Merry Christmas! Are you ready? Thanksgiving took me by surprise, but I think I’m prepared for Christmas. I confess, I cut baking out of my schedule a few years ago, and that definitely takes the stress level way down.
One thing I love to do during the holidays is read Christmas-themed books. Because I review a lot of books, and this year I’m finishing up a novella, I’m behind on my list. I did set apart time to read one of our own, Kimberly Rose Johnson’s book, A Christmas Surprise.
About A Christmas Surprise:
Veterinarian Pete Harding doesn’t date single moms.
After showing up to a blind date to find he left before she arrived, Keira is reminded why she doesn’t date. She had true love once but a tragic accident ripped him from her and their son, who’s now four and only wants a puppy for Christmas this year.
Although off limits since she’s a single mom, Pete determines to help Keira find the perfect puppy for her son.
Keira wonders about Pete. He says he doesn’t date women with children, yet she can’t help but notice he behaves like a man who has more on mind than finding a puppy.
Will love break down Pete’s walls and bring more than a puppy for Christmas?
This was the perfect book to relax to in front of the Christmas tree with a cup of hot chocolate. Who can resist a romance with a child, a doctor, chocolate, and a puppy? I fell into the story right away as Keira is supposed to have a blind date, something she hasn’t done since losing her husband in a tragic accident. The date doesn’t come together, and they have missed cues every time they run into each other or make plans. Just when Pete and Keira seem to click, he learns she has a child. And that ends that. Or does it?
This was a fast read with well-layered characters and great conflict. Keira has a fear right on the surface at all times, and Pete needs to get past the no children rule if he has any kind of future with Keira. It’s something I think translates well into real life, and their chemistry was believable. I loved the additional thread of Pete trying to find a perfect puppy for Cody.
If you haven’t read this Christmas romance, or, if Kimberly Rose Johnson is new to you, check her work out! I know you will enjoy her writing.
While I’m here, I have an extra copy of Engaged, and it isn’t doing me any good sitting on a shelf. This is the third book in my Surrendering Time series, but it can stand alone. I have one print copy available for one US winner. Leave me a comment on your favorite Christmas-themed plot or even Hallmark movie, and I’ll choose one random winner on December 23rd.
In ENGAGED, Trish Maxwell’s back in Speculator Falls with egg on her face and a lot of apologies to make. She left the mountain town for her dream job in New York City, only to come back unemployed. With no prospects, she works at her family’s department store and makes amends as she finds a new passion creating window displays for Adirondack businesses. She works hard and tries to convince the people of Speculator Falls she’s changed for the better.
As Trish pitches in with community events, she meets paramedic Wayne Peterson, the one man who doesn’t seem to judge her. She even makes friends with Jenna Regan, who helps Trish when people demand to know what’s next in Trish’s life. Living in New York City has been her goal, but the more she’s around Wayne and the Adirondack area, the more she’s drawn to revising her plans. Just when Trish thinks the plan for her life’s coming together, a second chance comes her way that could give her every career goal she’s ever wanted, but threaten to tear her and Wayne apart. Can Trish surrender fears about her future and discover God’s plan for her?
Have a very Merry Christmas!