Book Review: Unexpected Christmas Hero

15 Nov

Never expecting to be homeless, Josie Meyers and her children are shocked when circumstances force them to live on the streets. Rick, a down-and-out disabled vet, befriends them, reawakening memories of a faith Josie had in childhood. But can she reconcile her once-held beliefs with her current situation? Will she and her children even survive long enough to try to rekindle Josie’s faith?


Kathi Macias is a multi-award winning writer who has authored nearly 40 books and ghostwritten several others. A former newspaper columnist and string reporter, Kathi has taught creative and business writing in various venues and has been a guest on many radio and television programs. Kathi is a popular speaker at churches, women’s clubs and retreats, and writers’ conferences. She won the 2008 Member of the Year award from AWSA (Advanced Writers and Speakers Association) and was the 2011 Author of the Year from Kathi “Easy Writer” Macias lives in Homeland, CA, with her husband. You can find out more about Kathi or contact her via her website:

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My Impressions:

Kathi Macias has a talent for taking tough issues such as human trafficking and illegal immigration and putting a human face on it to touch a reader’s heart. In Unexpected Christmas Hero, Macias tackles homelessness. The Meyers family is in the midst of an unbelievable situation. A young mother and her 2 children find themselves homeless. What was once an idyllic life has become a nightmare of survival. Josie has lost her mother, husband and finally her home and security. Forced onto the streets due to foreclosure and overwhelmed social services, Josie fights to keep her children safe despite their endless search for food and shelter. But Josie soon learns that there are people who care for her, even those who have so little. And maybe God can be counted on to care as well.

The desperation of the homeless is brought to life within the pages of Unexpected Christmas Hero. My heart broke for this fictional family because of my realization that this is real life for so many. This is a book to open your eyes and heart to the needs of others. It is especially a must read for this holiday season. I find myself going back over the plight of the Meyers family and wondering what my response would be and what it will be to those who are really experiencing homelessness. And the faith and service of the people of God are a reminder of what it really means to love your neighbor.

If you can read only one Christmas novel this year, make it Unexpected Christmas Hero. You will be glad you did.

Highly Recommended.

(Thanks to Pump Up Your Book for a copy of Unexpected Christmas Hero. The opinions expressed are mine alone.)

Unexpected Christmas Hero Virtual Book Publicity Tour Schedule

Monday, November 12th

Book review at My Devotional Thoughts

Tuesday, November 13th

Book review at Maureen’s Musings

Wednesday, November 14th

Guest post and giveaway at 4 the Love of Books

Thursday, November 15th

Book review at By the Book

Friday, November 16th

Guest post at Literal Exposure

Book review at Reviews from the Heart

Monday, November 19th

Book review at The Mary Reader

Tuesday, November 20th

Book review at Freda’s Voice

Book review and giveaway at Ramblings of a SAHM

Wednesday, November 21st

Book review at The Book Connection

Book review at The Self-Taught Cook

Thursday, November 22nd


Friday, November 23rd

Book spotlight and giveaway at The Busy Mom’s Daily

2 Responses to “Book Review: Unexpected Christmas Hero”

  1. C. C. Gevry November 15, 2012 at 9:13 am #

    Thank you for the lovely review of Kathi’s second Christmas novel. I’m glad it touched your heart. Wishing you and your readers a blessed Thanksgiving.


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