One thing I love about being a reviewer of Christian fiction is that I can count on getting to read several Christmas novels this time of year. These books are usually in several different styles or genres from historical to humorous to contemporary romance. “Christmas at Grey Sage” is one of the Christmas books I was blessed to read this year and it might just be the most memorable one.
When I first began to read “Christmas at Grey Sage”, I thought to myself “why did I agree to review this one? It looks like it’s going to be slow going!” Yes, I did have a bit of difficulty getting into the story at first but I kept reading and soon found myself totally engrossed in the happenings at Grey Sage and Santa Fe. It was obvious that God had drawn this unusual combination of people together for a purpose and even created an unprecedented snow storm to keep them together a little longer than originally planned. He had such marvelous plans for these broken humans who each had reason to wish to escape their usual Christmas routine. Some found emotional healing, others received a new outlook on life or a boost in their self-confidence, and at least two of them may have even found romance.
“Christmas at Grey Sage” is filled with so many quotable lines that I wish I had written them down as I read. I couldn’t help but create a meme with one of the quotations but it was actually difficult to choose which one to use. I have included it below.
I loved this book and am so thankful that I had the chance to read it. I hope others will grab a copy for themselves and enjoy it as much as I did.
I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book provided by Litfuse Publicity. A favorable review was not required. All views expressed are my own.
ABOUT THE BOOK:
This Christmas, there’s plenty of room at the inn.
Nestled in the snow-covered Sangre de Cristo Mountains near Santa Fe, the Grey Sage Inn looks like the perfect place for weary travelers to escape the craziness of the Christmas season. There’s plenty to see in historic Santa Fe during the day, and the inn’s owners, Maude and Silas Thornhill, are happy to spend their evenings hosting this year’s guests from across the country.
But an unusual snowstorm throws a wrench in the festive mood. The sprawling inn becomes close quarters as stranded guests discover this Christmas won’t be the relaxed vacation they expected. Tension and fear mount as the storm worsens, and Silas, a retired doctor, is called away in the middle of the night to care for a neighbor. The snow and stress unlocks tongues–and in the unexpected conversation that follows, secrets and pasts are revealed, and hearts are healed.
In the midst of snowdrifts and fireside conversations, of tales of days gone by, the warmth of Christmas brings a renewed hope as these trapped strangers become friends–proof again that the joy, hope, peace, and love of Christmas can be experienced no matter where you are.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Phyllis Clark Nichols believes everyone could use a little more hope and light. Her character-driven Southern fiction explores profound human questions from within the simple lives of small town communities you just know you’ve visited before. With a love for nature, art, faith and ordinary people, she tells redemptive tales of loss and recovery, estrangement and connection, longing and fulfillment, often through surprisingly serendipitous events. Phyllis grew up in the deep shade of magnolia trees in South Georgia. Now she lives in the Texas Hill Country with her portrait-artist husband, where red birds and axis deer are her ever-ravenous neighbors. She is an English major and classically-trained musician, seminary graduate, concert artist and co-founder of a national cable network for the health and disability-related programming. After retiring as a cable network executive, Phyllis began leading mission teams to orphanages in Guatemala and now serves on three non-profit boards where she works with others who are equally passionate about bringing hope and light to those who need it most.
Find out more about Phyllis at http://www.phyllisclarknichols.com.