Marji Laine

I Love a Good Mystery!

Hot Chocolate Season

hot chocolateNo doubt. It’s time for seasonal music, roaring fireplaces, and the smooth, heavenly flavor of hot cocoa. Okay, almost. But with the temperature dipping, I delighted in a few hours of anticipation of holiday spirit.

Yuletide Angel, debut novella by Sandra Ardoin, draws the reader into a simpler time, when chatting was done face to face and people left their front doors unlocked.

“Shrinking” Violet Madison has a secret. A timid woman, protected all of her life, she dreams of adventures and unwittingly initiates a few. Her neighbor, Hugh Barnes, is more than the local grocer. While he hides his own secrets, he uncovers Violet’s, unbeknownst to her.

Yuletide AngelWhen I say I delighted in my time reading this story, I wasn’t exaggerating. After a wearying day, I’m so glad I had this sweet story to engage me and reignite my energy. If for no other reason than to get started on my Christmas list and begin designing the projects I’ll be making.

After all, we are anticipating the season of giving. Not done from our excess, but done sacrificially because of a deep love for our friends and family. It’s the sacrificial giving that shows the depth of our affection. Just like the Father showed His deep and abiding love for us when He gave his Son. Talk about sacrificial giving.

Yuletide Angel is all about sacrificial giving, forgiving, and the healing that comes from God’s love.

Your Turn: What Christmas story is on your to-read list for the coming holiday? This one should be!

Author: Marji Laine

Marji is a recently "graduated" homeschooling mom whose twin girls have blessed her by sticking around the nest for a little longer. She spends her days directing the children’s music program at her church and working with the authors of Write Integrity Press to put out the best possible version of their books. Raised in suburban Dallas, she got her first taste of writing through the stories of brilliant authors of their day, Mignon Eberhart and Phyllis A. Whitney, and through stage experience. After directing and acting in productions for decades, Marji started writing her own scripts. From that early beginning, she delved into creating scintillating suspense with a side of Texas sassy. She invites readers to unravel their inspiration, seeking a deeper knowledge of the Lord’s Great Mystery that invites us all.

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