Today I am excited to welcome author Kimberly Rose Johnson for an author spotlight and more.
Sara’s Gift is part of the series Small-Town Christmas Wishes. The idea for the series concept came from author Cindy Flores Martinez.
Here is a blurb description of the series. Each of the books stands alone and takes place at the same time.
Welcome to Snowflake, Colorado—a small town where wishes come true! When six old high school friends receive a letter that their fellow friend, Charity Hart, wrote before she passed away, their lives take an unexpected turn. She leaves them each a check for $1,500 and asks them to grant a wish—a secret wish—for someone else by Christmas. It sounds simple but the friends soon discover that it isn’t as easy as it seems! With the clock ticking, will they make it happen in time?
Join Mia, Caro, Nate, Sara, Holly, and Taye on their journey to make a wish come true—and find love along the way.
Sara’s Gift was inspired by my paternal grandmother. My grandma grew up with nothing and spent some time in the foster care system. She was a strong woman and often came across as gruff, but on the inside she was a softie with a huge heart, and she loved to give to others.
One of the ways she gave was finding a needy family at Christmas and buying gifts for them. I have no idea how she came up with who to bless each year. Determining who to bless this Christmas was Sara’s dilemma in the opening pages of the book. To complicate matters she owns a gift shop and has very little free time.
There is a scene in the story that was taken right from my own grandmother’s life. When I was a little girl she told me how she wrapped all the presents then took them to the front door of a family. She rang the doorbell then ran and hid in the bushes so she could watch their faces when they found her surprise. She did this all anonymously, as did Sara.
It had such a fun time writing this sweet story filled with faith, hope, and love.
Author Spotlight Questions
- Please describe yourself with three words. Quiet, kind, driven.
- What do you enjoy doing for relaxation? Read, walk, and watch TV or movies.
- What do you enjoy most about writing? I love the creative process.
Question for Readers
Have you ever taken part in some kind of special gift giving at Christmas? How did that look? For example was it through an organization, on your own, anonymous…?
Back Cover Description
Christmas is the season of giving, but Sara isn’t sure she is up to the task.
Playing secret angel in high school was fun, and now, years later, Sara has the opportunity to do it once more on a bigger scale. She enlists the help of Gabe, her long-time best friend, to come up with a deserving recipient. But something is off with Gabe—he’s more attentive than usual.
The Christmas season has put Gabe in a reflective mood. His evaluation of his life has left him lonely and wanting more. But can his heart have its desire? That’s up to Sara.
Can these two long-time best friends navigate their changing relationship, or will the romance Grinch steal their Christmas joy?
Award winning author Kimberly Rose Johnson married her college sweetheart and lives in the Pacific Northwest. From a young child Kimberly has been an avid reader. That love of reading fostered a creative mind and led to her passion for writing. She especially loves romance and writes contemporary romance that warms the heart and feeds the soul.
Kimberly holds a degree in Behavioral Science from Northwest University in Kirkland, Washington, and is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers.
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Page One of Sara’s Gift
“I have no idea who or what should get Charity’s fifteen hundred dollars. All I know is that I want to honor her request.” Sara Benson’s old friend from high school really lived up to her name, even in death. Sara blinked back tears. Gabe Jacobson, her best friend, was the grounded and practical one in their relationship. “You have to help me figure this out.”
“Let me get this straight,” Gabe said. “A friend you haven’t seen in years died, and in a letter that she left with her attorney, she let you know how much she enjoyed playing a secret angel in high school and has continued doing it all these years?”
“Yes, but she died before she could spend the money she’d saved for this year. My old Bible Club friends and I are her backup plan. She wants us to each play secret angels with her money. I can’t believe she saved up nine thousand dollars in a year, especially when she was sick. ”
“So the money was split six ways?”
Sara nodded. Clearly, Gabe couldn’t fathom someone being so generous, but that was how Charity had been. Even though she and Gabe had been friends since forever, he had not belonged to the Bible Club and never knew Charity.
“And if you don’t want to do this?”
“Then her attorney donates it to a worthy cause.”
“Why not let him? It’s a win-win. You don’t have to be dragged into this and someone still benefits.” Gabe furrowed his brows.
“I know, but helping someone directly is so much more fun. Stop being a curmudgeon.” Normally, Gabe would go out of his way to help her. Why was this time different?
“I’m not a curmudgeon, but it’s so close to Christmas. You have your store to run and all the extra holiday workshops you’re teaching. I don’t know how you have time to tackle something else.”
“I’ll make time. This was important to Charity.” Her voice cracked, and she coughed to cover it. She reached for her water bottle. Breaking down at work was not an option. Gifts N’ More was her home away from home. She loved her little shop and her customers and didn’t want to scare them away with tears.
Gabe rubbed the dark scruff on his face. “I’m sorry about your friend. Losing someone, even a person you haven’t seen in a while hurts.”
Sara nodded and refused to give in to the tears burning her eyes. “Thanks. Charity was too young to die.” She cleared her throat. “Will you help me think of someone who could use a secret angel this Christmas?”
“I’ll try, but I’m a helicopter pilot, not a philanthropist. I’m clueless about this kind of thing.”