Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Review: The Gift of Christmas Past by Cindy Woodsmall and Erin Woodsmall


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?

My Thoughts:

The Gift of Christmas Past was a sweet holiday read that really packed in some important issues.  From foster children to speech therapy, this was a story that balanced a couple of love stories and a little light mystery with characters that definitely showed what caring for your neighbor as yourself really looks like in action. Starting 10 years previous, Hadley, a foster kid, is accused of a crime she did not commit. She turns to her boyfriend, Monroe, to help her get out of her present circumstances. He believes her innocent and even though they both are only 17, they think the best solution is marriage. However, Monroe’s parents put a stop to that when they offer him an opportunity to help Hadley but cut off all ties with her. For some reason, I felt this book had a little Romeo and Juliet thread running through it.

Ten years later, Hadley and Monroe meet up again due to a little girl who cannot speak anymore. I do enjoy a romance that reunites couples who truly loved each other and watch them pick up the pieces of their lives and I enjoyed the bond Hadley and Monroe still had after all those years. Some people are just meant to be together no matter the difficult circumstances that kept them apart. There were some people I really thought needed a reality check in this book and a little less control over people’s lives.  I did appreciate the author’s sensitivity to foster children and some of the preconceived prejudices that they may face growing up.

I received a copy of this novel for free. I was not required to post a positive review and all views and opinions are my own.

About the Authors:

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. 

Find out more about Cindy and Erin at

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