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Restoring Christmas, by Cynthia Ruchti
Alexis Blake a designer who wants to have her own Home Project Network show. Elsie is a client in her seventies who knows what she wants and will not be persuaded by a designer. Gabe Langley is the camera man caught in the middle. Does he have the wisdom to help these women restore more than just a house?
Number of Pages: 240
Vendor: Worthy Inspired
Publication Date: 2016
|Dimensions: 8.00 X 5.00 X 1.50 (inches)|
BitsymcRed Lion, PAAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5The Lessons Learned are Timeless!January 27, 2017BitsymcRed Lion, PAAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Restoring Christmas is a heartwarming story with a great cast of characters. Alexis Blake is a little obsessed with doing a perfect job to land THE perfect job. It takes Gabe Langley, a stand-in videographer to help her realize that restoring Christmas means more than creating a picture-perfect home. Will Gabe help Alexis realize there is more to seventy-plus Elsie Raymond than a house that needs to be updated and decorated for Christmas? In the process of restoring Elsies house will lives be restored? Dont let the title Restoring Christmas stop you from reading this feel-good book any time. The lessons learned are timeless!
Just Commonly5 Stars Out Of 5Restore more than you thinkJanuary 5, 2017Just CommonlyQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0"Roasted chestnut latte? How can that be a bad thing?" (1)
How can one not love a book that starts off like that? Truly, one cannot not love Restoring Christmas by Cynthia Ruchti. And when you add in the fact that I'm a professional interior designer? How can you pass on this story about how restoration of a home resolves to restoration of the soul? How? There's no way.
Let's talk about the characters. Elsie has a debilitating home that she can't let go. She's stuck in her ways in more ways than one. Will her sullenness and stubbornness prevent her heart from healing?
Alexis has something to prove, and much at stake for her project to succeed. Her reputation, her finances and unbeknownst to her, her heart is on the line when it came to Else's home. As a designer, I am more than sensitive when it comes to descriptive settings and Alexis' professionalism. And I have to admire the author for doing an authentic job in both areas. I like Alexis, but she also gets to me in an annoying way. What makes her annoying is that I see myself in her at times, the cynicism, the self-righteousness and the challenges. Yet, her search for life, for healing and comfort in her projects may very well reflect what she search for in her own life. And that's where Mr. George Langley, Gabe comes in. His charm and wisdom not only create a strange bridge between Alexis and Elsie, but provided a comfort zone for both women.
"Alice Through the Looking Glass in a world where sharp lines were wavy and the only men she'd met so far shared a warped sense of humor." (41)
A sense of humor is right when it comes to Gabe. This fellow with his boyish charms and freestyle persona may very well have a more sensitive and deep side to him. He is cute. Whenever he grace the scene, I can't help but smile.
For a novella, Restoring Christmas packs a great depth in the story and each of the characters. What we see as Elsie's home transforms before our eyes on the pages of this book, we also see how souls, broken, hurt or lost are restored. That dinner scene has that same quality as when I read A Christmas Carol for the first time and that final scene of Scrooge, a changed man brings joy to a family in need - heartwarming and radiating with joy. Restoring Christmas may seem to just be about the holidays, but we know what Christmas truly is - bringing the love that is our Jesus Christ to heal all wounds, save all souls and celebrate love.
When you pick up a book by Cynthia Ruchti, there's a certain level of expectation. You expect it to not only be a good book, but a great book. You expect every word to have its place in the story, and ultimately expect to arrive at the conclusion satisfied and fulfilled. I can honestly tell you, Restoring Christmas will satisfy all expectations, and possibly even exceed them for many.
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from the author/publisher. I was not required to write a positive review, and have not been compensated for this. This is my honest opinion.
Mark5 Stars Out Of 5awesome readDecember 20, 2016MarkQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I love Christmas books, so this one was a must read and review for me when it came up as a review opportunity, and this one was worth reading.
There is a lot to like in this book: the characters, especially Gabe.....a really cool and different kind of guy for this type of book, the plot, the setting.....they all mesh to make a great story. I loved the idea of restoration in conjunction with Christmas, and the author did a great job of weaving that theme throughout the story and through the main characters' stories.
I also liked that the author gave her characters flaws, and that this isn't one of those stories filled with perfect people.
There is romance in the book, which I am not a big fan of, but it wasn't overdone nor "gushy", and I found myself rooting for it to happen.
Cynthia has written a great Christmas story that doesn't just emphasize THE Christmas story, but also has the message of restoration that is possible for all of us at Christmas and throughout the year.
I was given a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
Susan OsbornFullerton, CAAge: Over 65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5A Hearwarming Christmas StoryDecember 17, 2016Susan OsbornFullerton, CAAge: Over 65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Restoring Christmas by Cynthia Ruchti is a heartwarming, Christmas story. It reminds me of those stories brought to life on the Hallmark Channel. The characters are well developed and become dear to the reader. Alexis has been given the job of restoring an old fieldstone farmhouse in the small coastline town of Algoma, Wisconsin. Her goal in the beginning is to win a competition and to further her career. In the end, she realizes what really is important in life. This is a delightful story of restoration and love. I highly recommend this book.
bookwomanjoanOak Harbor, WAAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Maybe the best yet from RuchtiDecember 12, 2016bookwomanjoanOak Harbor, WAAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 4Meets Expectations: 5This is a delightful novella. Ruchti is a master story teller and she shines in this touching story.
Alexis is a home interior designer who has a chance to make it big if she can land a spot on the Home Project Network Restoring Christmas special. But her aspirations hit a few roadblocks. The videographer she hired is down with back pain and Alexis has to settle for his son, Gabe. Then the woman for whom she is doing the remodel is an older woman hiding a world of hurt. How Alexis and Gabe help her work through her pain tugs at the heart.
Ruchti has done an excellent job developing the characters within a great setting. It was fun to see Alexis face her motives in doing the remodel. My favorite character was Gabe. Besides having a great eye behind the video camera, he is an amazing man. He is godly and has an interesting sense of humor.
And that brings up another fun aspect of this novel, the humor. It was frequent in the novel and often made me laugh out loud. Much of it came from the snappy dialogue between Alexis and Gabe.
I highly recommend this novella as a great one to read during this Christmas time. I have read a number of novels by Ruchti and this may be her best one yet. The story is heartwarming. The small town Wisconsin setting is wonderful. The characters will draw you in and keep you interested. The hint of romance is fun. The message of God being in the restoration business is encouraging. Be sure to have your tissues ready as you near the end, however.
I received a complimentary digital copy of this novella from the publisher. My comments are an independent and honest review.