Autumn MacArthur is a new author that I discovered this year at a Facebook ‘book release party’. She is a Christian romance author and writes the “Love in Store” series as well as other novellas. I won the first book in this series called, The Wedding List. After enjoying this fall-themed novella set in a London department store, I couldn’t resist reading the second book, Believe in Me which is a Christmas-themed novella featuring, over-worked Cara, one of the secondary characters from the first novella. This book is available as a stand alone novella for $1.99 or in the Home for Christmas book set my multiple Christian authors and is only $0.99 for a limited time on amazon.com (so get your set today – it’s a bargain!).
All I can say is book two is even better; the characters are more emotional, and the need for Christ greater. Cara is an over-worked accountant with a heart-breaking past. The guilt she bears has drained her of the joy in life and robbed her of her faith. As accountant she realizes her employer, Pettett and Mayfield’s department store,
is heading for bankruptcy. It is the Christmas season and the sales are lacking. She fears the employees will lose their jobs by the New Year, including her own, if sales don’t improve. Enter Mrs. Pettett’s newest advertising scheme. Nick Callaghan is an American surfer-soap opera star brought in to boost sales. The media portrays him as ‘shallow’ and unable to commit. However, Nick has faith and is searching for something more than the shallow character he portrays. He discovers quickly that Cara isn’t easily persuaded by his fame, charm, or smiles and he works not only to boost sales and company moral, but to win Cara’s trust too. I loved the 12 dates of Christmas with St. Nick. Even though Nick seems shallow, he shows generosity and selflessness as he goes out of his way to make every date special and filled with joy for Cara. I agonized at the end when
I wasn’t sure what was going to happen between Cara and Nick. Cara’s painful past, along with the bad media publicity, overshadowed everything Nick tried to accomplish for the good of the store and for Cara. Autumn MacArthur captures the great need for Christ’s forgiveness, and the blessings of His mercy and love in this touching story. I will say that the story had me contemplating what burdens I carry that truly belong to someone else and what burdens I carry that need to be given to Christ.