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
I loved this short tale of a loving family’s journey to a new home at Christmas. At a stopover we see the courage of a young family member who gets the chance to intervene and change the life of family for whom others have evil plans. A story truly worth reading!
Reviewed in the United States on May 6, 2021
The author has penned a sweet and heartwarming story of a young woman who is anxious to start her career as an aspiring newspaper reporter. This is Blossom Evans’ story. When she, along with her family, traveled from Oklahoma to the little town of Winters, TX arriving on Christmas Eve in 1923. While visiting the hotel to eat dinner at the invitation of a couple they had just met, Blossom becomes aware of trouble brewing while eavesdropping on a group of men who were meeting at the hotel. Will Blossom become involved in the conflict or will she be able to head off the evil plot? What will it mean to her reporting career? Be sure to read this story to find out. I am sure you will enjoy it as much as I did.
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.