My Review of Samantha Jacobey’s ‘Christmas Joy’

Good afternoon friends and welcome. Today I’m presenting my review for Samantha Jacobey’s ‘Christmas Joy.’ The 4th book in the series. Candy and Gary are back for a new Christmas adventure. This time it’s a little different than the previous three Christmas’. A surprise happens at the firehouse where Gary works which will change things.

It is told from 2 points of view- Candy and Gary.

Candy is still a bit insecure around Gary’s affluent family and uses her studies to limit visitation. In this book, she has a lot of emotions over something new that comes into her life. Never been in her shoes, I can empathize with her. She shows strength while dealing with a sensitive issue. She is a perfectionist with most things. I found myself rooting for her as the story unfolded. She really wants a good Christmas this year as the past three have had unwanted drama. This year she opens her heart.

The family dynamics are interesting. They go deep, and I could clearly see the love between Candy and her son, Daks. Gary too had a strong fatherly demeanor.

Gary is his sweet gentle self. He is really good at calming his wife when she is feeling emotional. He doesn’t care what others think of him; he is his own person and goes out of his way to help others. He has a heart of gold and is very family oriented. I loved his strength in during the heart of an issue.

There is a sensitive subject in the story which caused discomfort for me. Be advised. You will see as you read along.

It is a cozy read that you can enjoy sitting in front of your fireplace. I read it in about 3 hours, so it is perfect for that snowy day. The pace is moderate. Although this is a stand-alone story, I would recommend reading the first three as they make references to events in them. I know you are going to love this read as much as I did.
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For my other reviews in the series, you can click the links below:

Christmas Candy Review

https://lynnlawler.wordpress.com/2017/02/03/my-review-for-samantha-jacobeys-christmas-eve/

https://lynnlawler.wordpress.com/2017/12/23/my-review-of-samantha-jacobeys-christmas-carol/

Here is an excerpt from Christmas Joy:

“Oh, Candy,” her mother squealed, unable to contain herself any longer. Fighting her way to her feet, Lanelle shuffled over, wrapping her arms around her only child. “I’m so proud of you,” she whispered against her ear, her forehead pressing against Candy’s.

“I know, mom,” Candy sighed. “I know that you all are, and I appreciate all the love and support each and every one of you has shown me. And next fall, I’ll be ready to dive back in, hopefully with some better results!”

Her confidence filling the room, the gathering cheered for her, with smiles and toast all around. Standing to tower over them, Gary wrapped both of the women in his massive arms, holding his bride against his broad chest.

“I sure do love you, kitten,” he confessed. “I’m glad you’ve decided not to give up.”

“I could never give up,” she giggled. “No matter how scary Christmas can be, I know now that I can face it. Especially now that I have found my Christmas Joy.”

Christmas Joy (Sweet Christmas Series Book 4)
 
Samantha Jacobey
 
Genre: Contemporary Holiday Romance
 
Lavish Publishing
 
142 pages

 

 
Life isn’t always sweet, even for girls called Candy.
Candice Parker married Gerald Ford on Christmas Eve two years ago following a massive blizzard. The year before that her family was left homeless when a fire burned their apartments to the ground. Fortunately, fireman Gary had been on call and led the team that rescued Lanelle and Dakota from the blaze.
Last year it all came to a head when Caroline joined their household as the nanny and housekeeper when she revealed the fire had been arson. Following the discovery, a sinister plot unfolded that almost killed them all.
To say Candy is dreading the arrival of this typically happy holiday would be an understatement.
However, she does have one thing going for her this year.

 

 

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Anyone who knows me could tell you, I am a friendly kind of person, never met a stranger and take up conversations anywhere at any time. I work hard, and my mind never seems to shut down, as I wake up often in the middle of the night with ideas pouring out and demanding to be dealt with. Of course that means much of my books were written in the middle of the night.
I grew up and still live in the great state of Texas where everything is bigger, where we have warm weather and a central location. I love my state, my town, and my family, which includes my four sons, my significant other, and many friends as well.
I have thoroughly enjoyed writing the books that are currently available and hope you will enjoy reading them just as much. And of course, there will be many more stories to come.

 

I want to thank all of you for stopping by today. I am wishing you all a very happy holiday season and I will see you again in 2019. May the best come to you always.

Until Next Time,

Lynn

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Awakened by Fate

Good afternoon Friends and welcome. I hope you all enjoyed a nice Thanksgiving. We went to visit our family and had a blast. It was great seeing everyone and I’m feeling a lot of gratitude. Things are going well and I wanted to share with you another promo for my book, ‘Awakened by Fate.’
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A lot goes into the making of a good book. In my case, it took several years. I am currently working on a few other manuscripts. Writing the story is the easy part. The hard part is editing and moving things around. I like to have the story in good shape before I send it off to the beta readers. Then they have their own notes I follow. You have to make sure everything ties together and there are no plot holes. It is easy to put in a minor character and then forget about them. That’s why it is so important to have an outline or two handy, to keep me on track.

Jackie is an interesting character in that she is so self-absorbed she doesn’t see what is going on around her. She thinks she’s doing a good job at work, at least until a rush comes in, then she doesn’t fare so well. She is walking along a path that leads to nowhere.

In the book, I go into greater details about her relationships with others. There is one woman that Jackie can’t upset. Out of jealousy and worried about losing her job, Jackie sets out to sabotage her new co-worker.
Mystical Jackie.jpgShe thinks she has her life in order, but can’t see the flaws in it at least she ignores the signs. A big disappointment happens and she still doesn’t see the truth.

It is interesting regarding Jackie’s choice of lovers, including one whom she got caught with. I chose for her to have a platonic relationship with her husband for this part of the story. He is gone a lot, but one has to wonder whether or not he is choosing to go on these assignments since their relationship draws out the worst in both of them.

Along the way, Jackie meets up with others who are able to be supportive of her as she goes through her change. Even still, she has her own ideas.

At the beginning of the story, Jackie has an estranged relationship with her family and has issues regarding them. Here she has a golden opportunity to clear up the tangled strands. But it isn’t easy and some things go unsaid that should be spoken.

I chose a complicated character because wanted her to have a bumpy ride before she realizes who she really is.

Here is another exciting excerpt from this story:

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“Welcome to the big league, Jackie.”

“You like the flyer?”

“Yes. Lisa is such a genius with her work. If it’s okay with you I’d like to take some of your flyers and post them around town and pass out at my next gig. What do you say?”

Smiling, Jackie said, “Sure.”

Giving her a hug, Trish said, “That’s my girl. Don’t be surprised when the phone calls start coming in. What do you say we spend some time tonight working on affirmations that you can post around your condo to remind you when you’re feeling off balance?”

Trish and Jackie's secret place

Jackie went to the office and returned with a pen and notebook. She and Trish stayed up to all hours of the night working. By the time they went to bed, Jackie passed out.

*

The gentle breeze brushed up against her cheek and the scent of pine and aspen was in the air. Looking around, Jackie saw that she was in a lush, breathtaking forest. The sun shone down through the trees, making the dew on the grass glisten. The wind whistled a soft song. In the distance, she saw a deer that turned to look at her. He stood still for a brief minute, but when she moved her hand, he turned and ran away.

She continued walking until she came to a small, grassy clearing. She lay down in the thick carpet and closed her eyes. For several minutes, she breathed in the clean, crisp air and allowed her mind to just wander. The sun felt warm, beating down on her face, and she allowed herself to soak up the rays.

The sound of a twig snapping caused her to freeze up. Panic overcame her as she sat up. Then in the distance, she saw two very tall women with long, flaxen, hair, sparkling blue eyes, and a healthy glow from their faces, standing next to a large aspen tree.

Jackie stood up and started walking towards them. They continued to stay put, as if they were waiting for her.

“Do I know you?”

The woman on the left replied, “Yes, you do. We have been with you on your current journey and are here to check in with you. How are you doing, Jackie?”

Puzzled, she looked hard at the two of them and thought. Then she spoke. “What do you mean by my current journey?”

“Your current incarnation. We are here to guide you as you walk through your life. You called us here at this time because you needed our assistance.”

“I’m at a loss here. Sorry.”

“You appear to be at a crossroads with several aspects in your life and are confused about which path to take. We cannot tell you which one to follow, but we can tell you that you will soon find the answer. You will need to go to a sacred place to receive it.”

Jackie replied in a huffy tone, “And where do I need to go to receive this message?”

“Ask Trish and she will take you there.”

“What do you mean ask Trish? What does she have to do with this?”

“Just trust what we are telling you. When you go to this place, go deep inside and the answer will come to you.”

A minute later, both women disappeared into the air and Jackie was left alone, standing in the forest. Without another thought she closed her eyes for a minute. When she opened them, she saw a fox sitting in the exact spot where the two women had been standing. Jackie stood there for several moments staring at the animal until he, too, disappeared.
Early in the morning on Kauai

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The second she woke, she wrote down what she remembered from her dream. Looking over, she saw a peaceful looking Trish lying next to her, breathing softly. Quietly, she stole out to the kitchen to make some coffee. The morning sun was inviting, so she went out on the balcony to absorb the rays of sunshine.

About twenty minutes later, Trish appeared in the doorway with a cup of joe in her hand. Smiling, she said, “You look radiant today.”

“Thanks.”

Trish sat down. Pointing at her notebook, she said, “Anything interesting come to you recently?”

“Oh, my. I had this weird dream last night,” she went into details of it.

Grasping her hands, Trish widened her eyes and said, “Hey, that is amazing! These two women are your spirit guides. It sounds like they want you to get out into nature. I know of a wonderful place that’s not too far away where we can go hiking sometime if you’re up for it. The best time to go is in the early morning when the sun is rising.”

“What do you think they are saying? I don’t get their secret.”

“I think I do.”

“And…,” Jackie said.

“You are definitely ready for this phase of your life. It sounds like the women want to show you something. Now that I think of it, I know of an even better place I can take you for a nature walk.”

“Is it far away?”

“Let me take care of the details.”

Around Trish’s neck was her fox medallion. Jackie’s heart skipped a beat. Trish looked down and smiled. Then she took it off and put it around Jackie’s neck and kissed it. “Allow good things to manifest.”

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Thank you for stopping by today and thanks so much for all your support with ‘Awakened by Fate.’ Be sure to stop by next week when I’ll be featuring my review for Suzie Carr‘s ‘The Curvy Side of Life.’

Until Next Time,

Lynn
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