Wednesday, November 11, 2015

The Donnelly Brothers

Holiday Homecoming
Pastor Connor Donnelly is done with romance. After proposing to his high school sweetheart, Natalie Delacroix, five years ago—and being turned down—he's putting all his time and energy into his community. He's determined to make the Christmas pageant he's directing a success. But family and friends are set on fixing up the good-looking bachelor in time for the holidays. And now that Natalie is back in Paradox Lake—and helping with the pageant—they might just succeed. Because working so closely with Natalie stirs up old feelings…and Connor starts to hope for a second chance with the one who got away.

Holiday Homecoming (The Donnelly Brothers) 
Expected Release Date: Nov. 17, 2015
Published by Love Inspired 
5 Stars

"For surely I know the plans I have for you," says the Lord, "plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you a future with hope."
~Jeremiah 29:11 

Jean C. Gordon brings us the second installment to her Donnelly Brothers series.  This is a sweet holiday story, but is more than just a holiday story.  It's about trust, love, forgiveness and hope.  
Connor is the pastor at Hazardtown Community Church and heading up the Paradox Lake churches' annual Christmas Eve pagent.  As the production director his biggest crisis was finding an organist since their's was recovering from surgery.  To say Connor and his brothers grew up rough would be an understatement and a small fraction of his congregations still were not convinced that he was the right man to pastor Hazardtown Community.  Of course many were giving his marital staus much thought, because it seemed everyone was trying to play matchmaker. 
Natalie Delacroix was back in town to assist her mother for a few weeks in her recovery from surgery. Natalie had left town many years ago in pursuit of a dream which had turned into anything but what she had dreamed of.  She was basically out of work, out of money and looking for a new place to live, but that was information she would keep to herself.  If she could get through the next few weeks then she would be able to move on to the next break in her career.  
The biggest problem for both of these characters is that they have a past and one that neither has forgotten.  
This is an endearing story.  The plot is sweet and flows effortlessly.  I will admit to a book character crush on Connor.  I loved him immediately.  Natalie was someone I felt so much compassion for as I got to know her character.  She is very complex and has very real issues.  The good flow and pace keeps the reader's attention.  This story reminds you that no matter what stuggles you are facing today there is another chapter to your story.  
I would recommend this story to anyone who loves a good, clean romance or even a holiday story.  

*I received this book from the author for a honest opinion without bias or outside influence.  All thoughts or opinions are my own

 Meet the Author:
jean c. gordon

Jean C. Gordon’s writing is a natural extension of her love of reading. She and her husband share a 170-year-old farmhouse south of Albany, NY with their daughter and son-in-law, two grandchildren, and a menagerie of pets. While Jean creates stories, her family grows organic fruits and vegetables and tends the livestock de jour. 

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