Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Review: The Christmas Baby by Lisa Carter

From the Back of the Book

Anna Reyes is pregnant and widowed, and a Christmas homecoming isn’t so simple. Reuniting with her best friend, Ryan Savage, makes it easier—even though she knows he’ll soon be leaving their small coastal hometown. After putting his career on hold for his family’s business, Ryan’s finally ready to pursue his goals. But as he and Anna work to make the holidays special for a group of at-risk kids, Ryan wonders if he can give up one dream for another. They’re determined to make this a Christmas to remember, but can Ryan and Anna also make their holiday family last forever?

My Thoughts

It's a Love Inspired, contemporary Christmas story about a single almost mom. It's right up my alley!

The single and pregnant aspect was different that anything I had read before. Anna is a widow who chose to have her late husband's child a few years after he died. I liked her character's independence and determination to do things on her own, although I thought she could have made a couple of different choices.

I liked how Anna came to recognize that God is always in control and that He can make all things work for good. 

Ryan was Anna's childhood best friend and they reconnected since Anna just moved back to their hometown. Ryan had moved home a few years earlier to help with the family business but is considering moving away again for a job opportunity. I liked Ryan's family and if I were him, I would have had trouble leaving town because I wouldn't have wanted to leave them.

The story between Ryan and Anna was good, however what I loved about this book were the three at-risk children that Ryan and Anna worked with in an after school program. I wanted to keep reading to see how their stories would end! I liked how the pastor's wife was so connected and helped the families of the at-risk children help themselves. I wish real life always had such happy endings.

This was a nice Christmas story and if you like contemporary Christian fiction, I think you will like this book.

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