Kissing Father Christmas: A Novel

Kissing Father Christmas: A Novel

by Robin Jones Gunn


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Bestselling, award-winning author Robin Jones Gunn welcomes us back to the cozy English village of Carlton Heath for a winter romance that will melt your heart.

Anna's first visit to Carlton Heath in England was last May for the wedding of her cousin Ian to Miranda. The beautiful event ended with a dance under the stars and Anna receiving an unexpected kiss from Peter, the groomsman who caught her eye and now holds her heart.
Now, at the invitation of family and friends, Anna is returning to Carlton Heath for Christmas. She has Peter's recent email to fill her with assurance that he's looking forward to seeing her again as well.
More than his brief words, though, the vivid memory of their unforgettable kiss provides a promise of more to come. Anna, ever the imaginative artist, has been busy painting a romantic conclusion to her holiday visit. Certainly she's not the only one who has been dreaming of another dance and another kiss.
But when she sees Peter again, his intentions seem to shift as speedily as the blustery winter weather. Is Anna's heart misleading her, or will Father Christmas bestow on her the gift of love for which she has long dreamed?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781455565603
Publisher: FaithWords
Publication date: 10/04/2016
Series: Father Christmas Series , #3
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 1,187,636
Product dimensions: 5.87(w) x 8.62(h) x 0.75(d)

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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Kissing Father Christmas: A Novel 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Fitzysmom More than 1 year ago
Kissing Father Christmas is the third and final novella in the Father Christmas series by Robin Jones Gunn. I loved the first book, Finding Father Christmas, and I thoroughly enjoyed the second book, Engaging Father Christmas. I also enjoyed this novella. The first and second books focused primarily on Miranda and then Miranda and Ian. This book shifts to Ian's American cousin Anna and Ian's friend and colleague Peter. The two met during Ian and Miranda's wedding which took place between the books. Now Anna has returned to Carlton Heath for a visit with the hopes that the friendship that began may develop into more. While I was excited to return to Carlton Heath and catch up with what the characters had been doing, I just didn't click with Anna and Peter's story until almost the very end. I wish we knew earlier what is revealed later and then we could spend some time seeing the two's relationship deepen. Even though I say that I am still a big fan of this book and series. Robin Jones Gunn has a way of developing characters that make them seem to dance off of the page and into the realm of reality. This particular series has a top story that is about a wonderful holiday romance. It's charming and inviting. But what separates her stories from the many others is the underlying story. If you look past the sweet romance you see a spiritual journey that convicts and entices you to look to your own walk with God. These books will most definitely go on my shelf to be revisited in years to come. I recommend them to anyone that is a fan of Christmas novellas. I would say that the books could probably read as stand-alone titles but they go so nicely together that you should scoop them all up. I received a copy of this book to facilitate my review.
GratefulGrandma More than 1 year ago
"Kissing Father Christmas" is the third book in the Father Christmas Series by Robin Jones Gunn. I enjoyed this story, but not as much as the first two. Perhaps it is because the main characters were not really part of the previous books. Anna, Ian's cousin from Minnesota, has returned to the village of Carlton Heath a year after Miranda and Ian's wedding. At the wedding she connected with Ian's friend Peter and is hoping that this visit will solidify a relationship. She can't forget the good-night kiss they shared after their last dance of the evening. After he last visit to Whitcombe Manor, she was invited back to spend Christmas with her British side of the family. Once again we enter the magical world of Carlton Heath, with romance, family and Christmas traditions, love, and most importantly faith. Although Anna is disappointed when Peter explains that he hoped she did not misinterpret his kiss and that he just wants to be friends, she decides that she will not run away, but spend the holidays as planned and not return in the Spring as Ellie had suggested. Peter has some secrets that he is afraid to share with anyone, but finally breaks down and shares them with Anna. She is determined not to give up, and she convinces Peter that he needs to allow hope and grace into his life. This book sets the mood for a joyous season and brings alive the true meaning of Christmas. Love, Joy, Hope and Grace once again lead the way in Carlton Heath. The publisher generously provided me with a copy of this book via Netgalley.
KrisAnderson_TAR More than 1 year ago
In Kissing Father Christmas by Robin Jones Gunn we return to Carlton Heath. Anna (related to Andrew) was in England a year and a half ago for the wedding of Miranda and Ian. Anna fell in love with Carlton Heath, and she particularly enjoyed a kiss from groomsman, Peter Elliott. Anna has been invited back to Carlton Heath for Christmas, and Anna is hoping to spend more time with Peter. Unfortunately, Peter is not of a similar mind. He only wants to be friends. Peter is pushing Anna away because he has a secret (which many people in the village know about). But fate keeps pushing these two together. Is there a chance for a happily ever after? Kissing Father Christmas is well-written and easy to read. The book has good characters and a beautiful setting (I want to live in Carlton Heath). I liked Anna’s creativity (she is an artist who wants to create children’s books). I recommend reading Finding Father Christmas and Engaging Father Christmas before reading Kissing Father Christmas (otherwise you will be confused). I give Kissing Father Christmas 4 out of 5 stars (I liked it). It is a sweet and romantic novel (though it does have an expected ending). We get updates on Miranda, Ian, Andrew, and Katherine. Kissing Father Christmas is great way to spend a cold Saturday afternoon. You can snuggle up in a chair with a blanket, your favorite beverage and some chocolate. Happy Reading!
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AlyssaRossBlog More than 1 year ago
This is a fantastic Christmas book. This is the third book in the Father Christmas series and it is just as good as the first two. I wasn’t sure if I would like this novel when I realized that the view point is now from Anna, a new character to the series, but once I got going I loved it. You still see what is going on with Miranda so it doesn’t change the premise. This is a quick read, only 175 pages so it’s a nice quick read for those lazy days. The light story line also just brings you out of the world and into a happy little town that you don’t really want to leave. I would recommend this book for anyone who wants to read a happy Christmas novel, especially for busy people who don’t have a lot of time to read. The shortness of this novel makes it great for anyone to read. *I received a complimentary copy from the publisher. No review was required, all opinions are my own.*
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 to give you an honest review.
Teadrinker More than 1 year ago
Kissing Father Christmas by Robin Jones Gunn was one of those books that I could have easily read in one sitting--because I didn't want to put it down until I reached the ending. Both the story and the setting kept me enthralled until I read the last words. . .and left me wanting more. In this third installment in the Father Christmas series, Anna visits England to attend her cousin Miranda's wedding (to Ian) in Kissing Father Christmas. While she was there, one of the groomsman caught her eye. A few months later, Anna returned to visit her English family and to, hopefully, spend some time with Peter. However, when Anna sees Peter again, she isn't so sure what his intentions are. In Kissing Father Christmas, the story of Peter and Anna was an especially sweet story to me. Gunn weaves their spiritual lives in so effortlessly and I was encouraged by this beautiful story of love and grace. I enjoyed all of the books in the series but this one might be my favorite so far. . .Of course I think that after each one. For my tea-loving readers, Kissing Father Christmas has several tea scenes. I especially enjoyed Anna's visit to Harrods Dept. Store Tea Room. I felt like I was there sipping No. 16 Afternoon Special Blend tea and relishing clotted cream and rose petal jam on delicate scones, along with the rest of the goodies on Anna's tea tray, with her companions. Kissing Father Christmas would make a lovely gift for a tea lover who enjoys gentle romance stories. It would look lovely with a tea mug and a tin of tea in a gift basket. I highly recommend Kissing Father Christmas to anyone enjoying a fresh Christian romance. As I mentioned, I also enjoyed the first two books in the series and would recommend them: Finding Father Christmas and Engaging Father Christmas. The Hallmark Channel will air Finding Father Christmas as a movie on November 13, bringing the book to life on the screen. I received this book from Hachette Book Group. I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for the books.