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I enjoyed so many aspects about this book. Dea Lacey has raised her young nephew, Garrett, since birth, without finalized adoption papers. When
Garrett’s mother terrorizes them, Dea takes off with Garrett, her only concern protecting her little boy while she tries to find his father. She’s
determined to find a safe haven for Garrett, even if it means prison for her. rnrnWith the devastating loss of his wife and son two years before,
Pastor Jesse McTavish rejects his faith and the ministry. When Dea shows up with Garrett, a replica of his dead son, Jesse dives back into his grief
and rejects them. Ms. Stahel does a fantastic job showing Jesse’s transformation from pain and grief to love and life. rnrnChristmas Sanctuary is
246 pages of emotion-packed romance mingled with a message of faith and forgiveness that kept me turning the pages, never quite knowing what to
expect. I enjoyed Jesse’s transformation, the connection between Garrett and Alex (Jesse’s dead son), and the correlation between Jesse and Jesus
(carpenter & pastor). rnrnI regret that I didn’t have time to read Christmas Sanctuary during the Christmas Holiday Extravaganza offering by
White Rose Publishing, but don’t let the Christmas title bother you. Christmas Sanctuary is a timeless message of renewed faith, forgiveness and
love, which is nice to read anytime!rnrnMerry Stahel is a new author to me. I won’t wait until after Christmas to read her next book.
Congratulations, Merry Stahel. Five stars from this reader!
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