today’s book: A Safe Place for Christmas
Hello once more! I am continuing our annual blog series spotlighting (over 60 this year) new and recently-released Christmas reads! Christmas is only TWO 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 next featured book involves a stranded mother, her baby, and a tree farmer to the rescue, plus author Lisa Carter shares her favorite Christmas gift AND a yummy recipe!
A SAFE PLACE FOR CHRISTMAS by Lisa Carter
GENRE: Inspirational Contemporary Romance
PUBLISHER: Love Inspired
RELEASE DATE: September 28, 2021
Can giving this baby a holiday refuge
help heal his reluctant heart?
Taking in a mother and child is the last thing Luke Morgan expects this Christmas as he struggles to keep his tree farm afloat. But when Shayla Coggins and her baby boy are stranded during a snowstorm, he can’t turn them away. Even as Shayla’s little boy draws them together, her dangerous secret comes home…and makes falling in love riskier than ever.
by Lisa Carter, author of A Safe Place for Christmas
Thank you, Carrie, for hosting me today. It is always a pleasure to be with you and your readers.
The heart of A Safe Place for Christmas is about embracing the gifts God gives us. These gifts can take the form of new opportunities or the people He puts into our lives to encourage us. In the midst of Luke’s struggle to save his family’s tree farm, Shayla and Baby Jeremiah prove to be an unexpected blessing. Sometimes unexpected gifts are the best ones.
My favorite Christmas gift happened a few years ago when I had everyone in my family together one Christmas Eve, including my parents. This was especially poignant for me because they had divorced when I was a child, and thereafter, most occasions were split between them. But this particular Christmas both of them came to our family gathering, and we were able to celebrate Christmas together for the first time since I was nine years old. By this time, I myself was a mother, yet I remember how happy I was to have everyone I loved together in one room. That Christmas was such a gift. Some of you may not understand why that was so significant to me, but those of you who grew up with divorced parents probably understand my joy. My father died a few years later, but I will cherish the memory of that Christmas forever.
God gave us the greatest gift in His Son, Jesus Christ. He’s also given each of His children at least one gift to share with others. We get caught up in the trappings of Christmas, in the receiving of gifts from family and friends. I hope this Christmas you will not forget to give and/or be a “good gift” to those around you. What a privilege it is to become the hands and feet of our loving Father to someone in need.
The people He brings into our lives are gifts—as are the opportunities and resources He puts at our disposal. Even the pain God allows us to experience can prove to be a precious gift, growing us into His image.
How has God gifted you? How can you make an eternal difference in someone’s life? This year, I pray you will bless others with the blessings you have received.
I have a bonus gift for readers today—my favorite Christmas cookie recipe. Many years ago, my husband and I went on a short getaway anniversary to Asheville, North Carolina. We stayed at the Biltmore Village Inn. At teatime, we were served these delicious cinnamon chip cookies, which quickly became my all-time favorite. The chef at the inn was gracious enough to share her recipe with me, which I’m now sharing with you. Enjoy!
Wishing everyone a yummy Christmas, a healthy New Year and all the books your heart can desire in 2022.
Multi-published, Daphne and 2-time Carol-award winning author Lisa Carter likes to describe her romantic suspense novels as “Sweet Tea with a Slice of Murder.” She also writes the popular Matchmaker contemporary romance series, set in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains, with Love Inspired. The Christmas Bargain recently won the Carol Award for inspirational Christian fiction. Lisa enjoys traveling and researching her next fictional adventure. When not writing, she loves spending time with family and teaching writing workshops. A native North Carolinian, she has strong opinions on barbecue and ACC basketball. In the interests of full disclosure, she’s also the kind of person who licks the icing off the cupcake first. Just so you know.
Lisa Carter is offering a print copy of A Safe Place for Christmas to THREE 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.
What about you? What makes you want to read A Safe Place for Christmas by Lisa Carter?