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Christmas Hotel Book One: Christmas Hotel -- EPUB

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Release Date:
December 1, 2012
Cover Artist:
Gemini Judson

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Upon receiving a telegram from the United States Navy that her husband has been killed at Pearl Harbor, Jerilyn Marlene Seifert boards a train for Nashville to meet her husband’s estranged family. After being robbed, she ends her course in Franklin, Kentucky. Widowed, four months pregnant, and penniless, Jerilyn is stranded in a town in which she knows nobody. She has separated herself from the Lord for many years and feels she can no longer turn to Him; however, in her hotel room, she finds a mysterious diary that will change her life forever. Secrets and surprises at Christmas Hotel set her upon an unexpected journey. It is a story about repentance, forgiveness, love, redemption, and the amazing grace of our Lord.


A man walked up to her. With a kind smile, he said in a soft southern drawl, "Nettie Sue told me you have a problem. How may I help you?"

Jerilyn buried her face in her hands, sighed, and began to cry. Nettie Sue stepped from around the counter and placed a comforting arm around her.

"My purse was in that suitcase," Jerilyn said, pointing toward the suitcase still open on the floor. "It contained all my money and now I have none. I was on my way to Nashville, and my train just left. I don't even have money to pay you," she said feebly, "let alone the money for a place to stay. I was going to find work as soon as I arrived in Nashville. Now I don't have the money to get there."

"What's your name, young lady?" the manager inquired, handing her his handkerchief.

"Thank you, sir," she said, as she accepted the handkerchief. "Jerilyn Seifert," she answered, while dabbing at her eyes.

"My name is Jonathan Blakely."

Mr. Blakely took a pencil and a small tablet from his shirt pocket and began to write. When he finished, he tore off the paper and handed it to Jerilyn. "There's a friendly hotel in this town that will assist you with a place to stay. It's called Christmas Hotel and the proprietors are friends of mine, Captain and Mrs. Bazell. Just give them this paper. As far as work goes, I can help you with that problem, too. I need someone to work with Nettie Sue. If you're interested, you can stop back here first thing tomorrow morning."

Jerilyn shook hands with Mr. Blakely and hugged Nettie Sue. "I don't know what to say except thank you."

She re-latched her suitcase and Mr. Blakely walked her to the door. Nettie Sue returned to her other customers. Mr. Blakely pointed up the street. "Just walk two blocks up East Cedar Street and you'll see Christmas Hotel on the corner of East Cedar and North Main Street. It takes up the entire corner, but the entrance is on North Main across from the square. God bless you, Jerilyn. You are in the Lord's hands and you'll be just fine." He patted her arm supportively.

I'm not so sure He cares about me, she thought with unease.


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  1. "... comforting and hope promoting..." 3 Star Review

    Posted by on 2nd Nov 2013

    "What a lovely, pleasant story written with faith and conviction that miracles do happen... one finds the tale both comforting and hope promoting in a gentle, heartwarming way."

    ~Beth Chamberlain
    InD'Tale Magazine

  2. Hometown Revisited 4 Star Review

    Posted by on 25th Feb 2013

    Thank you Saundra, for taking me home again. Franklin, KY is my hometown. Imagine my surprise when I opened this book and saw the courthouse all dressed up for Christmas, sitting in the middle of the "square." I even got to visit Dr. Beasley, our family doctor.
    I remembered why Franklin was voted "The Friendly City" for many consecutive years.
    Oh, yes, the inspirational plot was good also.
    Thank you again Saundra for the stroll down memory lane.

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