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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)|
MaryAnnORAge: 55-65Gender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5Don't miss this story!November 16, 2017MaryAnnORAge: 55-65Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Sweet yet dealing with tough subjects, heartwarming and tear-evoking yet decorated with spots of humor, this touching story is well worth reading more than once. It captures human nature in the strong characters portrayed so lifelike you feel like you're in the midst of reality. Each of the three main characters deals with a painful past and unspoken needs. Remodeling an old house thrusts them together to restore more than a building at Christmastime. How will their lives be changed? Unexpected obstacles thwart the process and make success seem impossible, but hope refuses to die. I loved this novel and highly recommend it. I received a copy from the author. All opinions are my own.
SusanClover, SCAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Incredibly Heartwarming!November 5, 2017SusanClover, SCAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I have never read anything by Cynthia Ruchti before, but I will now! I loved this book. It has everything you'd want in a Christmas story.
Alexis is going to restore an old home for Christmas for a TV channel, hoping to do well enough that she gets a permanent show on the channel. When she gets to the town in which the house is located, she discovers not only does the owner not want her house redone, her videographer is down with a bad back and sends his son in his place. Could things be anymore difficult? Turns out that yes, they could.
This is not only a story of new beginnings, but a story of hope and redemption. Have some tissues handy because you'll need them. I loved every minute. Ruchti has created characters and a scenario that draws the reader in from the beginning and keeps them excited right through to the end.
Rebecca ManeyGastonia, North CarolinaAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Enchanting!October 24, 2017Rebecca ManeyGastonia, North CarolinaAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5"Impossible. So that meant God had an idea when Alexis didn't."
When interior designer Alexis Blake won the opportunity to enter an eight week long "Restoring Christmas" home redesign contest, she was full of possibilities. . . . until, she met her stand-in videographer and the stubborn, prickly homeowner. Elsie wanted change without changing, and Gabe Langley's effervescent positivity was mildly annoying and surprisingly adorable.
After a series of unfortunate events, Gabe asks Alexis the million dollar question, " Ask yourself if your assignment is to 'reinvent' Christmas or to 'restore' it." After all, the baby in the manger was "mercy's abundance made visible to us."
An absolutely mesmerizing little story abounding in grace and overflowing with smiles! Just think "cat-astrophic"!
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.