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Thursday, December 30, 2021

Book Review and Giveaway - Wish Upon a Star Author: Jennifer Sienes On Tour with Celebrate Lit

 




About the Book

Book: Wish Upon a Star

Author: Jennifer Sienes

Genre: Christmas Christian Women’s Fiction

Release date: November 9, 2021


Fairy tales and wishing upon stars are for those who still believe in romance.

Sometimes misplaced trust injures more than ourselves, and doesn’t Elaina Hensley know it. When her oldest daughter is left suffering the consequences, Elaina vows to protect her girls at any cost. Nothing, not even her own happiness, will sway her again.

Or will it?

She’s got this protective self-denial down pat–right up to the moment her best friend’s brother arrives on the scene like a fairytale knight, vowing to slay all her dragons. She must—she will resist.

However, when her worst nightmare comes back to haunt her, Elaina has to admit she needs that white knight on her side.

 

Click here to get your copy!

 

About the Author


Jennifer Sienes holds a bachelor’s in psychology and a master’s in education, but discovered life-experience is the best teacher. She loves Jesus, romance and writing–and puts it altogether in inspirational contemporary fiction. Her daughter’s TBI and brother’s suicide inspired two of her three novels. Although fiction writing is her real love, she’s had several non-fiction pieces published in anthologies–two in Chicken Soup for the Soul. She has two grown children and one very spoiled Maltese. California born and raised, she recently took a step of faith with her real-life hero and relocated to Tennessee.

More from Jennifer

Do you remember what Christmas was like as a child? I do. Some of my fondest memories come that holiday when I was growing up. There was a deep sense of family and tradition that I desperately wanted to instill in my own children. No small part of that was the innocence that came from being protected by the harsh realities of life. I envisioned growing old with the grands and great-grands gathered around a Christmas tree bursting with ornaments and sharing the customary Christmas dinner.

 

My future didn’t quite pan out the way I’d envisioned it. What was it John Lennon said? “Life is what happens when you’re busy making plans.” Or if you want to keep with the Biblical viewpoint: In his heart a man plans his course, but the LORD determines his steps (Proverbs 16:9)

 

Although my innocence went by the wayside as I became an adult, I held onto that dream until the Christmas morning my first husband announced he was leaving me. It was then I surrendered my life to Jesus Christ. He anchored me in the following months along with my full-time teaching job, two teenage children, and a mother who was dying of leukemia. It wasn’t until October rolled around when my then seventeen-year-old son burst into my bedroom early one morning and said, “I just realized, Christmas will never be the same” that it hit me. I wasn’t the only one affected. For him, the dream died much too early. He was right—when splitting time between divorced parents, things get rather disjointed and complicated. Christmas was never the same for any of us.

 

But our God is a God of redemption. He takes our brokenness and disappointments and uses them for our good and His glory. Wish Upon A Star isn’t the traditional Christmas story you might find on the Hallmark channel. It’s about a broken family in need of a merciful Savior, and one woman in need of a white knight.

 

Just like Elaina Hensley, the main character, God had a more perfect plan for my life, too. Without the brokenness we cannot be made whole through Him to be who He calls us to be. In the years since that fateful Christmas morning, He’s given me my own white knight, a godly husband who loves to serve, and the opportunity to follow another childhood dream—to write the stories He’s laid on my heart.

My Thoughts

Wish Upon a Star is written by  Jennifer Sienes. This book is part of the Apple Hill Series. I have not read all the books in the series, and I did not have a problem following along. Can we talk a moment about this cover? The author always has such amazing eye catching covers. This one is probably one of my favorites this year. This is also a perfect story to read during the holiday season. While it is not the traditional Christmas Story, it is a story and a reminder about Trusting God. 

Elaina is our main character in this book. She has a broken past, and her children are now part of a broken family. Elaina is really struggling with her ex husband.  How can you forgive someone that has caused harm and damage to your child? There is a lot of baggage and pain here to unpack. The author uses real world situations and shows God's Glory through them.

Enter Ryan. Ryan is a great character also. He really cares about Elaina and her children. Elaina struggles with can she move forward with this relationship since she is a divorced woman and God hates divorce? I love how the author tackles this subject too. 

Well written, real life topics, lots of faith woven in. I really liked this book. I received a copy of this book through the Celebrate Lit Blogging Program, all thoughts are my own. 

Blog Stops

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Texas Book-aholic, December 18

Stephanie’s life of Determination, December 18

Inklings and notions, December 19

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, December 20

For Him and My Family, December 21

deb’s Book Review, December 22

Locks, Hooks and Books, December 23

By the Book, December 24

Splashes of Joy, December 25

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, December 26

Older & Smarter?, December 27

A Modern Day Fairy Tale, December 28

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, December 28

Musings of a Sassy Bookish Mama, December 29

Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, December 30

Genesis 5020, December 30

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Jennifer is giving away the grand prize package of a $25 Amazon gift card & a copy of the book!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

https://promosimple.com/ps/14f20/wish-upon-a-star-celebration-tour-giveaway


5 comments:

  1. This is definitely worth the read! Thanks for sharing!

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  2. Thank you for reading Wish Upon A Star. I truly appreciate your thoughtful review!

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  3. Congratulations on your release of Wish Upon a Star, which sounds like a wonderful read for me and I love the cover! Good luck with your book and I hope the tour was a success! Thanks for sharing it with me! Because I Said So- and other adventures in Parenting, thanks for sharing your thoughts! Have a happy & successful New Year!

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  4. Connie, Thank you for sharing your wonderful review!

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  5. Good book for winter reading.
    Thanks for the contest.

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