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Monday, December 10, 2012

An Unexpected Angel...Review and Giveaway

About the book:
Ella Davies, is focused, independent, and driven. Her hard work is finally paying off and she is on the brink of great success. But what no one knows is that her frantic drive is born not from a desire to succeed, but from a need to forget – forget her past, forget her guilt, and mostly, forget the tragedy that changed her life forever.

Ella’s strategy seems to be working but on Christmas Eve she meets Cohen, a strange man with an even stranger purpose. Cohen catapults Ella back through time and forces her to confront not only her own pain, but the pain of those long since passed. In the process, Ella learns about courage and compassion and that in the darkest hour, no one is ever alone.

With a quirky twist on A Christmas Carol, this is a lovely Christmas novella.  The pain of Ella's past prevents her from finding joy in the future and she's become a hardened, driven lawyer.  Alone on Christmas Eve, she meets Cohen, a frustrating, laconic stranger and finds herself thrown back in time and into situations where she has no idea what to do or why she's there.  What she learns is as much about herself as it is about serving other people.

I loved this twist on angels.  I am a firm believer in guardian angels and I am a firm believer that those guardian angels are very often our family members who have passed away before we have.  The thought is very comforting to me and deeply personal experiences have reinforced that belief.  With Cohen and Ella, Janet explores the guardian angel premise and I loved it, I absolutely loved it.  I loved the lessons Ella learns: that, even in our darkest times, we are not alone and life is very definitely worth living.

This is a quick, engaging and beautiful Christmas story and one that would make a fantastic gift.

Thanks to the author for the opportunity to review her book. You can learn more about Janet K. Halling here. You can purchase your own copy here.

Read 12/12

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5/5 Stars


Because I loved An Unexpected Angel, thanks to the author, I am offering one copy as a giveaway.

It really bugs me when you have to jump through tons of hoops in order to enter giveaways, so a comment with your email address will suffice.

However: If you change your profile to have your email address visible, if it isn't already, you will gain an additional entry. I ask this because it's so annoying to have someone leave a comment you would like to respond to, but can't, because their email is hidden. This is especially annoying if a question is asked in said comment.

If you choose to become a follower or tell me you already are, you can gain an additional entry too.

If you wanted to blog or tweet about it, that's great too, and you'd get an extra entry for that. Just tell me in your comment if you've done any of the extras.

You don't need to leave separate comments for each thing (too annoying!).

Seriously though, just commenting is enough for me.

U.S. address only and no P.O. Boxes. Sorry!

This giveaway is closed.


  1. I love books about family, and this sounds like one I'd really enjoy.

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  2. this wonderful giveaway would be appreciated. Many thanks. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

  3. This looks like a perfect book for the season! Wonderful review and thank you for the chance!

  4. This sounds like a great Christmas story. Thanks for the giveaway!


  5. This sounds so nice, I believe in guardian angels too.

  6. I believe in guardian angels, too. Sounds like a wonderful story, so please throw my name in the hat. bookfoolery at gmail dot com.

    I don't know if my email is visible. You've replied to me, recently, and my email is on the blog, though. Hmm.