27 February 2014

Diana's Review of 'Heavenly Haven' By Christine Lindsay

Heavenly Haven

By Christine Lindsay, Oct. 2013

Reviewed by Diana Flowers
5 *****

A Winter Wonderland!


In Heavenly Haven, author Christine Lindsay has penned a heartwarming Yuletide tale set amidst snow covered cliffs sparkling in the moonlight, colorful holiday decor, the tantalizing aroma of gingerbread, and the twinkling lights of evergreen Christmas trees.

Shaina and Jack Burke live with their two children in the little ski village near the Washington Cascades, where skiers, snowboarders, and tourists come from miles around. Although Shaina was raised in an affluent lifestyle, she could never compare it to the joyous life she now shares with Jack and the children. However, discontent begins to arise in Shaina when Jack has to work preventing avalanches on their anniversary, for she has to cancel her luxurious plans for them. A rift forms between them as Shaina begins to question her marriage, and in one foolish moment she makes a decision that puts her and her children's lives in great peril. Will it take an avalanche of miracles to help Shaina realize what matters most in life?

Christine Lindsay has written a wonderfully descriptive (which she is an expert at!) holiday story guaranteed to delight your senses and warm your heart! Speaking of which, mine was pounding frantically when Shaina winds up in danger and claustrophobia started to set in immediately! I believe you will love this exciting, heartwarming, seasonal storyline with a great lesson to be learned and endearing characters—so grab the tissues, a cup of hot chocolate, throw another log on the fire, and have yourself a merry little Christmas now…

This novella may be purchased through Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Question—This story takes place during the Christmas season, but is an especially wonderful read now with this frigid, snowy weather we have been experiencing! How many of you are still having snow in your "neck of the woods"?
 

GIVEAWAY: Christine Lindsay and OWG will be giving away 2 copies of 'Londonderry Dreaming' for two people who leave a comment this week -- either on my review of Heavenly Haven or Noela's review of Londonderry Dreaming on Tuesday! 
*Be sure to leave your email if we don't know it so that we may contact you if you're the winner!*




41 comments:

  1. Your cover of this book is absolutely Beautiful. I would love to read this book. It sounds so interesting. I live in California and I live in Escondido were its warm. I do skii and love it. Up in the there has been some snow but not a lot like New York
    oh.hello.hiya@gmail.com

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    1. I lived in Southern CA for quite awhile in my younger years, DANIE, and no snow ever. Very little in SC although it hit us twice this year! Good luck in drawing!

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  2. This book sounds great.I love Christmas books any time of the year.Great review.jackie_tessnair@yahoo.com

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    1. Me too, JACKIE! I enjoy having Christmas in July! lol

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  3. We had our share this winter,but none at the moment. angelachesnut246@gmail.com OWG angela chesnut

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    1. I know you are gad to see it go, ANGELA! It's pretty and nice when it first arrives, but it loses its splendor mighty quick! haha

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  4. Awesome review DIANA, it sounds like a wonderful story!! Now I feel like visiting somewhere where it's snowing so I can snuggle up and get warm just to read this book! ;) Of course there's no chance of that happening here in Australia at the moment anywhere... It's been a very hot and humid summer! Actually there's just one more day left in Summer because we move into Autumn on the 1st March. Looking forward to some cooler weather!

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    1. Thank you, NOELA! I love Autumn, too. Spring is right around the corner, PTL! CHRISTINE has a such a way with descriptive imagery as you well know (and you do feel as though you are right there), so this would be a good story to reread in July for me. :P

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  5. This sounds like a great story,one I would love to read! Living in NH, we have plenty of snow,with more to come :/ Guess it comes with living in this lovely part of the country :)
    Thanks,
    Lori LC

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    1. LORI, it is beautiful in NH! But I know you'll be glad for spring!

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    2. Oh, LORI, I hope you come back and leave your email addy for contact purposes should your name be drawn! Using (at) and (dot) will prevent spammers. Thx so much! :)

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    3. Hi Diana,
      my email is lori(dot)lcaouette(at)gmail(dot)com
      Thanks,
      Lori

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    4. Lori, I'm sooo glad you came back! Blessings to you!

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  6. We havent had snow which is strange We have had freezing fog a whole lot which is strange and awful......
    God bless u
    Chris Granville
    granvilleATfrontiernetDOTnet

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    1. Freezing fog, CHRIS? Do you live in London? lol I haven't heard of it, but it does indeed sound strange and awful. Hurry up, spring!

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  7. I've read this lovely story in December. You did a great job on the review, Diana. As always... :)

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    1. Thank you, mdh! :) It was a great story with a great lesson for all! It's all about priorities!

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  8. Oh man.... we have to talk about it... There is 2 ft out there, they are calling for another 16 inches tonight thru tomorrow for us here in Central NY under the lake, its all lake effect snow...Its been nasty windy all day and white out conditions.
    DH is gone to the store to get fish for supper and I am glad he has 4 wheel drive and the store is only 5 miles away. but this is buts...
    Thanks for sharing this book with us, love this series.
    Linda Finn
    faithfulacresbooks@gmail.com

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    1. LINDA, I feel for you. :( I know you have had a rough winter; I could barely stand two days of it here as it seldom snows in SC. Spring is on the horizon, dear!

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  9. great review of Heavenly Haven. Looks like a really good read and one I would enjoy. thank you for featuring it.
    yes it is still cold and snowy here, Wind chill tomorrow is expected to be minus double digits again and snow for weekend here in Ohio.
    Thank you
    mcnuttjem0(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Thx so much, JACKIE! Oh, you poor baby! Springtime hurry up! I know OH is beautiful country in the spring.

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  10. I always enjoy Christmas books. Amongst my favourites.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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    1. They are wonderful, MARY! At any time of the year!

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  11. Great review, Diana. I've never seen snow fall, so Christmas books are the next best thing. :)

    So good to read your heart raced! Means the book must have really got a grip on you. Best endorsement.
    Blessings to you xx

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    1. Good to see you, pretty Aussie! We who seldom have snow in SC, had it twice within a span of a couple of weeks. Wow, you must really be down under. haha Thx so much for dropping by, DOTTI!

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  12. This sounds like such a wonderful story! We have had more snow than usual in MD this year and more is on the way in a few days!
    kcrouse1950@verizon.net

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    1. I have seen one of my FB friend's posts and pics about the snow in MD, KATHI! Spring is just around the corner...hold on tight!

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  13. Hello everyone. No snow here in this part of Texas. Seldom happens and not much when it does. Several years ago it snowed on Christmas Eve, It was at night and I had run to the grocery which I had forgotten. When I came out it was snowing. The lights were on in the parking lot, and it looked so beautiful. Just had to stand there and watch it snow. Got enough to cover my porch and the car. But left quickly the next day. Of course I lived in OK. in the late 40's and early 50s. We had snow a lot. and windy area so had great snowdrifts. Mother said after I left, sometimes the drifts went up to the roof on the windy side of the house. We also had snow where I lived in KS. But, when I lived in Jackson Hole, Wyo. in the 70's it started snowing in Oct, and never thawed usually until late May or June. It snowed some everyday. It was the norm. Guess that's why it's a popular ski area. Also lots of snowmobiling. I lived there 6 years and only one year the melting started in April. The first year we were there, my girls went Trick or Treating in the snow. BUT, they didn't stay out long. Moving there from south Tx. they weren't use to this. So pretty if it didn't have to make driving dangerous. This Christmas book sounds very good. Great review as usual Diana. I love those stories anytime, but especially in cold weather. Our winter is lasting much longer than usual. Each time it gets warmer, then the weather man says more cold coming. But nothing like the other states. I have a brother, who lives alone living in McDonough, NY. and been worrying about him, for he can't afford the fuel he needs so lives mostly in his bedroom. You OWG girl, and rest of you friends stay safe. (((hugs))) Maxie mac262(at)me(dot)com

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    1. MAXIE, I can't imagine living in a place where the snow comes up to the roof. eek! I thought the 2 day snow we had here was quite enough! As far as I know none of us OWG girls are having snow nor expect any more so that's good. Of course NOELA, from the land down under, NEVER has snow, so I'm sure she would love to experience it at least once. I know the kids all love it, but they don't have to worry about ice on the roads and such. God bless you, MAXIE!

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    2. MAXIE, It seems strange to think of it being cold in Texas, too, this year! We've had a colder winter than usual but nowhere near like other places. My poor inlaws in Illinois! Praying for your brother, Maxie.

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    3. I sure would DIANA, it's on my bucket list... Pity I couldn't have made it over to SC this year as I could have crossed off about 3 things on my list all at once then! :)

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  14. DIANA great review of what sounds like a wonderful story. I don't think I have to tell you about our winter weather we've had this year! lol I was getting so spoiled to the warmer weather and then it has to turn cool again, just hope we don't have anymore snow! I think I'll save this story for when I'm on my pool float soaking up some sun in a few months! :-)

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    1. Soaking up sun in the pool sounds wonderful, TERESA! My d-in-l told me last night that we are supposed to have one more snow storm in Mar. I hope that is so not true. :o

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  15. I would love to win this book. This is a new author for me. My email is bluebell5071@yahoo.com
    My name is Shirley Culpepper

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    1. She has written some awesome books, SHIRLEY! Shadowed in Silk and Captured by Moonlight are must reads! Good luck in the drawing! :)

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  16. Beautiful review, Diana!! Thanks!!

    I love Christmas books any time of the year, but even more so in the winter. "Heavenly Haven" sounds such an exciting book - adding romance, snow, lessons learned, and Christmas - makes it even more heart-warming!!

    More snow and ice predicted for our area tomorrow, and even though Ky. is probably considered a southern state - there have been years when we have had snow on Easter! A perfect time to read a book such as "Heavenly Haven"!!
    Would love to read both "Londonderry Dreaming" and "Heavenly Haven"!!

    bonnieroof60(at)yahoo(dot)com
    OWG

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    1. BONNIE, always a pleasure to see you! Thank you for you kind words! Snow on Easter?...no thank you! :)

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  17. Giveaway is now closed. Thank you all for your kind comments---winner will be announced later this eve or you can check the sidebar at the top right. Thankfully spring will be here soon and melt the snow away for all of you who have had enough!

    A lot of people look at the New Year as being a time for new beginnings, but to me spring is. We may have gone thru the storm this winter, stuck in our homes, and many days it's been too gloomy, cold, and dark to even want to leave the house. But spring always comes, as do the flowers, green grass, lovely weather, and chirpy birds. It's a bright time of new beginnings, new life, and wonderful changes! If you have been going thru a dark winter in your life spiritually, emotionally, financially, physically, etc. rest assured that by trusting in Christ---spring is coming!

    If you can do anything to change your situation, make it your goal to start doing so this spring---be it to lose weight, improve your health or marriage, or simply start walking around the neighborhood and taking time to smell the roses, but most of all draw closer to the Lord. Talk to Him and cast your burdens on His capable shoulders. He is ready and willing to bring you out of your winter and into spring in every situation in your life! What you can't change yourself, He can! My plan is to trust Him more, and to speak faith and life into my "impossible" situations. To change what I can and believe Him to change what I can't!

    Blessings, dear friends!

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  18. Beautifully Diana--I LOVE Christmas and snow and everything about it, so I am still enjoying the snow that is expected here in the Boston area tonight/tomorrow--a little more snow for our last week here will be enjoyed by me--even though I know the people who live here are getting really tired of it. This book sounds good, and I will need to get my hands on it--too bad I missed out on the drawing, but I hope whoever won it, will enjoy it. Thanks for the post letting us late-bloomers know it is finished.
    Vicki

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    1. Hey, VICKI! I'm sorry you missed out, too. I always wish we had a copy for everyone. Be careful in that snow. Some of those sidewalks can get very slippery!

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  19. Congrats to Rosemary Foley and Shirley Culpepper! Random number drew your names to win Christine's book! SHIRLEY, your persistency was rewarded!

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