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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.

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    HeatherY 08-15-17
    HeatherY 08-15-17 Member Since 2013
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    "Wonderful Christmas Romance With Depth"

    Former investment banker Kelly and her daughter Bree are at a shopping mall to see Santa when Bree asks for an impossible gift. She wants a father for Christmas, something that Kelly can't give her. Homeless veteran Tyler overhears, and when Bree runs away from Kelly later in the mall, she finds Tyler and decides he is the father Santa promised.

    Tyler and Kelly get off to a rough start when Kelly misunderstands the situation and accuses Tyler of trying to kidnap Bree. She continues to suspect him even after she finds out he's a respected war hero and her family welcomes him. Tyler faced horrors in the war that he still suffers from, flashbacks and episodes caused by his PTSD. Kelly has some secrets too, and she and Tyler need to decide if they should fight their feelings for each other, or risk a romance that might hurt Bree.

    I really enjoyed this Christmas story, it has a depth I haven't found in many modern romances. Rachelle Ayala writes about veteran's issues like PTSD in a mature and delicate manner. Tyler's PTSD wasn't a gimmick used to advance the story, it was a reminder of a real problem our veterans face every day that shouldn't be swept under the rug. I liked that both Tyler and Kelly needed their own second chances.

    I always enjoy Elizabeth Klett's narration, she has a mellow even voice and doesn't dramatically overact the narration. Overall, it was a great story that I'll listen to again around Christmas time.

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    Terri C. 08-08-17
    Terri C. 08-08-17 Member Since 2016
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    "A story rich with PTSD realism."

    The cover of this audio book threw me a little. I was expecting sweet and simple, when in reality the book dealt with several rather heavy topics. It was a pleasant surprise that there was more to this book. The main character, Kelly is raising her child alone--the child truly has no father. When her little girl decides she wants a father for Christmas, it really throws Kelly for a loop. The little girl's prime candidate turns out to be a sexy, but homeless war veteran with PTSD, Tyler.
    Tyler feels unworthy of love because of the things he has done. His PTSD plays a prime role in this book, and Ms. Ayala has done a wonderful job being true to the symptoms and all entailed (I'm married to a Wounded Warrior who suffers from it). Nothing was sugar coated and no resolution was right down the road. If you want an incite into what our veteran's go through everyday, this is a good book to without getting bogged down.
    Kelly and Tyler are drawn into a complicated relationship that becomes even more complicated because of a secret Kelly has been keeping --that's a whole other heavy and rather unique aspect to the story. Can Kelly convince Tyler to forgive her when the truth comes out? It won't matter if she can't convince him to give love a chance and to become her daughter's father for Christmas.
    This book has substance and grit. Don't be fooled by the cover. The narration was good.
    I was given this audio book in exchange for my honest opinion.

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    Tracy Riva 07-07-17
    Tracy Riva 07-07-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Tender Love Story, Realistic​ Depiction of PTSD"

    I love this book. After several hold your breath moments, it never failed to deliver. The depictions of PTSD with lucid flashbacks is very realistic and adds a very unusual flavor to the story.

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    AmyHiggs 07-01-17
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    "Sweet Read"
    Any additional comments?

    This was a very sweet book. Tyler Manning is a former football star turned veteran with PTSD. Kelly Kennedy is a single mom who is trying to overcome her past and raise her daughter Bree. When Bree declares that Santa sent Tyler to be her Papa, their lives intertwine. I liked that Rachelle Ayala didn't sugar coat PTSD, even though it was hard to listen to. I am happy that these 3 found a way to become a family!

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    Rhonda 06-29-17
    Rhonda 06-29-17
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    "Second Chances"
    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed this book about Bree who asked Santa for a Papa for Christmas. Kelly Kennedy is a single mother with a past insider trading conviction and Tyler is a homeless veteran who has PTSD. They are brought together by Bree who thinks Tyler is going to be the Papa that Santa said she'd have for Christmas. The subject of PTSD and veterans is well done in my opinion. Tyler is homeless because he gives his monthly check to the orphans of war. After getting over the idea of Tyler being homeless, Kelly starts to have feelings for Tyler. They have a lot to work through with his active PTSD episodes and her conviction. The idea of second chances for both of them at the Christmas season is wonderful. I enjoy Rachelle Ayala's writings very much and anticipate more in this series. I thought Elizabeth Klett did a great job of narrating this story. I received a free copy of the book from the author and am posting the review in exchange. I think it's definitely worth a credit though.

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    Nadine JIM THORPE, PA, United States 06-28-17
    Nadine JIM THORPE, PA, United States 06-28-17 Member Since 2011
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    "A Sweet Heartwarming Story"

    This was such a sweet story about a homeless veteran, who has PTSD (a not so easy subject to deal with, so please note this isn't simply a light hearted romance, but one with true emotional depth) a mother with a past and struggles of her own...and her child who wants nothing more than a father. It is a story of the journey to second changes in life.

    This is a good quality read / listen with a strong message. And also this is a trilogy, so keep an eye out there for her other books.

    I was provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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    Nessa 06-28-17
    Nessa 06-28-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Lovely Narration and Wonderful Story!!!"

    Trigger warning!!! This book deals with PTSD, and other factors that may not be comfortable with all listeners. This is a very emotional story, and it brought me to tears multiple times. I plan on listening to this story over and over again. I can't wait to listen to the rest of the series!!!

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    B 06-12-17
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    "A Father For Christmas"
    What did you love best about A Father for Christmas?

    A wonderful, heartwarming story. You will get wrapped up in all of the characters and can't help but enjoy the Christmas spirit. However, this story is one that I think would be enjoyed any time of year, not just at Christmas.A single mom of a spunky little girl and a veteran struggling with PTSD are characters that you will fall in love with.Bree wanted a daddy for Christmas and decided to ask Santa for one. She is determined to get what she wants. After all, Santa said he would bring her one.A well written , emotional story that will have you crying, laughing and give you that "feel good" feeling at Christmas time or any time! Even the secondary characters are just as important to the story as the main characters.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It stirred so many emotions. It was heartwarming, touching and had a few humorous moments too. Mostly little Bree, who is one spunky little girl .


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    It was ok. The voice was a little monotone and all the characters sounded the same . But, I enjoyed listening to the story. I had already read the book so listening to it was interesting.


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoy all of the wide variety of Rachelle Ayala books

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    Kimberly Dawn 06-04-17
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    "Great story!"

    I loved this story. Little Bree is so sweet, and also so determined that Santa is going to bring her a papa. Kelly and Tyler meet because of Bree. Tyler has a lot of stuff going on, but he finds himself attracted to Kelly. Can Kelly help him work through those issues and not be scared away? Their story is real and passionate and hopeful. I absolutely love this narrator too! An excellent story that I definitely recommend.

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    "A love story about second chances & forgiveness"

    This is a wonderful feel good story about two people who have been damaged by bad decisions made for the right decision. Kelly is an ex-convict and Tyler suffers from PTSD, courtesy of his time in Afghanistan. Both struggle with the day to day challenges of life in different ways.

    Christmas is a magical time of the year. Kelly's little girl, Bree, with the help of a Christmas wish, brings these two struggling people together. But there is a long way to go before they can truly connect. Their way forward is through forgiveness, self-acceptance and unconditional support. There is a heavy emphasis on family, church and God in the story. But unlike many Christian based romances (where the emphasis is about one person, often extremely virtuous and religious, bringing the other to God and the Church) these two characters believe in God but are flawed, very human, very believable and very likable. Sometimes the inclusion of religion can leave the story very dry and a bit difficult to digest, but I didn't feel uncomfortable with the content at all.

    Overall, the reader walks away with the feel-good feeling of hope and love. It is a positive story on very difficult subjects.

    This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.





    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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