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Poles Apart (Heart of Christmas)

By Marion Ueckermann


Writer’s block and a looming Christmas novel deadline have romance novelist, Sarah Jones, heading for the other side of the world on a whim.Niklas Toivonen offers cosy Lapland accommodation, but when his aging father falls ill, Niklas is called upon to step into his father's work clothes to make children happy. Red is quite his color.Fresh off the airplane, a visit to Santa sets Sarah’s muse into overdrive. The man in red is not only entertaining, he’s young—with gorgeous blue eyes. Much like her new landlord’s, she discovers. Santa and Niklas quickly become objects of research—for her novel, and her curiosity.Though she’s written countless happily-ever-afters, Sarah doubts she’ll ever enjoy her own. Niklas must find a way to show her how to leave the pain of her past behind, so she can find love and faith once more.

Book Takeaway:

Theme is often the very last aspect of a story that comes together. Sometimes it’s not until the writer has written ‘The End’ that the theme becomes clear.

When I started writing Poles Apart I didn’t know, as usual, what the theme of the story would be. Forgiveness and the freedom that comes from extending grace to someone who has wronged you became the underlying message of this fun Christmas story set in the hometown of the original Santa—Rovaniemi, Lapland. This is something that I myself have struggled with in the past, and know I’ll probably struggle with again in the future. If forgiveness and grace are issues that you perhaps have battled, or are battling with, dear Reader, I pray that Sarah’s story would help you realize the freedom that is to be found in forgiveness
—both in giving and receiving it.

There is something so amazing about grace!


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