Once in a Lifetime (Hardcover)

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Description


Beloved, award-winning and New York Times bestselling author Mary Monroe delivers a hopeful and heartwarming story about an impossible Christmas dream, an unexpected act of goodwill—and a surprising chain of events that could gift joy far beyond the holiday season…
 


Free-spirited, living on the fly, Vanessa Hayes is still always down for traditional family holiday fun—until now. She’s making her oft-delayed wish finally come true: Christmas in Paris, the glittering City of Lights. But when her passport gets delayed, it's too late for Vanessa to rebook. Now it looks like the Yuletide she longs for won't happen. Until a stranger suddenly enters her life, and changes it forever…
 
Overwhelmed by responsibility, Judith Guthrie is too busy worrying about her seriously ill brother to have time to celebrate. She's taken a leave from her teaching job to care for him as he's on the waiting list for a life-giving transplant. A trip to France is a kind of happiness she can't imagine. But when she accidentally receives Vanessa's passport, Judith can't resist delivering it in person so Vanessa will at least have her holiday dream. She can’t anticipate that her small gesture will result in a series of big choices, big miracles, and lifelong rewards that all will be thankful for over many Christmases to come...
 

About the Author


Mary Monroe is the award-winning and New York Times bestselling author of over 20 novels, with over one million books in print. She is a three-time AALBC bestseller and winner of the AAMBC Maya Angelou Lifetime Achievement Award, the PEN/Oakland Josephine Miles Award, and the J. California Cooper Memorial Award. The daughter of Alabama sharecroppers, she taught herself how to write before going on to become the first and only member of her family to finish high school. She lives in Oakland, California and can be found online at MaryMonroe.org.

Praise For…


Praise for Mary Monroe’s holiday stories
 
“Monroe presents a tender, charming holiday romance.”
Library Journal on Right Beside You
 
“In short, it’s the perfect holiday novel.”
The Carolina Peacemaker on Right Beside You
 
“Exceptional, original, and a seasonal delight by an author with a flair for narrative-driven storytelling.” 
—The Midwest Book Review on Remembrance
 
Remembrance is a book that will help ALL of us remember the reason for the season!”
—Delilah on Remembrance
 
“This sweet holiday tale works through complicated real-world problems while tugging at your heartstrings in all the right places.”
—AARP on The Gift of Family

"Heartwarming."
Women's World on Right Beside You
 
“Written in a heartfelt rom-com style, Right Beside You is an easy holiday read about finding love that has been there all along… Readers will be warmed by the uplifting message that life is too short to miss something as wonderful as finding true love.”
Booklist on Right Beside You

“Bestselling Monroe gifts readers with a complex and appealing protagonist in this quick read with a thoughtful holiday message.”
Booklist on Remembrance
 
“Filled with just enough drama to keep you reading and a good amount of characters that are basically pretty simple, but the story is not boring.”—The Marco Eagle on Remembrance
 
“The holidays can bring the kind of chaos, good and bad, that occupies your brain. It’s easy to forget to bring your gratitude. Remembrance has that covered.”
—The Philadelphia Tribune on Remembrance
Product Details
ISBN: 9781496730633
ISBN-10: 1496730631
Publisher: Dafina
Publication Date: September 28th, 2021
Pages: 224
Language: English