Wednesday, February 20, 2019

A Readers' Favorite Five Star Review

I was pleasantly surprised to find this review waiting for me this morning.  And even more please with the rating.  This reviewer truly gets my story.  I couldn't ask for more.

Review #1: Review by Emily-Jane Hills Orford
Reviewed By:

Emily-Jane Hills Orford

Review Rating:

5 Stars - Congratulations on your 5-star review!

Reviewed By Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers’ Favorite

Not everyone enjoys the festivities and excitement of  Christmas. There are a lot of people who have no family to  share the season with and no happy memories to carry them  through. Nate is one of these people. As a baby, he was  abandoned, adopted by a couple who really didn’t want him,  and he grew up distanced from happy memories. Once he was  old enough, he moved out and didn’t look back. He picked up  a job on a Christmas tree farm and grew to love the family  that ran it, especially their daughter, Molly. Invited into their  home for Christmas, Nate learns that happy family memories  of Christmas really do exist. But will it last? Or will a  heartbreak interfere with his growing passion for this magical  season.

Jane O’Brien’s romance novella, Pinecones and Promises,  nurtures the true meaning of Christmas. A gentle,  compassionate story, the opening narrative provides the  reader with Nate’s background in a realistic and sympathetic  manner. The setting, primarily on a Christmas tree farm, is  ideal for the initiation of a romance that is not only with the  daughter of the family that owns the farm, but also with the  beauty and excitement of Christmas and the love that makes it  all possible. The characters are well developed and the reader  is drawn into the story right from the opening lines. The  reader feels compassion as Nate reveals his life story; they  cheer when he finds love and learns to appreciate Christmas;  and they cry when he feels heartbreak and rejection. Through  it all, both Nate and Molly grow and learn to appreciate the  wisdom of their elders and the words of scripture.