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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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    A D. 27/06/2017
    A D. 27/06/2017
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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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  • Adriana B
    USA
    18/11/17
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    "Unique Contemporary Romance"

    I’m familiar with this author and I really enjoy listening to her stories. This was a very realistic story with a veteran suffering from PTSD. Tyler is nothing like any of the main characters in my other books. He is a homeless man and has been having flashbacks from when he was in the military. Kelly and Bree are also unique characters. Bree doesn’t have a father because Kelly opted for artificial insemination.

    Narration was pretty good and brought the story to life.

    This is a very unique Christmas romance with some misunderstandings and some ups and downs. Kelly is trying to hide some of her mistakes and makes some bad calls. Both main characters needed second chances.

    "I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review."

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Shadowplay
    28/04/17
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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
  • Lori
    18/12/17
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    "Great story"

    This was great story. It's a very entertaining and enjoyable sweet heartwarming second chance and personal redemption story.

    Even though it's a sweet heartwarming story it actually deals with PTSD and the mental/emotional toll it has on a person. It's a shorter story that is well written, flows smoothly, has a really good storyline and great characters that will pull you in immediately and hold your complete attention from start to finish. It's one of those books that you find yourself listening to repeatedly just for the enjoyment of it. It's also a story that had me still thinking about it and the characters long after it was over. My only complaint is that it was over too soon. Although this book has a HEA and you could listen to this book as a standalone there are more stories revolving around these characters and I'm looking forward to continuing with the series.

    Great characters that are realistic and believable. You can't help but root for them from the start. Kelly does take a bit longer to warm up to but not long. Tyler was a likable and unique character from the start. A veteran struggling with PTSD you can't help but like him immediately. As they both find out, never judge a person at first glance, impression or past.

    Elizabeth Klett did a great job with the narration. Pleasant voice that is easy to listen to for long periods of time. Clearly spoken with a nice even pace. Great character voices. Each character had a distinct personality. She was able to bring the characters, their emotions and the story to life. Very enjoyable.

    I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and voluntarily provided this review.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • PATRICIA
    Pittstown, NJ, United States
    18/12/17
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    "Feel good Christmas story!"

    There is no better Christmas story than a little girl getting her wish from Santa! Bree asks Santa for a Papa for Christmas. Now we all know, this is a tall order, even for Santa, but what we don't know is how fate steps in and does it's best to deliver this wish! Tyler, a homeless veteran is thrown into the lives of Bree and her mother Kelly. Kelly is trying to rebuild her life after some unfortunate circumstances, and a relationship just isn't in her current future plans. Tyler is totally unexpected and Kelly is not sure she is ready for him. Tyler suffers from PTSD,and Rachelle Ayala approaches this with such compassion that you can feel both of their pain and frustration while learning to deal with it. Ayala has a way of writing charming romances and includes characters that are believable and issues that are prominent. This story of love, faith and compassion is beautifully written and will fill you with the Christmas Spirit!

    Elizabeth Klett is a wonderful narrator, and her performance of this story brings the emotional struggles and love right to your ears.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • kelly lauffenburger
    30/11/17
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    "A MUST read Heartwarming story"

    A very heartwarming holiday story that I would listen to again and again!! Elizabeth Klett did a great job with the narration. I highly recommend this book to everyone!! I was given this free review copy audio book at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Cat
    Missouri
    29/11/17
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    "Hey Santa I want a Tyler too!"

    Tyler is a homeless vet. He was injured overseas and home on a medical discharge. He suffers from PTSD. He doesn't need much and it doesn't get so cold where he is living so he sleeps in shelters or wherever he can so he can help the orphans in Afghanistan and of other vets.

    Kelly was a go-getter, she worked hard climbing the corporate latter doing whatever it took to get to the top. She is the mother of a sweet four-year-old daughter Bree. Now Kelly is just a cleaner and single mom. All Bree wants for Christmas is a dad. Is there really Christmas magic and Santa keep his word?

    I love Rachelle Ayala's Christmas stories. They have great characters, usually a sweet pet or cute kid, good plots, a little twist and some Christmas magic to bring us a happy ending. What more could you want in a Romance?

    I love these audios. The books are good but Elizabeth Klett gives such personality to each character. I especially loved little Bree's voice. It's a perfect way to make tedious chores much more fun.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • DK
    29/11/17
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    "A Sweet, Feel Good Christmas Story"

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    This is a charming book exactly what the title advertises. Great writing By Rachelle Ayala and a great performance by Elizabeth Klett. This is an absolutely wonderful book and I look forward to the possibility of listening to more by Elizabeth Klett.

    Please consider following me on Audible. Click 'helpful' if you found this review to be 'helpful.' *I received this book in exchange for my unbiased opinion.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Just My Opinion
    27/11/17
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    "Emotional "

    This was an emotional story centred around a single mother, her daughter and a veteran with PTSD. Bree asks Santa for a Papa for Christmas, Tyler suffers from PTSD and is dealing with severe flashbacks and Kelly has her own secrets. The three of them become involved when they meet at the mall after Bree wanders away from her mom and finds Tyler. She is convinced that he is the Papa she wished for however Kelly believes he kidnaped Bree. This is not a simple Christmas story, but an emotional journey with three people who need each other. I look forward to the next book in the series to see how their story continues. Narration by Elizabeth Klett was good. 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
  • Jan M
    Southwest
    21/11/17
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    "Sweet Story!"

    I really enjoyed listening to this book. The author did a great job with writing realistic characters and a sensitive subject (PTSD). Initially I wasn't sure if I liked Kelly as she seemed a little hard to me, but then I warmed up to her. I thought the story was a standalone listen, and would continue to listen to more books in the series and by this talented author.
    The narrator did a good job, but at times it was difficult to distinguish all of the characters voices. I requested this review copy audiobook and have voluntarily written this review.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • jstep
    Michigan
    21/11/17
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    "Heartwarming story for the holidays"

    This is the story about former investment banker Kelly, her four year old daughter Bree, and Tyler, the former football star turned war hero who now is homeless and battling with PTSD. This book is another one of Ms. Ayala's wonderful Christmas stories that I'm sure you'll enjoy. Though Audible rates this as "sizzling," I wouldn't rate it quite that hot. Honestly? The story focuses more on Kelly and Tyler learning to deal with their pasts while allowing themselves to get close to and fall in love with each other. Bree is the initial catalyst in their relationship, as she desperately wants a father for Christmas. Tyler's struggle with PTSD is front and center to the story and I think Ms. Ayala handled it perfectly.

    The story and narration were both very well done. I was completely annoyed with Bree and her whiny, lispy voice and pronunciation, which sounded like a child much younger than four years old but thankfully she isn't the main talking character. Overall though, this is a good, sweet listen that I would recommend to anyone looking for a Christmas listen. I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher for an honest review.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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