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    1. Age: 45-54
      Gender: female
      5 Stars Out Of 5
      A wonderful story for any season.
      November 15, 2012
      Donna
      Age: 45-54
      Gender: female
      Quality: 5
      Value: 5
      Meets Expectations: 5
      This was a story rich with meaning and warmth. Calista is a CEO of a large company but has no close relationships with friends or family. I think her desire for a more meaningful life will resonate with many people. Grant is the director of a homeless shelter. He at first, sees Calista as another in a long line of privileged people who volunteer just long enough to feel good about themselves. They were both lonely and struggling with their faith in different areas. I enjoyed how their mutual respect and friendship grew into more. Even the secondary characters are interesting. Their stories, like the main characters are layered and unique.

      This does not read like a debut novel. The story progresses without stalling and kept my interest with every page. It truly is an inspirational romance. I look very forward to other books by Virginia Carmichael.
    2. North Carolina
      Age: 45-54
      Gender: female
      5 Stars Out Of 5
      More than a Christmas romance
      October 18, 2012
      SisSteele
      North Carolina
      Age: 45-54
      Gender: female
      Quality: 5
      Value: 5
      Meets Expectations: 5
      Inspirational romances are often set in small towns, Amish settlements, or medical locales. Few take place within the nitty-gritty day-to-day activities of a downtown shelter, the first clue Season of Joy is a special book. With her debut, Virginia Carmichael gives the reader a glimpse into a world where love and faith are tested daily. Themes of loneliness, loss, healing and hope are explored in a style both wry and compassionate.

      The romance between the strong but lonely heroine and wary hero as well as interactions with colorful secondary characters keep the reader turning the pages quickly. An excellent understanding of "the least of these", both the poor in material goods and those poor in love and companionship, make this romance more than a just Christmas-themed story. Virginia Carmichael has given readers a gift for the season and beyond. Looking forward to more from her in the future.
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