To those who still suffer the wounds of war.
Kelly Kennedy thought her life was finally on track. Engaged to the man of her dreams and with a baby on the way, she reassures her five-year-old daughter, Bree, that the father she picked for Christmas still loves her.
Unfortunately, war veteran Tyler Manning has been away most of the year. Recovering from PTSD isn’t easy. Rather than worry Kelly, Tyler spends his time traveling to Afghanistan to work at a children’s charity he founded.
Kelly decides to distract Bree with promises of a pet for Christmas. When Tyler is taken hostage by terrorists, she finds it hard to convince Bree that they will truly be a family in time for Christmas.
A Pet for Christmas is a sequel A Father for Christmas. While it can be read as a standalone, you’ll get more of the relationship aspect between Kelly, Tyler, and Bree by reading A Father for Christmas first.
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“Heartwarming story of hope and second chances.” – Ruth Davis on Book 1, A Father for Christmas
“Absolutely breathtaking love story.” – Amber McCallister on Book 1, A Father for Christmas
A Father for Christmas (A Veteran’s Christmas Book 1)
To all the veterans who gave so much.
Single mother Kelly Kennedy can’t afford lavish gifts for her four-year-old daughter, Bree. Homeless veteran Tyler Manning doesn’t believe he deserves a Merry Christmas.
When Bree asks Santa for a father and picks Tyler, both Tyler and Kelly vow to keep Bree from being hurt while fighting their feelings for each other.
Tyler struggles with frightening flashbacks that scare Kelly. Meanwhile, Kelly’s criminal past threatens her chance for happiness. Tyler and Kelly must believe in the power of love to give Bree her best Christmas ever.
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About the author
Rachelle Ayala is a bestselling Asian American author of dramatic romantic suspense and humorous, sexy contemporary romances. Her heroines are feisty and her heroes hot. She writes emotionally challenging stories but believes in the power of love and hope.
Rachelle is the founder of an online writing group, Romance in a Month, an active member of the California Writer’s Club, Fremont Chapter, and a volunteer for the World Literary Cafe. She is a very happy woman and lives in California with her husband. She has won awards in multicultural and historical romance.
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I read both A Father for Christmas and A Pet for Christmas for this review. I loved both books and was enthralled with the fact that either could be read as a stand alone or the two could be read together. I do love falling in love with characters in a book and then finding them again in a sequel.
In A Father for Christmas, we are first introduced to Kelly, her young daughter Bree and Tyler. There is nothing like opening a book with a scene in a crowded mall and a lost child at the holidays. Even living in a small town, the mall gets too crowded between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Small children have minds of their own and seldom do those minds include wanting to wait for anything.
As Kelly finds Bree via the mall security cameras, Bree is with a homeless man. Kelly, assumes the worst and hurries to pull her daughter from the man. She finds out later Tyler is a decorated veteran and, while homeless, not a threat to her daughter.
The relationship between Kelly and Tyler is woven throughout the book and includes many ups and downs. The book left me wondering what happens in the future with Kelly, Tyler and Bree.
To find out the future, I picked up A Pet for Christmas which tells of the next Christmas when Kelly and Tyler are starting their own family and Bree is wondering who her real father is, not the Papa she asked Santa for the previous year.
As any parent will tell you, once a child enters school, even kindergarten, you had better be prepared for anything. There is no telling what questions a child will come home with as they are exposed to others from different family values and who may be considerably older. Younger children tend to believe anything they are told by an older child so be prepared. Kelly was not and Bree tested her with questions from the kids at school.
This particular book also takes Tyler back to the war zone so has a split setting. I am not big on war zone fiction. I’m not big on war zone anything but I tend to want my fiction to be more fiction and less truth. Ayala does a great job mixing the US setting with Tyler’s setting in Afghanistan. She does not dwell to much in war territory but it is there with all the pitfalls that come with it.
I loved both books, A Father for Christmas and A Pet for Christmas. I truly cannot wait to read the next book in this series.
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