Book Review: The Gift of Christmas Past by Cindy & Erin Woodsmall

"How are we so bad for each other that we continue to cause this much heartache even all these years later?" (175)

Title:  The Gift of Christmas Past: A Southern Romance
Author: Cindy Woodsmall
Publisher: Woodsmall Press
Release Date:  October 10, 2017
Genre: Contemporary Fiction

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?

What a story of lost love that reunites, but with better understanding of the meaning of love! And that's not all The Gift of Christmas Past: A Southern Romance by Cindy Woodsmall and Erin Woodsmall have to offer. This story has a romance that tugs our emotional heartstrings, but I personally find the characters' journey, as well as the various themes in this book just as if not more compelling.

The premise of children therapy and emotional thoughts of foster kids held the focus for this reader in The Gift of Christmas Past. I was following every bit of Chloe's progress with cheers with progress and disappointments when it felt like progress took the wrong direction. Add in Hadley and Elliott's psychological demeanor with their experience as foster kids brings in an additional substance in this story.  A turbulent past as teens mixed with years of hard work, giving their life a chance to help others, I find encouragement in that. And that together gives this poignant start a hopeful and beautiful gift of an ending. The only minor qualm I have is how the ending seems to come too easily, especially in regards to Monroe's parents.

In all, The Gift of Christmas Past is one story that inspires hard work and sacrificial love. It's also a reminder of following God in His plans.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the author/publisher. I was not required to write a positive review, and have not been compensated for this. This is my honest opinion.

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Cindy Woodsmall is the "New York Times" and CBA best-selling author of nineteen works of fiction and non-fiction with more than a million copies sold. Her connection with the Amish community has been featured in national media outlets such as ABC's "Nightline," the "Wall Street Journal," and a National Geographic documentary on Amish life. Cindy and her husband reside near the foothills of the North Georgia Mountains.

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. Thank for the review. I'd love to read The Gift of Christmas Past.


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