Christmas on Breakers Point
by Chautona Havig
Series: Independence Islands #1
Published by Celebrate Lit Publishing
Publication Date November 29, 2019
Genres: Christian Fiction, Clean Romance
Setting: Georgia Contemporary
Main Character Ages: 25-34
Written for: Adults
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.
I would like to thank Celebrate Lit for giving me this copy of the book. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.
Prepare yourself for heartbreak, second chances and deep spiritual discussions.
Uncle Bud was so charming and wonderful!! He had numerous terms of endearment for Mallory, almost always a different one. It was so sweet the names he chose. This man of faith knew that his “expiration date” was approaching rapidly and he had peace with God and was ready to go.
Mallory was a great character as well. When she received the call from Uncle Bud, she dropped everything to be by his side and even submitted a letter of resignation to her employer; despite the fact her job was quite lucrative. Once there, she poured her heart out to Uncle Bud and loved him the best way she could. And when he mentioned his Christmas wish, she did all she could to provide it for him. . . Even though it was really completely out of her power!
Geoff and Joanie had been in love since they were little. Everything made it look as though they were going to have their happily-ever-after until Joanie began to question her faith. When she walked away from all she believed, Geoff knew that he could no longer plan to marry her. His love for her never died; instead he remained her friend and prayed for her.
Mallory and Joanie had some incredibly insightful discussions about faith. Though she didn’t want to hurt Joanie, Mallory was bold in sharing with her and clearly showed her love as well. The debates they had were fascinating and challenging.
Uncle Bud’s situation was painful to read, though Chautona Havig was not graphic about his experiences and didn’t focus on the negatives of his health. It is possible this hit me harder than it might have otherwise as I am traveling a cancer journey with a dear friend of mine. Bud’s outlook and hope shone through, as did his great love for his great-niece.
I was so touched by the people of the islands and the way the rallied together and loved Bud. When Mallory called for help, they replied so quickly!! The gatherings, despite being last minute, were very amazing!!
If you enjoy stories rich with spiritual content, more focused on relationship than romance, Christmas on Breaker’s Point is a book you won’t want to miss.
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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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