children. Can Grace offer what they’re looking for? When the big city holds nothing but painful memories for sisters Rence and Sandy, they pack it up and head out for Grace and the promises it holds.
Promises of a new start. A new job at Grace General for Rence and a place to begin healing. But most of all, a promise to each of the sisters’ hurting children that a real Christmas awaits them in Grace, complete with snow on giant evergreens and lots of Mistletoe Magic.
But despite its Christmas card atmosphere, Grace, Oregon seems to hold a lot of secrets. Who is that giant of a man they encounter in the woods? Why won’t anyone talk about him? What is the hold the past seems to have over the town? Will they be able to break it before history tragically repeats itself? And will Grace be the place where love and forgiveness finally meet?
You must check out Mistletoe Village by Kathleen Robison if you like holiday romance books. I love all things Christmas, and this book made me feel like it was truly Christmas in July.
This was the first book I read by Kathleen, and I have to say it is my new favorite book to date. The story was an easy-going, quick read with lots of unexpected twists and turns to keep the momentum going.
It opened with two sisters traveling to Grace, Oregon. Rence Paladin, a recently divorced woman with a young daughter, needs a new start in life, and the nursing job in Grace sounded perfect. Her sister, Sandy, a recently widowed woman with a young son, joins her for the trip as she also needed a bit of a break.
The story gets interesting as soon as the women arrive at their destination. Turns out, Grace, Oregon, seems to hold a lot of secrets. The author addresses many questions that arise, such as who is that giant of a man they encounter in the woods? Why won’t anyone talk about him? What is the hold the past seems to have over the town? Will they be able to break it before history tragically repeats itself? And will Grace be the place where love and forgiveness finally meet?
The author does a fantastic job of revealing the answers to every question while showing the reader just how easy it is for people to judge others before facts are shared.
Although a fun read, it was also thought-provoking. I appreciated how the author introduced many Christian themes. I wondered, how many times have I misjudged people or situations? Judging, forgiveness, hope, trust, and love were powerful elements in the book. God is good; with him, all things are possible, which came through beautifully in this holiday story filled with hope and restoration.
Overall, I found the book to be wonderfully written. I give Mistletoe Village 5 out of 5 stars.
Note: I reviewed a complimentary copy of this book, which I received through Celebrate Lit. I was not required to write a positive review, nor was I compensated for sharing my thoughts.
About the Author
Kathleen J. Robison is an Okinawan-American, born in Okinawa, and raised in California, Florida, Mississippi, and Singapore. Her travels and her family are the sources of her inspiration for her books. Kathleen and her Pastor husband have eight adult children. Seven are married, blessing them with eighteen grandchildren and counting. Her ethnically diverse background extends to her family of currently thirty-five personalities which provide many opportunities to share God’s amazing love amidst the challenges of real life.
More from Kathleen
I love Christmas stories, and since becoming an author, I’ve wanted to write one. Mistletoe Village started out as Mistletoe Hermit, but then it wasn’t going in quite the happy direction that I wanted. So Mistletoe Village was born. I wrote this sweet, cozy, slightly suspenseful romance with all the elements that make Christmas … Christmas! But most importantly, it’s always about the faith element, Christ.
The main character Rence Paladin is dear to my heart. She was created with someone extraordinary in mind, and I had that person read the book to see what she thought. When she finished, she turned bright red and answered, even if you hadn’t told me … I knew it was me! However, it’s not her story, but it encompasses her delightful personality, some of her sweet memories of a single-mom, and how she strives to keep her focus on Christ while always serving others.
So let’s go. Let me take you to Mistletoe Village. You’ll find a little of everything that oozes Christmas in the tiny town of Grace. Holiday spirit, decorations, a children’s church pageant, and a Christmas festival. Oh, and I’ll introduce you to little Gus, the feisty family cock-a-poo. But most of all, I hope you, like Rence and Carl, rediscover the joy of Christmas at Mistletoe Village.
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