Year of the Bookwormz: 2011

52 weeks. 2 friends. 1 challenge.

Book #46: Fabookulous December 3, 2010


Finding Father Christmas by Robin Jones Gunn

Book description:

Bestselling author Robin Jones Gunn brings readers a poignant Christmas novella about a woman, desperate for a place to belong, who finds herself in London a few days before Christmas, looking for the father she never knew.

In FINDING FATHER CHRISTMAS, Miranda Carson’s search for her father takes a turn she never expected when she finds herself in London with only a few feeble clues to who he might be. Unexpectedly welcomed into a family that doesn’t recognize her, and whom she’s quickly coming to love, she faces a terrible decision. Should she reveal her true identity and destroy their idyllic image of her father? Or should she carry the truth home with her to San Francisco and remain alone in this world? Whatever choice she makes during this London Christmas will forever change the future for both herself and the family she can’t bear to leave. Robin Jones Gunn brilliantly combines lyrical writing and unforgettable characters to craft a story of longing and belonging that will stay with readers long after they close the pages of this book.

If you’re looking for a Christmas story for this time of year, look no further. I didn’t look further than my mom’s bookshelf where this little gem was hiding. As I mentioned before, my mom loves a good Christmas story and some can still be found around her home. In my efforts to continue with shorter books to reach this year’s 52-book challenge, Finding Father Christmas struck my fancy immediately. 🙂

Finding Father Christmas is an excellent blend of cozy, warm, comforting, and inviting. Set in England, this is a story of Miranda Carson’s search for her father with just a few clues left to her. When she stumbles upon the Tea Cosy in England, she can’t expect the turn her fate will take. The characters are inviting and hospitable and welcome Miranda with open arms from the start of the story. For readers who can’t relate to Miranda’s sense of longing and search for a parent she never knew, your curiosity will pique and you will be interested to see how she handles herself. Going off of just a few clues she has, she longs to find her father or at least to hear of him. What she doesn’t expect is, well… guess you’ll have to read it to find out 🙂

This story is told at that perfect pace that keeps the readers engaged while not dragging on too long. While Miranda’s personality leaves some to be desired, the true stars that shine in this novella are the characters with whom she encounters and the family they have. This would be a wonderful Christmas movie, if it’s not already…? Robin Jones Gunn does a fantastic job with this story that will just warm your heart during a cold time of the year. And I’m looking forward to reading more of Gunn’s novels; I’ll probably start with the sequel, Engaging Father Christmas.

I encourage you to check this one out and get yourself in that Christmas spirit of love, hospitality, and joy. It’s the most wonderful time of the year!

4/5 stars

Fabookulous

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