It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas (Reads) GIVEAWAY: Restoring Christmas (+ guest post)

Posted December 12, 2020 by meezcarrie in Author Interview, Christian, Christmas, contemporary, giveaway, It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas (Reads) 2020, Julie Arduini, romance / 5 Comments


today’s book: Restoring Christmas

Welcome to another post in my annual blog series spotlighting new and recently-released Christmas reads! (Over 50 this year – And I’m SO EXCITED about it!)

Christmas is only 13 days away (Can you believe it?!?) and I think we all could benefit from some extra Christmas cheer this year, right? Continuing through just before Christmas, I’m going to spotlight several new/recent Christmasy releases. So… snuggle in, grab your fave hot beverage and comfiest blanket, turn on some Christmas tunes and start your bookish Christmas list! Oh… and did I mention there are GIVEAWAYS with EACH POST in this series??!! (Because authors are awesome!)

Today’s book is a small town, Christian contemporary romance novella – plus author Julie Arduini shares some insight into the special needs students the hero teaches!

RESTORING CHRISTMAS
GENRE: Inspirational Contemporary Romance
PUBLISHER: Surrendered Scribe Media

RELEASE DATE: November 1, 2019
PAGES: 135

Filled with grief and regret, Holly Christmas returns to Geneseo Valley and the family business, The Christmas Mansion. Can Kevin Holt restore her love for the season and the memories she left behind?

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Holly Christmas left Geneseo Valley and her family’s holiday tourist attraction, The Christmas Mansion, as soon as she graduated.  Now both her parents have passed, and Holly returns when her uncle needs her help running the mansion. On Holly’s first day back, a blunt middle-schooler proclaims Holly hates Christmas. His comment forces her to reconcile the past while planning for the mansion’s future.

Kevin Holt is invested in offering hope to students with challenges. His best friend’s son is in Kevin’s class, and Nathan needs guidance. Their community project placement at The Christmas Mansion is an opportunity to make a positive difference. When Nathan blurts out his thoughts to the beautiful co-owner, Kevin wonders if he has what it takes to help restore the mansion to its former glory, mentor Nathan, and convince Holly Christmas she’s exactly where she needs to be.

 

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What Makes a Special Needs Person Special

by Julie Arduini, author of Restoring Christmas

One of the most exciting aspects of this time of year is the release of Christmas romances. Hallmark knows their popularity; they are now showing movies outside of December. I love losing myself in a love story surrounded by snow and sleigh bells.

Restoring Christmas fulfilled a dream to write a Christmas romance and participate in a boxed set. Although the set is no longer available, I’m happy that this small town romance about two grieving hearts and one amazing God is accessible to readers.

One element I used in Restoring Christmas was having the hero, Kevin Holt, bring his students with special needs to help at the failing Christmas mansion. These young teens wanted to make a difference, and Holly Christmas had to decide if she would let go of her pride and allow the community to come in for help. What I enjoyed about Holly was she approached the special needs class with love and a little anxiety, and I think that’s normal.

I have volunteered with ministries that involve families with special needs and in Restoring Christmas, I was intentional in not giving specific diagnoses because sometimes an issue isn’t visible, and people are misunderstood. Sometimes touch is very important, and in other cases, even a pat on the shoulder can be scary. Changes to schedules are a big deal sometimes, and so are different noises we might take for granted. For Holly, she wants to be understanding, but the mansion her parents worked on for years as the premiere Christmas stop each year holds a lot of valuable items. Will the students break things? Will there be tantrums that interrupt her deadlines? How will Holly handle it all and how involved will Kevin be in the process?

Answering those questions truly were a delight. There is so much I love about Restoring Christmas, and one was that I was able to bring awareness to the special needs community. Their diagnosis is not what we should focus on. Their ability to love and see life with such purity has taught me far more than anything I could teach others.

I also gave a nod to my hometown, Corning, with the mention of glass ornaments. More than anything, I believe Restoring Christmas is a sweet romance readers can escape with.

Do you have a connection with the special needs community? If so, you are in the presence of the most amazing group God created.

I’d love to hear your thoughts regarding Christmas romances or anything I wrote today.

Wait!

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Julie Arduini loves to encourage readers to find freedom in Christ by surrendering the good, the bad, and —maybe one day—the chocolate. She’s the author of the contemporary romance series SURRENDERING TIME, (Entrusted, Entangled, Engaged,) as well as the stand-alone novellas, MATCH MADE IN HEAVEN and RESTORING CHRISTMAS. She also shares her story in the infertility devotional, A WALK IN THE VALLEY. Her other latest release, YOU’RE BRILLIANT, is for girls ages 10-100, written with her teenaged daughter, Hannah, and is book 3 in their SURRENDERING STINKIN’ THINKIN’ series. She blogs every other Wednesday for Christians Read, as well as monthly with Inspy Romance. She resides in Ohio with her husband and two children. Learn more by visiting her at http://juliearduini.com, where she invites readers to opt in to her content full of resources and giveaway opportunities.

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Julie Arduini is offering an ebook copy of Restoring Christmas to one of my readers! (US only. Void 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 makes you want to read Restoring Christmas by Julie Arduini? What are your thoughts regarding Christmas romances or anything Julie wrote today?

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5 responses to “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas (Reads) GIVEAWAY: Restoring Christmas (+ guest post)

  1. Lynn Brown

    A chance at love is always a fun read. I like the cover. Thanks for the chance. The blurb sounds good.

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