Finding Charity by Jody Pardo
Charity Clarke captured Mark’s attention with her dirty mouth at first meeting, but her giving spirit stole his heart without notice. When she goes missing, will finding Charity be the gift with enough love and hope to save them both?
Finding Charity is such a wonderful short story, perfect for Christmas! I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review. This story begins with a man named Mark Lyons who is not very fond of giving a helping hand to those in need. He meets a woman at a Christmas banquet who ultimately takes his breath away. After bringing her back to his place as a Christmas present to himself, he can’t seem to get her out of his mind. Without a phone number or any other contact information, he decides to head out and grab some coffee. Little does he know that a last minute run in at the church, of all places, could decipher a change in his life and outlook of lending a hand?
I really enjoyed all of the characters in this story except for Larry. Life really resonated into this story as well as respect. I found that these characters are all very appreciative of what they have, or they become that way after sharing a Christmas together, in sorts. Mark and Charity were wonderful together, but the author has a wonderful way of throwing in the perfect twist. I would definitely recommend this story to anyone who is a fan of short stories about Christmas and romance. The story is written well and the author does a wonderful job with the development of her characters. Charity’s work description is elaborated on more than Mark’s, but her work is the display of the story so the context is on par. The pace is fast, but I was still very much captivated by the story and did not have any trouble keeping up. I rate Finding Charity with five stars for its originality, creativity and good cheer!