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Kissing Father Christmas, By Robin Jones Gunn
Last year Anna received an unforgettable kiss from a groomsman in her cousin's wedding. Now she's back in England for Christmas with her family and dreams of love. Though Peter insists he's only interested in friendship, he takes her on a romantic tour of London. Is Anna's heart misleading her or is Peter denying what he feels?
Number of Pages: 176
Publication Date: 2016
|Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.50 (inches)|
Anna's first visit to Carlton Heath in England was last May for the wedding of her cousin Ian to Miranda. The beautiful event ended with a dance under the stars and Anna receiving an unexpected kiss from Peter, the groomsman who caught her eye and now holds her heart.
"With deep warmth and charming poignancy, Robin Jones Gunn brings us a tale as timeless as Christmas."Karen Kingsbury, New York Times bestselling author of Brush of Wings on Finding Father Christmas
"A thoroughly delightful Christmas romance full of grace and good humor."Francine Rivers, author of Redeeming Love
"Robin Jones Gunn has an incredible way with storytelling. She never fails to hold my interest and always leaves me feeling blessed."Tracie Peterson, bestselling author of The Ladies of Liberty series on Engaging Father Christmas
"With magical prose and a touching story, Robin has woven a heartwarming Christmas tale. Cozy up with a cup of tea and enjoy!"Melody Carlson, author of The Heart's Desire on Finding Father Christmas
"With her signature wit and style, Robin Jones Gunn crafts a Christmas tale filled with faith, love, and the true meaning of the season. Those seeking holiday cheer and those longing for a glimpse of the real Father Christmas will treasure this well-told tale."Lisa Wingate, national bestselling author of The Story Keeper and The Sea Keeper's Daughters
"In Kissing Father Christmas, Robin Jones Gunn transports us to Whitcomb Manor in time to celebrate Christmas in Carlton Heath, England, with a delightful dreamer ready to embrace new friends, family, and romance. Like you and I, Anna must answer the question: What will you choose to do when dreams collide with disappointment and hope runs into heartbreak? Peter's view of grace and love hinges on her answer."Mona Hodgson, author of the Sinclair Sisters of Cripple Creek series
"Some authors tug at heartstrings in the stories they create. Robin Jones Gunn plays the strings so they create music...Kissing Father Christmas is both charming and gripping."Cynthia Ruchti, author of An Endless Christmas and Restoring Christmas
"Robin's ability to ribbon a tale that wraps our hearts in beauty and love is seamless."Patsy Clairmont, author of You Are More Than You Know
Fitzysmom4 Stars Out Of 5Review from Rambles of a SAHMFebruary 21, 2017FitzysmomQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4Kissing Father Christmas is the third and final novella in the Father Christmas series by Robin Jones Gunn. I loved the first book, Finding Father Christmas, and I thoroughly enjoyed the second book, Engaging Father Christmas. I also enjoyed this novella.
The first and second books focused primarily on Miranda and then Miranda and Ian. This book shifts to Ian's American cousin Anna and Ian's friend and colleague Peter. The two met during Ian and Miranda's wedding which took place between the books. Now Anna has returned to Carlton Heath for a visit with the hopes that the friendship that began may develop into more.
While I was excited to return to Carlton Heath and catch up with what the characters had been doing, I just didn't click with Anna and Peter's story until almost the very end. I wish we knew earlier what is revealed later and then we could spend some time seeing the two's relationship deepen.
Even though I say that I am still a big fan of this book and series. Robin Jones Gunn has a way of developing characters that make them seem to dance off of the page and into the realm of reality. This particular series has a top story that is about a wonderful holiday romance. It's charming and inviting. But what separates her stories from the many others is the underlying story. If you look past the sweet romance you see a spiritual journey that convicts and entices you to look to your own walk with God.
These books will most definitely go on my shelf to be revisited in years to come. I recommend them to anyone that is a fan of Christmas novellas. I would say that the books could probably read as stand-alone titles but they go so nicely together that you should scoop them all up.
I received a copy of this book to facilitate my review.
The Avid ReaderDunedin, FLAge: 45-54Gender: Female4 Stars Out Of 5Lovely, heartwarming novel!December 12, 2016The Avid ReaderDunedin, FLAge: 45-54Gender: FemaleQuality: 4Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5In Kissing Father Christmas by Robin Jones Gunn we return to Carlton Heath. Anna (related to Andrew) was in England a year and a half ago for the wedding of Miranda and Ian. Anna fell in love with Carlton Heath, and she particularly enjoyed a kiss from groomsman, Peter Elliott. Anna has been invited back to Carlton Heath for Christmas, and Anna is hoping to spend more time with Peter. Unfortunately, Peter is not of a similar mind. He only wants to be friends. Peter is pushing Anna away because he has a secret (which many people in the village know about). But fate keeps pushing these two together. Is there a chance for a happily ever after?
Kissing Father Christmas is well-written and easy to read. The book has good characters and a beautiful setting (I want to live in Carlton Heath). I liked Annas creativity (she is an artist who wants to create childrens books). I recommend reading Finding Father Christmas and Engaging Father Christmas before reading Kissing Father Christmas (otherwise you will be confused). I give Kissing Father Christmas 4 out of 5 stars (I liked it). It is a sweet and romantic novel (though it does have an expected ending). We get updates on Miranda, Ian, Andrew, and Katherine. Kissing Father Christmas is great way to spend a cold Saturday afternoon. You can snuggle up in a chair with a blanket, your favorite beverage and some chocolate. Happy Reading!
Sarah OCaliforniaAge: 25-34Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5What Christmas is really aboutNovember 16, 2016Sarah OCaliforniaAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Anna flew to her cousins wedding and is back for Christmas. She is also back with Fairy Tales in her mind and in her heart. She is there to find out more about her family and more about Peter. While Peter has other plans she knows friendship is important and is ready to leave after Christmas with knowing her family a little more and making some friends who she will hold near and dear to her heart. Will she be able to leave with her heart still intact or will her fairy tale wishes get in the way?
I truly loved this book. I flew right through it and I was so sad to see it end, only because I have love these fun stories and characters. I loved how the focus in the book was about grace and forgiveness. I really enjoyed that even though in some cases Anna may have felt knocked down she still showed faith and grace to those around her. I can't say anything bad about this book if you are looking for a book that ties whats most important in life and at Christmas then this is the book for you. This book will not disappoint at all and I am so glad to have found it. This book is in a first person format which I do not usually like, however Robin had a way of allowing the reader not to miss or feel like your missing anything.
bookwomanjoanOak Harbor, WAAge: Over 65Gender: Female4 Stars Out Of 5A satisfying Christmas novellaNovember 13, 2016bookwomanjoanOak Harbor, WAAge: Over 65Gender: FemaleQuality: 4Value: 3Meets Expectations: 3We are introduced to a new main character in this story. Anna is a niece of Andrew's first wife. She had visited England earlier to attend the wedding of her cousin Ian and Miranda. She had met Peter, Ian's best man, and fallen for him. After several months back in Minnesota, Anna has returned to England to celebrate Christmas with her relatives and friends. She has let her imagination form a romantic future with Peter. Unfortunately, he has another plan for his future and it does not include Anna.
Gunn has crafted another good Christmas romance. The story will tug at your heart. Openness and honesty are strong themes in the plot. We learn some interesting facts about structures in London as Peter takes Anna on a tour.
I would have liked to know a little more about Anna. Even though she is the main character, I felt she was not developed well. She is an artist and a romantic dreamer. How did she get to be that way, living in a sort of fairy tale world? How did this branch of Andrew's in-laws come to be in Minnesota? There was much action in this novella but I do wish there had been more background material. Gunn set the standard in the earlier novellas in this series, helping readers understand Miranda. I wish she had done the same here with Anna.
Nonetheless, this is an enjoyable story. It is a good portrayal of the true nature of grace and love. There is a Reading Group Guide included.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. My thoughts are an independent and honest review.
Karen RWAGender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5A perfectly uplifting Christmas read!November 3, 2016Karen RWAGender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I enjoyed going back to Carlton Heath for the holidays with Anna, Ian's cousin. Told from her viewpoint, the story begins where the last one left off, with a bit of a recap to fill in the months between. It was easy to follow along, but best to read the first two books to get the full story.
Anna is a sweet-natured character, creative, sensitive and caring. She is so full of hope at the beginning, but as things don't turn out as she planned, it was inspiring to witness her shift to trusting God for her future instead. Hope and grace still are present at Whitcombe Manor as the extended family and friends embrace her, and love her through her bumpy relationship with Peter. Anna learns to extend grace to others, showing the healing power of love in action. It was fun reading more about the returning cast of characters, and revisiting the annual Christmas Carol play too. The author skillfully uses it to illustrate a spiritual truth, along with the lyrics of O Holy Night, creating a special moment for Anna that resonated in my heart as well.
Recommend to anyone who enjoys an inspiring Christmas read with a tender little romance.
(Book provided by NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for my honest review.)