Janice Lynn comes to the blog with a lovely story full of hope, healing and Christmas spirit in
Wrapped Up in Christmas
Sarah lives in a small Kentucky town, and has dedicated most of her life to doing for others – daughter of the town’s minister and without a mother, her aunt and father, along with most of the women of her aunt’s generation, all had a hand in raising her. But now her beloved aunt has died, leaving her with her old house that Sarah is determined to convert to a B & B to open just after the Christmas holiday. Sarah has spent all of her time with women who pride themselves on their hand crafting skills, and a quilt that Sarah made, pouring all of her sorrow from losing her aunt, her wishes to help and offer comfort and her eternal optimistic outlook was donated to the Quilts of Valor, an organization that provides handmade quilts to wounded veterans.
Little did Sarah know that her quilt would bring comfort, relief and an unending curiosity about her and her town from the wounded Army Ranger who received her package. The letter within described all she had to be thankful for, including her wishes that the quilt bring comfort, happiness and healing to the one who received it. Brody has lost everything he thought he wanted: a career in the army, travel, a mission and a purpose in protecting those around him. But in an instant, his team with the exception of him, was destroyed in a blast, and the only thing that saved him was his heath and fitness. Now with a few weeks before starting a ‘cushy’ job as a bodyguard, he’s decided to detour through Kentucky to thank Sarah for the quilt she made before he heads back to start work.
This was lovely – as Brody didn’t explain his reason for being in town, and Sarah, desperately in need of someone to work on her house hired him instantly. With plenty of ‘matchmaking’ pressure from the “Butterflies” (a group of older women who have known Sarah since birth) the rumors, machinations and push to bring the two together is strong. Least of all Brody’s recognition of the ‘lightness’ he feels because of Sarah and his dog, Harry, and her unending belief in the magic of Christmas and her simple goodness. He’s determined that his past makes him no good for Sarah, and that his dreams won’t allow for him to ‘connect’ and when he leaves (and is utterly morose – enough that his best friend notices it) he realizes that Sarah and her little Kentucky town could have all he could dream of. With lots of laughter and small -town characters, plenty of ‘seasonal’ cheer and the simple joy that comes from Sarah’s life – the story is the perfect Christmas read – loaded with good cheer and goodwill.
Title: Wrapped Up in Christmas
Author: Janice Lynn
Genre: Contemporary Military Romance, Contemporary Romance, Family Saga, Friendship, Holiday Themed, Romantic Elements, Second Chance, Small Town
Published by: Hallmark Publishing
Published on: 1 October, 2019
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Audio Length: 8 Hours: 5 minutes
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A gift of warmth
to heal two hearts…
Sarah Smith in Pine Hill, Kentucky has had her heart broken in the past. She pours herself into her work at church and into special projects—like making a quilt for a wounded warrior.
Bodie Lewis is lost. All he’s ever wanted was his career as an Army Ranger, but he was injured in an explosion that killed his brothers in arms. In the hospital, he receives a handmade quilt. Later, he sets out on his final mission: to find and thank its maker.
Bodie expected Sarah to be an elderly lady, not a lovely young woman. When she mistakes him for a handyman, he doesn’t immediately set her straight. Instead, he sets about repairing the home she’s turning into a bed and breakfast. Sarah’s presence and the spirit of the small town bring Bodie something he thought he’d left far behind on the battlefield: hope.
This heartwarming military romance includes a free quilt pattern from the Quilts of Valor Foundation and a new Hallmark original recipe for Cinnamon Swirl Bread.
A copy of this title was provided via Publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.