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FINDING FATHER CHRISTMAS: A NOVELLA
BY ROBIN JONES GUNN

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Miranda Carson began to search for her father but she never expected what she discovered!

Miranda Carsonís mother, Eve, was an actress. Her mother performed every night singing and dancing. Miranda thought of herself as a gypsy child. She was also an only child and believed everything her mother told her. Miranda always wondered about her father but Eve kept this information secret. Eve told Miranda a story of how she slept on a bed of moss one night and the Big Dipper tipped just enough to drop one small twinkling star into the hollow of her belly. That star sprouted and grew like a watermelon.

This is the story Miranda believed until something happened one day. By accident, her motherís blue velvet purse was discovered. Inside the purse was Mirandaís birth certificate, which listed her father as Jay Ames.

After Eveís death, her belongings were given to Miranda. Among the items was the blue velvet purse. After Miranda put a few clues together, she knew she had to search for her father and the place to begin was England.

Miranda arrives in England on Christmas Eve and the snow is starting to fall. The first place she planned to begin her search was at a photography studio. The studio was no longer there but had been replaced by a tearoom. It is here that she met a family and her life begins to take on a new meaning.

What does Miranda decide to do?

Finding Father Christmas is a wonderful book to read for the holidays. When Miranda was a small child and she saw other fathers cheering on their children, you can just feel her pain because she did not know the identity of her father nor his whereabouts. When Miranda comes across some information in England, the author does a good job of showing her emotions when she is having second thoughts about what she wanted to do. Should she think only about herself? After all, there are several other people involved. Miranda discovers many things on her trip to England including the fact that she was very loved by her mother. The atmosphere is perfect with the snow falling on Christmas Eve and Miranda being invited to stay for the holiday with a family she just met. The story might be a bit predictable but at the same time it is a fine read. This is the type of story that makes holiday reading worthwhile. Finding Father Christmas is here just in time for the holidays so be sure to add this one to your reading list!

REVIEWED BY NANCY EATON

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