Caleb’s Christmas Wish had me crying at times and feeling warm and wonderful at others. This beautiful story is about love blossoming out of devastating loss and it really tugged at my heartstrings.
There are three characters at the centre of this story. Four year-old Caleb has to learn to live without his parents after they are killed in a freak car accident. His godparents, Jake and Ally have to learn how to be parents to the heartbroken little boy while adjusting their lives and dealing with an unexpected and not entirely welcome attraction to each other. Caleb’s grandmother Cordelia, while not at the centre of the story, is a great secondary character. Her grief, her health issues and her feelings are all factors in driving the final outcome. In this story Debra Salonen has done a masterful job of drilling down into all the fears and doubts and hopes and dreams that make people act the way they do.
I was utterly absorbed in Caleb’s Christmas Wish. Plenty of tissues were needed. Plenty of thoughts were provoked, but there were also plenty of smiles and at the end there was a feeling of rightness. This story is up there with the very best Christmas stories I have ever read. I just loved it!
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Caleb's Christmas Wish (West Coast Happily-Ever-After Book 3) Kindle Edition
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- ASIN : B01M1LPI5P
- Publisher : Loner Llama Press (28 September 2016)
- Language : English
- File size : 3334 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 346 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1944300406
- Best Sellers Rank: 693,417 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
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Bitter sweetReviewed in the United Kingdom on 6 June 2018
A sad but beautiful story, they'll be plenty of tears so keep the tissues handy! I'm reading the series in order which I'm enjoying and this is my favorite to date.
Totally enjoyed this bookReviewed in the United States on 11 December 2017
This is a story of loss, grieving, and life changing events. 4 year old Caleb's parents are killed in an accident and his Godparents who have never met have been called in to take responsibility for him and help him through a difficult time. Add an ill Grandmother who recently lost her husband and now her child and is now worried that she will lose the only link (Caleb) to both. Very well written, emotional and thought provoking. Totally enjoyed this book.
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Beautiful and realistic.Reviewed in the United States on 19 March 2018
I thought this story did an excellent job of portraying the conflict, love, and reality of the grief process in a realistic, heartfelt, engaging manner. The story of two people brought together to care for a little boy they both loved through a devastating loss, and the way it impacted their own growth and journeys was both hard to read emotionally and yet engaging and cathartic. Highly recommend this book.
Mommy and DaddyReviewed in the United States on 7 January 2018
Jake and Ally are Celebs godparents. Usual duties, attend special events, and make sure to spoil with gifts for birthdays and Christmas. A tragic accident unexpectedly end s their best friends lives and they have to take over for real. Only problem is neither knows any thing about parenting and they live in opposite sides of the country. Add in that fact that the usual substitute caregiver has just had a heart attack puts all the responsibility in place and they need to take over immediately. Great read.
Emotionally powerful storyReviewed in the United States on 18 September 2020
This is a very sweet and emotional story that will take hold of your heart. I love the characters and the good story line. A heartwarming Christmas story.