A Semi-Precious Christmas - eBook
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Vendor: White Rose Publishing
Publication Date: 2015
Series: Christmas Holiday Extravaganza
On a bright, crisp December morning, jewelry store manager, Peridot Keaton-Jones, arrives at work expecting to find her beloved uncle Marty. Instead, she's greeted by the muzzle of a gun pressed to her temple. When thugs assault her, threaten her life, and steal thousands of dollars worth of jewelry, Peri can only pray her uncle is late to work for the first time in his life. Christopher Lane is a TV news cameraman in the right place at the right time. He witnesses the heist, calls the police, and offers help when Peri needs it most. She can't deny her attraction, but is he really her hero, or is he just after a story? And with Christmas right around the corner, can Peri and Chris avert a holiday disaster?
Jan Elder is a Christian romance writer with a zeal for telling stories other women can relate to. She strives to write the kind of book that will strengthen the reader's faith, while also providing an entertaining and engrossing love story. A Semi-Precious Christmas is her second novella for Pelican Book Group. Happily married for twelve years to loving (and supportive) husband, Steve, the two live in central Maryland along with Jamie (a tuxedo cat), and Shu-Shu (a tortoiseshell cat). Jan was born a cat-lover and any book she writes will, no doubt, feature a feline in some way or another. On any given weekend, you might find Jan and Steve combing the nearby countryside in search of the perfect ice cream flavor.
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joyful334209FLAge: 45-54Gender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5JESUS is the ReasonNovember 8, 2016joyful334209FLAge: 45-54Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This is a fabulously enchanting story of mammoth greed and undying unending GODLY love. Peri (named after a gem) works in her Uncle's jewelry shop - was robbed. While she was being robbed Chris was outside and he realized what was happening and he called the police and took pictures of them as they were robbing the joint. The robbers got away, of course. but this is the catalyst to bringing Chris and Peri together. Peri was then robbed at home - from the same robbers - they had her Liscence from when they robbed the store - Chris was her protector - him and his daughter - all the while - relying on their faith - knowing GOD will take care of HIS own. Then the author threw in some major twists that you would not believe. You just have to read it to believe it. You will love every second of it. I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
JeaniePhoenix, AZAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5God Has a Better Plan!December 22, 2015JeaniePhoenix, AZAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Semi-Precious Christmas is the kind of novella that show how an excellent author can draw one into the story from the very beginning and with sufficient depth that I immediately felt part of the action. It has moments of fun, blessing, and joy, and many moments of suspense and fear. Peri, short for the semi-precious gem Peridot, and her sister Amee short for another semi-previous gem Amethyst, were named by their parents, who loved gems. Their parents died when they were young, so Uncle Marty raised them. They now worked in his jewelry store, Keatons Jewelers.
One day when Peri arrived to work, her uncle was not yet there, and the store was almost due to open. She was met by a ski-masked bully with a gun. After many terrifying moments in which she watched two men smash the cases and steal valuable, and in some cases priceless pieces of jewelry, she looked up and saw a man with a purple tie outside the door. When he realized what was occurring, he called the police and quickly snapped pictures of the two men. When the police showed up at the front door, the thieves ran out the back. Minutes later, the police found Uncle Marty, badly beaten and left on the ground behind the store.
Life spiraled out of control when they broke into her home. Purple-tie man Chris and his young daughter Maggie introduced themselves to Peri, then Chris met and waited with Peri and Amee at the hospital. He gave her a ride home as her car and took her back to work the next day. As Uncle Marty healed, Peri took over more responsibility in the shop with the help of the staff and romance began to sweeten Peri and Chris life. Chris had been divorced when his ex-wife walked out one day without their daughter and didnt come back; Peris husband had died suddenly of a congenital heart defect. They got to know each other well as Christmas approached. Chris helped as much as possible until the shop repairs were complete and Peri replaced her license and ID, stolen during the break-in.
The plot had more than one layer to find the thieves who beat up Marty, generate sales with what was left to get through the holiday and replace stock, and the possibility of romance between Peri and Chris. It was detailed and beautifully written, leaving no loose ends. There were unexpected plot twists, one that was stunning in the manner of how the Lord works and another regarding little Maggie. This story grabbed my heart and didnt let go until the end which, was very satisfying.
I genuinely liked Peri and Amee, Chris and Maggie, and the staff at Keatons. The men and women were very likable, and I appreciated that each character was concerned about the other being a Christian. Not only do Amee and Peri complement each other when sharing their strengths and weaknesses, Peri and Chris do, as well. I would love to see them in them in their own series.
This is a great read; I highly recommend it to those who enjoy sweet Christmas romance coupled with suspense and fear of more treachery from the crooks. Ladies of any age, even older teens, will enjoy Jan Elders latest novella. While it has a Christmas setting, I believe it will be appreciated at any time of year, even as a beach read in the heat of the summer when snow sounds like a blessing!
I purchased this novella myself. All opinions are my own, and no monetary compensation was received for this review.
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