About the Book
Book: All That Glitters
Author: Jennifer Sienes
Genre: Christian Contemporary Women’s Fiction, Holiday Fiction
Release Date: October 10, 2020
Like Christmas ornaments, good-looking men are all glitter and no substance. Right?
Julia Metcalf tries to be content with her life in the foothills of the Sierra Nevadas, despite secretly yearning for more. Raising her son as a single mom might be tough sometimes, but with friends, family, and a job she enjoys, Julia has a rich life. Risking her heart again—not a good idea. Especially with a guy like Marty.
The guy is too handsome and funny for his—or her—own good.
But when Julia’s ex-husband disappears and puts her and her son in danger, Marty steps in to help.
Sometimes what glitters truly is gold.
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Sometimes we have plans for how our life will go and those plans fall through, and such a place finds Julia. A single mom through divorce with a son to raise causes Julia to be hesitant to become involved with someone else. Yet Marty also shows up and provides any type of help she needs.
Julia’s ex-husband irritated me from the beginning. He cannot take the responsibility of his son and then put his wife and son in danger. Yet Marty shows persistence and faith throughout the story.
I think one of my favorite parts of the story results from the dynamics between Julia and her ex-mother-in-law. Initially tense, things move to a better place. Maybe because I just listened to a TEDX talk dealing with mother-in-laws and daughter-in-laws, I could appreciate these dynamics more.
The friends and family in this book help bring it to life. With a brand new baby, a Christmas and holiday setting, and clean romance, I found myself caught up in this story. But then it ended, and I do not mean ended with an ending that left me satisfied, but one that left me asking if that was all. I desired to read more and find out more of these characters. So check it out for yourself and see what you think.
I received a complimentary copy of this book, but this in no way influenced my review. All opinions are my own.
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 including several 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
As a fiction author, the characters I create become as close as friends by the time my novels are complete. Maybe it’s because I spend weeks delving into their personality traits, emotional wounds, and spiritual needs. My husband recently asked me if I ever get them confused with each other. A good question, since the list grows with every story I write, but the answer was a definitive no. There is no one, except my husband, I interact with more while I’m writing a novel than my characters.
Have you ever noticed some friends are with you for only a season or two? This could be unique to me, but those I’m closest to are those who are connected by mutual experiences. When my children were young, I was the community 4-H leader, so I was surrounded by other parents with small children. Later, when I completed my degree and started teaching, it was other teachers I hung out with. Now, it’s church family or fellow writers. As we move through our lives, some of those friends dissipate as if from a long-ago dream forgotten in the light of day. The same is true for my characters.
When my publisher asked me to write a Christmas novella, I jumped at the chance to revisit my old friends Julia and Marty from Surrendered, Book 1 in my Apple Hill Series. Although they didn’t take center stage in the novel, they played a significant role in the lives of main characters Tess and Jake. I purposely left their stories unfinished and let my readers draw their own conclusions. But it appears Julia and Marty weren’t satisfied with that ending. Another example of my characters taking on a life of their own.
All That Glitters was a pleasure to write, although visions of all things Christmas were a challenge in the heat of summer. It was like hanging out with old friends for a short time. I hope you enjoy your visit with Julia and Marty, whether it’s your first introduction to them or you previously met them in Surrendered.
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