A very special #blogmas Christmas Eve with a time travelling war drama #ChristmasReads selection by Jorie | “Christmas Once Again” by Jina Bacarr

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Borrowed Book By: I came to find out about this Historical Time Travelling Christmas war drama through my interactions with Historical Fiction novelists via #HistFicChat as hosted by Vivan Conroy. Ms Bacarr happened to have been one of the guests during the chat and I became dearly fascinated by the premise of the story! Afterwards I made a note to see if I could put in a request for the novel in print and/or audiobook – I submitted a print request to my local library and a digital audiobook request to my regionally local library – of the two I happily received the news the local library was able to acquire a print copy allowing me to read this during #blogmas. Unfortunately, the regional library was unable to acquire the digital audiobook. The print copy similar to the other book requests I submit was for the finished version of the novel any reader could purchase themselves; not a library specific copy or edition.

Therefore I borrowed a print copy of “Christmas Once Again” from my local library and I was not obligated to post a review and are sharing my ruminations with my readers for my own edification as well as happily sharing my bookish life with my readers and visitors alike. The Press Materials however were provided by the author and are used with permission at my request to be used on this review once I decided to write one as well as for being featured on the book spotlight I posted ahead of her guest appearance on @SatBookChat.

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On how I came to find this author:

It was all because of #HistFicChat — there are moments on Twitter which randomly give me a lot of bookishly geeky happiness, such as interacting with authors in chats! It isn’t just the authors I invite into my own chat @SatBookChat but the authors I happily engage with in other chats, like #HistFicChat and others like it. Over the years, some of the chats have closed down, others went on an unexpected hiatus like Ms McCabe’s #HistoricalFix and others, I might have wandered away too long to return (ie. #LitChat). Still what is joyful about the experience of engaging with the bookish within book world through this medium is that there is generally a new chat popping up and arriving into my feeds; giving me a new and refreshed chance to interact with #newtomeauthors such as Ms Bacarr!

When I learnt of the release for Christmas Once Again I knew I wanted to see if my local library could purchase it in time to read by Christmas! What I hadn’t expected was reading it in the golden hours of having it a bit too long due to my father’s medical crisis & my Winter cold which took me offline for a week and afflicted me with a bit of amnesia when it came to my library account! I completely lost track of ‘where’ I was with my borrows both for print and audio – so I quickly made amends to get this novel & Ms Royce’s novel back to the library for the next borrowers in queue to read them before Christmas!

I also had the pleasure of hosting Jina Bacarr during one of my 2019 @SatBookChat‘s! The archived conversations are available to be seen in @SatBookChat’s Moments.

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Notation about Cover Art: Ever since I first saw the cover art for ‘Christmas Once Again’ I have been struck by the look on the woman’s face, the placement of the train in the background behind her and the airplane flying over her right shoulder. Every detail in the cover art seemed to be pointedly aimed towards having us understand the story and the setting in which it takes place – I love when cover art matches the story like this and the choices in bold colours truly were the right call!

A very special #blogmas Christmas Eve with a time travelling war drama #ChristmasReads selection by Jorie | “Christmas Once Again” by Jina BacarrChristmas Once Again
by Jina Bacarr
Source: Borrowed from local library, Purchase REQ | local library

All she wants for Christmas is to save the man she loves…

On a cold December day in 1955, Kate Arden got on a train to go home for Christmas.

This is the story of what happened when she got off that train. In 1943.

In 1943 Kate Arden was engaged to the man she loved, Jeffrey Rushbrooke. She was devastated and heartbroken when he was called up for wartime duty and later killed on a secret mission in France.

But what if Kate could change that? What if she could warn him and save his life before Christmas?
Or will fate have a bigger surprise in store for her?

Christmas Once Again is a sweeping, heartbreakingly romantic novel - it's one woman's chance to follow a different path and mend her broken heart...

Genres: Christmas Story &/or Christmas Romance, Historical Fiction, Historical Romance, Time Travel Fiction, War Drama

Places to find the book:

Borrow from a Public Library

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ISBN: 9781838893668

Also by this author: Author Interview with extract with Jina Bacarr

Published by Boldwood Books

on 10th October, 2019

Format: Trade Paperback

Pages: 300

Published by: Boldwood Books (@BoldwoodBooks)

Available Formats: Trade paperback, Audiobook and Ebook

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Converse via: #ChristmasRomance and #HistRom as well as #TimeTravel war drama

About Jina Bacarr

Jina Bacarr

I started out working as a reporter writing articles for a travel magazine based in Beverly Hills and then for a computer magazine, as well as writing for academia, radio commercials, and PR copy. I’ve had three plays produced in Malibu, California and I worked for a time writing children’s and daytime TV before publishing nonfiction books about Japan, and then later fiction.

In addition to my WW 2 time travel romance, CHRISTMAS ONCE AGAIN, I’ve written a Civil War time travel in 1862 Virginia at the Battle of Antietam, a WW 2 Christmas novella in war torn Italy between a GI and a nun, an erotic novella about a hunky Scrooge from Wall Street, contemporary and historical erotic romance novels, and non-fiction books about Japan.

I enjoy writing to classical music with a hot cup of java by my side. I adore dark chocolate truffles, vintage anything, the smell of bread baking and rainy days in museums. I’ve always loved walking through history—from Pompeii to Verdun to Old Paris.

The voices of the past speak to me through carriages with cracked leather seats, stiff ivory-colored crinolines and worn satin slippers. I’ve always wondered what it was like to walk in those slippers when they were new.

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a note ahead of reading the story:

I had such an incredible time talking about the time travelling elements within Christmas Once Again during #SatBookChat, I knew as soon as I were to get into the story itself, I would find myself a bit mesmorised by how the train plays such a key role in the story as well as the vehicle Ms Bacarr uses to have her character ‘slip through time’. This was pivotal point to our discussion – how time can become bent and altered by how we choose to ‘travel’ through the hours of our lives (past, present or future) – travelling to see things from newer perspectives but also with the potential for righting wrongs, changing certain situations and/or affecting newer outcomes.

This is one of the curious things I love about time travel plots – there is a marked line in the sand about how what you choose to do will or will not affect a person’s passage through time. As for every action there is a reaction and for each new action there is a new reaction. Thus, if you were to alter your own choices, they in effect would alter everyone else who is in your original timeline.

Time travel narratives give us a new appreciation for the lives we’ve lived and the life we might have lived whilst hugging close to a very humanistic concern about free will and the will of the heart to either effectively change something we felt we had no control to change or the soulful grace to acknowledge when there isn’t anything we can do to overturn how the past became the future. Seeing where this war drama and time travelling narrative will take me made me a bit giddy as its a cross between different genres and themes I regularly read – thus why I was mentioning the story during #SciFiMonth (this past November) as anyone who likes reading Science Fiction might find themselves bemused by a train centred plot within a time travel narrative set during the war era.

my review for christmas once again:

Lucy is Kate’s younger sister and by the sounds of things, she likes to get her goat quite oft enough to get a rise out of her if Kate allows it to go that far! Their having a seemingly innocent conversation whilst enjoying some of their mother’s infamous jam. The topic of course is Kate’s current beau and the interest she has in a bloke whose from a wealthier family than theirs – although, the more interesting bit is that Kate took a job moving up the corporate ladder straight out of high school and found success. Her sister likes to have whatever Kate has herself – a sixteen year old whose trying to grow up a bit faster than is wise and thankfully Kate sees this in Lucy early enough to try to deter her efforts. Except to say, on the other side of the ledger Kate has a slight headache contemplating how much she could be letting the family down by falling for the ‘wrong’ fellow. At least ‘wrong’ in their own assertion of the facts and not what Kate feels in her heart of hearts.

Thus, both sisters have their own ‘growing up issues’ to face and their own choices to make in regards to how they feel their lives should be led. Still – the beauty of how Bacarr wrote this story is how close she pulls you into the sisterly world of Lucy and Kate; how despite their upsets their sisters all the same; supportive and yielding at times to recognise their differences but never fully conceding that their differences can separate the strength of their bond. This plays out both in the present and in the past; reflective of the character growth of both women and the sombering truth about sisters and the ways in which their relationship can change as they mature. Part of this novel focuses on the sisters themselves – giving you a strong impression of how important their connection is to the story inasmuch to the depth of Kate’s affection for family and the community in which they lived.

More interesting of course, is how Lucy sees everything – the way of the world through her eyes at sixteen vs Kate’s at nineteen tell a telling truth of their own accord. She wants her sister to be happy even if she likes to rib her and get a rile out of her every so often; at her best, she know she sister loves her as dearly as she loves Kate; but what vexes Lucy is how Kate doesn’t seem to want to acknowledge the facts of the situation involving the boy whose charmed her socks off her sister when she was too young to know the differences affecting them as adults.

You are lost in the whirlwind romance of Kate and Jeff – of how their young love fuells their desires to be together and how the unforgiving march of war is working against their efforts. They fell for each other in a place that might not have worked for others but it worked for them. The cover art of course is an eclipse of time within their romance – of how pivotal the train is on the tracks, of what Kate is wearing and of course, the outcome of their meeting. It is a classic example of how two hearts who are resolute in beating as one attempted to create their own fates whilst the world had other plans. Jeff couldn’t stop the war if he wished for it to hold off taking him from Kate and Kate couldn’t help but wonder if they had acted sooner if the outcome would have been different.

At least, this is what I read between the lines – the anguish it would be to be on that train platform, as Bacarr described it is achingly realistic – of the families, girlfriends, engaged couples and children – all trying to squeeze in enough love and support to help their army and naval men brace themselves for what was coming towards them after the train arrived at their destinations; of what that meant for those people and those families as much as the men themselves. It is hard to even put it into words really – how wrecking war broke into lives, re-arranged their foundations and tested each of those persons to the length of their will to see through the upturnt events to a tomorrow which wouldn’t hurt as much to recollect lateron. Bacarr makes you believe you’re there and have simply slipped into the heels Kate is wearing as she can barely steal herself away from Jeff.

As we time shift forward into the fifties – we find a wizened Kate, aged through years of heartbreak, a successful relocation and career change; embodying a determined grit never to let the hold of love she has for Jeff to unfasten itself from her soul. In many regards, she can’t separate her life from his because they never had the chance to live it – they were robbed of the life they could have had during an era where too many lives were disrupted by the war which took too many lives. Her romance with Jeff was the sweetened honey in a bittersweet memory where the heart lingered too long on the past and where the future felt imperfect to what she could have had if she hadn’t lost Jeff. In many regards, she was in a time warp of memory, regret and loss. She couldn’t truly move forward because a portion of her soul was still alive in the past – on that train platform, kicking herself for her inactivity to change her own destiny and do something far more daring than showing acquiescence to Jeff to wait out the war.

As Kate is taking the Christmas train home to be with her sister who urgently requested her to visit – her mind went through its annual re-visitations with Jeff. With one small difference this year – she had a letter which suspiciously looked like it had a connection to the war she was never a stranger of remembering. The whole time Kate is wrestling with her conscience, the pains of her heart and the contents of the letter itself – the more you try to pull this new perspective into full sight of what has already been revealled in the story. Of the impact this could have on anyone who was still holding out a candle for their lost love or the love they never could realise due to circumstances out of their control. It was the kind of letter you almost regretted having in your hands because of what it foretold about what you previously knew and what you better understood now. I felt for Kate. This was a letter which would upturnt her hold on the past as it would offer a keener insight into Jeff’s experiences at war but at the same time confirming a few things she never felt she’d have the ability to know now in the present.

The atmosphere of the train itself was rumbling behind Kate – the multiple stops and the people who were commuting to their own communities as Kate was doing for Posey Creek was quite simply the blurriness of the background. It was one of those moments where your own musings blocked out the noise and it simply became lost moments to you as you focused on yourself. I liked how Bacarr showed this kind of self-reverie for Kate, how she allowed us to see how singularly focused Kate would become whenever she had Jeff on her mind and how the outside world had little effect on Kate whilst she was elsewhere occupied.

When the first time jump happens – you nearly mistake it for something else – mostly because of how cleverly it was writ by Bacarr. I love when writers are distracting their reader when they want something keenly important to happen – almost placing you right in the shoes of their character, allowing you to experience what they did and in a similar way as they had as if to throw both character and reader into the suspended reality of the novel. I loved this about Christmas Once Again as soon as I realised I had re-stepped into 1943! Bacarr also visually gives you enough sensory clues to make you smell the early forties inasmuch as the fact you feel them brush up against you,.. textually, this novel has breathed life into your bones.

I wasn’t surprised by the twist of conscience going through Kate – as a time traveller, irregardless of which generation you grew up inside – there is that one particular moment where you question – what do I do whilst I am here? Do I dare do this or that? Do I stick to what murmurs my heart to action? Or do I conscientiously acknowledge why I’ve travelled and do not defer off that track? Those are the thoughts I’d have going through my own mind and heart – of seeking to question, what do you do with this newfound gift of travelling through time if only to serve one purpose or multiple purposes by this re-execution of a presence within a time period already lived? What would you do? How would you handle it and would those questions percolate inside your own soul? It does beg to question – do all time travellers find themselves at war with their conscience on the continuum of time and the after effects of their ‘travels’ within a framework of previously lived hours?

There are portions of Kate’s return to 1943 which remind me of what happens to George Bailey when Clarence allows him to take a ‘second look’ at Bedford Falls – there are things you don’t realise will affect you until you are given a second perspective on everything you already know and this is what Kate is finding as she revisits her past. Everyone is static in time – living their lives as if nothing untoward has happened and surely nothing as unusual as Kate slipping back into her nineteen year old self after having lived twelve years into the future. The interesting ways in which Bacarr convinces you of this is how she cleverly re-inserts Kate into her past life. From the work she did with Lucy (as we reacquire what we knew of Lucy during her sixteenth year) helping the soldiers on the trains feel comforted with food or coffee (or both) before they travelled off to places that would take them war-side to the conversations she could re-share with her best friend Helen and the co-workers she hadn’t paid as much mind to when she originally knew them as she was now on her revisit. Everything she originally knew felt crisper somehow because she was re-seeing it all with future knowledge and future consequences of those future truths – similarly to how George Bailey felt as he re-saw the lives of his neighbours and friends if he hadn’t been there to intervene on certain events which had ripple effects into how their own futures were shaped.

In this instance, Kate is seeing how she can influence certain things by saying certain things or by withholding information – it was a teetering balance of conscience and will; knowing when to say what and what to say if she wanted to influence a future outcome. This is where the intricacies of time travelling play a war in your mind, heart and soul; as how do you decide what is right and what is wrong? Is any choice wrong if it re-directs the whole of the future by how subtle alterations in the past however small or just might ripple the future into a different stream of outcome? I questioned that over and over as I saw Kate struggling to understand this new role she had been presented. It is one thing to travel back into the past but how do you choose to direct yourself once your there? Do you just try to re-step the path you’ve already walked or do you try to re-juggle what you once did with what you’d rather do now?

Seeing Kate with her mother, sister, brother and father once again is bittersweet – as she herself feels – as everything is playing out slightly differently than it had originally. I would suspect that would be true of all of us who try to re-live our past – how would we each remember all those lost moments of memory? The exact words and conversations? The footsteps we once took and the ways in which you need to hide your tomorrows from the present you’re now reliving? It would be a hard shuffle to maintain and I love how the choices Kate is making for herself are in-line with what I would bemuse would be my own. She earnestly wants to affect only certain aspects of the past but sometimes, your future self has other plans because your experiences are affecting how you re-live the past as naturally you’re travelling backwards but you’ve re-arrived a wiser soul. That in of itself is part of the beauty of this novel. You’re getting to see how Kate has matured and transitioned from nineteen to her early thirties – as those are life experiences you cannot forget and thus, being ‘nineteen again’ is an enlightening opportunity!

More interesting of course, is how concerned she is with the community of her upbringing – something I think even surprised Kate. There are people here she has a genuine concern and affection for – outside family and friends; there are mutual acquaintances as much as childhood connections where she knows of more people within the community itself than she might directly relate too on a daily basis. People who are affected by the war in latter years and people of whom even now as she revisits amongst them she has on her mind – due to future knowledge and future revelations only she can be privy towards. It begs the question she wrestles with herself – how do you hold in all that knowledge? And, how you reconcile it? The latter I imagined being the more difficult of the two quandaries!

Each of the characters in turn have something to surprise you – Kate’s mother has more of a forward thinking spirit about her than I think even Kate remembered. She had the kind of understanding all Mums have about daughters who fall in love and daughters who have a rebellious nature within them not to adhere to the confines of society yet she still nurtured and cherished the moments she had with Kate to see if she could instill a bit of motherly advice and wisdom; despite the fact she recognised Kate’s mind was firmly set on its course. That’s the kind of Mum who knows that all daughters reach that age where they have to follow their own hearts after-all.

Lucy for all her flights of fanciful thoughts and dreams about soldiers has a romantic side to her spirit – she also has such a true affection for Kate; believing nothing can break their sisterly bond if they simply remain true to each other and stay in each others’ pocket. How true you desire that to be for them both – in the past and in the future – despite other events outside her purview of an elder Kate from a time just beyond this one. Whilst her father is still a bit stuck in a generation removed from Kate’s mother – where he can’t quite understand women’s liberation and women’s rights to the freedoms he’d rather were limited to men. He’s a step out of time either way you look at him and yet, he has a way with her mother you can’t deny is true love and affection within their own marriage. Which brings me to Jeff – as the Jeff Kate once knew isn’t the young bloke whose bursting to fight in the war now – meaning, for each action she takes, there is a reaction in the past and vice versa, as there are little differences within Jeff’s own behaviour which I earmarked in my own mind but was curious if Kate was noticing herself? Proving once again – those who mettle with time might not always be fully prepared for what happens after you return – in either timeline.

The unsung hero of the story for me is Mr Clayborn – Kate’s boss at the mill – as Jeff’s father owns the mill in the towne and it is a cornerstone of the story. Mr Clayborn is one of those men who sees the larger picture in life, understands his workers better than they sometimes understand themselves and has a kindness of a surrogate father to where even future Kate who is revisiting her old life finds heartwarming. Clayborn is also the bonefide person of whom should have inherited the mill when things go astray and someone I felt was unsung as a hero for the women at the mill as he truly was the better manager of the services the mill provided than the owner’s second son (Jeff’s brother). It is people like Mr Clayborn who are overlooked, underpaid and not compensated for their dedication in business that you sometimes wish could get a happier ending themselves – of being recognised for their dedication and of having an owner realise their fuller worth. I was hopeful that somehow and someway, Mr Clayborn might have an altered future after time reshifts forward because if anyone deserved one, it was definitely him!

One of the reasons why this felt such a realistic testimony of a war drama knit inside a time travelling romance is because of how Bacarr emotionally grounded you in the backstory of Kate and Jeff. Jeff was sent off to war so dearly quickly – ripping him away from his childhood sweetheart in such a blink of an eye that you felt as emotionally raw and shocked by the separation as Kate. It was this emotional reaction in the reader’s heart and mind which helps fuse together the vision Bacarr gave her story because of the connection she creates by fuelling our sense of injustice rather early-on to Kate and Jeff’s separation.

For me, this worked on a lot of fronts – it refuelled my interest in the concept Kate would find a way to travel back into the forties whilst at the same time it kindled an interest to understand where is Jeff during all of this chaos? Would we see where he is ‘back in time’ or would we only meet up with Jeff if Kate could go back first? (similar to what happens in Kate and Leopold; one has to come forward for the other to go ‘back’) There are several questions you’re considering as you’re reading the novel but the best part of following the author’s guiding hand is seeing what is happening each step of Kate’s journey. She has such a strong attachment to the war era itself, to the memories she shared with Jeff and the romantic interludes (although brief) they had together that there is never a question about the depth of their love nor of their commitment to each other. The truer question is how could time have become so cruel against their love and their bond?

Bacarr has a few surprises up her sleeves as well – especially for readers who like something to chew on in their historical time travels – she keeps a few things secreted from a reader’s perspective until it is ready to be revealled – such as the secrets involving her two lovebirds in regards to what Kate understood about Jeff in the initial timeline and what she finds out before she time jumps back to the forties. This was crucial I felt too – for showing the level of Kate’s anguish and the thoughtfulness of concern Bacarr had for Kate’s own mind – how she could handle the sudden rushes of truth facing her and how time again, would either break her spirit or re-strengthen the resolve she’s always had within her to carry onward despite hardship or disappointments.

I found this novel unputdownable due to the emotional attachment I had to Kate & Jeff; to Lucy and to the residents of Posey Creek. You feel so intimately connected to the whole ensemble cast – these characters are breathed to life so wholly realistically true of their generation, your heart bleeds for them – for what could have been, for what is and what could be anew. This is a novel whose message at its core is one of those seminal reads which becomes a classic in its own right for reaffirming our humanity, our graceful hopefulness & the enduring love which unconditionally unites our faithful hopes to our earnestly desired dreams.

on the christmas romantic & historical styling of jina bacarr:

Per chatting about this novel before reading it – I knew it was a period drama full of phrases and word usage that would make me smirk into smiles for seeing the ways in which Ms Bacarr would intrigue us with her historical era insights and ground us into the setting by her visual references. There is something to be said for this kind of historical footing in a Historical war drama – as it not only anchours us through the generation Lucy and Kate were living inside but it also harkens us backwards to a time of a bit more innocence and a bit more strife as there was a war on.

The kind of life lived during a war era compared to modern times is almost hard to chew as especially for GenX’ers – there hasn’t been the same kind of homegrown support as readily seen as there had been in the early 20th Century through the late 1940s (on either side of the Pond, stateside, in the UK and throughout Europe). Finding a writer who clarifies these aspects of that era like Ms Bacarr allows us a better insight into the war era and a better grasp of what life was like as it was being lived. This is why I love finding human interest stories within the war generation and not the traditional war dramas per se as they re-align us through a humanistic focus of what could have been and what potentially was on everyone’s hearts and minds during one of the most turbulent eras in History.

One aspect which truly stood out to me is how Bacarr hid Kate’s adult self from her younger self’s image – it was a cleverly spun idea of how to use everyday camouflage to pull the wool over everyone’s eyes to not acknowledge the unique differences in Kate’s age both as a time traveller to their past timeline and as the young woman they once knew originally. I loved seeing this happen because I was curious how Bacarr might showcase the differences – after-all, a woman of the 1950s is going to behave and visually be different than a girl of the early 1940s! I wonder how other readers reacted to seeing this as I felt it was wicked brilliant!

From the moment you pick up Christmas Once Again – your heart feels like it is fully entwined into the soul of Kate, journeying after her, clicking into her heels and finding yourself struck by the unfairness of time and of the heartless way war can alter your life’s trajectory. Bacarr gives you such a deeper reason for taking this journey with Kate – she tucks you into her internal war of thoughts, memories and the earnest hopes of a young girl turnt thirty-something woman who aches after what ‘could have been’ despite the fact she had to reinvent herself in the future – moving towards a career which sustained her but only giving her a half-life to live. This is the truer beauty of the piece – of anchouring you so wholly through this portal of time, romance and life to feel as if the book itself has filled your own soul with Kate’s experiences as they’ve become imprinted into your own memories and stitched a new tapestry of thought into your own soul.

Fuell Your Sci Fi:

→ Time Travelling (ie. portal involves a train)

When it comes to the elemental aspects of time travelling within Christmas Once Again you find yourself within a conceptional portal which uses a ‘train’ to undertake the travelling aspects of the genre. The technique is a clever one and it isn’t one you can sort through until you read through the whole story which I preferred as I like mysteries within my time travelling stories – I like feeling the suspension of how the components of travelling through time are assembled whilst at the same time I like to feel caught up in the momentum of the person whose travelling through time. I was not disappointed – Bacarr presented such a humbling honest portal in which her character can travel through it felt wicked real and alluringly amazing.

Fun Stuff for Your Blog via pureimaginationblog.comI am thankful the author Jina Bacarr for providing the Press Materials for this book review but also for the Spotlight I featured for this novel whilst hosting her during my @SatBookChat this Autumn, 2019!

Christmas Once Again promotional banner provided by the author Jina Bacarr. (used with permission)

I cannot wait to bring a copy of “Christmas Once Again” home to reside in my personal library inasmuch as I am aching now to read her next Historical Romance – as I have a feeling Ms Bacarr is going to fuell my bookish heart with characters & stories which give me a wicked sweet #bookhug of joy for many, many years yet to come,… this is only the beginning, I believe of my journey into her stories,.. and that is my unexpected Christmas gift this 2019!

How blessed I am for my public library for giving me this JOY!

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2 responses to “A very special #blogmas Christmas Eve with a time travelling war drama #ChristmasReads selection by Jorie | “Christmas Once Again” by Jina Bacarr

    • Hallo, Hallo Davida,

      Ooh my goodness, it definitely is a wicked good fit for readers who *love!* Historical Romance because of how emotionally connected you feel to Bacarr’s characters!! Thanks for taking the time to read my review and for celebrating the #bookHUG it gave me this Christmas.

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