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Book:  Wish Upon a Star

Author: Tabitha Bouldin

Genre: Holiday Fiction

Release Date: December 1, 2018

Bryce Masters had everything he needed…or so he thought. His six-year-old daughter, Anna, would disagree. They were going home, moving back to Jingle Junction where Bryce would take over the local bookstore just in time for Christmas. Losing his wife, Molly, during the birth of their daughter six years ago was tragic, but Bryce has no idea just how much it weighs on young Anna’s heart until she confesses her deepest wish. What Anna wants for Christmas is a mother, but Bryce’s heart is not ready to love again. Only God can give Bryce the desire to make Anna’s wish come true. Only He can heal the hurt and open Bryce’s heart to the power of love. But Bryce will have to be willing to listen. And when the perfect woman reveals a secret that could devastate them all, will Bryce be able to look beyond what was and accept what might be?

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About the Author

Tabitha Bouldin has a bachelor’s degree in creative writing/English from Southern New Hampshire University. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) and has been writing since 2015. When she’s not homeschooling her kids, you’ll find her curled up with a book. Tabitha’s genre of choice is Contemporary Christian Romance which she describes as: Adventure with heart.

More from Tabitha

Wish Upon a Star owes its existence to Hallmark’s Christmas movies. I could, and often do, watch their Christmas movies all through the year. Doesn’t matter how cheesy the storyline, I love them all. While I wanted to bring that sense of fun and feel-good romance, I needed a little oomph. So, I took some inspiration from “The Christmas Shoes” by NewSong. For the record, I love Hallmark and NewSong equally, so putting the two together was a natural fit.

The intention wasn’t to make a sad Christmas story, but there’s some pain Bryce has to manage while learning to love again. The best things come from overcoming that thing you never thought you could do. When you press on, with God’s guidance and with His approval, anything is possible. Bryce needs this reminder that even in the darkest nights, God is there.

Wish is part of the funky town I created and dubbed Jingle Junction, a place where it’s all Christmas all the time. Jingle Junction has only a few rules. First off, you can have any business you want, as long as the business name is an alliteration. Second, community is the name of the game. When someone’s in need, everyone pitches in to help.

For this story, I wanted to highlight homecoming. To do that, I needed Bryce to have a reason to come back to Jingle Junction. That’s where the song came in. If you don’t know the song, it’s about a little boy who wants only one thing for Christmas, and that’s a pair of shoes for his dying mother. I listen to “The Christmas Shoes” at least a dozen times a year. It’s heartbreaking but wonderful. It has that bit of hope I needed for Wish. For my story, Bryce’s daughter, Anna, lost her mother when she was born. The only thing she wants is the one thing she’s never had: a mother. It’s also the one thing Bryce cannot give.

The plan had always been to return to Jingle Junction. Bryce wants to raise Anna in the hometown where he was born, and he’s finally gotten the opportunity to make good on the plans he and his wife made when they first learned of her pregnancy. It took him six years to make good on his promise, and he’s not sure he’s made the right decision.

Wish Upon a Star is one of those books where I wanted to challenge myself by writing only from the male point of view. Although I always write alternating point of view in my romances, Wish has always been Bryce’s story. A story of coming home.

 

 

My Review of Wish Upon a Star:

This book was a cute, Christmas, quick read. It’s great to curl up with for a weekend or an evening, depending upon how fast you read. It had a nice, underlying Christian message but mainly was all about Christmas and celebrating Christmas with a small town, homey feel. I fell in love with Anna quickly and enjoyed her antics and fun personality. I loved the feeling of family permeating the book and understood Bryce’s struggle between letting God lead and wanting to make his daughter happy. Definitely one I will be recommending to those in my circle who love “all things Christmas.” I’d love to read more about this family if the author decided to write a sequel.

I received a copy of this book from Celebrate Lit but was not under any obligation to write a review. All opinions are strictly mine.

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Just Your Average reviews, October 5

Book Bites, Bee Stings, & Butterfly Kisses, October 6

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Giveaway

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

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June 10th this year a pretty powerful storm ripped through several cities, including our own. With 70 mph winds, trees were uprooted, power lines were downed and many people, including ourselves, were without power.

Losing power is a fairly normal occurrence for our family because of our location, and we have a generator so it’s usually more an inconvenience than anything life challenging. We had been warned of the storm for days prior, so we were as prepared as one can be.

That day, I had struggled with having the wrong focus about life. Instead of looking at the issues our nation was facing through the lens of God’s promises to His children, I had been looking at our nation’s issues through the lens of the problems we were dealing with as a country. As a result, I was discouraged and felt weighed down.

Losing power and dealing with the aftermath of cleanup didn’t help. However, I knew I had a choice and only I could change my focus. So I asked God, while helping to remove a tree blocking our road, “What do You want to teach me, God? Because I’m listening.”

And, in His great mercy and love, knowing I was asking from a sincere heart, He answered quickly. Here’s a little of what He shared:

  • He will always protect His children. The massive tree we were clearing came from our neighbor’s yard and had fallen safely … missing mailboxes, cars, and their house. If God is willing to spare property damage … how much more will He protect His children?
  • Months earlier, God spoke to me in a dream about the importance of pruning. That day, while clearing the debris, I felt as though God was letting me know the process of pruning had started and the beauty I was seeing in the aftermath of the storm would be seen when the pruning He was doing was complete.

 

The next day dawned with beautiful cool temperatures and a gorgeous breeze, full of sunshine. Our power was still out and a few hours later our internet went down as well, with restoration delayed for two weeks. But I was happy.

God was giving me a chance to slow down, He had restored my focus to looking at the issues we’d been facing through the lens of His promises, and I was able to slow my pace out of necessity.

Do you look at life’s problems through the lens of the problem or through the lens of God’s promises?

 

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