Heroine Interview from I’ll Be Home for Christmas by Sarah Sundin with a Giveaway

» Posted on Oct 10, 2014 in Blog | 20 comments

This week I’m hosting Missy Tippens with The Guy Next Door (US only), Christine Lindsay with Veiled at Midnight (ebook only) and Sarah Sundin with I’ll Be Home for Christmas in Where Treetops Glistens (US/Canada only) . If you want to enter the drawings for the books, please leave a comment on your post with your email address. I will not enter you without an email address (my way to contact you if you win). If you don’t want to leave an email address, another way you can enter is to email me at margaretdaley@gmail.com. The drawings end Sunday (Oct. 12th) evening.

Where Treetops Glisten-smallInterview with the heroine: Grace Kessler from I’ll Be Home for Christmas in Where Treetops Glisten by Sarah Sundin:

1. Grace Kessler, tell me the most interesting thing about you.

Oh, I don’t think I’m that interesting. I’m just a young widow trying to raise my darling handful of a daughter. I have to work full time as a secretary at Alcoa to support her. It’s not the most exciting job, but it does support the war effort. I wish I’d done something interesting or brave, but I haven’t.

2. What do you do for fun?

Between my job and taking care of my six-year-old daughter and our home, I don’t have much time for fun. I do cherish time with my daughter, Linnie. She keeps me hopping and keeps me laughing. If I had more time—and if it weren’t for sugar and butter rationing!—I’d love to do more baking. I’d also like to learn to paint.

3. What do you put off doing because you dread it?

Cleaning this big house. When my late husband bought it, he had huge dreams of success. But now he’s gone, and the house is more than Linnie and I need, and a lot more than I can keep clean.

4. What are you afraid of most in life?

I’m afraid I’m not enough for my daughter, Linnie. Since her father died two years ago, she hasn’t stopped searching. I’m afraid I won’t be able to protect her or provide for her.

5. What do you want out of life?

Right now I just want to find a new babysitter for Linnie so I can keep my job and this house. But if I could dream . . . it would be wonderful to fall in love again and get married. If I could quit my job at Alcoa, I could spend more time with my daughter and do some volunteer work.

6. What is the most important thing to you?

Protecting my daughter and myself. I won’t let us get hurt again.

7. Do you read? If so, what is your favorite type of book to read?

Lately my reading consists of The Poky Little Puppy and Make Way for Ducklings. Linnie is a very good reader, and she loves to read to me. And I love to listen to her.

8. If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?

I’d be a better mother, one whose daughter wouldn’t get kicked out of the day care center and drive her babysitters batty and wander off, searching.

9. Do you have a pet? If so, what is it and why that pet?

Heavens, no. Linnie keeps me busy enough as is. Maybe if I ever got married again. I would love a cat.

10. If you could travel back in time, where would you go and why?

I think I’d go back to medieval times, with knights and princesses and traveling minstrels. It sounds so romantic.


  1. It was nice to get to know Grace today. I can’t wait to read her story, as well as, the other stories in the book.
    Campbellamyd At gmail dot com

  2. thanks for the opportunity to read this wonderful novel 😉

  3. Would love to read this one! =) thanks for the chance! It’s an exciting time when Christmas is on the way! =) truckredford(at)gmail(dot)com

  4. Looking forward to reading her story!
    kwhittle(at) wgem(dot)com

  5. This is a fun way to do an interview! Love it.

  6. This was fun and interesting!! Thanks for sharing this one!

  7. Great interview with “Grace”! I’m looking forward to reading the rest of her story.


  8. Interesting holiday book

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

  9. Three wonderful authors, WWII era and Christmas! That states “fantastic read” to me! 🙂 I would absolutely LOVE to win this book! Thank you for the chance.

    😀 Smiles & Blessings,
    Cindy W.

    • I forgot to add my email address:

      countrybear52 AT yahoo DOT com

  10. I love reading new Christmas books and this one is on my TBR. I love the cover and it sounds great! Thanks for the chance at winning a copy!!

    hspruitt at frontiernet DoT net

  11. I love Christmas stories and can’t wait to read Where Treetops Glisten! Thank you for sharing Grace’s interview and the chance to win!

    texaggs2000 at gmail dot com

  12. Great interview for a great book.

    melback at cebridge dot net

  13. Such a neat interview! I really want to read this book! 🙂

    amyputney89 [at] gmail [dot] com

  14. Fun interview! I love reading Christmas stories and this one is on my list. Thank you for the chance to win a copy.

  15. I can’t wait to read this book 🙂

  16. I am loving Sarah Sundin’s writing and can’t wait to read this one too. Thanks for the giveaway!

    libraryofmyown at gmail dot com

  17. I would love to win some books. All I read is Amish books.

    sharon_trammell at yahoo dot com

  18. Enjoyed the interview! Thanks for a chance to geta copy of the book! I would love it!

  19. Thanks for stopping by, everyone!

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