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Season of Joy ❮Reading❯ ➼ Season of Joy ➵ Author Virginia Carmichael – Natus-physiotherapy.co.uk As the holiday season approaches wealthy CEO Calista Sheffield wants to give instead of receive So she volunteers at a downtown Denver shelter never expecting that her own scarred heart will be filled As the holiday season approaches wealthy CEO Calista Sheffield wants to give instead of receive So she volunteers at a downtown Denver shelter never expecting that her own Season of PDF or scarred heart will be filled with hope and healing The mission's director handsome Grant Monohan has devoted his life to helping those in need But his harrowing past—and what he sees every day—makes him wary of Calista Unless she shares her painful history he'll never believe they can have a future But a future with Grant at the shelter is the only Christmas gift Calista truly wants.


10 thoughts on “Season of Joy

  1. J. J. says:

    Inspirational romances are often set in small towns Amish settlements or medical locales Few take place within the nitty gritty day to day activities of a downtown shelter the first clue Season of Joy is a special book With her debut Virginia Carmichael gives the reader a glimpse into a world where love and faith are tested daily Themes of loneliness loss healing and hope are explored in a style both wry and compassionateThe romance between the strong but lonely heroine and wary hero as well as interactions with colorful secondary characters keep the reader turning the pages uickly An excellent understanding of the least of these both the poor in material goods and those poor in love and companionship make this romance than a just Christmas themed story Virginia Carmichael has given readers a gift for the season and beyond Looking forward to from her in the future


  2. Christina Christina says:

    I’m sure I’ve told y’all before I don’t read very many contemporaries Scratch that I don’t finish reading very many contemporaries but I believe Virginia Carmichael is persuading me to broaden my horizons a little Shelter For Everyone As the holiday season approaches wealthy CEO Calista Sheffield wants to give instead of receive So she volunteers at a downtown Denver shelter never expecting that her own scarred heart will be filled with hope and healing The mission’s director handsome Grant Monohan has devoted his life to helping those in need But his harrowing pass–and what he sees every day–makes him wary of Calista Unless she shares her painful history he’ll never believe they can have a future But a future with Grant at the shelter is the only Christmas gift Calista truly wantsThere are so many things to love about this story and I’m not even sure where to begin so I think I’ll bullet point them1 First just look at this cover It’s Christmasy and inviting Kind of gives me that ‘home for the holidays’ feel2 I wasn’t two sentences in before recalling what it was like to walk into a shelter to volunteer and then I wasn’t even a few pages in before guilt hit me because I was unintentionally one of those ‘holiday’ people Grant Monohan talks about Curious? You’ll have to read the book3 Awesome awesome cast of characters and I’m not just talking about the hero and heroine Virginia did her homework and created a well rounded group of supporting characters who are so realistic they jump off the page even the ones who have very little dialogue Writers listen up if you want to see great examples of non cardboard characters study this book4 I didn’t think I’d like Calista Let’s face it she’s a CEO A successful CEO which means she probably stepped on a lot of people in her climb up the ladder And she’s gorgeous Okay so I didn’t just think I wouldn’t like I thought I’d hate her But remember what I said about well rounded characters? Virginia has given this very unlikable stereo type a very likable personality And flaws realistic flaws5 Grant Monohan is perfect I fell in love with him by page 20 maybe even before6 The conflict is right on It’s enough but not over dramatic7 This book inspired me to live out my faith to be the only example of Christ some people may ever see That’s huge in my book8 Season of Joy was nominated for Romantic Time’s 2012 Series Romance and it’s well deserved AND let me add that this book is the only inspirational book nominated Does that say something or what? All right so my review is a little late but I think you can still purchase this book at the stores If not you can buy it from Harleuincom and of course


  3. Jane Jane says:

    465 stars mild pg13 218 pagesGreat story Loved mature H h and their respective faiths flaws Fun colorful secondary characters Good writing style Nice romance The heroine yearned for purpose in her successful but sad lonely life; she wanted to feel joy The Hero was a yummy flawed man of God None of us is perfect And God is a God of second chancesLiked that the story revolves around an inner city mission that provides food shelter parenting classes addiction counseling career training etc for those who are in need I think there is a perception that shelters are full of drug addicted schizophrenics uite often however they're just good people who have fallen on rough times or not had the opportunities and nurturing cushy lifestyles of most of us I liked how the story highlighted the harshness and the fears of life but also the tenderness the dignity the hope and the joy not only for those having to rely on the shelter for basic necessities but also for those of us who have plenty of material things No matter our situation in life we all need the hope and love and abundant life God offers This story was gritty reality and tender romance all in one It inspired me to just trust God to take faith leaps and to reach out to those in need It's nice to have a yummy romance story that can also inspire you to live the life God called you to This was definitely a Christian romance but it did not seem overly preachy to meps Author also writes books under name of Mary Jane Hathaway


  4. Ellen Gable Ellen Gable says:

    After spending years of climbing the corporate ladder pretty and successful CEO Calista Sheffield decides she wants to experience a different sort of holiday season one of giving rather than receiving So she volunteers at the downtown Denver Shelter never expecting her wounded heart will be filled with hope and healing The shelter’s handsome director Grant Monohan is a person who has devoted his life to helping those less fortunate He expects beautiful women like Calista to show up to volunteer during the holidays usually actresses models and other celebrities who arrive with an entourage of assistants and cameramen to record the volunteering for posterity He knows that women like her don’t stay long Once the Christmas holidays are over he assumes she will be goneThe strength of this novel were the real believable and well developed characters I cared about these characters and empathized with themThis was one of those books that was truly a “joy” to read I also liked that it takes place during the holiday season although it is a book that can be read anytimeThis was an enjoyable read with believable and well developed characters Carmichael has a pleasant easy to read writing style and I look forward to reading books by her I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a beautiful Christian romance


  5. Alanna Alanna says:

    Surprisingly good


  6. Loraine Loraine says:

    SUMMARY As the holiday season approaches wealthy CEO Calista Sheffield wants to give instead of receive So she volunteers at a downtown Denver shelter never expecting that her own scarred heart will be filled with hope and healing The mission's director handsome Grant Monohan has devoted his life to helping those in need But his harrowing past—and what he sees every day—makes him wary of Calista Unless she shares her painful history he'll never believe they can have a future But a future with Grant at the shelter is the only Christmas gift Calista truly wantsREVIEW I really liked both the characters and setting of this story Rarely do you find a story set in a large city in a downtown mission for the homeless and impoverished The author gives an excellent inside look at the inside operations of a large city mission Both Calista and Grant have backgrounds that should have held them back from achieving large goals but both have overcome them Each is work focused and has let their personal life become dominated by work Calista moves past her loneliness to reach out to others and Grant overcomes his wariness to develop a romantic relationship The minor characters add depth to the storyline and I especially enjoyed Marisol The emphasis on the least of these made for a strong theme throughout the story and was perfect for Christmas timeFAVORITE UOTES I think once pride gets center stage God's truth is hard to hear over the noisewhen the heart first loves it only sees perfection With time the love remains but the heart knows the truth no one is perfect Only God


  7. MaggieRR MaggieRR says:

    Interesting premise and heartwarming characters


  8. Jillyn Jillyn says:

    I received this book through Goodreads First ReadsThis book follows the typical Harleuin esue romance formula There's a busy business woman named Calista who volunteers at a local shelter And then there's the handsome man with a hidden past that enters the picture Romance shouldn't be in the picture but it is and at the end of the day love overcomes all obstacles no matter how cliche they are One plus that I did appreciate in this novel was that the Christian themes were relatively subtle When I realized that this book was to do with a mission worker I was a bit put off I'm not anti Christian but I don't personally follow that path I was pleasantly surprised that there were no preachy moments or lengthy Bible uotes which I have encountered in other romances I don't wish to spoil anything so I'll keep it to the minimum I didn't see the fire coming I thought I knew exactly where the plot was headed but this threw me for a loop Well played and a tip of the hat to you At the end of the day there's nothing uniue about this book It's a romance novel that to me will be lost on my shelf among the others It wasn't bad but it wasn't my thing either If you enjoy Harleuin romance great You might really like this book But if you're looking for a different read from the usual you might want to pass this one up This review can also be found on my spiffy new blog Bitches n Prose


  9. Kate Kate says:

    I enjoyed the third book in the Denver Downtown Mission 'series' so much that I knew I wanted to read about what happened before Sabrina met Jack This was a nice introduction to the Mission and its purpose and director Grant I liked his character though at one point I was frustrated enough with a choice he made that I wanted to shake some sense into him I really liked Calista too I loved how she was still fairly new in her walk with Christ and how she knew that she wanted MORE than what she had as a CEO of a big corporation how she wanted her life to have real meaning and purpose and how she sought that through serving others and trying her best to follow God's leadingThe whole book was centered on the theme of John 1010 that Jesus came to give us not only life but abundant life I really liked how both Grant and Calista were able to find a abundant life


  10. Karen Karen says:

    I am not really a romantic fiction kind of woman; I'm of a mysteryclassicsnon fiction kind of woman And the genre title Christian Romantic Fiction usually sends me running in the opposite direction This book however hooked me It was well researched and well written and packed with charming details It was a lovely diversion and a perfect antidote to the hustle of the holiday seasonDon't skip the open letter at the end of this book it like this book is well worth your time


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