The Gift of the Inn by Golden Keyes Parsons

The Gift of the Inn

Despite her best efforts to go through the motions and the good fortune to have a husband stationed stateside rather than in the midst of the brutal combat unfolding in Europe and the Pacific, Christmas Eve is a less than festive time for innkeeper Naomi Lockhart. It’s been especially hard since she, her husband, Quenton, and their daughters restored her parents’ Colorado...

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  • Ashley

    I was sad to learn about this author's passing and that 'The Gift of the Inn' is her final book. But oh, what a beautiful book it is. I was pulled into the character's lives and held captive until the very end. I read it as fast as I could and kept thinking about it when I'd have to set it aside to do other things. There was a feeling of haunting sadness at the beginning, but it was lovely to watch the mood shift as the novel progressed. There's a bit of a mystery that's slowly revealed througho

    I was sad to learn about this author's passing and that 'The Gift of the Inn' is her final book. But oh, what a beautiful book it is. I was pulled into the character's lives and held captive until the very end. I read it as fast as I could and kept thinking about it when I'd have to set it aside to do other things. There was a feeling of haunting sadness at the beginning, but it was lovely to watch the mood shift as the novel progressed. There's a bit of a mystery that's slowly revealed throughout that had me super intrigued. There was a lot of jumping back and forth between people, places, and times, but I never got confused. It was all very interesting and I loved getting to see what was happening with all the characters. 'The Gift of the Inn' was a very heartwarming Christmas story that I enjoyed very much.

    I received a complimentary copy of this book. All thoughts and comments are my honest opinion.

  • Cathy Cermele

    A beautifully written story of love and loss, set during WWII. As Naomi tries to move past the pain of a Christmas Eve in the past, she must focus on her family and the guests staying at her family owned Inn during the Christmas season that is upon her.

    This is a book about getting through past pains and hurtful situations, not just for Naomi and her family, but also for Gracie and her family. It's also about new beginnings and finding joy year round. I loved how well crafted the characters are a

    A beautifully written story of love and loss, set during WWII. As Naomi tries to move past the pain of a Christmas Eve in the past, she must focus on her family and the guests staying at her family owned Inn during the Christmas season that is upon her.

    This is a book about getting through past pains and hurtful situations, not just for Naomi and her family, but also for Gracie and her family. It's also about new beginnings and finding joy year round. I loved how well crafted the characters are and the storyline is interesting and held my attention throughout.

    The one thing that saddens is that this is the authors last work before her untimely death and in my view, a truly lovely piece of work.

    I received a copy from the publisher and was not required to give a positive review. All opinions are my own.

  • Regina

    A powerful story of loss and hope. Set during WWII.

    One families tragedy on Christmas Eve determines how the future affects the family.

    Gracie met the man of her life, Jack. Determined to be with together before he ships out. Love conquers.

    This story is very well written. The story had many layers with characters and places. Restoration of lost family. The book had me riveted to the very end.

    The Gift of the Inn, is Golden Keyes Parsons last words written in a book before her tragic death. Readi

    A powerful story of loss and hope. Set during WWII.

    One families tragedy on Christmas Eve determines how the future affects the family.

    Gracie met the man of her life, Jack. Determined to be with together before he ships out. Love conquers.

    This story is very well written. The story had many layers with characters and places. Restoration of lost family. The book had me riveted to the very end.

    The Gift of the Inn, is Golden Keyes Parsons last words written in a book before her tragic death. Reading this book was bittersweet. But I'm thankful and blessed I was able to read it.

    Disclosure statement:

    I receive complimentary books for review from publishers, publicists, and/or authors, including Netgalley. I am not required to write positive reviews. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255.

  • Susan

    This is an engaging Christmas story of despair and hope traveling from behind enemy lines in Europe to the home fronts of Texas and Colorado in December of 1944. It centers around Naomi, who struggles to find peace at a time of year that brings memories of tremendous loss and despair. Can she find happiness and healing with the family God has provided her? A young girl seeks shelter from a snowstorm on Christmas Eve as she struggles to bring a baby into the world. Can she find the answers she se

    This is an engaging Christmas story of despair and hope traveling from behind enemy lines in Europe to the home fronts of Texas and Colorado in December of 1944. It centers around Naomi, who struggles to find peace at a time of year that brings memories of tremendous loss and despair. Can she find happiness and healing with the family God has provided her? A young girl seeks shelter from a snowstorm on Christmas Eve as she struggles to bring a baby into the world. Can she find the answers she seeks? I love the fact that this story is told from three viewpoints, weaving the individual threads of this story together during a season of miracles. I highly recommend this novella for everyone's Christmas reading list.

    I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. A positive review was not required.

  • Fiction Aficionado

    Reunion stories are heartwarming at any time of the year, but a Christmas reunion story? For some reason that adds a whole extra layer of warmth, and there’s more than one reunion to be had here. 

    This story essentially takes place over the course of one day—Christmas Eve—but through flashbacks and memories we experience a number of important times in these characters’ lives: the devastating loss of a child, a war-time romance, a young woman suddenly learning she’s not who she thought she was, a

    Reunion stories are heartwarming at any time of the year, but a Christmas reunion story? For some reason that adds a whole extra layer of warmth, and there’s more than one reunion to be had here. 

    This story essentially takes place over the course of one day—Christmas Eve—but through flashbacks and memories we experience a number of important times in these characters’ lives: the devastating loss of a child, a war-time romance, a young woman suddenly learning she’s not who she thought she was, a young soldier being shot down over enemy territory, and two families—one hoping for reunion or restoration, the other, reconciliation. All of these stories converge on a stormy Christmas Eve that will lead into a Christmas they’ll never forget.

    I may have known from early on how parts of this story were going to play out, but that didn’t stop the tears from welling when the moment—or moments—came. The anticipation, watching and waiting for the pieces to come together, was part of what made this story engaging. And there was a sweet epilogue that drew the story together at the end and put the focus firmly back on the real Christmas story.

    If you’re looking for a feel-good Christmas read to get the happy tears flowing, then this is the book you’re after.

    I received a copy of this novel from the publisher. This has not influenced the content of my review, which is my honest and unbiased opinion.

  • Trixi

    This is one family’s journey of being torn apart in the beginning and brought together at the end. What happens in-between sets the stage for this heart wrenching story over-laced with hope and love.

    Set in WW2, we see varying perspectives from the characters and flashbacks of the past. Each one adds a different layer, which in turn builds the story and gives up glimpses into each person’s lives. I really liked how this was written and it made me anticipate how things would eventually turn out.

    This is one family’s journey of being torn apart in the beginning and brought together at the end. What happens in-between sets the stage for this heart wrenching story over-laced with hope and love.

    Set in WW2, we see varying perspectives from the characters and flashbacks of the past. Each one adds a different layer, which in turn builds the story and gives up glimpses into each person’s lives. I really liked how this was written and it made me anticipate how things would eventually turn out. Since I am a fast reader, it took me only a day to read this! Once I started, I couldn’t put it down because I wanted to know how the author was going to weave each life together. I loved each character and how they added their own personalities and quirks to the story. I anticipated the birth of Graces baby, I felt for her husband Jack who was shipped out shortly after they were married. My mother’s heart went out to Naomi as she prepared Christmas for her family and feeling the loss of one child. It is beautifully written & full of emotion to keep you reading. Even though I had an idea how this would end, I still adored it! Joy from pain, celebration from loss and a family reunion nobody saw coming!!

    *I received a complimentary copy of this from the publisher and no favorable review was required.*

  • Vickie

    It's Christmas Eve 1944. Naomi is struggling with depression as a heavy snowstorm hits at the Inn she and her husband Quenton have taken over from her parents in Colorado. Christmas has been hard for her for the last 17 years but this year is so much like the one when her infant daughter disappeared from their bedroom while they were downstairs celebrating Christmas with her parents and their guests. No trace of her daughter could be found. The flashbacks are so real this night as she longs to k

    It's Christmas Eve 1944. Naomi is struggling with depression as a heavy snowstorm hits at the Inn she and her husband Quenton have taken over from her parents in Colorado. Christmas has been hard for her for the last 17 years but this year is so much like the one when her infant daughter disappeared from their bedroom while they were downstairs celebrating Christmas with her parents and their guests. No trace of her daughter could be found. The flashbacks are so real this night as she longs to know what happened to her daughter.

    In the spring of 1944 in San Antonio, Gracie is searching for who she is. With green eyes and auburn hair she has always felt different in her Hispanic family. When her grandmother with some senility comments about Gracie being the adopted child, she wants to know more. Her mother angrily denies that she is adopted. Gracie searches the attic of their home and finds her childhood records minus a birth certificate, as well as a diaper bag containing a photo of a baby she knows is her but posed with a stocking with the name Julia. She knows this is a baby picture of herself but keeps her find to herself. Gracie is a senior in high school, attracted to Jack, a soldier in the Air Force who will be shipping out soon. Her father likes Jack when she brings him home to meet the family but her mother refuses to allow her to see him again because he is not Hispanic and not good enough for the daughter of a physician with money. Since Gracie is age 18, she and Jack elope. When he is shipped out, she uses the clue of the photographer's mark on the baby picture and heads to Colorado. She finds work in a restaurant across the street from the Inn, hoping to someday locate her birth family.

    By Christmas morning these two women will have the gift of what they wish for.

    I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. A positive review was not required.

  • Nadine Keels

    Innkeeper Naomi Lockhart should be happy on Christmas Eve of 1944. She has a batch of healthy daughters and a military husband who’s stationed at home instead of overseas, in the midst of a world war. But Naomi has never gotten over the past Christmas Eve disappearance of her infant child, and this holiday could make or break Naomi in

    , a novel by author Golden Keyes Parsons.

    I only skimmed maybe a sentence or two of the blurb before I decided I wanted to read this book, which

    Innkeeper Naomi Lockhart should be happy on Christmas Eve of 1944. She has a batch of healthy daughters and a military husband who’s stationed at home instead of overseas, in the midst of a world war. But Naomi has never gotten over the past Christmas Eve disappearance of her infant child, and this holiday could make or break Naomi in

    , a novel by author Golden Keyes Parsons.

    I only skimmed maybe a sentence or two of the blurb before I decided I wanted to read this book, which I later found out is, sadly, the last book by this author. Coming to this novel knowing next to nothing about the plot, most of its unfolding was all the more interesting to me. I also felt wonderfully steeped in the historical setting, with fashion, hairstyles, and music so reminiscent of the period.

    Nearly halfway into the book, I wasn’t expecting that the war would then come to the foreground for much of the time, with mostly different characters and much of its own storyline. Hence, several of the chapters felt a bit like a different book to me. Also, I wouldn’t want to give too much away, but there were at least three key issues in the plot that didn’t add up to me. Concerning one of those issues, I’d think that if you had a dark, crucial secret to hide, you wouldn’t knowingly leave clear evidence of it where other people could easily get to it.

    Nevertheless, even beyond its themes of love and loss, this story includes a critical message on trust that I hope fellow ChristFic readers won’t miss. I’m looking forward to reading more by this author.

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    WhiteFire Publishing provided me with a complimentary copy of this book for an honest review.

  • Samantha

    A heart warming Christmas Story. The Story starts Christmas Eve I944 and finishes on Christmas Day. Three individuals Gracie, Naomi, and Jack are all looking to be reconciled with loved ones. Each story is told and intertwined. Naomi looking for a lost child, Jack wanting to be home with his family, and Gracie trying to find out who she is.

    This was a page turner and such a wonderful story! I don't usually read christmas fiction books but this one is one I would read again next year.

    I received

    A heart warming Christmas Story. The Story starts Christmas Eve I944 and finishes on Christmas Day. Three individuals Gracie, Naomi, and Jack are all looking to be reconciled with loved ones. Each story is told and intertwined. Naomi looking for a lost child, Jack wanting to be home with his family, and Gracie trying to find out who she is.

    This was a page turner and such a wonderful story! I don't usually read christmas fiction books but this one is one I would read again next year.

    I received a copy from the publisher and was not required to give a positive review. All opinions are my own.

  • Melissa

    It took me a couple of chapters to really get into this book but once I was in, I was in. So many layers and so much going on. It was mysterious, yet hopeful. Full of love and family.

    The connections being made between the characters was moving. There are many different points of view to see the story from, but it added more depth and perspective to the story that you otherwise couldn’t have gotten.

    There is a great amount of tension in this book to keep you turning the pages. If you are looking f

    It took me a couple of chapters to really get into this book but once I was in, I was in. So many layers and so much going on. It was mysterious, yet hopeful. Full of love and family.

    The connections being made between the characters was moving. There are many different points of view to see the story from, but it added more depth and perspective to the story that you otherwise couldn’t have gotten.

    There is a great amount of tension in this book to keep you turning the pages. If you are looking for a Christmas read this is good one.

    A copy of this book was given to me by the publisher. All opinions are my own.

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