today’s book: unwrapping hope by sandra ardoin
Christmas is only FIVE DAYS AWAY!!! (I am so excited!!) This week I’m wrapping up my annual blog series spotlighting new and recently-released Christmas reads. Christmas books make me happy!
So… snuggle in, grab your fave hot beverage and comfiest blanket, turn on some Christmas tunes and start your own bookish Christmas list! Oh… and did I mention there are GIVEAWAYS with EACH POST in this series??!! (Because authors are awesome!)
Today’s featured book is a historical romance novella + the author shares how Christmas is going to the dogs 😉
SERIES: Widow’s Might #0.5
GENRE: Inspirational Historical Romance
PUBLISHER: Corner Room Books
RELEASE DATE: October 15, 2019
A talented musician living in near poverty.
A businessman seeking to prove himself worthy.
A little girl searching for her mother’s prince.
Desperate to give her child a Christmas to remember, Phoebe Crain tries to bargain with a wealthy man she fears is no more principled than her daughter’s late father. In doing so, she risks the revelation of a scandal in her past.
Spence Newland hesitates to negotiate with a widow who mistrusts him for no apparent reason, until meeting a charming little girl reaffirms his benevolent nature. But helping Phoebe could cost Spence his reputation and endanger his family’s fortune.
What will it take to heal two wounded hearts and make a little girl’s fairy tale come true?
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the dog days of christmas
by Sandra Ardoin, author of Unwrapping Hope
This year, Christmas is going to the dogs. Well, one dog at any rate.
When I was growing up, celebrating Christmas was A BIG DEAL around our house. My mom made sure of it. She prepared amazing meals for, most of the time, eight to twelve people. And the sweet treats… Peanut Butter Blossoms. Russian Wedding Cookies. Peanut Butter Balls. Oh, my. She did something else. She made sure the dogs in the family were included in the celebration.
Our dachshund, Sam, was quite a Christmas-loving character. Each year, she received her own gifts, wrapped and laid under the tree with everyone else’s. They would be there for days, and she knew exactly which ones were hers, but she never bothered them. They remained intact until she was given permission to open them. Then look out! Paper flew. Boxes were torn asunder. And doggie treats littered the floor.
One Christmas, my brother and sister-in-law dared to bring their dog to the house. Sam spent the entire visit lying under the tree, guarding her gifts. If the other dog ventured too close, she let him know not to step one paw closer.
Those days are long gone, but we have a new grandpuppy this year, and he’ll be coming for Christmas. My husband asked if we’ll be getting him something. When I said yes, he almost rolled his eyes as he said, “Of course, we will.” Hey, he’s the only “grand” I have right now, and I can’t wait to see how excited he gets during the holiday. Pssst… He has his own stocking!
What can I say? Like mother, like daughter.
We can get caught up in the celebration of shopping, parties, baking, wrapping, giving and lose our focus on the only gift that counts—the only true reason to celebrate—a Savior. And, as much fun as it is, we all know that not everyone can afford to provide gifts for children, much less dogs.
In my newest historical romance, a prequel novella to the Widow’s Might series, Phoebe wants to give her daughter a gift she’ll never forget, one like she’s never received before. Phoebe hasn’t the money to buy it, so she sacrifices her fear and tries to bargain for it. Little does she know that her child has a different idea of the perfect gift.
Have a Merry Christmas! Tell me how you include the dogs, horses, guinea pigs or other fur babies that brighten your life.
Sandra Ardoin engages readers with page-turning stories of love and faith. She’s the author of heartwarming novellas and the Grace Award-winning novel, A Reluctant Melody. Rarely out of reach of a book, she’s also an armchair sports enthusiast, country music listener, and seldom says no to eating out. Visit her at www.sandraardoin.com. Subscribe to receive updates and specials. Connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, Pinterest, and BookBub.
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What about you? What interests you most about Unwrapping Hope? How do you include the dogs, horses, guinea pigs or other fur babies in your Christmas festivities?