Gwen Anderton is looking forward to a peaceful Christmas with her husband Edward in their beautiful home in Wales. A bed and breakfast, Haven is usually closed for the holidays, but Gwen makes an exception when her openly hostile stepson plans a visit. Additional guests, she hopes, will make things bearable.
Justin Michaelson is delighted to return to Haven, and to bring his quirky and feisty fiancée Myrtle, but his doubts over whether he should marry her are exacerbated when she takes exception to Gwen’s LDS faith.
Fading Hollywood star Jacy Grayson is filming a movie in the rugged Welsh mountains. Desperately clinging to her former fame and glory, she almost fails to recognise the love of the man who has been with her through good times and bad.
Also among the visitors are Alan and Judy Fuller, who are trying to escape the seasonal reminders of their greatest sorrow—their inability to have children. As always Gwen longs to help, but their heartache is one she shares.
In this atmosphere of uncertainty, sparks fly as the guests are trapped at Haven by the snow. It takes all the magic of Christmas and the faith and love of their remarkable hostess to restore the light and joy the guests long for, even as she comes to realise this Christmas at Haven may be her last.
This book was both thoughtful and entertaining. It was filled with quirky characters, each with his or her own motives, and the further I got into the plot, the characters I thought I disliked started to change. I liked how Gwen showed patience with each of them, providing a calming influence and sharing the light of Christ. This book unlocks our insecurities and brings us hope in the face of our adversities.
I thoroughly enjoyed the storytelling and character development, finding I had finished the book very quickly as it was so absorbing. I now plan to read Haven and Escape to Haven sitting wrapped up on the sofa as a way to relax and get away from it all.
Set in a rural setting of Wales, tells of a typical Welsh family Christmas. Particularly interesting to me living in the area written about in the book for the past fifty years. Excellent read.
Having read the previous two Haven books.... I was excited to see how this one would fare .... it did not disappoint. I loved being back at Haven with all the wonderful characters and wondering how things would work out for the new guests. Gwen is just such a lovable person, opening her home and heart to all who wish to partake .... and provides a "haven" where I feel I have spent a little time through these wonderful books. A great read, and especially at this wonderful time of year ... the magic of CHRISTmas comes alive in this beautiful story. A MUST READ.
When life gets too tough I can open a book by Anna Buttimore and be transported to beauty and gentleness. All her books are compelling, but I found “Christmas At Haven” particularly so.
I learned to care for the characters quickly and resisted laying the book down, even for a few minutes. Gwen, the heroine, is very much like some of the marvelous women who have loved and nurtured me. I am deeply appreciative of a story where this kind of moral character sets the tone of the book and provides, not only an anchor for the people in the book, but a cherished example for my own life.