Friday, December 13, 2019

Have your tissues ready when you read this book ! Fabulous Giveaway!



About the Book:

Author: Chautona Havig
Genre: Christian Contemporary Fiction, Christian Romantic Fiction, Christmas
One man’s last Christmas wish might change two lives forever.
Mallory Barrows has one last Christmas with her uncle.  She’s determined to make it the best one he’s ever had.
She knows when she asks what he wants as his final gift, it won’t be a tie or a new mug. He won’t need those where he’s going, and he’s quite happy about that.
Mallory just didn’t think he wanted a miracle wrapped in paper and tied with a shiny red bow!
Christmas on Breakers Point is the introductory book to the Independence Islands Series.
Click here to get your copy!


My Thoughts:

In my opinion, any book by Chautona Havig will be a good one! AND this one is the BEST yet!! This author often tackles tough topics in her stories but always does so with sensitivity and grace. Dealing with death is hard for anyone. The Christmas season seems to be the hardest time to have to live through. "Breakers Point" is the first in a new series  and immediately grabbed me and wouldn't let go! 

The chraracter development is outstanding , being so realistic that the reader easily can identify with the characters. Uncle Bud is a dear old soul , one that I would love to have in my family. His love for Mallory is so strong, as is his faith in the Lord. Chautona has a unique voice that has one living the good and the bad along with the residents of this community. My tears flowed as Uncle Bud became weaker. As he started to lose his grip on life, Mallory took over and became stronger in her faith. I greatly admired her desire to please this sweet man. 

The plot is well developed with twists and turns at every turn of the page. I enjoyed the ups and downs as I became more and more observed in the changing lives of the characters. The use of scripture made me examine my own life and how I can deal with unexpected events in a better way.

For a brief time, I was there , on that beautiful beach alongside Mallory and Uncle Bud. I felt the wind in my face and could see the palm branches blow. 
Don't miss this book! It is a must read!! But.... you may need a few tissues!

This book was supplied by CelebrateLit. The thoughts and opinions expressed are honest and my own.


ChautonaAbout the Author

Chautona Havig lives in an oxymoron, escapes into imaginary worlds that look startlingly similar to ours and writes the stories that emerge. An irrepressible optimist, Chautona sees everything through a kaleidoscope of It’s a Wonderful Life sprinkled with fairy tales. Find her on the web and say howdy—if you can remember how to spell her name.



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The book opens with a phone call that goes like this:
Her phone buzzed. Without taking her eyes from the page, Mallory Barrows fumbled about until her hand closed around it. The book held her bound in ropes of suspense as the villain slipped into the party unannounced—unseen. While she followed him around the edge of the imaginary room, her thumb swiped, tapped, and answered the call as if on autopilot.
Even as Mallory said, “Hello?” her breath caught. The guy had found his prey.
“Mallory, honey?”
Without a second look, she dropped the book and sat up, feet planted firmly on the floor and all attention on the call.  “Is it time?”
“’Fraid so, darlin’. Doc says it’s a matter of weeks or a month or two. And I promised.”
“I’ll be there Friday afternoon.”

Just days after I wrote those lines, I woke up to a message from my sister.  “Call Mom.”
I called.  Mom said, “I need you to come.”  That was Thursday.  I walked into Mom’s house on Saturday evening and our lives changed forever.
I don’t know if God prepared me for this change by having me write that scene just days before, but I have to say it felt like it!  Everything went crazy for over a month as I tried to wrap up my mother’s affairs in Missouri, I had to try to finish three books in a time of upheaval and turmoil.  No, it’s not the same as trying to help a young woman reclaim her True First Love so she could reclaim her first earthy love.  It isn’t the same as starting a whole new life and a new business.  But… oh, how it felt like it.
Another parallel in the story and my life was how Mallory struggles to try to get Uncle Bud to eat. I did the same thing for most of my time in Missouri.  Mom struggled and hard just to swallow and just wanted to eat.  So, while I was writing, I worked hard to come up with a recipe that Mallory might use to convince Uncle Bud to eat something.  The result were these Coconut Lime Cookies. I hope you love them as much as Uncle Bud did.

Coconut Lime Cookies
Ingredients:
2 ¼ cups white flour
½ tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
½ tsp salt
1 cup shredded coconut
1 cup sugar
3 oz room temp cream cheese—cubed
½ tsp vanilla
Zest of 1 lime (key limes may be preferred)
½ cup (1 stick) melted butter (warm)
1 egg
1 TBS milk (whole is the most delicious… and half & half is even better)
1 TBS lime juice (again, some may prefer key limes)
½ cup powdered sugar  (reserved for rolling cookies in)

Directions: (oven preheats to 350)
Stir together the first five ingredients in a medium mixing bowl. Set aside
Stir together sugar, cream cheese, and lime zest in a large mixing bowl. Cream butter in. Repeat with egg, milk, and lime juice, one at a time. Make sure your ingredients are thoroughly mixed.
Add dry ingredients slowly. Mix well.
Roll dough into approximately 1” balls.  Roll each ball into powdered sugar and place on parchment paper-lined cookie sheet.
Bake for approximately 11-12 minutes until lightly golden.

Before you eat, close your eyes and imagine yourself beneath swaying palm trees with warm sand between your toes.  Merry Christmas!

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Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Chautona is giving away the grand prize of a 6 Month Kindle Unlimited subscription!!
Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

1 comment:

  1. This was a very good book. The more I think about it, the more I get out of it.

    ReplyDelete

A Great Read!! Be sure that you enter the giveaway!

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