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Nestled in the snow-covered Sangre de Cristo Mountains near Santa Fe, the Grey Sage Inn looks like the perfect place for weary travelers to escape the craziness of the Christmas season. There's plenty to see in historic Santa Fe during the day, and the inn's owners, Maude and Silas Thornhill, are happy to spend their evenings hosting this year's guests from across the country.
But an unusual snowstorm throws a wrench in the festive mood. The sprawling inn becomes close quarters as stranded guests discover this Christmas won't be the relaxed vacation they expected. Tension and fear mount as the storm worsens, and Silas, a retired doctor, is called away in the middle of the night to care for a neighbor. The snow and stress unlocks tongues - and in the unexpected conversation that follows, secrets and pasts are revealed, and hearts are healed.
In the midst of snowdrifts and fireside conversations, of tales of days gone by, the warmth of Christmas brings a renewed hope as these trapped strangers become friends--proof again that the joy, hope, peace, and love of Christmas can be experienced no matter where you are.
Number of Pages: 230
Vendor: Gilead Publishing
Publication Date: 2017
|Dimensions: 8.5 X 5.50 (inches)|
Nestled in the snow-covered Sangre de Cristo Mountains near Santa Fe, the Grey Sage Inn is the perfect place for an unlikely group of traveling companions to spend a couple of days on their Christmas trip. Theres plenty to see in historic Santa Fe during the day, and the inns owners, Maude and Silas, are happy to spend their evenings hosting this years guests from across the country.
But an unusual snowstorm throws a wrench in the plans of these folks who were escaping Christmas at home. The sprawling inn becomes close quarters as the innkeepers and stranded guests discover this wont be the Christmas they planned. Tension and fear mount as the storm worsens, and a sudden crisis disrupts the normally peaceful haven. The snow and stress unlock tongues and in the unexpected conversation that follows, secrets and pasts are revealed, and hearts are healed.
Amidst snowdrifts and fireside conversations of days gone by, the warmth of this Christmas brings renewed hope as trapped strangers become friends proof again that the joy, hope, peace, and love of Christmas can be experienced no matter where you are.
"This charming tale will sharpen your appetite for the true spirit of Christmas!"
Debbie Macomber, #1 New York Times bestselling author
Mary DeMuth, author of over 30 books, including The Muir House
"Christmas at Grey Sage by Phyllis Clark Nichols is a heartwarming, comical frolic from the first page. I fell in love with Maude and Silas and the Unlikely Christmas Party entourage. Forced to stay together at the Grey Sage Inn in New Mexico one snowy Christmas, a ban of eclectic travelers trying to escape Christmas find the joy and peace of the season once again and help inn-owners Maude and Silas heal from a long-ago tragedy.
This book is what Christmas is all about. I didnt want to leave the inn. But the recipes included at the end of this story will make me feel as if Im there once again, sitting by the fire on a snowy night. Curl up with some hot chocolate and enjoy your stay at the Grey Sage Inn. You will have a blast!"
Lenora Worth, New York Times, USA Today and Publishers Weekly bestselling author
ibjoy1953VirginiaAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Nice Cozy Christmas ReadJanuary 7, 2018ibjoy1953VirginiaAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK
Christmas at Grey Sage started out to be just another Christmas story but as I kept reading I realized it was much more. And a more and more people showed up and got stranded because of the snow storm, tensions begin to fly high. But as the story goes on, it was pretty clear God brought this specific group of people together for a reason, for the good of the people there.
Mrs. Nichols does such a wonderful job of detailing the Grey Sage Inn as well as the snow-covered Sangre de Cristo Mountains near Santa Fe where the Inn was located. It was a wonderful cozy feeling reading this book even though outside here in November is not that cold and with no snow! All in all this is a wonderful read, one I believe many will enjoy during this Holiday Season. I highly recommend this book to anyone wanting a good cozy Christmas read!
I received this book from Litfuse to read and review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 55.
Carrie ShindorfCosby, MissouriAge: 45-54Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5An Unusual Christmas StoryDecember 19, 2017Carrie ShindorfCosby, MissouriAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Sometimes we all need a little hope at Christmas. If you are looking for a different kind of fiction this Christmas ~ this is a good read for you. The owners of the Grey Sage Inn are Maude and Silas Thornhill have had a deep sorrow they had carried for so long. And ~ it wasn't until a group of unusual strangers and a big storm bring them together to share their stories that the healing begins.
This is a sweet story that is a wonderful Christmas read but would be a great story of redemption just any old time.
Mark5 Stars Out Of 5enjoyable readDecember 9, 2017MarkQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This was a new author to me, but I didn't hesitate to request it since I love Christmas stories. I was not disappointed, and it left me wanting to read the author's other Christmas novel.
There are a lot of main characters in this novel. At the center of the story is Maude and Silas Thornhill, who are hosting a group of travelers guided by a friend of theirs. Some of the group are very unique, and all are likable.
I felt this story truly got the real meaning of Christmas across, as sacrifices were made to make Christmas special for those who had planned to spend it elsewhere. There's a romance, painful memories, laughter, and a lot of introspection by the visitors and their hosts.
The book was a very enjoyable read, and I applaud the author for her afterword where she gave information on what happened to her characters after the story was finished. This is a great Christmas offering that any lover of Christmas stories will enjoy. And it may leave you wishing you could be part of such a Christmas gathering as that.
Seasons of GraceAge: 35-44Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Sweet mix of joy and sadnessDecember 8, 2017Seasons of GraceAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 4This story was so sweet. It wasn't the usual type of book I read. There wasn't a whole lot of mystery or suspense, but it was just a sweet wonderful read. This book is the type you want to cozy up by the fireplace with a cup of hot cocoa or coffee and just have an evening of relaxing reading.
The characters each have their own personality and style. Grey Sage hasn't had a Christmas in years, but this year will be different. Most of the people at Grey Sage for Christmas this year, have been through some type of tragedy and are just wanting to be away from home at Christmas to get away from their memories. This unlikely group actually makes a pretty interesting party.
I enjoyed the artistic side of the story, the description of Santa Fe and the town and area. I also enjoyed the Christmas stories shared. It is such a beautiful portrayal of what Christmas really is, the birth of Christ, joy and sadness mixed together, family, and friends.
At first, It felt like it was getting off to a slow start, but honestly by the end of the book, I fell in love with the characters, the place and the season all over again. I think this is a great description of the true meaning of Christmas and a reminder that Christmas is not about everything being perfect but about Love!
I would highly recommend this book. I received a copy courtesy of Litfuse Publicity to read. I was not asked or required to give a positive review. All opinions are my own.
MaureenTSyracuse NYGender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Christmas and SharingDecember 8, 2017MaureenTSyracuse NYGender: femaleQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0While reading this book I felt like I was watching a movie, and it kept getting better and better, and we are staying the Grey Sage Inn in New Mexico.
The author has us focus on the owners, who in their grief, have spent the past twenty years avoiding home for the holidays, this year their plans are a cruise, but have opened their Inn for a few days before, reluctantly.
We quickly learn the true meaning of Christmas, and God seems to have other plans here for all, just wait for the train to come out, and have some tissues handy.
A warm-hearted Christmas read to treasure and enjoy and share, and one I will be reading and enjoying.
I received this book through Litfuse Publicity Book Tours, and was not required to give a positive review.