Title: Once in a Lifetime
Author: Mary Monroe
Publication Date: September 28, 2021
Page Count: 111
My rating: 3 stars
About the book:
Beloved award-winning and New York Times bestselling author Mary Monroe delivers a hopeful and heartwarming story about an impossible Christmas dream, an unexpected act of goodwill—and a surprising chain of events that could gift joy far beyond the holiday season . . .
Free-spirited, living on the fly, Vanessa Hayes is still always down for traditional family holiday fun—until now. She’s making her oft-delayed wish finally come true: Christmas in Paris, the glittering City of Lights. But when her passport gets delayed, it’s too late for Vanessa to rebook. Now it looks like the Yuletide she longs for won’t happen. Until a stranger suddenly enters her life, and changes it forever . . .
Overwhelmed by responsibility, Judith Guthrie is too busy worrying about her seriously ill brother to have time to celebrate. She’s taken a leave from her teaching job to care for him as he’s on the waiting list for a life-giving transplant. A trip to France is a kind of happiness she can’t imagine. But when she accidentally receives Vanessa’s passport, Judith can’t resist delivering it in person so Vanessa will at least have her holiday dream. She can’t anticipate that her small gesture will result in a series of big choices, big miracles, and lifelong rewards that all will be thankful for over many Christmases to come . . .
Once in a Lifetime by Mary Monroe is a contemporary romance novella that takes place during the Christmas holiday season. Of course being novella length the story does move at a fast pace.
Vanessa Hayes loves to travel and had dreamed of one day spending Christmas in Paris and thought that this would finally be the year that she made that dream come true. Unfortunately for Vanessa her passport seems to be lost in the mail and a replacement wouldn’t be able to arrive in time so she ends up canceling her trip.
After Vanessa cancels the trip to Paris she gets a visit from Judith Guthrie who lives across town and had been away herself when Vanessa’s mail had accidently been delivered to her home. Vanessa learns that Judith has been dealing with a lot in her life and she and Vanessa quickly become friends.
Once in a Lifetime by Mary Monroe is a feel good, heartwarming Christmas story. The problem that I found with this one that brought my rating down to a it was “ok” rating of three stars was most undoubtedly the length to this one. The was little to no depth to the characters or story with it being on fast forward to get the story out in a short amount of time. I would have liked a bit more to it personally to become completely engaged but it was a alright quick read for me.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.
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About the author:
Mary Monroe, the daughter of sharecroppers, is the author of the award-winning and New York Times bestselling God series that includes God Don’t Like Ugly and God Don’t Make No Mistakes, among other novels. Winner of the AAMBC Maya Angelou Lifetime Achievement Award and the PEN/Oakland Josephine Miles Award, Mary Monroe currently lives in Oakland, California, and loves to hear from her readers via e-mail at AuthorAuthor5409@aol.com. Visit Mary’s website at MaryMonroe.org. –This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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