It’s my final Book of the Month/Book Review for 2017! What did I pick?
The Mistletoe Inn by Richard Paul Evans, part of the Mistletoe Collection which includes The Mistletoe Secret and The Mistletoe Promise! Some of you may have seen the film adaptation on Hallmark Channel this year as part of their Countdown to Christmas 2017 lineup. Due to a writing slump lately, I decided to watch the TV movie for writing ideas and was inspired to look up the book. Dubbed the “King of Christmas Fiction” by The New York Times, Richard Paul Evans has also written The Christmas Box, The Gift, Finding Noel, and Lost December. Other books include The Walk, The Broken Road, the Michael Vey Series, and A Perfect Day. His latest is The Noel Diary and the next two books in The Broken Road Series, The Forgotten Road and The Road Back, are coming soon. You can check out his official website for more information and find him on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.
Every year around this time, I look for an inspiring Christmas book to lift my spirits. When I started reading The Mistletoe Inn, I felt that. This story centers on Kimberly Rossi, an aspiring romance writer whose heart has been broken by failed relationships and events from the past. Finding herself at a crossroads with her writing dream, she takes a risk and checks out a retreat at The Mistletoe Inn in Vermont. But she’s going not just for writing inspiration; her favorite author, H.T. Cowell, will be speaking publicly for the first time since his sudden disappearance from the writing world. At the retreat, Kimberly meets other writers including a man named Zeke. Unbeknownst to Kimberly, her life, and dreams, will change forever.
Sometimes when I read a great book, I find quotes to write down for reference. Here, I found a couple for myself and for my writing because I want to write romance, particularly Christian Romance. Writing-wise, I have felt like Kimberly a lot this year despite this blog doing well a year after I started, still publishing short stories and a guest blog post, new writing opportunities, and realizing my writing is having an impact on others, even if I can’t see it sometimes. We all want to achieve that big writing goal of publishing that amazing novel everyone will love and remember in the years to come. But, we sometimes don’t think about the things that come about after finding success. This book, for me, has given me some things to consider in terms of my own writing career. I laughed, I felt moved and wanted to cry, and paused in deep thought.
If anything, please check out this book for the writing plot, the relatable characters, the Christmas backdrop, and the idea that miracles still happen and we are not alone in our fears, doubts, and heartbreaks. Our stories can serve as inspiration for our writing, but the key is not to hold back, and see where you can grow.
Before I go, here are other Christmas books I’ve read in the past that you should check out:
- The Christmas Candle by Max Lucado
- The Bridge by Karen Kingsbury
- A Royal Christmas Wedding by Rachel Hauck
- Ordinary Snowflakes by Jennifer Rodewald
- The Proposal: a Christmas short story by Becky Wade
- Gideon’s Gift by Karen Kingsbury
- Maggie’s Miracle by Karen Kingsbury
- The Christmas Cat by Melody Carlson (and November’s Book of the Month!)
Have a wonderful and restful holiday and happy reading!! See you in 2018!