today’s book: The Christmas Family
Happy Friday! Hooray! We are, of course, continuing our annual blog series spotlighting (over 60 this year) new and recently-released Christmas reads! Christmas is only 22 days away, so… snuggle in, grab your fave hot beverage and comfiest blanket, turn on some Christmas tunes and continue your 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 part of a 2-in-1 special edition from Love Inspired, and author LInda Goodnight shares about her childhood Hallmark town!
THE CHRISTMAS FAMILY by Linda Goodnight
Christmas Collection 2-in-1 with Her Christmas Family Wish
SERIES: Buchanons #2
GENRE: Inspirational Contemporary Romance
PUBLISHER: Love Inspired
RELEASE DATE: November 30, 2021
Dreaming of a family for Christmas
The Christmas Family by Linda Goodnight
Contractor Brady Buchanon can’t wait to surprise single mom Abby Webster with his company’s Christmas home-makeover prize. The struggling waitress doesn’t want to accept charity, but when her dilapidated porch almost injures her daughter, Abby agrees to Brady’s offer. As Brady works on the house, he starts falling for Abby and her little girl. And with the holidays in sight, he wonders if his own Christmas wish could come true…
Her Christmas Family Wish by Lois Richer
Single mother Ellie Grant’s little girl only wants one thing for Christmas: a daddy. And the five-year-old has her sights set on veterinarian Wyatt Wright, a handsome widowed father. Ellie knows that Wyatt’s heart is as closed to love as hers is. Yet when Wyatt starts working at Wranglers Ranch, Ellie can’t deny her growing feelings. Can her daughter’s Christmas wish make two families into one?
by Linda Goodnight, author of The Christmas Family
Linda Goodnight here, feeling nostalgic as we kick off the Christmas season. The book I’m sharing with you, The Christmas Family, has that warm, cozy Hallmark movie feel to it, a fantasy, I suppose, to most. But as an adult, I’ve come to realize I actually grew up in a Hallmark kind of town, especially during the holidays.
We were a small town of maybe 2000 where everyone knew everyone else, and the true meaning of Christmas flowed up and down the streets all through December. Back then, no one started Christmas until December and there was no wild rush to buy the biggest and best of everything before anyone else got there. Christmas was simpler, more spiritual, sweeter, I think, even if we had less in material things.
After Thanksgiving, our city workers erected a giant live Christmas tree right in the center of main street-Yes, right in the middle of the road!-and strung colored lights from one side of the street to the other, all the way through town. (All 6 blocks!) I’d get that tingle of excitement as soon as I spotted those “Santa’s helpers” at work.
Shop owners decorated their windows with messages stenciled in spray snow and lights. Some displayed Christmas trees or nativity scenes. (And some had pink metallic trees! Anyone remember those?) The Catholic Church bells played Christmas carols every hour. (How I miss that beautiful sound.) Every church and our little school put on a play or musical program. It was so exciting and gave us many activities to attend that cost nothing but time and effort. All those activities, though, fostered the warmth and beauty of the holiday, something sorely missing today, I think. I often played an angel in a white sheet with coat hanger wings and halo declaring, “Peace on earth, good will to men.”
On the Saturday afternoon before Christmas, Santa Claus would arrive in town on the fire truck, stand on a flatbed truck near the big Christmas tree and, with his helpers, hand out brown paper sacks containing a handful of ribbon candy and an orange. A labor of love that brought such joy to kids like us to whom fruit and candy was not an everyday treat. To this day, oranges smell like Christmas to me.
On Christmas Eve, we kids hung up our stockings-literal socks from our dresser, not store-bought. Usually, we’d sneak one of Dad’s because his could hold the most. And on Christmas morning, I was as excited over the Brazil nuts, peanut brittle, and fruit in that sock as I was the gifts under the tree.
What was your childhood Christmas like? Did you grow up in a small town or a city? Can you share a favorite memory?
New York Times bestseller Linda Goodnight fell in love with words as a young child when her mother took her to a tiny library and let her fill a cardboard box with books. The next week she was back again, forever hooked on the beauty and power of the written word. Her other passions are her faith and her blended family. A former nurse and teacher, she lives in Oklahoma with her husband where she enjoys baking and travel. Connect with Linda at www.lindagoodnight.com
Linda Goodnight is offering a copy of The Christmas Family to TWO of my readers! (print for US only. ebook if international winner. 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.
What about you? What makes you want to read The Christmas Family by Linda Goodnight? What was your childhood Christmas like?