Publisher: Tate Publishing
Genre: Holiday Fiction
Robert Robinson is a renowned author of two best-selling mystery novels. As his prestige begins to affect his work ethics, he becomes detached from his writing obligations. Because of his failure to fulfill a three-book contract that was already long overdue, his editor gives him an ultimatum. He could either face legal action, or travel to the editor’s farmhouse in upstate New York to complete a manuscript with no distractions. He arrogantly agrees to go after realizing that his options are limited, and makes a discovery in the old farmhouse that will change his life forever in the story of The Christmas Gate
This is an absolutely lovely story of forgiveness and faith that I unexpectedly fell in love with! Robert is a best selling author who is dangerously close to missing his latest deadline and his publisher sends him to his farmhouse to buckle down and write. What happens there is magical, delightful and totally not what Robert anticipated.
I do want to mention that there are some religious aspects to this story, nothing gratuitous but it is there. It truly adds the bones of the story though and provided such a warmth and sense of overall love to the book. I don’t want to discuss the plot at all really, as this is a short novella under one hundred pages and I fear saying anything would ruin it. I will say though that I really liked the messages here, it talks about the true meaning of Christmas and how as a society we have strayed from it in recent years. It makes you contemplate what is really important in our lives and it sure isn’t having a lot of things. It was a heartwarming story of love and loss, forgiveness and acceptance, and the power of faith. It ended on a slight cliffhanger but part two is coming and I can’t wait to see what choices Robert makes for himself and his life.
Overall rating: 4/5
Thanks to my girl Laura for sending me a copy, I appreciate it greatly!