It’s Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas (Reads) GIVEAWAY: Unwrapping Hope (+ guest post)

Posted December 20, 2019 by meezcarrie in Author Interview, Christian, Christmas, giveaway, historical, It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas (Reads) 2019, romance, Sandra Ardoin / 22 Comments


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 😉

UNWRAPPING HOPE
SERIES:
Widow’s Might #0.5
GENRE: Inspirational Historical Romance
PUBLISHER: Corner Room Books
RELEASE DATE: October 15, 2019
PAGES:
144

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.


Sandra Ardoin is offering one of my readers an ebook copy of Unwrapping Hope! (Open internationally except where prohibited by law or logistics.) This giveaway is subject to Reading Is My SuperPower’s giveaway policies which can be found here. Enter via the Rafflecopter form below.

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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?

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22 responses to “It’s Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas (Reads) GIVEAWAY: Unwrapping Hope (+ guest post)

  1. This book sounds excellent!
    We have two dogs at home. One is a beautiful German Shepard named Pawly. The other is a tiny mutt named Freddy. We love our dogs so much. On Christmas, they will probably get extra brushes. Pawly loves to be brushed. Freddy just loves attention. So, lots of puppy hugs on Christmas day!

  2. Megan

    I always get a little something for each of my two dogs and leave it wrapped under the Christmas tree. Then we open it for them once we’ve opened our gifts and you know, I think they actually understand those gifts are for them!

  3. Patty

    Other than a fresh bag of treats, I haven’t gotten my car anything. But I have gotten my sister’s two little dogs some fresh stuffed animals to chew on…

  4. Debbie Clatterbuck

    We buy chew toys for our dog and special treats for Christmas. She’s almost 11 years old and she still likes to chew like a puppy.

    • Sandra Ardoin

      Eleven, Debbie? Wonderful! I’m sure she enjoys those. Our Arlo went to town on a rawhide wreath. 🙂

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