Thursday, November 15, 2018

There Just Isn’t a Nativity Like This…


Thank you to Sally Kilpatrick and Kensington Press for a copy of Oh My Stars.  I was given this copy in exchange for an honest review.

We are back in the town of Ellery Tennessee for one of their traditional festivities their live nativity located in the Dollar General’s parking lot.  It is not your typical nativity.  Mary is a chain smoker.  Joseph is a reluctant doctor.  Oh and did I mention that Joseph also does farm work with one of the wise men. 

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“Like most things in Ellery, Tennessee, this year’s Drive Thru Nativity is a little unconventional. The Dollar General parking lot doubles as a Bethlehem stable, and widowed writer Ivy Long, who’s been roped into playing Mary, sure as heck isn’t a virgin. But then comes an unexpected development: a genuine, real-life baby left in the manger, with only a brief note. And somehow, in the kerfuffle that follows, Ivy finds her life is about to change . . .

The holidays are a bittersweet time for Ivy—filled with memories of her beloved late husband and reminders that life doesn’t always offer the happily-ever-after her readers expect. So when Ivy ends up with custody of the baby, she can only chalk it up to a Christmas miracle. She doesn’t know if it will be forever, but with help from family, she’ll make little Zuzu’s first Christmas a good one. The nativity’s Joseph, aka Gabe Ledbetter, has a pediatrics background that’s coming in mighty handy. In turn, Ivy is helping Gabe find his place in the quirky community. If that place turns out to be somewhere near Ivy, well, maybe this particular Christmas story will turn out to be merry and bright after all . . .”(Amazon)

My Thoughts: 

I loved this novel!  I thought the nativity was a little unorthodox with its characters such as  chain smoking Mary, a lost baby, and Joseph who is a doctor but also farms.  It made for an entertaining read.  The town of Ellery is a place that readers will want to come back and visit time and again. I have loved the characters that Sally Kilpatrick introduces to her readers.   This book creates a magical setting for the holidays. Readers will enjoy finding out if this family will stay together or not.

Rating:

4/5

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