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Rylie Durham is used to dealing with all sorts of people and situations in her role as a Child Life Specialist at a local hospital. Why, then, does Zach York bring out the worst in her? After all, he's there to donate toys to the children she loves.Could it be that she sees a kindred spirit in him? Rylie knows a thing or two about hiding a bruised heart from the world... aRylie Durham is used to dealing with all sorts of people and situations in her role as a Child Life Specialist at a local hospital. Why, then, does Zach York bring out the worst in her? After all, he's there to donate toys to the children she loves.Could it be that she sees a kindred spirit in him? Rylie knows a thing or two about hiding a bruised heart from the world... and the danger inherent in blaming God for the hurt.With December's approach, Rylie enlists Zach's help for a special undertaking -- a Christmas formal for one of the pediatric units. As they work together on the project, she hopes to show him that, even when it's painful, love is worth the risk......

Title : An Informal Christmas
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ISBN : 9780692573341
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 150 Pages
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An Informal Christmas Reviews

  • Rachel
    2019-02-22 01:03

    I absolutely LOVED these books!! They are well written and draw you in emotionally to the characters lives and what they are going through. Although each book can be read as a stand alone, you'll not want to miss the other books in the series!This author has a good sense of humor and you will find yourself chuckling at the humorous things that the characters say or do. I love a book that not only gets to you emotionally but also makes you laugh. All three books have a medical background that I enjoyed although there is some medical jargon that I had to skim over because it didn't mean anything to me. :) The author also did a great job with the Christian aspect, in my opinion. Without being preachy, each book had some deep insight and moments of drawing back to God that I thought had some really good points. Last but not least, I really enjoyed the romances in these books. They all moved at a steady pace and didn't feel hurried or unrealistic. There were humorous moments, uncertain moments, lonely moments, and tender love moments. These are great romances that are an easy but captivating read that will warm your heart and feed your soul. :)*Thanks to SLB Tours and the author for a complimentary copy of these books for review purposes. I was not required to write a positive review and all opinions stated are my own.*

  • Crystal (Books Are Sanity!!!)
    2019-03-14 00:00

    So this is a Christian romance novella. The subject matter with the main character Rylie working with kids who have cancer is definitely heavy. But it really gets you into the world of childhood cancer and how the patients, their families and even those who work with them are affected. The romance between Zach and Rylie was slow to happen but it made for a more realistic relationship. My only criticism of the book was what I felt was an abrupt ending. I was expecting more and was shocked when I read The End. Surely this is not the end of Rylie and Zach's story? I felt like we were just starting to get somewhere!! I won't ruin it for any potential readers, let's just suffice it to say that I want more!

  • Tina at Mommynificent
    2019-02-16 02:45

    This very moving novella is so good, but rather poorly named in my opinion. This is a very emotional story that begins in July and happens to end at Christmas, but it isn't really about Christmas. The main Christmas event in the book is actually a Christmas formal put on for the kids in the pediatric oncology ward at the hospital the main character works at, so I found the title a bit ironic. Nonetheless, this is a wonderful story. It is about a woman who works with children suffering from cancer, the kids she works with, and a man who keeps bringing in loads of donations but no one can figure out why. The journeys of the two main characters as well as those of several of the children are so well expressed, and the mystery of why he keeps coming back is revealed beautifully. I loved this story, and I hope to read many more of similar quality from this author.

  • Lori Parrish
    2019-03-04 04:49

    I liked this book. I had to snicker at some of ir, cry and rejoice. This is told from a kids hospital of view. We have a very special nurse (Riley). She likes to speak before she thinks about how it would sound to others. She also knew that from early on what she wanted to do. I admire her work ethics and especially her faith in God. I loved how she talked to him on a daily basis which us what some of us forgets to do.Then we have Zac who loves donating to the children. I think it's weird how you meet your love in places unexpected. I met mine at Walmart through my cousin. I gave thus book 5 stars because it certainly deserves it. it keeps you on the edge of your seat waiting to see what would happen next.

  • Janice Sisemore
    2019-03-12 04:51

    Rylie works at a hospital where children have cancer, Zach keeps donating to them, she thinks there has to be a reason and finally she finds out. Rylie does her best to made every holiday a special one for the kids. This is a very good story, love the characters so much.

  • Michelle Lunsford
    2019-03-10 23:50

    Perhaps I was in just the right mood for this one, but it seemed everything about this book clicked with me. I enjoyed the chemistry between the leads. The setting and Rylie's job serving children cancer patients and their families provided moments of both joy and struggle. The way the couple grew together through both personal interaction and email correspondence had me giddy. And I thought Gray nailed the faith aspect perfectly, painting a beautiful picture of trust in God even when life is tough and suffering seems so very unfair.As a holiday novella, it's a quick read. But one I found to be worth every sweet moment.

  • Robin Clemons
    2019-03-08 02:52

    InterestingThe story was interesting but not enthralling. Normally I would read a book from cover to cover in a few days, however this book did not capture my attention to the exclusion of all else. The characters needed further refinement and the back story could use some cleaning out.

  • Kim
    2019-03-01 00:48

    Wonderful story!Make sure you have tissues! This was the first story I read by Heather. You will learn a lot about children in the hospital and their families. You want to pray more for families whose children are sick or who have died. There is a great Christian message about how to turn to God even in difficult times. A great story too!

  • Chanover55
    2019-03-06 05:36

    Ryle is a Child Life Specialist in a northern Virginia hospital when she runs into Zach, an unexpected donor to the children'S wing she works on. She is not at her best when she meets him and he is a bit standoffish. Can these 2 work together? While I enjoyed the story, it seemed to end aburptly; this was not billed as a short story but comes across as such.

  • Courtney
    2019-03-12 23:48

    This was a lovely story with a realistic plot. The characters which led this story and held together everything which made up this novel were fantastic at what they set out to accomplish. If you would like to place yourself into a book, to become that character, then this is the novel for you.

  • esc
    2019-03-18 03:56

    Rather BoringI stopped at 60% because I didn't care to read a story with the main focus on the cancer patients with slow moving interaction between the two main characters. The other two Informal Romance books are much better.

  • Dana Jacobs
    2019-03-06 01:58

    Liked but not lovedI liked the content of this book. I wanted more of an ending and hopefully in the next book in the series it will talk about previous characters.

  • Lynda Knapp
    2019-02-25 02:03

    Enjoyable!I would read more by Heather Gray. This story was well-written. This was a light and easy read. I do recommend this book.

  • Pinkpigg33
    2019-03-14 07:45

    3.5 starsThis was a fun quick seasonal read.

  • Lynn Schafer
    2019-02-25 03:48

    Avid ReaderThe book was very good. It had a unique plot, stayed clean throughout with romance included. The vocabulary was good and she had a good editor. I highly recommend it.

  • Charlene Davis
    2019-03-04 02:43

    Filled with FaithVery good and makes you feel good. The story has its sad and very happy moments. You can feel them through the words.

  • Mary Beth
    2019-02-28 04:43

    Rylie Durham is used to dealing with all sorts of people and situations in her role as a Child Life Specialist at a local hospital. Why, then, does Zach York bring out the worst in her?

  • Karen
    2019-03-04 23:39

    It was a great bookThis was a great short story. It was clean without any bad language or graphic content.

  • Jenn
    2019-03-15 05:41

    Quick read Simple, heartfelt Christian story. Life can be hard. You need to find how to beat handle life. God is the answer for me just like the characters in this book.

  • Bridget
    2019-02-25 04:36

    3.8 got it for free from amazon. it was a christian romance which i don't have a problem with but can see it being off putting to others.

  • Judy
    2019-02-16 06:58

    Cute clean romance Not being much of a fan of romance and find it trite, thus the 3 star rating. However the concept of the story being in a children's cancer ward made it a bit more of a story line and found it draw me in. Predictable on the romance side but the compassionate side did shine out in the storyline and the happy ending made it a worthwhile simple holiday read relieving the tension caused by the celebrations and took us out of the real world with a lightness the can only be found away from the flurry of the holiday. (tension is not ment in a negative way)

  • Pam
    2019-03-14 04:38

    An Informal Christmas: Informal Romance Book 1 is by Heather Gray. This book deals with the Child’s Life manner of working with Children who are terminally ill. This makes you thankful for the good health you and your family have and shows how people with terminal cancer cope with hospitalization. Rylie dealt daily with cancer and its effect on children as she worked as a Child Life specialist in the hospital. She tried to arrange things that the children wanted to make their lives seem more normal. Right now, she was wondering whether or not she could find enough red, white, and blue nail polish so the girls could get their nails done for the fourth in three days. As she headed for the elevator, the man in it went on up instead of trying to stop the elevator to allow her to get on. So she ran up the stairs. The man, Mr. York, was waiting on her in her office. He had brought several boxes of stuffed animals to be delivered to the children. He could not maneuver his dolly in time to stop the elevator. He told her that he would deliver things once a month and if she could tell him what they needed or wanted, he would see that they got their wish. Something about Mr. York bothered Rylie. She could not help wonder why he was doing all this for the children in the hospital. What was his motive? However, she didn’t have too much time to wonder about him as her children kept her busy, especially Makayla, a sixteen-year-old girl who was back in the hospital. Rylie and Makayla had a fascinating friendship built over the years. How was Makayla really doing? Would she make it?

  • Stacey
    2019-02-16 23:44

    This is the first book that I have read by Heather Gray. Although this is a romance, this author deals with deeply emotional issues that come with seriously ill, hospitalized children. I found myself on the emotional rollercoaster with the main character, Rylie, as she dealt day to day with the joys and sorrows of tending to children, (and their parents), with cancer and cancer related trauma. Having had a mother who died of leukemia, I can understand the burden, guilt, helplessness and at times, hopelessness of the situation. Rylie's romantic interest, Zach, struggles with hurt and a sense of helplessness, but who has brought such pain to his eyes? His determination to help Rylie's hospital care program baffles her until she comes to terms with her own reasons for helping the children and starts to see Zach's actions as a way of dealing with his own helplessness. A special Christmas request gives Rylie the chance to give Zach a gift of hope and a promise of love, but is he ready to receive the gift? Romance readers will find this story filling their hearts with compassion as much as romance. I'll be adding more Heather Gray books to my TBR shelf.

  • Rachel Rittenhouse
    2019-02-21 05:46

    Rachel’s Back Talk:5 – award winning coversI’m an addict for Christmas books – especially ones that are new and have a different twist! Heather Gray’s novella was definitely one at that! I absolutely loved reading An Informal Christmas, and especially enjoyed the tie-in to Thanksgiving as well.Rylie has a very difficult job — one that I’m not sure I could handle. She deals with sick and sometimes dying children on a daily basis, and Heather really portrayed Rylie’s character in a believable light. I loved watching Rylie grow throughout the story in many different areas of her life, including the strengthening of her faith in Jesus.And then you put Rylie together with Zach and the two seem like an unlikely, yet unstoppable duo. I loved the banter between the two of them and eventually, the love that they found with each other. Both Rylie and Zach needed to other person to help them be a better person.I love what Zach said about Christmas at the end of the book: “Christmas is a celebration of life and relationship with Jesus.” What a great reminder as we enter this Christmas season!

  • Sharon
    2019-03-13 02:00

    From Goodreads "Rylie Durham is used to dealing with all sorts of people and situations in her role as a Child Life Specialist at a local hospital.Why, then, does Zach York bring out the worst in her? After all, he's there to donate toys to the children she loves.Could it be that she sees a kindred spirit in him? Rylie knows a thing or two about hiding a bruised heart from the world... and the danger inherent in blaming God for the hurt.With December's approach, Rylie enlists Zach's help for a special undertaking -- a Christmas formal for one of the pediatric units. As they work together on the project, she hopes to show him that, even when it's painful, love is worth the risk..."This is a wonderful book. Although the main focus is on turning to God even when we don't feel like it, Rylie works with children who have cancer. Gray deals with many of the thoughts of parents and children alike in this book. I think it would be an excellent book not only for those searching for answers from God, but also those dealing with devastating illnesses.

  • Becky Smith
    2019-03-05 23:58

    This is a very emotional, and yet heartwarming story dealing with the pediatric oncology unit in the hospital. It touched my heart deeply! And yet it does have humor in it, like calling the marbles “glass-orbs-of-doom” or calling Zach the “knocker-over-of-boxes”. There is SO much I loved about this book, like the quote: “If you don’t accept how weak you are, you’ll never step aside and let God take the reins.” And: “the right way to handle it is to accept that you can’t.” I also loved when Rylie asked, “When did I stop looking to You to feed the hunger in my soul? …I started leaving You out in the hallway, didn’t I?” I LOVED the idea of the informal Christmas where each one shared a specialway that Christ’s birth impacted their life in the past year. I highly, HIGHLY recommend this book!

  • Jannette Spann
    2019-03-06 00:35

    AN INFORMAL CHRISTMASRylie’s job, as a social worker, is dealing with cancer kids. Although it’s her responsibility to see that they have what they need, she far goes beyond their needs to try to give them the love and support to face their uncertain futures. Zach is a construction worker who donates massive amounts of items needed by Rylie to give her cancer kids special occasions so they can feel like normal kids. The one thing he won’t give is an explanation for not being around the children.This is a heartwarming story of Zack and Rylie’s inner battles of accepting cancer in kids, and their struggles to give them over to God. You’ll need a box of tissues for this book. I highly recommend it.

  • Pattisue
    2019-02-23 04:55

    Heather Gray packs a wallop in this little slip of a story. It may be a novella, but it reads like a novel and ends with a wonderful, beautiful message or love, grace, and selflessness. This is the first book in an amazing series of stories centered around the pediatric hospital. “God was intimately acquainted with Rylie’s heart. Her pain, too. Nothing was a mystery to Him.” Overworked, overwrought, Rylie gives her all to minister to the hospitalized children, especially the critical cases. Philanthropist Zach York is a mystery. “He’d shown up one day and kept coming back.” This “rescuer of damsels in distress” is an intriguing puzzle that Rylie is tempted to solve. As Rylie and Zack join forces to create a magical celebration, they find a magic of their own.

  • Ashley
    2019-03-14 06:02

    Rylie is a Child Life specialist at a local hospital and does her best to make the kids in the oncology unit feel special. Zach is a very generous, but, also, mysterious man. Every month he donates lots of goodies for the kids at the Children's Hospital. Him and Rylie get off on the wrong foot over an elevator misunderstanding, which makes her very surly around him. This was a story full of heart. I did shed a few tears, but there was, also, laughter. I'm really looking forward to reading more books written by Heather Gray. I won this book in a giveaway and voluntarily reviewed it. This is my honest opinion.

  • Pat
    2019-02-19 04:48

    Not what I expectedOr wanted. I was looking for light reading and a Christmassy story, a holiday-themed read. Instead, the setting was a pediatric cancer ward, from July through December. Zack is a strong, silent but sensitive type, (boring!) And Rylie (yes, spelled just like that) is a sweet, caring, social worker who brings him back to God. This book had way too much God and way too much cancer, way to little Christmas, character development, plot, romance, or interest. Don't bother unless you want to read more about pediatric cancer and God's will as to which child lives or dies. As a cancer survivor, this was most certainly not a pleasant, distracting read.