Welcome to the blog tour for Christmas on Breakers Point by Chautona Havig! Now, this happens to be an intro to an awesome series that is coming from Celebrate Lit, and I have to say I am so excited for that! This is a GREAT start to the series 🙂
Book: Christmas on Breakers Point
Author: Chautona Havig
Genre: Christian Contemporary Fiction, Christian Romantic Fiction, Christmas
One man’s last Christmas wish might change two lives forever.
Mallory Barrows has one last Christmas with her uncle. She’s determined to make it the best one he’s ever had.
She knows when she asks what he wants as his final gift, it won’t be a tie or a new mug. He won’t need those where he’s going, and he’s quite happy about that.
Mallory just didn’t think he wanted a miracle wrapped in paper and tied with a shiny red bow!
Christmas on Breakers Point is the introductory book to the Independence Islands Series.
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This story. I’m not even sure where to start. Emotions maybe – they were all over the place. One minute I was smiling and even chuckling, the next minute I was crying my eyes out. Then a moment after that I was in awe of how well written a scene was. Then back to smiling, crying, well you get the picture. I think this might be my favorite story by Havig. And yes it may be shorter than some, but that doesn’t mean it can’t pack a punch, and a big one at that.
I could not even imagine being in Mallory’s position, but by the first few chapters I was engrossed in her character and feeling every emotion right along with her. Havig doesn’t just tell this story, she makes her readers feel the story. What’s even better is that she is not afraid to make some waves and write about **gasp** ways that Christians today behave/act that they shouldn’t be. She’s just so straight to the point about it, and I think that’s exactly what I love her writing. Havig isn’t afraid to step on your toes, and by the way that is not her intent. The intent is so a reader can grow, so a reader can ponder what they’ve read (I’ve done this several times after reading a Chautona Havig book), and hopefully make an impact on their life.
But back to the story.
I want an Uncle Bud in my life. What a dear, sweet character that I found myself hanging on to every word. He had a plan all along for our girl Mallory, and he played out it so well. But I think the thing that captured my heart the most was the way he was with Mallory. He didn’t baby her (too much anyways), he just loved her. They had this special bond that I have never had with a relative of mine. But it makes me want to, perhaps with my own niece or nephew. Uncle Bud also knew exactly where he was going when he died – and that is a message that I hope will speak loud and clear to readers. It is so important for us to know that, and thank you Chautona Havig for making Uncle Bud this way!
If you couldn’t tell, I really enjoyed this story. The characters are sweet, relatable, and endearing. The story not only warmed my heart, but really got me thinking about life in general. And that is always a win in my book 🙂
I received a complimentary copy of this book. I was not required to write a favorable review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Chautona Havig lives in an oxymoron, escapes into imaginary worlds that look startlingly similar to ours and writes the stories that emerge. An irrepressible optimist, Chautona sees everything through a kaleidoscope of It’s a Wonderful Life sprinkled with fairy tales. Find her on the web and say howdy—if you can remember how to spell her name.
The book opens with a phone call that goes like this:
Her phone buzzed. Without taking her eyes from the page, Mallory Barrows fumbled about until her hand closed around it. The book held her bound in ropes of suspense as the villain slipped into the party unannounced—unseen. While she followed him around the edge of the imaginary room, her thumb swiped, tapped, and answered the call as if on autopilot.
Even as Mallory said, “Hello?” her breath caught. The guy had found his prey.
Without a second look, she dropped the book and sat up, feet planted firmly on the floor and all attention on the call. “Is it time?”
“’Fraid so, darlin’. Doc says it’s a matter of weeks or a month or two. And I promised.”
“I’ll be there Friday afternoon.”
Just days after I wrote those lines, I woke up to a message from my sister. “Call Mom.”
I called. Mom said, “I need you to come.” That was Thursday. I walked into Mom’s house on Saturday evening and our lives changed forever.
I don’t know if God prepared me for this change by having me write that scene just days before, but I have to say it felt like it! Everything went crazy for over a month as I tried to wrap up my mother’s affairs in Missouri, I had to try to finish three books in a time of upheaval and turmoil. No, it’s not the same as trying to help a young woman reclaim her True First Love so she could reclaim her first earthy love. It isn’t the same as starting a whole new life and a new business. But… oh, how it felt like it.
Another parallel in the story and my life was how Mallory struggles to try to get Uncle Bud to eat. I did the same thing for most of my time in Missouri. Mom struggled and hard just to swallow and just wanted to eat. So, while I was writing, I worked hard to come up with a recipe that Mallory might use to convince Uncle Bud to eat something. The result were these Coconut Lime Cookies. I hope you love them as much as Uncle Bud did.
Coconut Lime Cookies
2 ¼ cups white flour
½ tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
½ tsp salt
1 cup shredded coconut
1 cup sugar
3 oz room temp cream cheese—cubed
½ tsp vanilla
Zest of 1 lime (key limes may be preferred)
½ cup (1 stick) melted butter (warm)
1 TBS milk (whole is the most delicious… and half & half is even better)
1 TBS lime juice (again, some may prefer key limes)
½ cup powdered sugar (reserved for rolling cookies in)
Directions: (oven preheats to 350)
Stir together the first five ingredients in a medium mixing bowl. Set aside
Stir together sugar, cream cheese, and lime zest in a large mixing bowl. Cream butter in. Repeat with egg, milk, and lime juice, one at a time. Make sure your ingredients are thoroughly mixed.
Add dry ingredients slowly. Mix well.
Roll dough into approximately 1” balls. Roll each ball into powdered sugar and place on parchment paper-lined cookie sheet.
Bake for approximately 11-12 minutes until lightly golden.
Before you eat, close your eyes and imagine yourself beneath swaying palm trees with warm sand between your toes. Merry Christmas!
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