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I was gifted the opportunity to read this book courtesy of the Hey It’s Carly Rae library. This book had me at the title as I’m a huge Christmas fanatic. 

SYNOPSIS: 

One More for Christmas follows two sisters, Samantha and Ella, on their journey to reconnect with their estranged mother. Every Christmas, the sisters spend their time celebrating everything they missed out on during their childhood. After a life-changing event, their mother, Gayle, reaches out to her daughters in hopes of repairing the relationship. At first, Samantha and Ella are hesitant but eventually, agree to try a Christmas vacation. They begin to heal old wounds and work on building a new relationship. 


One More for Christmas by Sarah Morgan

Genre: Romance

A heartwarming journey of forgiveness and second chances. This story follows a mother and her estranged daughters on their journey back to each other. 

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REVIEW: 

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I was a tad nervous to read this book, as the primary focus was family drama and healing. I found myself truly captivated by this story the more I read it and fell in love with the characters. It covered the beauty of family and the importance of healing from past hurts while creating new bonds. The author did a fantastic job writing about how truly difficult change can be. 

One More for Christmas by Sarah Morgan Book Review
Natalie B. with her copy of One More for Christmas!

At first, Gayle really got under my skin. She was cold and unfeeling. She didn’t seem capable of change and was all about herself. When an event happened to her, it caused her to wake up, and that’s when I started to hope that she was capable of change. Throughout the story, you witness her pain and yearning to be a better mother and person. She grew so much, and about halfway through the story, you couldn’t help but root for her. She spent those five years away from her daughters, feeling like an awful mother. It wasn’t until a conversation with Mary, the owner of the house they are staying at during their vacation, that her beliefs were challenged. She learned that she wasn’t alone in feeling like she made mistakes, and Mary was her first real genuine breakthrough toward healing.

I connected with Ella the most. She was someone who wore her heart on her sleeve and had trouble setting boundaries. She wanted nothing more than to have her mother’s approval, which caused her to hold a lot of herself back. Her storyline was centered on learning to finally stand up for herself and put her needs first. She was genuine throughout the story, and when she finally stood her ground, you couldn’t help but smile and say, “Good for you.” Ella’s forgiving nature was beautiful. It was necessary for her to be that way so that Gayle and Samantha could learn that it’s okay to be forgiving. 

Samantha was the most like her mother, focusing on work and hiding her feelings. She described herself as having an inner and outer Samantha, and those two stayed separate until they went on their family vacation, and she got help from the house’s owner, Brodie. She was more closed off with her mother and had to work on forgiveness a little bit harder than her sister. I smiled at her journey with Brodie with happy tears in my eyes. The moment her two selves became one made my heart melt.

Brodie, Mary, and Kirstie were side characters, but they played a significant role in each individual’s journey. Mary was able to build a friendship with Gayle and help heal her own struggles with grief. Brodie helped Samantha become comfortable with her emotions while also making her fantasies a reality. We didn’t see much of Kirstie, but a conversation she had with Ella helped her become more confident.

Overall, I truly appreciated this book. Even though this isn’t the genre I typically gravitate toward, Morgan’s work is definitely something I want to continue to explore.

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