Friday, December 8, 2017

Sweet Mix of Joy and Sadness

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.

Meet Phyllis Clark Nichols
She grew up in the deep shade of magnolia trees in Georgia and weaves her Southern culture into character-driven stories that explore profound human questions. She is a classically trained musician and enjoys art, books, nature, cooking, travel, and ordinary people. After retiring as a cable network executive, Phyllis began leading mission teams to orphanages in Guatemala and now serves on three nonprofit boards, where she works with others who are equally passionate about bringing hope and light to those who need it most. Phyllis and her husband live in the Texas Hill Country.

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My Thoughts:
This story was so sweet. It wasn't the usual type of book I read. There wasn't a whole lot of mystery or suspense, but it was just a sweet wonderful read. This book is the type you want to cozy up by the fireplace with a cup of hot cocoa or coffee and just have an evening of relaxing reading. 

The characters each have their own personality and style. Grey Sage hasn't had a Christmas in years, but this year will be different. Most of the people at Grey Sage for Christmas this year, have been through some type of tragedy and are just wanting to be away from home at Christmas to get away from their memories. This unlikely group actually makes a pretty interesting party. 

I enjoyed the artistic side of the story, the description of Santa Fe and the town and area. I also enjoyed the Christmas stories shared. It is such a beautiful portrayal of what Christmas really is, the birth of Christ, joy and sadness mixed together, family, and friends. 

At first, It felt like it was getting off to a slow start, but honestly by the end of the book, I fell in love with the characters, the place and the season all over again. I think this is a great description of the true meaning of Christmas and a reminder that Christmas is not about everything being perfect but about Love!

I would highly recommend this book. I received a copy courtesy of Litfuse Publicity to read. I was not asked or required to give a positive review. All opinions are my own. 

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