The Gift of Christmas Past by Cindy and Erin Woodsmall

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Disclosure: I received a copy of this book as part of the blog tour. Opinions shared are mine.

The dishes have been cleared and the house put back in order. Instead of shopping today, we’re reading!  The Gift of Christmas Past is a quick read that you can enjoy with your morning coffee this week.

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The Gift of Christmas Past was a Woodsmall family collaboration, which was great to see. Its setting is near where I live, and I enjoyed reading about places that I recognized.   The story itself was short and therefore rather fragmented, since it was necessary to move on to the rest of the plot.  After glossing over the first few chapters (in which main characters Hadley and Monroe are teenagers), The Gift of Christmas Past was much more engaging.

Seeing a Christian fiction piece that traces back to a foster child situation is a nice change of pace.   Surprisingly, this book is not saturated with faith-based messages (or even Christmas imagery).  Instead, it focuses on healing the past and having hope for the future.  Though it wasn’t my favorite of Cindy Woodsmall’s books, it was a pleasant change from Amish fiction.

One lucky reader will win a copy of The Gift of Christmas Past. The giveaway is open to US readers ages 18+. Void where prohibited by law. Good luck!

Arson wasn’t the only fire that ignited between them.
Promises shattered.
Lies spoken.
She was arrested.
He returned to the safety of his wealthy parents.
Almost ten years later, Hadley and Monroe are both specialists in the field of speech therapy. They meet again . . . thrown together to help a four-year-old-girl rendered mute after being rescued from a fire.
Years of secrets and anger beg to be set free as Hadley and Monroe try to push aside past hurts and find common ground in order to help the traumatized child and her family.
Can the love of Christmas past drift into the present, bringing healing and hope for all?
About the author:
Cindy Woodsmall is the “New York Times” and CBA best-selling author of eighteen works of fiction. She’s been featured in national media outlets such as ABC’s “Nightline” and the “Wall Street Journal.” Cindy has won numerous awards and has been finalist for the prestigious Christy, Rita, and Carol Awards. Cindy and her husband reside near the foothills of the North Georgia Mountains in Flowery Branch, GA. 
Erin Woodsmall is a writer, musician, wife, and mom of three. She has edited, brainstormed, and researched books with Cindy for almost a decade. She is very excited about their first coauthored book.


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  1. This seems like a very emotional read. I love anything having to deal with Christmas and the plot of coming to terms and finding peace with one’s self and circumstance is an a big plus.

  2. You’d love this, Helen. The Gift of Christmas Past has ALL of those elements!

  3. Debbie Haupt says:

    Oh thanks for the fab giveaway looks great. Happy Black Friday

  4. This sounds wonderful and perfect for the holiday season. Thanks for sharing it and joining the giveaway hop.

  5. I love Cindy’s Amish books and would love to read this book that she wrote with her daughter

  6. Maria Dalmau says:

    This sounds like an amazing read.

  7. I would like to gift this to my cousin. I think she’d enjoy it.

  8. This sounds like a really good story. Plus, it’s different from the books I usually read.

  9. I love a good Christmas romance novel!! Thanks for the giveaway!

  10. Carol Luciano says:

    I love these types of stories. Emotional and finding peace. Thank you for this chance.

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