Featured: A Crossbow Christmas by Ann Swann
Review: I love Christmas stories and this one is unique. It’s not really romance, it’s more of a family drama. And the ending is perfect.
The pandemic knocked Carina flat.
Now that she is home from a months-long hospital stay, she hopes to have a big family Christmas.
But no one seems to care.
Her husband is working out of town and her grown children are scattered all around the country.
The only one who seems to understand is a young man in her grief group.
He offers her his family cabin in the mountains of Colorado.
There, she is guaranteed to have a white Christmas, something she hasn’t had in a long time.
She writes about it in her journal, trying to convince herself she can do it alone.
But it still doesn’t seem possible.
She isn’t adventurous, she’s always been everyone else’s caregiver.
Could she really do something so extravagant just for herself?
Could she really write herself a Christmas?
Meet Ann Swann:
Ann Swann was born in a small West Texas town.
She grew up much like Stevie-girl in The Phantom Pilot, though she never got up the nerve to enter the haunted house. Ann has done everything from answering 911 Emergency calls to scheduling commercials in a rock-n-roll radio station.
She even taught reading in elementary school.
Ann still lives in Texas with her husband, Dude, two rescue cats, and a host of other critters who only show up at feeding time.
When not writing, Ann is reading.
Her to-be-read list has grown so large it has taken on a life of its own. She calls it Herman.
Connect with Ann on her website authorannwann.com
Crossbow Christmas – a different kind of Christmas novel
I love Christmas stories and this one is unique.
It’s not really romance, it’s more of a family drama.
The way the grown kids interact with each other feels realistic.
I also liked the way Carina had to gather up the courage to drive across the country alone when the kids couldn’t make it home for the holidays.
The ending was perfect.
Maybe there will be a sequel. I would love to visit Crossbow again.
Review by Miss Angela Shirley;
Carina has had her fill of tragedy and heartbreak over the past year. Covid hit the world and in her small world was even worst, with losing her mother, Sister and father in the space of the year and contracting COVID which left her near deaths door her whole world has been drape with darkness.
Carina feels lost and wandering the path of life with no purpose anymore not quite understanding were she fits in; her husband has just carried on with life. Her children have grown and flown the nest a while ago and she is no come to a point where she feels she is does not fit in.
The only thing she looks forward to is her chats with Max a young man who knows the heartbreak of losing someone close to them as his young wife passed away from cancer which has left him lost as well. So, when a conversation occurs, and Max offers his cabin to Carina is she brave enough to take him up and start building her world back up.
I have to admit this book at the start was “Where is this going?” but I have to say the more I read the more I related to Carina in a way I have not thought about. We all struggled through the pandemic no matter where you were in the world and if you lost someone close it must have been a horrendous time. I live in the UK and my father passed away through cancer not COVID but the restrictions around his funeral were more heart-breaking than the funeral itself.
I also related to the fact of trying to “get back to normal” whatever that is in this time now, this book highlighted the struggle some people are having with the life in general. It was a great thought provoking but which I would recommend people to read just to say you’re not alone in this.
Thank you for writing a book with the characters so personable and a story which was well written and flowed beautifully through the thoughts and actions of these characters.
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