by: Ashley Farley
Series: Love at the Beach
Genre: Holiday Fiction, Adult, Romance
Release Date: October 15, 2015
Publisher: Leisure Time Books via NetGalley
A young woman longing for a child stumbles upon a Christmas miracle.
Investigative journalist Scottie Darden is photographing the homeless for her Lost Souls series when she makes a discovery that could change her life forever. Under a makeshift tent in subzero temperatures in a downtown city park, she finds a woman's dead body with her infant child. Without her cell phone to call for help, Scottie makes the split-second decision to take the baby home. Her initial instinct is to provide the baby with food and shelter until her family can be located. But as her fondness for the baby grows, she finds herself facing a life on the run or worse—prison time for abduction.
Curl up with Merry Mary this holiday season. A heartwarming story of the powerful connection between a caring soul and an innocent child in need.
You know how you pick up a book and you immediately have ideas of what the book is going to be about and how things are going to play out? I had thoughts of what I would get picking up Merry Mary. Turns out, Merry Mary wasn’t exactly the Christmas story I expected it to be. I expected a feel good story with references to God and miracles. I expected to be wrapped in the spirit of Christmas and feel God’s grace. Perhaps it’s a little unfair of me to expect that, but that’s what I’ve gotten from a similar book.
On a cold Virginia morning, Scottie Darden discovers a cold, hungry infant. Her only thoughts are to get the child to a safe, warm place and feed it. Scottie doesn’t think her actions out and somehow manages to get in over her head. Scottie’s life took me by surprise. On the outside, it seems she has a good, charmed life. By all accounts, she probably does until you dig deeper into her home life. I will say Scottie is blessed to have family and friends in her life who love and care about her. Her husband on the other hand, leaves a lot to be desired.
Merry Mary does deliver on miracles, just not the way I expected. “Miracles come in all shapes and sizes.” For me, it took a character to point the miracle Scottie and I both missed throughout the story.
**Received a copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest unbiased opinion.**
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Ashley Farley is a wife and mother of two college-aged children. She grew up in the salty marshes of South Carolina, but now lives in Richmond, Virginia, a city she loves for its history and traditions.
After her brother died in 1999 of an accidental overdose, she turned to writing as a way of releasing her pent-up emotions. She wrote SAVING BEN in honor of Neal, the boy she worshipped, the man she could not save. SAVING BEN is not a memoir, but a story about the special bond between siblings.
HER SISTER'S SHOES—June 24, 2015—is a women's novel that proves the healing power of family.
Look for MERRY MARY this holiday season, a heartwarming story of the powerful connection between a caring soul and an innocent child in need.
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