Summary from Cedar Fort:
“What’s happened?” Amber asked.
“One of your students was critically injured in an accident.”
Amber let out a squeak. “Who?”
Tragedy brings heartache to the community of Apple Blossom. A car takes the life of 6-year-old Mary Noel Simmons’s best friend—her dog—and nearly destroys Mary Noel’s spirit as well. Now she lies at the hospital, traumatized and silent, while the medical bills are piling up with no way for her parents to pay them.
That is, until Mary Noel’s teacher, Amber Kellen, breaks out of her quiet, lonely life to help.
With the help of her new friend, Paul, Amber sets out to solve the family’s financial problems by involving the entire community. And as the two friends work together, they discover that creating a Christmas miracle may also have some unexpected benefits. Filled with romance and kindness, this story of hope and faith will warm your hearts.
My Review: It's just a normal day for first grade teacher Amber Kellen, she's getting her lesson plans together for the day when the principal comes into her classroom with bad news. One of her students, Mary Noel Simmons, has been in a tragic accident. She's hurt and in the hospital, but her emotional state is actually much worse than her physical state. Mary Noel was hurt, but even worse for her was seeing her dog and best friend killed in the same accident. Amber knows that she must do something for the adorable little girl that she's grown to love, so she comes up with a plan. She has the rest of her first grade class draw pictures for the little girl so that whenever Mary Noel does feel like opening her eyes and looking around she's not looking at a plain boring hospital room. When Amber goes to the hospital to put her plan into action, she meets family friend and good looking bachelor Paul. Paul eventually shares the financial difficulties that Mary Noel's parents are going to be facing for her hospital care and the two of them decide that they need to help, but just how? Pretty soon they come up with a great plan, one that includes the school and the entire community. But will Mary Noel wake up enough to be able to see it?
I really loved this short book! I loved Amber and Paul, both so willing to give whatever time or money they can come up with. I love the whole first grade class, who doesn't love cute first graders! I love the community of Apple Blossom, how could I not when they were all so willing to go out of their way to help one little girl and her family. I love how as you're reading the book, you can feel the small town, June McCrary Jacobs got that part just right. This story is so cute, it's filled with the sweet romance of Paul and Amber as well as the community spirit and charity of those that are helping poor Mary Noel and her family. I didn't want to put this one down!
I was sent an e-copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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About June McCrary Jacobs: June McCrary Jacobs spent twenty years as a primary grade educator after graduating from California State University, Hayward, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and multiple-subject teaching credentials. In addition to writing fiction, June is a freelance designer of sewing, quilting, and crafting projects. A Holiday Miracle in Apple Blossom is June’s debut novel, though not her first published work. Since 2007 June’s original sewing, quilting, and stitchery projects and articles have been published in national and international magazines including Stitch, Sew News, Sewing World, Simply Handmade, Sew Hip, Sewing Savvy, Crafts ‘n Things and Create & Decorate. Two of her sewing designs for children will appear in the upcoming 101 One-Yard Little Wonders book published by Storey Publishing.
A Californian since age six, June currently resides in the San Joaquin Valley. Learn more about June’s writing endeavors and view some of her original sewing projects by visiting her website at www.junemccraryjacobs.com.
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