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The Substitute Bride

By Carrie Fancett Pagels


"A Christmas Carol" meets "It’s A Wonderful Life" A letter for Sonja’s deceased friend arrives at the post office in Michigan, and with it a proposal. With her father threatening to kick her out of his home, Sonja impulsively responds, offering to travel west to be a substitute bride. At the same time, Louis’s railroad promotion sends him back to Michigan, the one place on earth he’d hoped to never return—where Christmas past was full of pain. A mysterious stranger leaves him marked copies of “A Christmas Carol” as he considers romancing Sonja in Christmas present. Will Louis discern the best choices for Christmas future? Does it include the Poor House, again? Even so—will God bring healing and love to him this year?

Book Takeaway:

God can renew and make all things new again.


Year Title Description
2016 Maggie Awards Finalist Finalist for Romance Novellas, 2016 Georgia RWA Maggie Awards

Why the author wrote this book:

I tried to write a story that had inspiration from my favorite Christmas stories.


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