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Blog Tour/Review: A Holiday Miracle in Apple Blossom by June McCrary Jacobs

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A Holiday Miracle in Apple Blossom, by June McCrary Jacobs
2013, 144p, Clean Christmas Romance
My Rating=4 Stars
Source: Received a copy from the publisher for an honest review

“What's happened?” Amber asked.
“One of your students was critically injured in an accident.”
Amber let out a squeak. “Who?”

Tragedy brings heartache to the community of Apple Blossom. A car takes the life of 6-year-old Mary Noel Simmons’s best friend—her dog—and nearly destroys Mary Noel’s spirit as well. Now she lies at the hospital, traumatized and silent, while the medical bills are piling up with no way for her parents to pay them.

That is, until Mary Noel’s teacher, Amber Kellen, breaks out of her quiet, lonely life to help.

With the help of her new friend Paul, Amber sets out to solve the family’s financial problems by involving the entire community. And as the two friends work together, they discover that creating a Christmas miracle may also has some unexpected benefits. Filled with romance and kindness, this story of hope and faith will warm your hearts.

Amber learns that one of her students, 6-year-old Mary Noel, was involved in an accident over Thanksgiving that wound up killing her dog. She's in the hospital and won't talk to anyone. Amber goes to the hospital to visit her and meets Paul, who works for Mary's father. They become fast friends and decide they want to help Mary's parents with the hospital bills. Their plans are big and will require lots of community help. Can they pull off a Christmas miracle?

This is a fun, fast read. Amber and Paul become very close very fast and in the context of what they were trying to accomplish, I was able to buy into it. Their relationship flowed easily and there wasn't any kind of drama. Because the book is short, we don't get a lot of character development around them but I thought they were sweet together.

I've never lived in a small town and this book has that definite small town feel which makes me wish I knew what it felt like. Lots of people in the community pull together to do what they can to help Mary start to heal and put a smile on her face again. I loved the feel of people working together for a good cause, and Christmas is always a time of year when people are even more generous. 

Everything does come together easily in this book and it was a nice change of pace for me. If you're looking for a quick, feel good Christmas story, this is a book you will want to pick up! 

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About the Author:

June McCrary Jacobs spent twenty years as a primary grade educator after graduating from California State University, Hayward, with a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration and a multiple-subject teaching credential. Along with writing fiction, June is a freelance designer of sewing, quilting and crafting projects. “A Holiday Miracle in Apple Blossom” is June's debut novel, though not her first published work. Since 2007 June's original sewing, quilting and stitchery projects and articles have been published in national and international magazines including Stitch, Sew News, Sewing World, Simply Handmade, Sew Hip, Sewing Savvy, Crafts 'n Things and Create & Decorate. Two of her sewing designs for children will appear in the upcoming “101 One-Yard Little Wonders” book published by Storey Publishing. A Californian since age six, June currently resides in the San Joaquin Valley. Learn more about June's writing endeavors and view some of her original sewing projects by visiting her website at

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