Halfway to Nowhere (Halfway #1) Review

Halfway to Nowhere (Halfway #1)

By Steena Holmes and Elena Aitken

This was a sweet novel with a really interesting plot. Main character Nikki left her hometown ten years ago and never told anyone why. She’s back due to her mother’s death and needing to put her affairs in order. And she has a big secret with her. She knows if her former best friend, Becky, and her husband, Matt, find out the secret, her whole life will change. 

I liked the story and it definitely kept me engaged. It was a good length. I thought that both Nikki and Becky acted unrealistically at times. That’s my only real complaint about the book. I really liked all of the supporting characters, though. 3 out of 5 chickadees singing. 

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Colors of Christmas: Two Contemporary Stories Celebrate the Hope of Christmas Review

Colors of Christmas: Two Contemporary Stories Celebrate the Hope of Christmas

By Olivia Newport

I’m sorry and sad that I didn’t get this review out before Christmas. BUT please save this book on your list of ones to read next Christmas! 5 out of 5 chickadees singing! This was a truly enjoyable addition to my Christmas reading this year! These stories had sadness and loss, yet also hope and love. I loved that they delved into deeper issues, yet were also very heartwarming. 

I am fascinated by World War II, so I really enjoyed the first book. It’s about a woman who survived World War II who is now living in America and was just semi-forced to move into an assisted living facility. Her physical therapist is dealing with a stalker ruining her life. An unlikely friendship forms between the two at Christmastime. 

The next book is about choir director Angela whose dear friend has just died. She gets put in charge of An Event to Remember Christmas celebration with no time to plan and absolutely everything goes wrong! An unexpected visitor comes to town and ends up uplifting and helping Angela. The Christmas Eve service scene in this book was truly magical! 

I absolutely loved the heart in these stories. They were well-written and engaging. I highly recommend them!

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