In FINDING FATHER CHRISTMAS, Miranda Carson's search for her father leads her unexpectedly to London with only a few feeble clues as to who he might be. Immediately 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.
In ENGAGING FATHER CHRISTMAS 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.
Robin Jones Gunn has written 82 books over the past 25 years, with almost 4.5 million copies sold worldwide. She received a Christy Award for her novel Sisterchicks in Gondolas, and speaks at events around the US and Canada as well as in South America, Africa, Europe, and Australia.
This volume contains both Finding Father Christmas and Engaging Father Christmas. It was so wonderful to finish the first book and go right into the second!
In Finding Father Christmas, we meet Miranda. She grew up with her mother, Eve Carson, the actress (this is how her mother always introduced herself) going from one town to the next and one motel room to the next. She didn't know who her father was and when she gets older, she wants to find out who he is. She has two clues and they lead her to England to find out if they mean anything.
She meets a wonderful woman at the tea shop and this puts her on the road to meeting people that will become very important to her. She also finds the One that is most important of all and begins her faith in God when she goes to church on Christmas morning with her new friends. This book is wonderful in that it focuses so much on how we need our heavenly Father and what that means to Miranda.
In the second book, Engaging Father Christmas, Miranda is once again in England for Christmas and a lot of things happen to her on this trip. For one, she meets her old boyfriend at the train station and, since he is the one that encouraged her to look for her father, she confides in him what has happened.
Her good friend's husband has had a heart attack and it puts a scary spin on the story as we came to love this character in the first book. There is a lot of action in this story and we have a beautiful love story to capture our heart as well.
Again, it's a beautiful story of faith in God and how He helps us get through difficult situations. It's also a story of love and forgiveness and I really love how this part of the story plays out.
I adored both of these stories! They were such a good read and were such a page turner! I loved all the characters, the lovely Christmas theme and the friendship, family and love that is focused on. This is absolutely the perfect book to read during this holiday season (or any season!) and you'll love curling up with your cocoa and reading it. I highly recommend this book! I give it 5 out of 5 stars.
*This book was provided to me for my honest review by FaithWords
Blessings - Julie