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A Father for Christmas Audiobook

A Father for Christmas: A Veteran's Christmas, Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2014 Rachelle Ayala (P)2017 Rachelle Ayala Publishing, LLC

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    Shadowplay 04-28-17
    Shadowplay 04-28-17
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    "Beautifully heartfelt story that is unforgettable"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, I would recommend this audiobook to all of my book loving friends because this is a wildly entertaining story with a very vibrant narrator that will capture all of your senses and puling you into a world full of devastating heartache and breathtaking love.


    What other book might you compare A Father for Christmas to and why?

    This is truly a once in a lifetime story that I have yet to find a rival to compare. A special story like this one will live in your heart forever with his wonderful cast of characters and its heart string pulling plot.


    Which character – as performed by Elizabeth Klett – was your favorite?

    Elizabeth Klett really brought Kelly alive to me, and after her I really enjoyed Tyler. Bree's voice was completely adorable! I can't get over how much a narrator can truly breath new life into a story, and this one did that and so much more!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, I wanted to listen to the entire captivating story in one sitting because it is such an intricate and heart-breaking story that it needs that extra bit of careful listening and dedication.


    Any additional comments?

    I thoroughly enjoyed this wonderful narrator, and I hope to listen to more audiobooks from her in the future.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Isha Coleman MI 05-23-17
    Isha Coleman MI 05-23-17

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    "The innocence of childhood sprinkles every page."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. A Father for Christmas touches on themes that can break a heart, inspire a soul and make a reader feel good all at once.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The subject matters touch on real life. Everyone has lost hope, at one time or another. Yet the message of optimism is empowering and makes for a read that is as identifiable as it is lovable.


    Which character – as performed by Elizabeth Klett – was your favorite?

    Bree embodies childhood. Innocence, mischief and a trusting hopefulness that makes for nostalgic youthful memories. Elizabeth Klett brings back all the sentiment and humor that made it adorable to rediscover.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes. Once your heart becomes involved it's over.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Catrina P 05-07-17
    Catrina P 05-07-17
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    "A wonderfully written story"

    I thoroughly enjoyed listening to A Father for Christmas by Rachelle Ayala.

    This is the story of Kelly, a single mom who has had to face a very rough situation, her 4 year old daughter Bree, and Tyler, a homeless veteran who suffers from ptsd.

    I was immediately drawn to the characters and their story. I have to admit, I didn't want it to end. While the book did not end on a cliffhanger, I would love for their story to continue.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Phylis Carpenter Ranburne AL 05-01-17
    Phylis Carpenter Ranburne AL 05-01-17 Member Since 2017
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    "All I want is a Daddy for Christmas"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this audiobook to a friend because it was a really good book. I enjoyed listening to it while I worked.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Father for Christmas?

    I really enjoyed when Tyler takes special care with Kelly's feelings when she is concerned about Bree spending too much time around him.


    Have you listened to any of Elizabeth Klett’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No I have not


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When Bree disappeared and Kelly was looking for her the scene was written so you felt like you were there. You could feel the tension and fear that Kelly felt while she was trying to find her daughter. When she sees the video where Bree is walking with a man (tyler) and she points him out


    Any additional comments?

    Another awesome book by Rachelle Ayala. One you won't want to miss.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    NancyB 04-28-17
    NancyB 04-28-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Great book!"

    I loved this well written story. The storyline and the characters are so complex, well developed, that as they take an emotional journey that ranges from heartachingly sweet to heartwrenching sadness on the way to their HEA, you feel like you are standing right next to them. Taking this journey with them step by step.
    I feel that narration is really a personal preference, to me this was enjoyable, very professional and we'll done!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    CristiAk Juneau, Alaska, USA 04-22-17
    CristiAk Juneau, Alaska, USA 04-22-17

    Reading is powerful

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    "Difficult Subject Done Well"

    This story deals with PTSD. The love interest is a homeless veteran, Tyler. The other part of the romance is Bree and her mother, Kelly. The book is the first book in a trilogy. I actually read the last book first, (that book was my discovery of this author, if I am remembering correctly). In my opinion you should read this in the order it was written. The author has other series where it doesn't matter, (some in which Bree makes an appearance), this trilogy is better read in order.
    I have to confess that Kelly is not my favorite character. In real life she would be the friend I keep because I like her family. She is very judgmental but that is her personality and I am happy that the author lets that trait be. None of are perfect. Sometimes, in books, or movies, the character traits are sugar coated when they are negative. I appreciate the author holding true to Kelly even though it makes it difficult to like her. Bree is adorable! She is who falls in love first and she is who you are really rooting for in this story. Tyler, has some very real issues going on. My son was sent to Iraq during the beginning of the war. He now suffers from PTSD along with some physical issues. It is a rough road filled with sadness. We have not done enough for our returning heroes, though we are improving. I was pleased that the author portrayed this accurately. My son is not homeless but he has a lot of support in his life. Without his wife, daughters and the rest of us, he could easily be Tyler. In listening to this story I thought a lot about my son and his family and did make comparisons. I think we all do when we read a story that is close to our real lives. I don't like Kelly that much but she is a strong woman and it takes a strong personality to handle everything that goes with loving someone with PTSD. Please keep that in mind when you read this story. You will probably want to slap Kelly at time, Tyler too to be honest, and may become frustrated with her. I don't want you to get so frustrated you give up the story. The story is a touching one. Both adults have issues and a past. I don't want to give away the story so I'm not going into details. You will discover them as you read. It does make for conflicts and a need for understanding and forgiveness.
    I thought the narrator was good. I have heard better ones but she did a good job. I didn't go to sleep on her. Lol. This was the first time I heard her read. I would listen to her again. She does vary her tone and did well with Bree.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Keli M. 05-03-17
    Keli M. 05-03-17
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    "Feel good Christmas story"

    This book is a wonderful Christmas Story. I love how Rachelle Ayala truly captured what happens with our war veterans and didn't sugar coat any of it. It shows the love between a woman that has had a rough few years and a war veteran. Truly a wonderful book.

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    Kindle Customer 04-30-17
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    "Touching enough that Ifelt bad about my inappropriate laughter... some of the time"

    This book combined many of the ofttimes overlooked interest groups; veterans, children of artificial insemination, cast aside families iin a way many would have never expected.
    Yet, what was surprising to me, was that Rebecca (for a moment before the fangs came out, don't get excited) actually seemed almost redeemable and Dylan didn't seem to harbour any resentment toward her.

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