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Christmas Once Again  by Jina Bacarr

Boldwood Books  2019   ASIN: B07V1QT9Z6

Once in a while you come across a book that makes you believe that impossible and wonderful things can happen, and that restores your hope in the power of love. A book like Christmas Once Again, by Jina Bacarr.

Childhood sweethearts Kate Arden and Jeffrey Rushbrooke pledge to love each other for always and to marry when they grow up.  But Jeff’s family is rich and Kate is a mere employee at the family’s mill in Posey Creek.  What’s more, Jeff’s mother will never allow Kate to marry into her family and Kate’s not sure how far the woman will go to prevent their union.

Kate and Jeff decide to elope during the magical Christmas season, but it’s 1943 and a new challenge presents itself, World War II.  Jeff gets called up for duty so the couple vows to wed upon his return.

Fast-forward to 1955.  Kate is a single woman and working as a food editor in New York City. She never saw Jeff again and she hasn’t gone back to Posey Creek in years.  Now, it’s Christmas time again and her sister Lucy begs her to come home. Kate gives in deciding that it’s time she let go of the past, and Jeff.

On the train ride back to Posey Creek, Kate reads a special delivery letter she had stuffed in her bag.  The writer reveals information about Jeff’s wartime activities and the name of the spy who betrayed him.  The discovery sets Kate’s heart racing. She would give anything to go back in time to warn Jeff about the traitor and give him a fighting chance to survive.

Whether it was some kind of magic in the letter, the wonder of Christmas, or the power of her love for Jeff, somehow when the Kate’s train arrives in Posey Creek it’s 1943 all over again.  Kate is determined to risk it all to save the man she loves.  But what happens when you know the future and tamper with the past?

Christmas Once Again unfolds during the holiday season, but the story is about so much more.  It’s about family and hope. Above all, it’s about the power that makes all things possible when you love with all your heart.

Veronica Jorge

See you next time on November 22nd.

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  • Jina Bacarr says:

    Thank you so much, Veronica, for your lovely review of Christmas Once Again! You hit the sweet spot with your review — family and the power of love with a little magic thrown in. I spent winter-y Christmases in PA as a child before moving South then West. My Posey Creek, PA locale was based on those times. Thank you again!

    • Veronica Jorge says:

      Dear Jina,

      I truly enjoyed reading your book. It encouraged my heart. It made me want to dress up. And I wanted to run out and find Victory Red lipstick.

      Your story also reminded me of all of the lovely and pure things we believed as children and try to hold on to as adults.
      It’s all still possible.

      Thank you for trusting me with your words.

      Most Sincerely,

      Veronica

      • Jina Bacarr says:

        Thank you, Veronica — yes, you’re so right. We can never lose those truths we knew as children. They make us stronger as adults.

        Victory Red Lipstick — definitely the Allies secret weapon!

  • Tari Jewett says:

    Yes to everything you said Veronica! I so enjoyed this book, and will reread it at Christmas Once Again!

    • Veronica Jorge says:

      Hi Tari,

      Thanks for sharing. I think it will certainly become a regular holiday read.

      Veronica

    • Jina Bacarr says:

      Thank, Tari! I know what you mean…every time I’d read certain sections of my story I’d tear up…on my re-read list at Christmas, too, just for the joy of it!

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