Finding Father Christmas & Engaging Father Christmas

Finding Father Christmas & Engaging Father Christmas

by Robin Jones Gunn

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By beloved author Robin Jones Gunn, two timeless, heartwarming Christmas novellas bound together for the first time in an omnibus edition.
In FINDING FATHER CHRISTMAS, Miranda Carson's search for her father leads her unexpectedly to London with only a few feeble clues as to who he might be. Immediately welcomed into a family that doesn't recognize her, and whom she's quickly coming to love, she faces a terrible decision. Should she reveal her true identity and destroy their idyllic image of her father? Or should she carry the truth home with her to San Francisco and remain alone in this world? Whatever choice she makes during this London Christmas will forever change the future for both herself and the family she can't bear to leave.

In ENGAGING FATHER CHRISTMAS Miranda Carson can't wait to return to England for Christmas and to be with her boyfriend, Ian. She has spent a lifetime yearning for a place to call home, and she's sure Carlton Heath will be it, especially when a hinted-at engagement ring slips into the conversation. But Miranda's high hopes for a jolly Christmas with the small circle of people she has come to love are toppled when Ian's father is hospitalized and the matriarch of the Whitcombe family withholds her blessing from Miranda. Questions run rampant in Miranda's mind about whether she really belongs in this cheery corner of the world. Then, when her true identity threatens all her relationships in unanticipated ways, Miranda is certain all is lost. And yet . . . maybe Father Christmas has special gifts in store for her after all.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781455565955
Publisher: FaithWords
Publication date: 09/06/2016
Series: Father Christmas
Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 191,763
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

ROBIN JONES GUNN has written 82 books over the past 25 years, with almost 4.5 million copies sold worldwide. She received a Christy Award for her novel Sisterchicks in Gondolas, and speaks at events around the US and Canada as well as in South America, Africa, Europe, and Australia.

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Finding Father Christmas & Engaging Father Christmas 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
WildflowerMom More than 1 year ago
"Come in! Come in and know me better!" A fitting description for the first novella in this compilation, when Miranda finds herself in a small English village, looking for the identity of her father based on an old photo and a playbill of her mother's. She ultimately finds her heavenly Father is the one she really needs, and He has arranged for her a series of events to lead her to the truth. The second book, Engaging Father Christmas, starts a year later with Miranda returning to the same English village near Christmas to reunite with her new love. The truth of who her father was has leaked out somehow, and upset the peace of her family reunion. She longs to find "grace and peace to all who enter", as it says over the doors of her friend's home. I really enjoyed both of these books! They are everything I like in a Christmas story--touching, meaningful, with a faith element, and a sweet romance in the second one. Both are set in England too, in a small village that puts on A Christmas Carol each year, so the references to the play in each one take on a special meaning for Miranda. The need for forgiveness, family support and acceptance is key to finding hope and peace in her life. Knowing that God accepts her and sees her as His own is a highlight in the stories. Recommend these to anyone looking for a tender, meaningful story set at Christmas. 4.5 stars (An e-copy of this book was provided by NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for my honest, original review.)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved the story and the characters, beautifully written.
GratefulGrandma More than 1 year ago
With the publishing of Kissing Father Christmas this year, Faithworks released the first two books together in this trilogy (published 2007 and 2008 respectively) for those who might have missed them. I had not read any of these books so quite enjoyed this volume In Finding Christmas, we meet Miranda, an American who is searching for her father. She was raised by her single mother not knowing who her father was. On the death of her mother she comes across clues, a picture of a young boy sitting with "Father Christmas" showing the name of the studio that took the picture. The studio is in a small village in England and even the street name is given. She also has her birth certificate that lists her father's name as Jay Ames. With nothing to lose and not wanting to spend another Christmas alone, Miranda books a last minute flight to England to see if she can locate the photography studio to see if they remember anything about the people in the picture. She ends up in a quaint village just in time to see their production of Charles Dicken "A Christmas Carol". She meets some very friendly and welcoming people who invite her to stay for Christmas. While enjoying their Christmas hospitality, friendly natures and loving families, she finds information that will change her life. In the sequel, Engaging Father Christmas, Miranda has returned to England for Christmas a year later. She's met by Ian, her boyfriend who is also the son of one of the close friends she has made in the village she visited. Miranda's dream of an idyllic Christmas with the man she deeply loves is upset when his father ends up in the hospital with a heart attack. She is staying in the home of her newly discovered family, but all do not welcome her with open arms. There is some tension radiating from one member of her new family. Along with finding her family, Miranda has discovered the love of God and his son Jesus Christ. She had never been a church goer and she was surprised when this feeling snuck up on her unexpectantly. She embraces this and uses her newfound faith to help her cope with the feelings and tensions she encounters in her new life. I enjoyed these stories. The characters pulled at my emotions. Because neither of these stories is very long, Miranda is the only character that is fully developed. We learn about her life from infancy to the present. The other characters are well written, we just do not get the opportunity to know them as well. I really enjoyed the character of Julie, Miranda's newly discovered niece. She is sweet, uninhibited and honest from the beginning. Her mother is very similar and it is refreshing to see their relationship is so innocent. The other British characters show some of the stereotypical personalities of the highborn Brits, but they do thaw out a little. Ian's parents are extremely welcoming and understanding. I would love to know more about their relationship and what happened to Andrew's first wife. I liked the setting of a small English village at Christmas. The way the traditions of the village were portrayed was fun and interesting. I really enjoyed the fact that the village did their own rendition of A Christmas Carol every year and it was always slightly different. I recommend this combination of two stories to those who would enjoy a heartwarming Christmas in England with the true spirit of the season revealed. This is wonderful Christian series where the True Spirit of Christmas plays an important role in the st
Fitzysmom More than 1 year ago
I originally read Finding Father Christmas and Engaging Father Christmas in 2007 and 2008 when the books first came out. I fell in love with the beautiful story of a lonely young woman searching for her father. The stories were engaging and endearing but beyond that they were filled with the true meaning of Christmas. This year the Hallmark Movies & Mysteries Channel put out a film version of Finding Father Christmas. It was a combining of the two novels. There was nothing wrong with the movie, in fact it was a fun Christmas themed movie full of romance. Unfortunately it just didn't give me the same feeling that I had when I had first read the books. So I decided to re-read them. Oh my friends, you must treat yourself to reading these stories. Finding Father Christmas is so moving it brought me to tears at times. The story has the framework of Dicken's A Christmas Carol. Miranda is on a quest to find out who her father is. Not only does she find her father, she also finds the Father. Engaging Father Christmas continues the story of Miranda and her newly found family. It takes place a year later and even though there is a lot of happiness, due to Miranda's relationship with Ian, there is also a lot of tension because of who Miranda is. I loved this novel just as much as the first. In this story we see the power of redemption and the healing that it can bring. I'm excited because there is a third book in the series, Kissing Father Christmas. I am just getting started on it so stay tuned for my reaction. If the first few chapters are a hint . . . it's going to be good! I received a copy of this book to facilitate my review.
KrisAnderson_TAR More than 1 year ago
Finding Father Christmas and Engaging Father Christmas are two Christmas novellas by Robin Jones Gunn. In Finding Father Christmas Miranda Carson is on a journey for answers. Miranda grew up traveling with her actress mother, Eve Carson. Miranda’s mother passed away without ever telling her the identity to her father. Miranda’s best clue is a photograph of a boy with Father Christmas taken at Carlton Photography Studio on Bexley Lane in Carlton Heath. Miranda heads to England and hopes that she will find the identity of her father. Miranda is warmly embraced by the townspeople. With a little help, Miranda soon finds the identity of her father. But will Miranda be able to tell them? In Engaging Father Christmas, Miranda is heading back to Carlton Heath for Christmas. Miranda is looking forward to spending time with Ian (Miranda met him at the end of Finding Father Christmas) and the Whitcombe family. Miranda enjoyed her time with them the previous year. It was wonderful having a real family Christmas. Returning to Carlton Heath feels like coming home. If things turn out right with Ian, it could be home. But the road to happiness is full of bumps, curves, and icy patches. Will Miranda get her happily ever after? Finding Father Christmas and Engaging Father Christmas are lovely, heartwarming stories. The books are about acceptance, embracing love, forgiveness, and finding/accepting God in your life. Both stories are nicely written, easy to read, have a good pace, a beautiful setting (I want to live in Carlton Heath), and likeable (as well as relatable) characters. These two novellas will put you in the Christmas spirit. I give Finding Father Christmas and Engaging Father Christmas 4 out of 5 stars. The only negative comment I have is that they are a little predictable. These Christmas stories are a nice change of pace and romance lovers will enjoy these charming novellas. These two books can be purchased separately or in this combined omnibus edition. The next book in the series is Kissing Father Christmas.
tiggeruoSO More than 1 year ago
With no family to speak of and only on a whim Miranda took off to hopefully find the father he mom always kept a secret. When Miranda hits a dead end and shoes the picture to the shop keeper things seem to take a life of its own. Will Miranda be able to uncover the secret father she has longed for? I really loved this short story, I honestly wasn't sure what to expect, I have read other books by Robin but this seemed to have a different feel to it. I want to say that it was like a twist on the Christmas classic Charles Dickens' Scrooge, but that doesn't seem right. The storyline is well put together and while I am usually not a fan of the first person story this fits this perfectly and I could not have imagined reading it any other way. Miranda is back in England for her third visit and she hope this time will go just as good if not better as the last two. There still seems to be a disconnect that she would like to heal with her brother. Secrets have a way of coming out and this one she would like to keep close to her heart so not to hurt and one else. When Ian drops the biggest surprise of all there seems to be another waiting around the corner. Will Miranda go home with out those she holds dear to her or will she be able to find a ally and stay close to those she just found? I really enjoyed both these books. They seem to sum what Christmas is all about. Family is not always who is blood but those we choose and those we hold dear too. This book seemed to really hit its mark and there is always a certain amount of forgiveness that needs to be given when secrets that have long been buried make its way to the surface. I would highly recommend this set of books, this series would be perfect all year round and be the perfect, fun read.
joyful334209 More than 1 year ago
This is a Christmas treat. I was tickled, tantalized, enchanting, and exuberant. I was pleasantly surprised. I love Christmas books and movies but this book took it a step further. How could a book not, named Kissing Father Christmas? This books flows easily there is no choppiness that you can get in a book especially Christmas one - they like to go back in time - etc - this is about Anna - she wants to get back to Heath for Christmas, and Peter - who gave her a kiss - s he was hoping for some more - but when she got there - well - things turned out to be the opposite - Anna took it in stride - she accepted it and moved on not happily - but moved on - well Peter - didn't know if he truly wanted to let her go - so he had to think if he wanted to kiss her again or not. Anna knows Peter is a complex person - and she starts praying for him. The author does a wonderful job describing Anna - a lovely and sweet, gentle way of describing her - you want to go in and join her - be her best friend - help her through all this. There are others to the cast of characters, and the author weaves them in fantastically so as not to overshadow the story, it adds to it. This is an amazing book - it is worth the read. I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Heart2Heart More than 1 year ago
I am so delighted when an exceptional novel gets to be made into a movie, and that is just what is happening to Robin Jones Gunn's novels Finding Father Christmas and Engaging Father Christmas. In fact since the movie is due out in December on the Hallmark Channel, the novels have been combined to allow the reader to discover how it all turns out in one spectacular seamless story line just as the movie will do. So if you are looking for a wonderful contemporary Christmas romance, trust me and pick this one up. In Finding Father Christmas, Miranda Carson's been searching for her biological father based only on a handful of clues her mother left behind as an actress. She apparently had a brief love affair with a man who she refused to divulged to Miranda and only upon her death did she uncover a faded old black and white photo of a child in the lap of Father Christmas and an old playbill of her mother's with an apparent reference to who might be her father in it. Since Father Christmas is only recognized in London, England as well as the photography studio's name on the back of the photo, she believes that is the first place she should begin her search. After she learns that the photo studio has long been sold, she struggles for help with those in a small town of Carlton Heath, who may just know where her legacy lies. She only wishes to know who her father is, not try to upset those who may not be happy with what she uncovers and what that may mean to the family who has never heard of Miranda. In the sequel to Finding Father Christmas, Engaging Father Christmas has led Miranda to the discovery of who her father was and the family she now has the chance to meet. However, happily ever afters seem to be only in the fairy tales, as rumors swirl of Miranda's birth and how that affects the family name of one of London's most influential families. It could spell disaster or it could bring about the only thing Miranda has ever dreamed of and that is knowing that she isn't alone in the world anymore and that she has a family who could love her if only given the chance. Is there more than the love of her family waiting or does Father Christmas have more than she could have ever wished for? I received Finding Father Christmas/Engaging Father Christmas by Robin Jones Gunn compliments of Faith Words, a division of Hachette Book Groups for my honest review. I did not receive any monetary compensation aside from a copy of this book in exchange for my unbiased and personal opinion. I absolutely LOVED this book and it reminds me of what I always envisioned for a small town of Carlton Heath set in London, England. Some quirky but lovable characters, heart-warming small town charm, and lots of romance to be found that isn't over the top obvious, even though you know how it might all play out. You want a bit of tension that it might not work out so easily and that you fall in love not only with the main characters but all the secondary supporting ones as well. My favorite was Ellie. You just never know what she will be dressed up as, and she truly loves what she does. It does make me want to watch A Christmas Carol all over again, but more than that, to appreciate the present more than ever before! I'd easily give this a 4.5 out of 5 stars. Don't forget to pick up the 3rd novel, Kissing Father Christmas due out in October!