Beck Valley Book Tours: “Her Christmas Chance” by Rachelle Ayalla Review and Giveaway (Ends 11/3) WW

By Ruth on November 20, 2017 in book, book tour, giveaway, review

Will her cat ruin her Christmas chance for love?

Bella Tallahan has always hidden behind her twin sister, Tally. She was born with cerebral palsy and even though she has finished college, she lives vicariously through her sister’s adventures.

It worked, until her sister married writer Lucky Lenigan, and Bella developed a crush on Lucky’s brother—a bad boy with a shady past.

Chance Martin made one mistake growing up—one that landed him in prison. After his release, he spends his days restoring antique furniture and his nights alone.

When Mr. Klutz, Bella’s fat tabby cat, wreaks havoc in the furniture workshop, Chance confronts Bella and finds himself with a dilemma. He’s not the right kind of guy for a woman with disabilities, but at the same time, he can’t get her out of his mind.

Will the trail of destruction left by one naughty cat bring Bella her Christmas chance for love? Can Chance rise above his past and convince Bella that she is truly worth loving? Or will the secret he is keeping horrify Bella enough to send her back into hiding?

Author’s Note: Although part of the Christmas Creek Romance Series, Her Christmas Chance is a complete and standalone story. Bella Tallahan appears in a previous story, Lucky in Laguna, where her sister Tally Tallahan meets and falls in love with Lucky Lenigan.

Christmas Creek Romance Series
Book 1:
Holly & Gordon, Deck the Hearts
Book 2:
Bella & Chance, Her Christmas Chance
Audiobook also available
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“I loved this story! Rachelle Ayala is a powerful writer” – Francis Cristina“WOW!!!! I absolutely fell in love with this story. This book is emotionaly heartfelt.” – Bookworm K

“A perfect heart warming christmas story to read & cherish. I recommend reading this sweet christmas story as you will not be disappointed.” – Sophie Koufes

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Also available in A Christmas Creek Romance
Each book may be read as a stand-alone novel, or as part of the series.

Deck the Hearts (A Christmas Creek Romance Book 1) by [Ayala, Rachelle]

Deck the Hearts (A Christmas Creek Romance Book 1) 
Opposites attract and sparks fly in the delightful small town of Christmas Creek.

Holly Jolly lives for Christmas. It’s the only time of the year, as far as she’s concerned. 

Gordon Gills doesn’t need a reason to hate the holiday season. He doesn’t see the point. 

Gordon returns to the mansion he inherited and finds Holly making a mess with her Christmas decorations. Unfortunately, his great-aunt’s will stipulates that he must make merry every Christmas if he wants to keep his inheritance. 

Holly is determined to infect the grouchy Gordon with every dose of Christmas cheer she can muster and show him what Christmas is really about. 

Will Gordon prevail and turn Holly into a Grinch, or will a sprinkling of Christmas magic show Gordon that there’s no fighting love, especially when it’s wrapped up in a gorgeous redheaded package of jolly holly?
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Her Christmas Chance (A Christmas Creek Romance, #2)Her Christmas Chance by Rachelle Ayala
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I have been a longtime fan of Rachelle’s work, and this was such a lovely and beautiful read–what I’ve come to expect from an author of her caliber. From the first sweet page to the glorious and romantic conclusion, this is a veritable feast for the soul and a celebration of the true spirit of Christmas. While there are a few words that may offend more sensitive readers and there is a very tame bedroom scene, neither one took away from the sweet story and uplifting message of this Christmas tale.

More than anything else, the fact that Rachelle chose for her heroine to have cerebral palsy was a bold move for which I applaud her on many levels. While society has become more accepting of those with disabilities, there is still a stigma attached to those who suffer from these kinds of handicaps. Even Bella’s sister and brother-in-law have a tendency to remind Bella too much of her limitations and caution her against things that she “shouldn’t” be doing. To see Bella overcome her limitations is absolutely thrilling, and I couldn’t get enough of her beautiful spirit in this book.

On the other hand, Rachelle also makes it a point that prejudices are often experienced by all in some form or fashion. Bella has her preconceived notions concerning Chance and his past, and while he has no physical limitations, in some ways, his past is met with more aspersion and distrust than even Bella has experienced. In fact, Bella herself is guilty of deep-seated beliefs and prejudices that Chance seeks to prove false. Rachelle uses Chance to point out the fact that all of us tend to struggle with a wide variety of biases and assumptions that if left unchecked, lead to us potentially missing cherished opportunities to know people who may impact our lives forever.

I cannot recommend this book highly enough to anyone who loves a good romantic story filled with messages that challenge our beliefs and in the end, give us the sort of conclusion that reminds us of the triumph of the human spirit and celebrates everything that is good about the holiday season!

I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion. I was not financially compensated, and all opinions are 100 percent mine.

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About the author
Rachelle Ayala is a bestselling author of dramatic romantic suspense and humorous, sexy contemporary romances. Her heroines are feisty and her heroes hot. She writes emotionally challenging stories but believes in the power of love and hope. 
Rachelle is an active member of the California Writer’s Club, Fremont Chapter, and a volunteer for the World Literary Cafe. She is a very happy woman and lives in California with her husband. She has three children and has taught violin and made mountain dulcimers.
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  1. sharon martin November 20, 2017 Reply

    A beautifully written review with so much heart and feeling, thank you for sharing today xx

  2. Marilyn November 20, 2017 Reply

    Lovely review.

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