The Gift of Christmas Past: A Southern Romance by Cindy Woodsmall and Erin Woodsmall

My Review

Cindy Woodsmall and her daughter-in-law Erin, have written a poignant, sometimes heartbreaking story.

My heart ached for Hadley Granger. Cruelly evicted from her foster home when she was 17, not understanding, nor being given any information, she devises a plan to meet her boyfriend, Monroe Birch. He promises to help, but never shows up. In addition, to make matters worse, she’s arrested and forced to deal with a rough life, both behind and ahead of her.

Years later, she and her best friend from her foster home days, Elliot “Ellie,” are finally getting their lives together when they are tested to the limits of their beliefs.

I appreciated how Hadley’s past made her a more compassionate and caring individual, willing to stick her neck out for the underdog, sometimes to her own detriment.

Each character in the story is well-written, making it easy to cheer for the underdog and feel disdain for those who act before thinking, never weighing the consequences or searching out the truth.

Miss Woodsmall and Erin’s story of heartbreak and betrayal richly illustrates God’s love, redemption and healing for all His children.

I received this book from the authors, Cindy Woodsmall and Erin Woodsmall. However, I was under no obligation to post a review.

Publisher’s Summary

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?

4 thoughts on “The Gift of Christmas Past: A Southern Romance by Cindy Woodsmall and Erin Woodsmall

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    1. RobbyeFaye Post author

      It’s a good book, Lynn. Very sad at the beginning, but of course, it gets much, much better!
      To answer your question, it isn’t always easy!
      The biggest reason-I’m an inveterate insomniac! I do most of my reading in the quiet of the long sleepless late night/early morning hours.
      This year I haven’t read even a third of what I usually read, just too much has been going on!
      Thanks for the kind words, I don’t feel that I am! Now you, my friend, with all you have been through and your amazing paintings. . . Well, let’s just say, you’re amazing and incredible, too (and I think that’s an understatement if there ever was one!) ❤

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