Thursday, 6 November 2014

Lisa J Hobman - Christmas Presence

**Review by Susan

This is a novella which follows on from Bridge Over the Atlantic and Bridge of Hope and should not be read as a stand alone story.

Mallory got her happily ever after, but haunting loss in the past has her running scared that she will lose her beloved yet again. Can anything...or anyone make her realise she needs to let go of the past and live for today? 

So we get to meet Mallory and Greg again in their contented life with their beautiful family preparing for the festive season.  
That is until a phonecall about Josie (Mallorys good friend) needs her help when pregnancy complications arise.  Mallory wastes no time in agreeing to get herself there to be there for her friends, despite the long journey ahead of her, and despite the time of year.  Mallory said her goodbyes to be by her friends side.  
On leaving for her journey we glimpse into the couples relationship, and it seems strained. Greg worrying that Mallory is wanting something else or glimpsing into the past because she isn't happy.  In fact Mallory worries that she is going to lose the ones around her she loves, because it's what she's known. Her anxieties are rife but rather than the couple openly discussing, they leave on little discussion as to the real reason. Leaving things unsaid between the couple during her time away.

"...I feel like I'm pulling away from him to...I don't know...protect myself?"

No! Surely the couple we've fallen head over heels with aren't going to split. Not after all they've been through. The distance between them emotionally and physically seemed to widen as the days passed and the conversations got shorter between the pair. A chance stranger makes an appearance at an already turbulent time, with Mallory feeling lost and confused. Who was the stranger and would she meet him again?! 
On a train journey home, with awful weather, will she make it back to her family in time. Would she feel more at ease when she gets to meet someone, or 'something' validates everything she knows but needed to hear?  
It's a brilliant Christmas read and so unbelievably heartwarming.  I'm so pleased that the chance stranger got his message across and gave Mallory the confidence to be happy and at ease with her life and her family. Sam never far from her mind....her guardian angel.  

You can keep in touch with Lisa and news about her books on her websiteFacebook, or Twitter.

Get your copy of Christmas Presence here (UK) or here (US).

I was sent a copy of this book to review. All thoughts & opinions are honest & my own.

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