December 6, 2017

Winter Reads: Christmas at Grey Sage


Gilead Publishing; 224 pages; Buy Link; Blog Tour
I'm not only read two books today, but both of the titles have are set around Christmas. I read the novella The Gift of Christmas Past by Cindy Woodsmall & Erin Woodsmall early this morning (read my review here), and the this afternoon I read Christmas at Grey Sage by Phyllis Clark Nichols.

The novel centers on a retired doctor, Silas, and his wife, Maude, who run the Grey Stage Inn, which is nestled in the snow-covered Sangre de Cristo Mountains near Santa Fe. Normally, they close down the inn for two weeks around Christmastime and take a trip, but this year they agree to host a few visitors who are visiting Santa Fe for Christmas.

Out of the blue, an unexpected snowstorm hits Santa Fe, causing Silas, Maude, and all their guests to be stuck inside the inn for Christmas. As the storm gets worse, tension and fear mounts all around them.


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Final Thoughts

To be honest, it took me several chapters to get into this novel. For some reason or another, I just couldn't connect with any of the characters. While the plot of being stuck inside an inn at Christmas sounds a bit cliched, the story itself is entertaining for the most part. There were a few cheesy parts, but none that ruined the novella for me.

I don't believe I've ever read any of other novels by the author, Phyllis Clark Nichols. I do like her writing style, as well as the descriptions and dialogue.

Overall, Christmas at Grey Sage is a cute holiday read. While I had a bit of trouble connecting with the characters, once I got interested in the story, I just flew through the pages. In the end, I ended up liking it.



*I received a complimentary copy from the publisher. All opinions are my own.





About the Author

Phyllis Clark Nichols believes everyone could use a little more hope and light. Her character-driven Southern fiction explores profound human questions from within the simple lives of small town communities you just know you've visited before. With a love for nature, art, faith and ordinary people, she tells redemptive tales of loss and recovery, estrangement and connection, longing and fulfillment, often through surprisingly serendipitous events. Phyllis grew up in the deep shade of magnolia trees in South Georgia. Now she lives in the Texas Hill Country with her portrait-artist husband, where red birds and axis deer are her ever-ravenous neighbors. She is an English major and classically-trained musician, seminary graduate, concert artist and co-founder of a national cable network for the health and disability-related programming. After retiring as a cable network executive, Phyllis began leading mission teams to orphanages in Guatemala and now serves on three non-profit boards where she works with others who are equally passionate about bringing hope and light to those who need it most.

Find out more about Phyllis at http://www.phyllisclarknichols.com.

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