Published by Revell a Division of Baker Publishing October 2010/176 pages
Lena Markham has a past that she is trying to put behind her with a fresh new start in the town of New Haven, Minnesota. Lena arrives with limited money, a place to stay but only temporarily, and a possible job.
Wearing a second hand festive red coat she lands a new job as Mrs. Santa. The children love her and Lena is happy for the first time in a long time.
I felt this was a heart-warming Christmas story. I loved it!
I especially loved it that I'd not read a story with the background that Lena had.
Lena is a character of grit and strength even though she does not see her self as such. She has a painful past, those that she trusted betrayed her and turned their back on her. Yet, she does not become bitter, she wants to put the past behind her and continue on with a new life.
I loved the characters that I was introduced to in the town of New Haven, especially Moira. Moira is an elderly woman that first befriends Lena. She is Lena's confidante, counselor, encourager, and advocate. Moira shows Lena what a Christian is in words and in actions. Moira helps to heal Lena's broken spirit.
This book was borrowed from the library for reading/reviewing.
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