Monday, October 4, 2010

The Gingerbread Season

The Gingerbread Season
By Betsy St Amant

About the book:
Allie James returns to her hometown in need of a holiday job. Never did she expect old boyfriend Jordan Walker to hire her as his secretary! Years ago Jordan shredded her heart like wrapping paper. Now he must convince Allie that all he wants for Christmas is her love.

About the author:

Betsy St. Amant lives in Louisiana and is a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers group. Betsy is multi-published through Steeple Hill and has been published in Christian Communicator magazine and Praise Reports: Inspiring Real Life Stories of How God Answers Prayer. One of her short stories, ‘Kickboxing or Chocolate’, appears in a Tyndale compilation book, and she is also multi-published through The Wild Rose Press. Betsy has a BA in Christian Communications and regularly contributes articles to She is a wife, author, new mother and an avid reader who enjoys sharing the wonders of God’s grace through her stories.
My Review:
The Gingerbread Season is the second story in the Christmas novel, Mistletoe Prayers. Allie James feels like all she has worked for is gone. The business she went against her parents’ wishes to start has crumbled and she has found herself single, unemployed, and moving back in with her parents - not what Allie had always dreamed. Thinking this is only temporary Allie takes a holiday job only to find out her boss, Jordan Walker, is the ex-boyfriend who broke her heart 10 years ago.

The story switches between the perspectives of both Jordan and Allie. I really liked the point of view changes because it was easy to see how both were feeling despite the front they each put forward. The main characters were very well developed and I could easily sense the awkwardness each felt inside.

Betsy St Amant crafted Allie to be in touch with her feelings while trying very hard to push them down. A reader can really sense the struggle brewing inside of Allie as well as her love for the Christmas season and her determination not to let her current disappointments ruin her favorite holiday. I loved how there were so many fun traditions in the little town and how much the people in the story care about the town.

Favorite Line:
"Every gift comes with struggles."
Rating: 5 carats
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