Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Book Review - Restoring Christmas


Alexis Blake has one chance to land her own show on the Home Project Network and nothing, not an uncooperative client, a job site without indoor plumbing, or a challenging videographer, is going to stand in her way. Elsie, at seventy-plus, is far from the ideal client, but she knows exactly what she wants her fieldstone house to look like, and no designer can tell her otherwise. Gabe Langley, the man with the camera, is caught in the middle and it is his wisdom and warmth that just may be the bridge that will bring these two women together. Can they restore more than just a house and bring about special, almost lost forever Christmas memories?


Cynthia Ruchti tells stories hemmed in Hope through her novels, novellas, devotions, and nonfiction, and through speaking for women’s events/retreats and writers’ conferences/workshops. She draws from 33 years of experience writing and producing the 15-minute daily radio broadcast, “The Heartbeat of the Home.” Her books have received recognition from RT Reviewers’ Choice, PW Starred Review, Selah Awards, Christian Retailing’s BEST Awards, CLASSeminars Award of Excellence, Golden Scroll Awards, and more. She serves as Professional Relations Liaison for American Christian Fiction Writers, is a board member of the Deliver Hope ministry, and is part of the worship team at her church. She and her husband live in the heart of Wisconsin, not far from their three children and five grandchildren.


I'm not always a fan of the novella, however, when this book came to my attention from one of my favorite authors, I had to read it. I was definitely not disappointed and it was a great read with great characters. This novella reads more like a novel because of her great writing.

Alexis has great plans to decorate a home and hoping that this will bring her the opportunity of her own television show. However, what do they say about the best laid plans? Things start out on the wrong foot when the video photographer she has wanted is not available. His son steps in to help her but she is not convinced. Add on top of that the cranky, cantankerous owner of the home she is remodeling and you have the makings of a difficult situation.

There are a lot of twists and turns in this story with just the right amount of romance and humor. I loved how each of the characters learn something valuable in their life. I just love the relationship between Alexis and Gabe and how each learns to compromise and work with the other. To see the value of each others talents and though processes was fantastic.

I loved how much this story pulled at my heart strings! Such a perfect book for reading during the Christmas season, but really, it's a great book to read any time. I loved it and I believe you will, too. I give this book 5 out of 5 stars.

*This book was provided to me for my honest review by Worthy Inspired First Look Program

Blessings - Julie

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