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Steeple Hill Books Season of Joy

As the holiday season approaches, wealthy CEO Calista Sheffield wants to give instead of receive. So she volunteers at a downtown Denver shelter, never expecting that her own scarred heart will be filled with hope and healing. The mission's director, handsome Grant Monohan, has devoted his life to helping those in need. But his harrowing past-and what he sees every day-makes him wary of Calista. Unless she shares her painful history, he'll never believe they can have a future. But a future with Grant at the shelter is the only Christmas gift Calista truly wants.
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A wonderful story for any season.

Date:November 15, 2012
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Donna
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This was a story rich with meaning and warmth. Calista is a CEO of a large company but has no close relationships with friends or family. I think her desire for a more meaningful life will resonate with many people. Grant is the director of a homeless shelter. He at first, sees Calista as another in a long line of privileged people who volunteer just long enough to feel good about themselves. They were both lonely and struggling with their faith in different areas. I enjoyed how their mutual respect and friendship grew into more. Even the secondary characters are interesting. Their stories, like the main characters are layered and unique.
This does not read like a debut novel. The story progresses without stalling and kept my interest with every page. It truly is an inspirational romance. I look very forward to other books by Virginia Carmichael.
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More than a Christmas romance

Date:October 18, 2012
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Location:North Carolina
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Inspirational romances are often set in small towns, Amish settlements, or medical locales. Few take place within the nitty-gritty day-to-day activities of a downtown shelter, the first clue Season of Joy is a special book. With her debut, Virginia Carmichael gives the reader a glimpse into a world where love and faith are tested daily. Themes of loneliness, loss, healing and hope are explored in a style both wry and compassionate.
The romance between the strong but lonely heroine and wary hero as well as interactions with colorful secondary characters keep the reader turning the pages quickly. An excellent understanding of "the least of these", both the poor in material goods and those poor in love and companionship, make this romance more than a just Christmas-themed story. Virginia Carmichael has given readers a gift for the season and beyond. Looking forward to more from her in the future.
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