About the book:

Charlene needs a miracle. God has one waiting … a hundred years in the past.

In Time for Christmas — a Novella, is the story of Charlene Williams, a woman trapped in a dangerously abusive marriage. Disappointed that God hasn’t gotten her out of it, or even hears her prayers at all, she has shut down emotionally. When husband Dale becomes suspicious of her daily chats with the mailman, he whisks her out of town and abandons her on his family’s ranch—an isolated, dilapidated place no one has lived on for over forty years. With the promise that he’ll be back in a few days, he knocks her unconscious and leaves.

Charlene wakes up on the ranch—a hundred years in the past. Almost instantly she is drawn to Billy Page, Dale’s great grandfather. The connection is powerful and mysterious, but should she risk falling in love with a ghost? What’s going on here? Is Charlene dead, dreaming, in a coma, or simply experiencing a gift from her heavenly father? She’ll learn one thing for certain: God does see the tears of his children.

My Thoughts:

I won an audio book copy of this novella in a giveaway. This is the first book of Heather Blanton’s that I have read/listened to. I appreciated how seamlessly the author wove the Heroine’s faith in God into this story. In the beginning of the story, Charlene had fallen away from God. However, as we are invited into Charlene’s life and her journey, we get a front row seat to her reconnecting with God. We see how she learns to trust in God again and through her journey of rediscovering her own voice we are reminded that not only are we each a loved and cherished by God, we are also reminded that you can always return to God no matter how far you have strayed.

While I’m sure the time-travel idea is a little far fetched for many, I found that in this story it worked quite well and helped the heroine grow and remember who she really was and to see her own self-worth again.

There could be some triggers in this story for those who have dealt with abusive relationships in marriage.

I enjoyed my time listening to this Christmas novella and I look forward to reading more from Heather Blanton in the future!

(I won an audio book copy of this novella in a giveaway. I am not required to write a review. Thoughts an opinions are my own.)

About the Author:

I write Christian Historical Western Romance. Yes, that often entails the use of firearms in a threatening manner. Sometimes there are fistfights. There may even be politically incorrect but historically accurate language. But also, there is always an inspirational message and strong allusions (at least) to the gospel.

A former journalist, I am an avid researcher and endeavor to skillfully weave truth in among fictional story lines. I love exploring the American West, especially ghost towns and museums. I have walked parts of the Oregon Trail, ridden horses through the Rockies, climbed to the top of Independence Rock, and even held an outlaw’s note in my hand.

I grew up in the mountains of Western North Carolina on a steady diet of Bonanza, Gunsmoke, and John Wayne Westerns. My most fond childhood memory is of sitting next to my daddy, munching on popcorn, and watching Lucas McCain unload that Winchester! My daddy also taught me to shoot and, trust me, I can sew buttons on with my rifle.

I can be reached several different ways:

http://ladiesindefiance.com/
https://www.facebook.com/authorheathe…
https://twitter.com/heatherfblanton
https://www.pinterest.com/heatherfbla…

I am a proud member of Western Writers of America.

My novels are all Christian Western Romance because this is the genre that lets me write about strong, pioneer women and men who struggle to find God and then live out their faith in real ways. Like good old fashioned Westerns, there is always justice, a moral message, American values, lots of high adventure, unexpected plot twists, and more than a touch of suspense. Of course, romance is always a strong element in my stories because it is such a beautiful gift from God and a perfect reflection of how he loves us: sacrificially and lavishly. My stories aren’t preachy or cheesy, but I hope they are inspirational, heart-warming, realistic, illuminating, and glorifying to God.

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