Linda Brooks Davis

A Sojourner Christmas

Linda Brooks Davis


She relinquished her childhood home. Abandoned her former life. And set off for a faraway valley that’s touted as magical.

As an aspiring photojournalist, Blossom Evans expects to find plenty of material with which to carve out a career. But alarming tales about the Lower Rio Grande Valley of Texas abound. Barely tamed, rugged brush land. Mexican bandits. Wildcats, rattlesnakes, and tarantulas as big around as dinner plates. Where will she find the courage to face—and overcome—such foes, even for her dream career?

The first hint of an answer lies in the sleepy little West Texas town of Winters. An unexpected conflict is brewing, one that could launch a photojournalist’s career—or crush it before it begins.

How will Blossom be lured into the fray? And where will she find the temerity to confront this brand of evil? 

It’s Christmas Eve 1923, and Blossom Evans is about to discover what’s she made of.

Reviews of A Sojourner Christmas

Reviewed in the United States on May 23, 2021


Reviewed in the United States on May 29, 2021

What I like most about this story is that the author has based it on her family’s trek in a covered wagon from Oklahoma to the southermost tip of Texas in the winter of 1923-1924. While the cental character is fictional, the reader can see the author’s love for her mother and grandmother and their history. Family traits that come through in the story are best expressed in the following quotes: “Doing what’s right in spite of fear is noble and brave. It’s courage.” From mother to daughter: “Can’t change the past, dear. Only the here and now.” A thought I most admired was the heroine’s desire to “learn the art of palatable boldness.” A trait we all could learn in today’s world!

Reviewed in the United States on May 28, 2021

It takes courage to make or influence change, and Blossom found her courage, the starch in her bloomers, to do just that. This short, suspenseful Christmas tale will take you back in time. It addresses issues we’re still dealing with a hundred years later. Linda Davis shows us how to confront these issues with her story of Blossom, Dorcas, Steve, and the whole McFarland clan.

Reviewed in the United States on May 30, 2021

This is a very quick read that can be read at any time of the year. Blossom and her family are moving to Texas to improve themselves. Blossom is a newspaper writer that wants to get her big story. She does not know that it will happen for her in a small town on their way to a new life. Blossom learns that she is stronger than she thinks as she helps another family. This is very emotional and inspirational. I received a copy of this book from the author for a fair and honest opinion that I gave of my own free will.