October 22, 2016

Restoring Christmas


I am one of those people who count down the days till Christmas. Who can’t wait to find the perfect tree, decorate my home to the hilt, and watch Hallmark Christmas movies beginning in October. But even if you’re not a fanatic like me, I’m certain you’ll enjoy this inspiring and heart-hugging story.

Eight weeks until the final scene at Christmas. Eight weeks that had seemed so short earlier that morning now stretched light-years into her shaky future. ~excerpt, pg. 11

Restoring Christmas, by Cynthia Ruchti, is a sweet romantic story filled with heart, home, and hope. Without being cheesy or sappy, these pages made me laugh and cry. They pulled my heartstrings and then wrapped them securely into a shiny Christmas bow.

Alexis Blake travels to Algoma, Wisconsin to restore an old home in need of a little tender loving care—and a lot of updating. She must film the process, and submit it to the Heart-and-Home Channel by the end of December for a chance at a spot on next year’s Restoring Christmas television special.  If the filmed audition goes well, she might land her own show. Because she will pay out-of-pocket for the entire cost of construction, decorating, and filming, both her career, and sanity, teeters on the next eight weeks being productive and going as planned.

Well, those plans go awry shortly after Alexis arrives in the “Old Country” town. Esteemed videographer, George Langley, suffers a medical setback, and sends Gabe, his witty, slightly irritating, unprofessional looking son in his stead. Though she finds the flannel-wearing man somewhat attractive, in a lumberjack kind of way, what could he possibly know about professional videography? She envisions her career plummeting as fast as her bank account. Why can’t her life go smoothly—for once?

This story is littered with unexpected twists and revelations, and overflows with heart. When things can’t go wrong, they do, and when opposites attract, the light of Christmas shines. I love this story, and I expect you will too.

5 Stars


Cover: Love
Title: Love
Publisher: Worthy Inspired
Pacing: Steady/Fast
Pages: 240
ISBN-13: 978-1617957079
First Lines: Roasted Chestnut Latte? How can that be a bad thing? Alexis Blake shuffled forward in line as two of the three customers in front of her finished paying for their beverages.

I received a complimentary copy of this book.

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