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Monday, November 16, 2009
Review - Noella's Gift by Donica Covey
Title : Noella’s Gift
Author : Donica Covey
Publisher : Champagne Books
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Rating: GOTTA Read
Reviewed by: MarthaE
A disillusioned cop, and a bitter woman. Can a little girl take the bah-humbug out of their holiday?
Holly Harper has hated Christmas for years. The season full of commercialism has left her feeling cold and bitter. When she finds a little girl freezing and alone she feels warmth spark in her heart. She's determined to keep the child until Christmas is over.
Jaxon Cole is a police detective whose Christmas spirit left a long time ago. He knows the season brings an increase in drunk driving accidents and suicides. But when a dark haired woman shows up in his office with a little waif in tow he sees that there is some good in the holiday.
Will they find joy in the season or will their hearts be as cold as the winter winds?
This is a charming story of Christmas magic breaking through the barriers of two hearts! It is a very short novella that can be read in one sitting.
Holly is afraid to get close to anyone as she is convinced that they will leave her alone and heartbroken. Yet she can’t seem to resist helping little Noella who has suddenly appeared at her house!
Jax is frustrated and disgruntled by his job and the miseries he sees around him. He expects trouble during the Christmas rush but doesn’t expect to have to help a pretty woman with a waif of a child! I liked how Jax warmed to Holly and Noella and how he was patient when he had to be.
I liked how the author had Holly coax Noella to tell her name and answer a few questions. Although Noella exhibits some sheer joy at the kindnesses shown her and some natural exuberance, there is a sense of sadness too. Where did Noella come from and what will happen to her? You might be surprised! I hope you will read this and find the magic and joy yourself! I will look for longer stories from this author based upon the fine characters and plot presented in this short story.