A Family for Christmas

December 24, 2013

Title: A Family for Christmas
Author: Winnie Griggs
Publisher: Harlequin Love Inspired
Pages: 283
ISBN: 978-0-373-82983-5
Publication Date: October 1st, 2013

An Unexpected Gift

Eve Pickering knows what it's like to be judged for your past. So she's not about to leave the orphaned boy she's befriended alone in this unfamiliar Texas town. Since Chance Dawson's offer of shelter is the only way to look after Leo, Eve is determined they'll have a warm, welcoming home for the holidays.

Chance came from the big city to make it on his own despite a painful secret. But Eve's strength is giving him a confidence he never expected—and a new direction for his dream. With a little Christmas blessing, he'll dare to win her heart—and make their family one for a lifetime.
I've been looking around for Christmas books to read around this time of year. I love reading with the seasons from time to time. This seemed like it would be a good choice.

A Family for Christmas starts off two days before Thanksgiving and follows the lives of Eve Pickering  and Chance Dawson. We also see a little bit of a little boy named Leo, who is an orphan and on the run. Each of these characters have had a rough life before coming to Turnabout, a small Texas town on a rail line. Eve is on the train when she meets a little boy who she quickly befriends, only to find out he was hitching a ride with out paying. The conductor decided to let the boy Leo ride till the next stop, Eve couldn't let Leo off by himself and follows him. Trying her best to help in any way possible. Chance Dawson watches the encounter in the train depot, admiring Eve's strength in defending a small boy.

Due to circumstances surrounding Leo, Chance and Eve meet and Chance offers them a safe place to stay till things can be sorted out. As the story unfolds, we see how each of these wounded people slowly turn from the past and move toward the future in what they believe they are led to do by the Lord and not by the domineering people in their lives. Turnabout lives up to its name.

When I started to read this story, I didn't know it was part of the Texas Grooms series, however, it reads like a standalone just fine. This was a sweet story. Most of the time is spent in the days and weeks before Christmas with the preparation. It's always nice to look back on a simpler time when it comes to Christmas, and this story offers that. The only downside I could find with the story is that I wish I could have read more about Leo. He seemed like a nice kid.

Too Read
3 1/2 out of 5

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