Thursday, November 17, 2016

Yuletide Redemption by Jill Kemerer

I received this book for free in exchange for my honest opinion.

From the back of the book:

After an accident leaves Celeste Monroe to raise her baby nephew, all she wants is to provide one-year-old Parker with a happy life. She hopes taking a job caring for injured Sam Sheffield will help fulfill that goal. But Sam's determination to avoid the world throws a wrench in her plans. Despite his best efforts, Sam can't take his eyes off the pretty caretaker. Her strength and her loving nature has him falling for her—and her baby. But he refuses to burden them with a man who's not whole. Can Celeste convince Sam he's daddy—and husband—material in time for them to celebrate Christmas together?



My thoughts on Jill Kemerer:

Amazing writer! Amazing friend! Humble, down to earth and sweet are just some words I would use to describe Jill Kemerer. She always takes time out to respond to messages on Facebook which in my opinion shows that an author is approachable. She demonstrates her faith in all that she does from what I can tell, from the words she writes, to the messages she responds to, to the characters she creates for all of us readers to fall in love with. 



My thoughts on the book:


When I opened this book to the first page, I just knew within an instant who should play Sam Sheffield. Sam is an injured soul who has a lot to learn but the is also what Celeste Monroe is going through as well. This book is easily a 5 star rating in my personal opinion because it shows that with love, encouragement and faith that anything that seems impossible is actually possible with God, family and friends. 


I personally adore Sam. I love his story, he is such a heartwarming, heart tugging character but I also side with Celeste because as someone who struggled for so long with beauty issues/self esteem, I can relate to her story. Being hearing impaired makes me be able to relate to Sam's story. 


This book reminded me of a time that God used me: 


I once had a job in Illinois school system as a teachers aide. Boy, did I not know how challenging that could be. Anyways, I met a young boy at the age of 4 or 5 by the name Zachary. Zachary did not talk at all his whole time of being at the school (3 years total), he did not communicate with his family either. Zachary struggles through autism. 


He would come in everyday from the bus and sit with me in the hallway. Then we would head off to his class where he would be for the hours of 8 am to 1 pm. Little did I know my life was going to change by being Zachary's aide. 


I decided to work with him on his level. Some days that was just playing with toys, some days it was sitting on the circle time rug with everyone else, some days it was just being quiet. I would introduce myself to him everyday. 


"Hi Zachary. My name is Halita. What's your name?" Most times this was met with silence. 


One day this changed completely. 


We were going back and forth with my introduction when all of a sudden:


"Hi Zachary. My name is Halita. What's your name?" This time there was a sound. 


He replied, " My name's Zachary!!!" 


He was so proud of himself. I nearly cried. 


A few weeks later, we had parent's day at the school and his mom came. 


She said that she was so thankful for an aide who got down on Zachary's level because he hadn't said one word but now was speaking in broken sentences at home. She bawled with happy tears. 


I believe that was the day I met God's Will. 


https://youtu.be/YCRrrP0EhPc


Thank you so much Jill for reminding me of such a beautiful memory. 


You can buy Jill's book on Amazon. 




Here are the people I could see as Sam and Celeste





1 comment:

Jill Kemerer said...

Halita, I just got goosebumps reading about your story with sweet Zachary. God bless you for your kindness and patience. We touch people's lives in so many ways. *tearing up* Thank you!!