Finding Father Christmas

Father Christmas Series #1

Christian - Romance - General
176 Pages
Reviewed on 03/19/2009
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Reviewed by Anne Boling for Readers' Favorite

Miranda was searching for someone; what she would find would change her life forever. Her search lead her to the Tea Cosy in Country Heath. As she looked in the window, she wondered if she had made a mistake traveling from San Francisco to London. She had few clues, a birth certificate, a playbill, and an old photograph. The quaint teashop was warm, inviting and seemed to be drawing her in. The owners Katherine and Andrew were dressed for the annual performance of Dickens play A Christmas Carol. Miranda had not been to a play since she was nine years old, when she had made the decision to shun all plays and had denounced all fables and fairy tales, including the tooth fairy, Easter Bunny and Santa. Her mother was Eve Carson, actress. Miranda’s childhood had been one of moving from one motel to another as her mother took one role after another. She did not mean to neglect Miranda but Eve’s first love always seemed to be the theater. Miranda spent her life trying to remain invisible. She longed for a father, someone who would love her, someone who would accept her. Would she find the acceptance she desperately needed or would she go home keeping her secret to herself?

Finding Father Christmas by Robin Jones Gunn is a delightful Christmas novel. The story is written from Miranda’s point of view. I felt it was an interpretation of Dicken’s A Christmas Carol. MS Gunn is a talented writer; her words drew me into the story. I could almost see the old church with the brilliant stained glass windows and the home of Ellie and Edward. I could almost feel the warmth of the fire and the chill of the snowflakes. I felt I had been transported to the Tea Cosy and Ellie’s home. The characters are well developed. Miranda is deprived and vulnerable and searchest for acceptance, yet not willing to wound others. Ellie, Katherine, Andrew and Doralee are perfect supporting characters. All showed love for Miranda. The end of the plot has a hint of romance in the future. I did not want this book to end. I wanted to see more of Miranda’s life. Did she stay in London? Did she and Ian find love? Finding Father Christmas is the perfect Christmas book. It certainly put me in the right frame of mind for Christmas. I will be recommending Finding Father Christmas to all my friends!

Carolyn R. Scheidies

When Miranda went to England, all she wanted to do was discover her father. All she has is bits and pieces and a photo with a tag from a business no longer in existence. But when she's befriended and taken in for the holidays, Miranda begins a journey of faith and discovery of not only her earthly father, but also her Heavenly one.

A sweet story that tugs at the heart, drawing the reader to the heart of Christmas--worship. --Carolyn R Scheidies for Author's Choice Reviews [...]

Holly

I loved this little gem. Miranda Carson grew up with her nomadic actress mother and only one clue to her father's identity: a photograph with the name and location of the photography studio on the back of it.

As an adult, she takes a spontaneous trip to England to try and locate any information she can about her father. She ends up in a picturesque English village, complete with Charles Dickens and Father Christmas, on Christmas Eve. The photography studio is long gone, but in it's stead she finds herself welcomed into the home and lives of some delightful people. As Miranda opens her heart to the love shown her, she finds the answers she was seeking and these change her life forever.

Predictable and light, it's nevertheless a charming little book. Perfect for a cozy afternoon in front of the fire.

Michelle Sutton

This was a nice, cup of cocoa kind of read. While it had some poignant and soul-searching moments, I didn't find it very deep or compelling. But then again, I'm not much of a warm fuzzy Christmas story kind of book reader, either. So there was not enough conflict to make my heart respond. But it was a nice story and I want to read the next book in the series. I want to know what will happen to Miranda's love life since this story had no romance in it at all. Maybe if the book had been longer than a novella the author could have probed the inner workings of her heart more. But given the limitations of the word count, the author did a good job with this novel. It was well-written, and I finished it, which is a rare occurrence these days. Need I say more?

Tina E. Smith

This was an excellent read. For ladies who never knew their fathers and were close to their mothers this book is for you.