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Reviewed by Elisabeth Pennella for Readers' Favorite
In Christmas, Alabama by Susan Sands, the story follows Rachel Prudhomme’s new life in the town of Ministry, Alabama. After all the suffering due to her father’s behavior, she is now trying to overcome her fears in order to trust men again. Dr. Nick Sullivan arrives in this podunk town and is surprised not only by the people’s generosity and friendliness, but also by the hospital’s efficiency. Moreover, “destiny” gives him a chance to be the neighbor of the beautiful town photographer. From the very start, he thinks she could be the woman of his dreams, but first she needs to let down her guard and confide in him.
Christmas, Alabama is the fourth enjoyable book in the Alabama Series. Once again, author Susan Sands captivates our emotions with her delightful prose. We have the chance to both revisit characters we know and meet new ones that are very well described and rounded. I really appreciate the author’s ability to represent realistic stories and also analyze some psychological traits of the characters. This book highlights Rachel’s fears. In fact, although she is an independent woman, a talented photographer, and devoted to her family, she also needs time to heal from the pain of her childhood and try to finally forgive her father. In Christmas, Alabama, we can observe how love, family, and forgiveness are the keys to happiness, and enjoy the company of these interesting characters in a warm and positive Christmas spirit.