An Unexpected Christmas: Stories of Holidays Wrapped in Miracles, Mishaps, and Mischief

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Remember that Christmas everything went as planned? No one had an argument? No Christmas ornaments broke? And all the dishes turned out perfectly? Every Christmas, something unexpected happens. Sometimes, it’s a little thing. Other times, it’s a lot bigger. An Unexpected Christmas is a collection of the stories of Christmases no one ever expected. More
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About Daphne Tarango

Daphne Tarango is a freelance writer who comforts hurting women with the comfort she has received from God. Daphne inspires women to take biblical steps to personal growth and freedom. She also writes about her struggles with chronic illness and pain.

Daphne's work has appeared in Just Between Us, {in}courage (a division of DaySpring), Living Better 50+, The Gabriel, Inspired Women Magazine, Ruby for Women, Rest Ministries, and Mentoring Moments for Christian Women. Daphne contributed three chapters in the compilation Women of the Secret Place (Ambassador International, 2012). The thankfulness journal, Dragonflies, Ketchup, and Late-Night Phone Calls, is her first book.

Daphne speaks at recovery events. She was a leader in a local Christ-centered recovery program, where she facilitated open-share and step study groups.

Daphne lives in the Southeastern United States. She retired from corporate life at a Fortune 500 company to become a stay-at-home mom. She is the President of Lakeland Christian Writers, a chapter of American Christian Writers (ACW).

Daphne enjoys solitude; nature walks; journaling; experimenting in the kitchen; the arts; and spending time with her newlywed husband, her three children, their basset hound Dudleigh, and ornery Kitty-Kitty too.

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Reviews of An Unexpected Christmas: Stories of Holidays Wrapped in Miracles, Mishaps, and Mischief by Daphne Tarango, Veronica Berry, Carl Colbert, Rose P. Evelyn-Hall, Donna Kelly, Luis Tarango, Kim Wilbanks, Amberlyn Dwinnell, & Sarah Farnsworth

Nadine C. Keels reviewed on Dec. 14, 2019

I found this book listed as fiction, but I wouldn't call it that. Instead of fictional short stories, this is actually a collection of true, inspirational memoirs with some of the people's real identities disguised. While that isn't exactly what I was looking for, I enjoyed this fairly quick read anyway.

Some of these accounts delightfully surprised me, particularly a few of the deft, poignant moments and excellent endings, and "A Christmas Racket" is one of my favorites of the bunch. I also got a kick out of the flair of Latin American heritage included. The book does have some punctuation and letter case errors, but they're not excessive.

Here's a good read for anyone who'd like a collection of short holiday accounts with faith woven in.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
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