This Christmas won't be the relaxed vacation the guests of Grey Sage Inn expected.
About the book:
This Christmas, there's plenty of room at the inn.
Nestled in the snow-covered Sangre de Cristo Mountains near Santa Fe, the Grey Sage Inn looks like the perfect place for weary travelers to escape the craziness of the Christmas season. There's plenty to see in historic Santa Fe during the day, and the inn's owners, Maude and Silas Thornhill, are happy to spend their evenings hosting this year's guests from across the country.
But an unusual snowstorm throws a wrench in the festive mood. The sprawling inn becomes close quarters as stranded guests discover this Christmas won't be the relaxed vacation they expected. Tension and fear mount as the storm worsens, and Silas, a retired doctor, is called away in the middle of the night to care for a neighbor. The snow and stress unlocks tongues-and in the unexpected conversation that follows, secrets and pasts are revealed, and hearts are healed.
In the midst of snowdrifts and fireside conversations, of tales of days gone by, the warmth of Christmas brings a renewed hope as these trapped strangers become friends-proof again that the joy, hope, peace, and love of Christmas can be experienced no matter where you are.
Phyllis Clark Nichols believes everyone could use a little more hope and light. Her character-driven Southern fiction explores profound human questions from within the simple lives of small town communities you just know you've visited before. With a love for nature, art, faith and ordinary people, she tells redemptive tales of loss and recovery, estrangement and connection, longing and fulfillment, often through surprisingly serendipitous events. Phyllis grew up in the deep shade of magnolia trees in South Georgia. Now she lives in the Texas Hill Country with her portrait-artist husband, where red birds and axis deer are her ever-ravenous neighbors. She is an English major and classically-trained musician, seminary graduate, concert artist and co-founder of a national cable network for the health and disability-related programming. After retiring as a cable network executive, Phyllis began leading mission teams to orphanages in Guatemala and now serves on three non-profit boards where she works with others who are equally passionate about bringing hope and light to those who need it most.
I really enjoyed this book, it is the perfect mix of so many feelings and emotions that the characters and reader alike will experience. Maude and Silas have escaped Christmas at home for so many years and have made it their personal quest to experience as many different tropical locations as possible during the Christmas holiday, but it is also an escape for them. This year their vacation is planned and set, but first they are hosting a group at the inn. While reading over the RSVP list, Maude notes it is quite a group of varying interests and careers; however they are all sharing a common thing, Christmas at this inn. The weather interferes and things do not quite go according to plans, but maybe this is helping each person get exactly what their soul needs.
This story was well-written and the characters were all well-developed. I could completely picture the setting and this group of people at the inn, being snowed in and the coziness, yet also the tension as plans are changed and so many personalities. I highly recommend this book and it is one that I will read again each year at this time.
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**Thanks to the LItfuse Publicity Group for including me on this blog tour and for the complimentary copy of this book.*