Title: Finding Father Christmas
Author: Robin Jones Gunn
Length: 176 pages
Excerpt from Goodreads
In FINDING FATHER CHRISTMAS, Miranda Carson’s search for her father takes a turn she never expected when she finds herself in London with only a few feeble clues to who he might be. Unexpectedly welcomed into a family that doesn’t recognize her, and whom she’s quickly coming to love, she faces a terrible decision. Should she reveal her true identity and destroy their idyllic image of her father? Or should she carry the truth home with her to San Francisco and remain alone in this world? Whatever choice she makes during this London Christmas will forever change the future for both herself and the family she can’t bear to leave.
It was a re-read for me, I read this little novella at this time last year and I remember I was touched a lot.
I just can’t imagine for whatever reason I gave this book 4 out of 5 stars; this re-read reminded me how beautiful and amazing this book is, I’ll definitely give this book 5 stars this time.
Miranda Carson is in her 20s and lives in San Francisco. Being raised by her mother, ‘Eva Carson, the actress,’ she lived in somewhat like a fairy tale-ish world and didn’t even imagine she had a father.
But one day, her life and her world took a 180 – she accidentally found something in her mother’s blue purse that hinted that she actually had a father – her birth certificate and an old family photograph with the name of the photo studio where the photo was taken.
Determined to find her long-lost father, Miranda heads to England and from the moment she sets her foot in a small tea shop ‘Tea Cozy,’ she is swept up in the wheel of fortune…
I really enjoyed Miranda’s journey of discovering the father she has never known.
The writing is amazing and beautiful from start to finish, it has somewhat a poetic ambiance running through. I think the words ‘quiet,’ ‘calm’ and ‘tranquil’ are what best describe my feels toward her writing.
It’s very descriptive and very literary which makes it really easy to visualize each scene.
The image that I had when I reached the Christmas morning scene at the Witcombe manor is deeply etched into my brain; her writing spoke to my heart and soul like snowflakes falling from the sky without a sound – so beautiful and so tranquil. I don’t even know how to put my feelings into words, I’m lost for words.
The story line may seem a bit too fortuitous, yet it’s understandable considering this is a Christian fiction into which the tenet of Christianity is supposed to be deeply ingrained, and once you get into the story, I’m sure you won’t feel that way at all. The whole story is perfect to portray the power of Almighty God and that there are things that beyond our control however hard we try; things that are in the hands of God.
I think I must warn you – this book is such a tear-jerker in the end. The anguish which bears on Miranda’s mind once she discovers her father’s identity and what ramification the revelation could have just broke my heart.
I swear I heard my heart was pounding while reading the last several chapters. It was just amazing, beyond reproach.
The dialogues are also stellar; in particular, the dialogues between Edward and Miranda are what left me in a sobbing mess. I was positively destroyed with tears streaming down my cheeks, I had a hard time reading because the print became blurry with my tears.
The last several chapters are spectacularly good and emotionally evocative, they made this book definitely worth a read.
This re-read made me realize what a masterpiece this book actually is, at least for me.
A masterfully, beautifully written great story. I will definitely read it again when Christmas comes around next year and most certainly beyond.