A Christmas to Live For

Christian - Romance - General
438 Pages
Reviewed on 01/27/2021
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Author Biography

Brett Nelson lives in Arkansas, where he was born and raised. He wrote his first novel in 2012, just to see if he could, and has since been writing non-stop. His goal is to write stories of fiction that are clean, easy to read, fun, and that injects a layer of his faith into every novel. In short, he desires that his readers would finish every novel having experienced a tapestry of emotions from a good healthy cry, fits of amused laughter, soul-splitting inspiration, and everything in between. He has published two novels to date and will publish his third novel in early 2021. He has completed five novels, though only two are published, and he is currently writing three more, all in various stages of completion.

Other than writing, reading is one of his favorite things to do on a lazy, rainy day (or a sunny day, or at the beach, or...well, you get the picture). His favorite authors include: Mary Higgins Clark, Robin Cook, John Grisham, Katherine Spencer (Cape Light series), and Pastor John MacArthur, just to name a few.

And as a budding author himself, he enjoys dabbling in the novels of other budding authors, because you just never know when you'll uncover a new favorite.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Anne-Marie Reynolds for Readers' Favorite

A Christmas to Live For by Brett Nelson is a Christian romance. It's set in New York City during the holiday season. Bryan Crandon has gone to a Hallowe’en gala hosted by his friend. Across the room, he sees the girl he has been dreaming of, Kristin Greene. He manages to speak to her but, when the night ends, neither has given up their contact details. But Bryan can’t get his mind off her, even though the last thing he wants is another relationship. His family and friends don’t know it but Bryan is struggling with anorexia and bulimia and just doesn’t have the strength to face anything else, least of all a relationship. His best friend intervenes and pushes him in the right direction, towards Kristin and happiness. Can he make the jump? Will Kristin help him with his struggles, or are they destined to be nothing more than friends?

A Christmas to Live For by Brett Nelson is a unique story. Most authors write about eating disorders in terms of women; this is a fresh look from the perspective of a man with the same disorders. This isn’t just a story of personal struggles, although it does show you that what you see isn’t always what you get. You can’t see from first glance what a person may be struggling with underneath and a bit of kindness can often go a long way. It’s also a story about true friendship, celebrating the holidays with friends and a bit of romance. The characters are wonderful, developed into real people with their own issues and foibles and you live their lives through this story. Most people don’t think of men as having things like anorexia or bulimia and, fictional though it is, this book is a real eye-opener and a thoroughly enjoyable one at that.