By beloved author Robin Jones Gunn, two timeless, heartwarming Christmas novellas bound together for the first time in an omnibus edition.
In FINDING FATHER CHRISTMAS, Miranda Carson's search for her father leads her unexpectedly to London with only a few feeble clues as to who he might be. Immediately welcomed into a family that doesn't recognize her, and whom she's quickly coming to love, she faces a terrible decision. Should she reveal her true identity and destroy their idyllic image of her father? Or should she carry the truth home with her to San Francisco and remain alone in this world? Whatever choice she makes during this London Christmas will forever change the future for both herself and the family she can't bear to leave.
In ENGAGING FATHER CHRISTMAS Miranda Carson can't wait to return to England for Christmas and to be with her boyfriend, Ian. She has spent a lifetime yearning for a place to call home, and she's sure Carlton Heath will be it, especially when a hinted-at engagement ring slips into the conversation. But Miranda's high hopes for a jolly Christmas with the small circle of people she has come to love are toppled when Ian's father is hospitalized and the matriarch of the Whitcombe family withholds her blessing from Miranda. Questions run rampant in Miranda's mind about whether she really belongs in this cheery corner of the world. Then, when her true identity threatens all her relationships in unanticipated ways, Miranda is certain all is lost. And yet . . . maybe Father Christmas has special gifts in store for her after all.
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Finding Father Christmas and Engaging Father Christmas are two Christmas novellas by Robin Jones Gunn. In Finding Father Christmas Miranda Carson is on a journey for answers. Miranda grew up traveling with her actress mother, Eve Carson. Miranda’s mother passed away without ever telling her the identity to her father. Miranda’s best clue is a photograph of a boy with Father Christmas taken at Carlton Photography Studio on Bexley Lane in Carlton Heath. Miranda heads to England and hopes that she will find the identity of her father. Miranda is warmly embraced by the townspeople. With a little help, Miranda soon finds the identity of her father. But will Miranda be able to tell them?
In Engaging Father Christmas, Miranda is heading back to Carlton Heath for Christmas. Miranda is looking forward to spending time with Ian (Miranda met him at the end of Finding Father Christmas) and the Whitcombe family. Miranda enjoyed her time with them the previous year. It was wonderful having a real family Christmas. Returning to Carlton Heath feels like coming home. If things turn out right with Ian, it could be home. But the road to happiness is full of bumps, curves, and icy patches. Will Miranda get her happily ever after?
Finding Father Christmas and Engaging Father Christmas are lovely, heartwarming stories. The books are about acceptance, embracing love, forgiveness, and finding/accepting God in your life. Both stories are nicely written, easy to read, have a good pace, a beautiful setting (I want to live in Carlton Heath), and likeable (as well as relatable) characters. These two novellas will put you in the Christmas spirit. I give Finding Father Christmas and Engaging Father Christmas 4 out of 5 stars. The only negative comment I have is that they are a little predictable. These Christmas stories are a nice change of pace and romance lovers will enjoy these charming novellas. These two books can be purchased separately or in this combined omnibus edition. The next book in the series is Kissing Father Christmas.