Sand & Mistletoe by Chautona Havig – Book Review, Preview

Posted December 12, 2018 by Phyllis Helton in Book Reviews / 2 Comments

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My sister told me recently that her curiosity finally got the better of her and so she read Pride and Prejudice for the first time. And that she couldn’t figure out how in the world it is such a classic. After all, how in the world could anyone fall for such an arrogant man?

I just cracked up. This is still one of my very favorite books of all time, perhaps influenced by the 1940 version of the movie (I think I saw the movie before I read the book) which had Greer Garson and Edna May Oliver in it. Sure, the other versions are good and some are more true to the book, but it is tough to compete with this cast and I don’t think I’ve seen a better Lizzy.

But I digress and need to tell you about Chautona’s book. . .

Sand & Mistletoe by Chautona Havig – Book Review, Preview

Sand & Mistletoe
by Chautona Havig


Published by Havilah Press Publications
Publication Date November 24, 2018
Genres: Christmas, Christian Fiction, Clean Romance
Setting: California Contemporary
Main Character Ages: 25-34
Written for: Adults
Pages: 233

Synopsis:

What’s Christmas without family drama, an accident, and mistletoe?

If you ask Portia Spears, it’s a horror movie—especially since she’s never the one caught under that mistletoe. And who thought it was a good idea to spend the last Christmas as a family unit away from their family home?

Her bossy older sisters, that’s who.

Christmas at his parents’ house with his son—just the way Reese Whitaker likes it. But a chance encounter on the beach might just change everything. How often do you meet someone who loves kids and knows American Sign Language?

Not often. Trust him.

However, with just two weeks to get to know each other and two families that couldn’t be more different vying for their time, will they even have a chance to test out that mistletoe they found?

Find out today in Sand & Mistletoe.

I would like to thank Chautona Havig for giving me this copy of the book. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.

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How do you not fall for the single dad who has old fashioned values and can quote Jane Austen?

I enjoyed the way that Reese fell so quickly for Portia. Not love at first sight, just “I really want to get to know you better”. And I liked the way that he pursued her, yet in a gentlemanly and compassionate way. The fact that even when he knew she wanted him to kiss her, he waited. And waited. And waited.

Portia and her family were fun, though I’m not sure how long I would have lasted in their house!  The tempers! The turmoil and the interactions of the daughters of the house were a bit crazy! There were so many lessons that they needed to learn. How to love each other, show patience and kindness.

This is a great romance filled with sweet moments and spiritual lessons.

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About Chautona Havig

Chautona Havig lives and writes in California’s Mojave Desert where she uses story to point readers to the Master Storyteller.

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2 responses to “Sand & Mistletoe by Chautona Havig – Book Review, Preview

  1. Aw… thanks for such a thoughtful review. Yes, if my family was like Portia’s… all angsty, I’d go NUTS. But tiny moments… when I’m not around to shut it down. Yep. They’d do it if they could. Ornery kids.

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