I love reading and reviewing books....many Christian books, Amish/Mennonite fiction, biographies/autobios, nonfiction, historical fiction, mystery/suspense. I am a retired teacher on disability due to health. I am a Master Food Volunteer and volunteer with Virginia Cooperative Extension. I am also a grandma to the cutest two-year-old and several stepgrands! I love my pomeranian, Cocoa! I am a crochet fanatic!
Tuesday, November 17, 2015
5-Star Review of "Return to Christmas"
Review of Return to Christmas
by Kathi Macias
Return to Christmas beautifully blends the two struggling worlds of a former marine and a little boy with attachment disorder. Former Marine Chet is having a hard time adjusting to civilian life. He doesn't need help. He needs employment. He doesn't have issues. The little boy his friends adopted has issues. But there is something about that little boy that draws him. Will the events leading up to this Christmas be able to melt his soldier heart or will he spiral into a dark depression?
MY REVIEW: Kathi Macias has written a beautiful, stirring tale of PTSD, death, attachment disorder, and forgiveness. This is such a timely story as we currently have so many young soldiers are returning from deployments with PTSD and desperately need counseling and love. The families are also deeply affected by the emotions and actions of the veterans. Jeneen and precious little three-year-old Kevin are dealing with the fallout of Chet's issues from his most recent deployment but they are not giving up on their beloved husband and daddy. Jeneen was unsaved when Chet went away to the Middle East but she has since become a Christian and Chet is not happy about this turn of events. He does not appreciate her efforts to get him to attend church with her and Kevin and wishes she would leave him alone about it.
There are other important relationships explored in the novel with the owner of Kevin's daycare and their adopted son and the young assistant and her boyfriend who hope to become involved in mission work together someday. This book is all about Christmas miracles and how God works in the lives of three families. I loved this book and can not say enough good things about it. I have several relatives who are active military and know the power of prayer for each of them and their families.
I rate this book 5 stars and give it high recommendations.
I received a free ebook of this novel from netgalley in exchange for my honest review.
About the Author:
Kathi Macias is a multi-award winning writer who has authored nearly 40 books and ghostwritten several others. A former newspaper columnist and string reporter, Kathi has taught creative and business writing in various venues and has been a guest on many radio and television programs. Kathi is a popular speaker at churches, women’s clubs and retreats, and writers’ conferences. She won the 2008 Member of the Year award from AWSA (Advanced Writers and Speakers Association) and was the 2011 Author of the Year from BooksandAuthors.net. Her novel set in China, Red Ink, was named Golden Scrolls 2011 Novel of the Year and was also a Carol Award Finalist; her October 2012 release, Unexpected Christmas Hero, was named 2012 Book of the Year by BookandAuthors.net. Kathi “Easy Writer” Macias lives in Homeland, CA, with her husband.
Kathi is passionate about The Voice of the Martyrs and Open Doors. To learn more about the persecuted church, please visit VOM’s website and Open Doors Website