Shoebox Surprise - eBook
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Josif Sesely has been working hard. He doesn't have time to track down a woman who, by some slim chance, may be the long-lost child of his mother's best friend. But due to Mama Sesely's determination, that's just what he's going to do. Adopted Mirela Adams knows hardly anything about her Serbian birth family but is anxious to learn-even from the man who shows up at her door out of nowhere. Will Mirela turn out to be who Mama Sesely refers to as Josif's "future wife" or will her adoptive mother keep them apart?
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Vendor: Barbour Publishing
Publication Date: 2012
Series: Truly Yours
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Blue Jeans & TeacupsCaliforniaAge: 45-54Gender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5IF YOU HAVE EVER SENT A CHRISTMAS SHOEBOX OR WANTED TO OR SIMPLY ENJOY A GOD DIRECTED ROMANCE.February 11, 2018Blue Jeans & TeacupsCaliforniaAge: 45-54Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This book was sent to me by a friend. We became friends about a year ago on a mutual FB page all about sharing Operation Christmas Child ideas. So this book was too perfect.
Josif's family fled Serbia when he was just 5. He's now 30, living in TN and running his family's hotel. Apparently, his mother's best friend did not escape and her daughter, Mirela has remained in her prayers all these years; until today. This morning Mama Sesely has seen a newspaper from a town just 45 minutes away and she is certain the young woman in the article is her best friend's daughter. Twenty-five years ago the two best friends promised each other their kids would marry each other. But wait, Josif is dating Sabrina who works at the hotel with him and he has grown content with over the last 3 years. He does not have any interest or time for a modern day fairytale.
Mirala received a Christmas shoebox when she was a little girl. She was told all about the love of Jesus and she was adopted by missionaries. She is constantly thankful and kind to the point of allowing a co-worker, in the daycare she works at, to walk all over her. She is best friends with her adopted sister Ivy and dearly loves her adoptive parents, though it has been 5 years since her father passed.
This story is an adventure of God bringing this couple together, growing each one's faith individually, various characters overcoming misunderstandings, fears and assumptions and all of it for His glory.
I would give it 4.5 stars because there is one teeny part of the story with some side character: Emily and her 2 kids: Bella and Benny that did not get resolved. I guess there is more ministry work that needs to be done there, but the indication that it was a serious situation should have had a wrap-up. I really, really enjoyed reading it over an afternoon into early evening. God is so present throughout the story and I got choked up several times. It makes me look forward to shoebox season again. I have been privileged to pack shoeboxes, with my kids, for the Operation Christmas Child shoebox ministry for over 20 years now and have volunteered at one of the inspection and distribution warehouses several times. This ministry is led by Franklin Graham and Samaritan's Purse if you would like to know more. Additionally, my dear friend who introduced me to the book creates Joydorables; the cutest little stuffed animal friends to go into her shoeboxes which she includes an Operation Christmas Child patch on! You can find those on FB. I really do get excited about this ministry and am so glad Jennifer Collins Johnson thought to include shoeboxes in a romance novel!
*Modern day setting* 2011 Heartsong Presents by Barbour Pub * 170 pages Only 19 chapters + epilogue
You can read the first few pages on Amazon, but then come back to CBD to download ;)
I received a copy from a friend and this is my honest review.
Read: 2/10/2018 - Reviewed: 2/11/2018
BeckyBridport, Vt.Age: Over 65Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5This was a nice easy quick readApril 23, 2013BeckyBridport, Vt.Age: Over 65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 4This was a cute little story, not very intellectual but a nice little story for a quick and easy read.
ArizonanArizonaAge: Over 65Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Great for those involved in the Shoebox Project.April 8, 2013ArizonanArizonaAge: Over 65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Was much more interesting and had more information than I expected it would. I have already passed it on to a friend whose family sends Shoeboxes.
Cornerstone ChapelMassachusettsGender: female4 Stars Out Of 5short & sweet for summer readingAugust 17, 2012Cornerstone ChapelMassachusettsGender: femaleQuality: 3Value: 3Meets Expectations: 3This book doesn't contain a lot of "mystery" but it has some good points that need to be stated.
CaroljoFarmington, MOAge: Over 65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Very interesting storyAugust 4, 2012CaroljoFarmington, MOAge: Over 65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5My Christian book group read and enjoyed this book. It was an interesting story of adoption, Shoebox ministry and the Serbian people.
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