New Release Spotlight, Blog Tour (with Giveaway!), and Review: Project Scrooge by A. M. Heath

Happy Monday, Readers! Today I have the pleasure of sharing about A.M. Heath’s new novella, Project Scrooge. If you enjoy reading about Christmas, friendship triumphing over adversity, and/or clean Christian romance, this is definitely the book for you!

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Title: Project Scrooge (Christmas in Garland #1)

Author: A.M. Heath

Genre: Fiction – Christian, Christmas, Clean Romance

Publication Date: December 9, 2019 (Happy book birthday!!)

Synopsis:

Can Scrooge find love from a friendship gone cold?
 
Sanford Stone cut ties with his best friend, Natalie, in favor of the love of his life…a woman who ended up walking out on him just before Christmas. Six years later, Sanford can’t bring himself to celebrate Christ’s birth with any joy. Little does he know, his grandmother and her companions have dubbed him the Scrooge and intend to help him overcome his bitterness and find happiness again.
 
The only thing that has hurt Natalie Dunivan more than Sanford cutting her out of his life has been watching his long-held grudges slowly destroy the man she has always loved. When Ms. Carol devises a plan to reach out to Sanford, Natalie eagerly agrees.
 
Sanford accepts his grandmother’s challenge to celebrate Christmas for 31 straight days, but he didn’t count on her plan involving Natalie. Can his family and friends help their Scrooge see the error of his ways, or will Natalie’s presence only make things worse?

43About the Author

Besides being an Indie Author, A. M. Heath is a wife, mother of four, children’s Sunday School teacher, sweet tea drinker, history fanatic, romantic, bubbly, lover of broccoli, and a retired cake decorator who has a soft spot for Christmas trees, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, and sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ. What she’s not is a laundress (or at least not one who keeps up very well), a duster, tall, or patient in a doctor’s office.

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My Thoughts

This is such a fun, cute, Christmas story! I love the way Heath weaves Dickens into this contemporary story. A Christmas Carol serves as the context and gives a tangible depth to this story of friendship, redemption, and truth.

The family dynamics are interesting and enjoyable to read. The families depicted are unique but not unrealistic; they are by turns broken, recreated, and loyal. Of the main characters, two were orphaned at a young age, one spent most of her childhood in foster care, and one is being raised by a grandparent. While the situations which lead to arrangements like this are never pleasant, I appreciate the representation and recognize that this matters. This story is not specifically about foster care or adoption, but those are background themes and just as important as the main plot.

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As a side note, I did not like the way Sanford treats Natalie for the majority of the book. I understand his reason for being mad at her, but holding a weak grudge for six years against someone who used to be your best friend? He’s such a jerk to her sometimes. His excuses are thin and his anger poorly dealt with. Although this is part of the reason that his family and friends decide to attempt to cheer him up and issue the Christmas challenge, I really did not like this aspect. Furthermore, his redemption came much to quickly for my taste.

Overall, this is a solid Christmas-cheer story. It’s fun and packed full of ways to celebrate Christmas above and beyond what is typically expected. All throughout the story, the protagonists prioritize helping others and (eventually for some) finding out the truth. They discuss the actual Christmas story, and bits of Dickens’ classic are interspersed throughout the narrative.

The Verdict

Honestly, Project Scrooge is an adorable story. My irritation with Sanford aside, I loved reading about these characters celebrating Christmas and doing their best to encourage Sanford and get him out of him anti-Christmas funk. I highly recommend Project Scrooge to anyone looking for a fun and meaningful story set at Christmas time!

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Extra! Extra!

Since this post is part of the blog tour celebrating the release of Project Scrooge, I have additional things to talk about beyond my review! It turns out that Project Scrooge is the first book in the “Christmas in Garland” collection; Ms. Heath plans to release a new addition to the collection every year around Christmas! Now, I get to share with you the title of next year’s book:

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I can’t wait to return to Garland, and see more Christmas-y adventures take place!

To hear more about Project Scrooge, check out the rest of the blog tour!

Tour Stops: 

Mon. 12/9:
Jana @ Reviews from the Stacks (That’s me!)
Becky @ Blossoms and Blessings

Tues. 12/10: 
Karen @ KarenSueHadley
Kaylee @ Kaylee’s Kind of Writes

Wed. 12/11: 
Alicia @ A Brighter Destiny
Virginia @ Bigreadersite

Thur. 12/12: 
Deana @ Texas Book-aholic
Debbie @ Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations 

Fri. 12/13:
Loretta @ Just Writing 
Amanda @ With a Joyful Noise

Wrap up: Mon. 12/16
A.M. Heath (Giveaway winner announced!)

Giveaway Info

Enter at the link below for a chance to win a paperback copy of Project Scrooge, a cute travel mug, and an assortment of hot chocolates!

Grand Prize copy

Enter Here!

These Other Books by A.M. Heath are Currently On Sale:

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Garland Collection surprise

I am so thankful for the chance to review Project Scrooge and participate in this blog tour! This is a wonderful, lighthearted but deeply meaningful book about Christmas, family, and friendship. It’s everything I want to read in this crazy busy season, and I hope you will check it out as well!

Until the next chapter,

Jana

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