The Gift of Christmas Past is a book that spoke deeply to my heart. I work with many children who are like Hadley, so my heart broke for her being misunderstood. Granted, her past may not have been stellar, but I hated that she wasn’t trusted during a moment that she most needed to be trusted. Of course, I couldn’t fault Monroe with the ultimatum that was given to him. It was actually quite an honorable thing that he had done, but Hadley doesn’t see it that way. Part of that reason is because she doesn’t quite know the whole agreement that was made. Hadley and Monroe were going to escape and marry, but that just wasn’t going to happen. Life threw her a curveball…again.
Hadley doesn’t just sit around asking “why me.” Her and Elliott get to work and they work hard for all they have in life. They know what it’s like to have little and they will hopefully one day know what it’s like to have enough or more than enough. Both are stellar women who have had a very hard life. I appreciate that their past doesn’t definte them.
When Hadley and Monroe run into each other again because of their work with a common patient, neither than escape the old feelings that happen within them. Of course, Hadley is hurt because she doesn’t understand that Monroe is actually protecting her. Monroe is torn because of his agreement that he made and signed with his parents. It’s one sticky situation, for sure. Oh, and throw in the fact that Monroe owns his own practice, which was Hadley’s dream. She tries to keep herself in check when everything she wanted is what Monroe now has.
Cindy and Erin Woodsmall wrote a beautiful Christmas book that is unlike many other books. I loved the background of speech therapists and it was fascinating to read the case about 4-year-old Chloe. It was interesting to read a little research into apraxia and trauma-related events. They did a wonderful job tying their research into their storyline.
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Arson wasn’t the only fire that ignited between them.
She was arrested.
He returned to the safety of his wealthy parents.
Almost ten years later, Hadley and Monroe are both specialists in the field of speech therapy. They meet again . . . thrown together to help a four-year-old-girl rendered mute after being rescued from a fire.
Years of secrets and anger beg to be set free as Hadley and Monroe try to push aside past hurts and find common ground in order to help the traumatized child and her family.
Can the love of Christmas past drift into the present, bringing healing and hope for all?
CINDY AND ERIN WOODSMALL
Cindy Woodsmall is the “New York Times” and CBA best-selling author of eighteen works of fiction. She’s been featured in national media outlets such as ABC’s “Nightline” and the “Wall Street Journal.” Cindy has won numerous awards and has been finalist for the prestigious Christy, Rita, and Carol Awards. Cindy and her husband reside near the foothills of the North Georgia Mountains in Flowery Branch, GA. ||**|| Erin Woodsmall is a writer, musician, wife, and mom of three. She has edited, brainstormed, and researched books with Cindy for almost a decade. She is very excited about their first coauthored book
I received this book free from Litfuse Publicity Group and Woodsmall Press in exchange for my honest opinion of this book.