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Christmas Hotel Book Three: Christmas Redemption -- EPUB

  • It's 1967, and three troubled unmarried girls are pregnant. Angry and bitter over their condition, they wind up at Christmas Hotel. Can they find redemption?
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Release Date:
October 1, 2014
ISBN:
9781612524535
Cover Artist:
Gwen Phifer

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It's December, 1967, and three unmarried girls find themselves pregnant from three different circumstances of behavior.


Following her high school graduation, eighteen-year-old Cecilia and her boyfriend foolishly rebel from parental authority and obligations. They run away from their families to the Haight-Ashbury neighborhood of San Francisco during the "summer of love."

Eighteen-year-old Gloria spends one last night with her soldier-fiancé before he's deployed to Vietnam. He's now MIA and Gloria is left pregnant.

Following the death of her parents, twenty-one-year old grief-stricken college student Loretta is raped by her new boyfriend at a fraternity party.

Depressed, angry, and bitter, the three girls wind up at Christmas Hotel for rest and healing. All three will consider abortion. Christmas Hotel is known as the place where miracles happen, but how will three traumatized young girls find their Christmas miracle? Is redemption possible? Can they learn to trust? Is there really a God?

Excerpt

Cecilia--Houston, Texas--December 01, 1967:


"Thank you, Miss. Here's my card with my number. If you change your mind, call me, and I'll come back. There's a phone booth on that corner." He pointed in the direction. Cecilia's gaze followed the imaginary line to its destination, where a red booth sat near a park bench. An unshaved and shivering man wrapped in a threadbare blanket lay on the bench. "If you'll call me, I won't even charge you for the return ride. I know what they do in there."

She accepted his card, thanked him, and deposited it in her purse. He opened her door, and she stepped out clutching her purse. Mr. Woodson reached in, grabbed the small suitcase off the back seat, and handed it to her.

"I'll call you when I'm finished," she said in a determined, but soft voice. She stood straight, squared her thin shoulders, strode to the front door, and knocked.

A middle-aged woman wearing a stained uniform opened the door. "What's your name?" she asked in a gruff voice.

"My name is Cecilia Edmondson."

"Come in, Miss Edmondson. The doctor is expecting you."

Cecilia turned her head and noted the taxi driver was still at the curb. She turned back to the woman and entered the building.

 

Gloria-- Gary, Indiana--December 01, 1967:

 

She was hoping for an older doctor, not a handsome, blond Richard Chamberlain type, as in Dr. Kildare. Oh well, she was learning that you don't get all your wishes in life.

He looked at the chart in his hands. "Hello, Miss Reynolds. I'm Dr. Kessler. How are you this morning?" He flashed a pleasant smile.

He not only looks like Dr. Kildare, but his name has to begin with a "K".

"I'm fine, Dr. Kil -- I mean Kessler."

"I will examine you for the pregnancy determination you requested. Nurse Redmond will assist me. Do you have any questions before I begin?"

"No, sir." She did, but she didn't want to ask if there was an older doctor in the office. She was embarrassed enough, baring herself in front of a strange young man. She just wanted to get the examination over as fast as possible.


Loretta--Cincinnati, Ohio--December 01, 1967:

 

Lydia Grace looked at Loretta with such expectation that Loretta almost hated to dash her hopes. However, she soon recovered from the agreeable mood.

"No, I don't want to go to the Bible study with you, and please don't ask me again. Let me set you straight, Lydia Grace. I'm not into all that nonsense. Please keep your thoughts about God to yourself, and we'll get along just fine."

Lydia Grace looked as though a bucket of water had been thrown in her face. At last she stammered, "Okay, I... will respect... your feelings. I'll see you around eight-thirty... okay?"

"Sure, fine."

Lydia Grace rose and walked to the door. She turned around, and started to say something else, but didn't. She opened the door and left.

Loretta locked the door, turned on the radio, and lay down on her bed.

 


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