Wednesday, October 30, 2013

A Simple Christmas Wish

GIVEAWAY

CARLSON, MELODY
A SIMPLE CHRISTMAS WISH

Rachel Milligan is caring for her seven-year-old niece, Holly, at her home in Chicago when she receives devastating news: Holly's parents have been killed in a plane crash. Because Rachel is Holly's only known relative, she assumes that she will be her beloved niece's guardian. However, custody is awarded to Lydia, a distant aunt who happens to be Amish. Just a week before Christmas, Rachel takes Holly to the Amish community in the hopes of persuading Aunt Lydia to relinquish custody. Instead, Lydia sets out to teach Holly to live according to the Amish way. As family secrets emerge and old wounds are healed, Rachel realizes that she will do whatever it takes to ensure that Holly has the loving family she needs.

Combining an Amish family saga with the anticipation of Christmas cheer and the promise of a budding romance, this newest Christmas story from beloved author Melody Carlson is sure to please.

My Review:

Getting a new Melody Carlson Christmas book is becoming a tradition for me. I love the way she delivers holiday magic that never fails to touch my heart. A Simple Christmas Wish is just such a story. And it has all the earmarks of a another classic seasonal tale that you won't mind reading year after year. Of course I'm thrilled that we head into Amish country for this one.

Rachel and Holly make an endearing duo with a dilemma that left this gentle reader indignant and defensive. Emotions definitely engaged, I devoured the story in an afternoon because I just couldn't bear to stop without my happily ever after.  It even brought me to tears. Sniffle. There is something to be said for a good sad/happy Christmas cry to start off the season.

An engaging tale that will lift your spirits (after you've been put through the wringer first.)

Giveaway Opportunity:

If you would like an opportunity to win a copy of A Simple Christmas Wish please leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. If you post a comment and add your email address, please use AT and DOT instead of @ and . in the address to protect yourself from spammers. If you enter the draw via email please remember to put the title in the subject line so that it's easy for me to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday November 3 2013. Offer open to international readers. Good luck! 

"Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group".

38 comments:

  1. Beautiful cover! I look forward to reading this story. Sounds like a bit of a twist combining the English and Amish worlds.

    pattymh2000(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. Yeah, the Amish/English angle is a great twist. Good luck!

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  2. I love Christmas stories. Love to read this one.
    Blessings
    Diana
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    1. I love them too, Diana. Good luck!

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  3. Melody Carlson's books are among my favorites. I love to bring out my Christmas books at this time of year to get myself "in the mood" for celebrating. I loved your review. Christmas isn't always a happy time for many.As a result of your review I'd love to read this book. Thanks for the contest offer!
    quiltcat26[at]sbcglobal[dot]net

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    1. And don't those books add to your Christmas décor? Good luck Nancee.

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  4. Sounds like a wonderful book. I love reading books with an Amish setting.

    Katie J.
    johnsonk133{at}yahoo{dot}com

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  5. Looks like we might as well get ready for Christmas. Why not start will a good book. Right!! rrwalter34ATgmailDOTcom

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    1. An excellent way to bring in the season, Becky! Good luck!

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  6. I love Amish fiction. This book by Melody Carlson sounds fantastic. She's a wonderful author. Thank you for the chance of entering this giveaway and please enter my name.
    Barbara Thompson
    barbmaci61(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. Melody Carlson is a great author. I need to read more than just her Christmas books! Good luck, Barbara!

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  7. Christmas stories are some of my very favorites! Thank you for sharing your wonderful review and for the opportunity to win a copy of A SIMPLE CHRISTMAS WISH!

    texaggs2000 at gmail dot com

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    1. You're welcome Britney. Good luck!

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  8. Hello Kav. Looks like you have another great book for us to win. It sshould be good coming from Melody Carlson. Love the cover. I love the Amish setting, but feel sorry for Rachel and Holly. Having to live with a new distant relative when she is used to this aunt. I really need to read this book. Please put my name in the drawing. Maxie mac262(at)me(dot)com

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    1. Your name is in the draw, Maxie. Good luck!

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  9. thanks for the chance to read this novel, kav

    karenk
    kmkkuka at yahoo dot com

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  10. What an intriguing story line. Through my name in the pot!

    Lynn
    frwdgranny at gmail dot com

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    1. You're in the pot. Lynn! Good luck!

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  11. This looks so good!! Bookwormgal2011(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  12. The hope of a happy ending makes me want to read this!
    worthy2bpraised at gmail dot com

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    1. Aren't HEAs grand, Merry? Good luck!

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  13. I really enjoy Melody's Christmas books and this one sounds very intriguing. Thanks for the give away!
    hollymag(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Melody certainly knows how to write a Christmas story, doesn't she? Amazing how she can get creative year after year. Good luck Holly!

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  14. I have read several Melody Carlson books, and they have been really good. This sounds like something I would like to read this Christmas. Thank you for the giveaway! bluegrassbirdie(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. This is a great Christmas read. Good luck Brittany!

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  15. I really like Melody Carlson's writings. I would like this Christmas story. Questions, questions, questions ~*why Rachel is not aware of Lydia*~ ~*if it was written in a Last Will and Testament, or how Lydia found out about the death of both parents*~ somehow, someone must have been in contact with her; especially, with knowledge of Holly's existence. So, dear friend, Kav, I hope I find out! Kathleen ~ Lane Hill House
    lanehillhouse[at]centurylink[dot]net

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    1. Those are very good questions, Kathleen. Good luck with finding those answers.

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  16. Perfect time of year for this book! I love Christmas books and the Amish touch makes it perfect!
    pbclark(at)netins(dot)net

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  17. Would love to win this book, I love Christmas books, and love Melody Carlson books, so this one has to be good!
    Blessings...Joy
    ibjoy1953[at]yahoo.com

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    1. Melody Carlson and Christmas are a winning combination. aren't they, Joy? Good luck!

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  18. Looks like a wonderful book but most of all
    I want to wish you a terrific day
    God bless you
    Chris Granville

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    1. Thanks Chris. You too. Good luck on the draw!

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  19. The innocence of the face of the precious girl on the cover of this book is priceless! Christmas books are some of my favorites. Thank you for the opportunity to be a winner!

    mauback55 at gmail dot com

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  20. I've never read Melody Carlson's books, but this one combines my 2 favorites - Amish fiction and Christmas. Would love to win! :) Thanks again for the chance. snowflakes2hotcakes (at) gmail (dot) com

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