Christmas at Grey Sage

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Christmas at Grey Sage

Christmas at Grey Sage (Gilead Publishing, October 2017)

This Christmas, there’s plenty of room at the inn.

Nestled in the snow-covered Sangre de Cristo Mountains near Santa Fe, the Grey Sage Inn looks like the perfect place for weary travelers to escape the craziness of the Christmas season. There’s plenty to see in historic Santa Fe during the day, and the inn’s owners, Maude and Silas Thornhill, are happy to spend their evenings hosting this year’s guests from across the country.

But an unusual snowstorm throws a wrench in the festive mood. The sprawling inn becomes close quarters as stranded guests discover this Christmas won’t be the relaxed vacation they expected. Tension and fear mount as the storm worsens, and Silas, a retired doctor, is called away in the middle of the night to care for a neighbor. The snow and stress unlocks tongues–and in the unexpected conversation that follows, secrets and pasts are revealed, and hearts are healed.

In the midst of snowdrifts and fireside conversations, of tales of days gone by, the warmth of Christmas brings a renewed hope as these trapped strangers become friends–proof again that the joy, hope, peace, and love of Christmas can be experienced no matter where you are.

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Reviews

  • Christmas at Grey Sage reads like the written embodiment of a cozy winter sweater. Its Christmas warmth surrounds the reader, inviting you to just dive in, get cozy, and enjoy a mug of cocoa. Set aside a good chunk of time before you start reading this. Also, prepare yourself for interesting characters, mouthwatering food, and descriptions of Santa Fe. Odds are, you won’t be getting up from the couch anytime soon!

  • “Christmas at Grey Sage” by author Phyllis Clark Nichols is a great Christmas story. Grey Sage Inn is a beautiful place to stay anytime of the year but at Christmas it is really gorgeous. Silas and Maude at the ones who run and own the inn. As luck would have it there is a big snowstorm and there are some that are stuck there longer than they thought they would be. Everyone gets really scared when it seems as if there may be more problems than they thought. What will happen if people are thrown into a bad situation?

  • Just dive into the snowstorm and partake the Christmas adventure with the inhabitants and participant of Grey Sage… Miracles and healing mixed with love and friendship growing and glowing will surprise you with the hope that Christmas season brings this time. A lovely tale of the many strangers coming together to be the best friends. Heartwarming, amazing Christmas season…

    I love stories especially when the author includes the recipes from the stories… This book has two delicious recipes that will warm your heart and remind you again the blessings of the season.

    I love the book. No complains whatsoever.

  • I love a good Christmas story. It doesn’t have to be a long one, or have a pithy statement, but it does need to be a peaceful, gentle reminder of the reason for celebrating Christmas. After over twenty years of avoiding a Christmas in their home, Silas and Maude are persuaded to host a friend’s group of travelling companions for a few days before Christmas. Mother Nature has a way of changing peoples’ plans to suit herself though. Finding themselves in the midst of a blizzard, all are unable to leave according to their plans. I really enjoyed reading gentle reminder of what Christmas is supposed to be. Even in our sorrows we can count on the Babe to restore us to wholeness again. Ms. Nichols captured this very nicely in this book.

  • This is a heartwarming Christmas story of characters brought together, experiencing fun events and serious discussions. The descriptions of Santa Fe were so good I want to visit. The food served at the inn – it is a good thing some recipes were included. You’ll experience some romance, some suspense, and the forging of friendships. An entertaining Christmas novel that I recommend.

  • Based just outside of Santa Fe, Christmas at Grey Sage shares the story of two couples who run an inn together and have a unique group of visitors brought along by one of the women’s friend to stay just before Christmas. Like I said, the first few chapters progress slowly and you don’t really get a great feel for the characters. Then the weather changes and everyone ends up “stuck” at the inn for Christmas and that’s when the story really takes off!The owners begin to share parts of their own lives and the guests do the same. People pair off and learn each others stories and it’s all very organic. A near tragedy brings them together even further and just warmed my heart!
    The very last chapter fast forwards several years to share a “where are they now” and I really like that part.

  • Looking for a Christmas book to get in the mood for the season? You may like Christmas at Grey Sage. It’s one that can be read in one sitting is a small book full of joy, love, peace and hope. You will love sitting by the fire and with a cup of hot cocoa and devouring this little gem.
    I would love to be snowed in at a nice bed and breakfast with a group of different people.
    This was a unique Christmas story not one that is a retold story.

  • I enjoyed this story of an unlikely Christmas. The characters were a lot of fun to get to know through the course of the story.

  • I loved this book and am so thankful that I had the chance to read it. I hope others will grab a copy for themselves and enjoy it as much as I did.

  • This isn’t your typical Christmas read, but it’s full of cheer and fun.  This was a fast paced read that really grabbed my attention start to finish. It kept me up past bed time several times because I couldn’t put it down. The storyline was believable and fun. The characters were well developed and relatable.  I highly recommend this read!

  • It was the perfect combination of gentle forgiveness, holiday miracle and family restoration I am looking for this time of year. A little escape from the stress of the everyday. This book won’t save the world but it may brighten the attitude toward the world, and that is just as important.

  • Christmas At Grey Sage is a totally charming novel and one that I want to revisit every year.

  • MysteriesEtc says:

    You will enjoy this heartwarming story. Sometimes we need to be reminded about the real meaning of Christmas. Highly recommend.

  • Reading Christmas at Grey Sage will put you in the Christmas spirit, no matter how far from it you start!  Nichols has written a sweet story of healing and holiday fun.  It’s like settling in with a warm cup of hot chocolate after a cold walk outside.  Somehow her words settle into your spirit and warm your soul.  Even when there are exciting things happening on the pages, and I didn’t want to put the book down, the story stayed sweet.

  • Moments says:

    This story was well-written and the characters were all well-developed.  I could completely picture the setting and this group of people at the inn, being snowed in and the coziness, yet also the tension as plans are changed and so many personalities.  I highly recommend this book and it is one that I will read again each year at this time.

  • CHRISTMAS AT GREY SAGE should totally become a movie that Lifetime or the Hallmark Channel would play every holiday season. As I was reading, it felt like I was right there at the gorgeous inn in New Mexico. I love when an author has the talent to do that and Phyllis Clark Nichols does not disappoint.

  • Indeed Christmas at Grey Sage is an endearing book filled with joy and hope.
    A delightful read that will just get you into the spirit of Christmas.
    Plan a few hours to curl up and spend an evening reading this bit of a fast paced read. You might wile the hours away and forget about other pressing matters.
    Christmas at Grey Sage is a great feel good escape from the norm.

  • Finding joy in the now is what this book is about.There will be Christmas futures that will be filled with excitement and joy and fun. It’s okay if they’re not all exciting. They’re all centered around kindness, love, hospitality, and our savior Jesus Christ.

    I highly recommend this book. It can be read in a few hours and is worth it—especially if this Christmas is not all you wish it to be.

  • I love that this takes the Christmas story of sorts and puts a unique twist to it. Unlike Mary and Joseph that were turned away when there was no room found for them at any of the Inns, this time guests will find that even though this is the most difficult time of the year, Maude and Silas are willing to step out in faith and open their Inn and their hearts to their grateful guests. There are also some tasty recipes that can be found at the conclusion of this novel and one that perhaps will remind us all that the greatest gift that can be found this Christmas season can’t be bought, but freely given!

  • Bookworms looking for a simple and easy holiday read will find it in this snowdrift and fireside story. This is a story for readers that enjoy contemporary holiday reads.

  • Overall, Christmas at Grey Sage is a cute holiday read. While I had a bit of trouble connecting with the characters, once I got interested in the story, I just flew through the pages. In the end, I ended up liking it.

  • This was a very different Christmas story set in the small town in New Mexico with an unlikely ground of Christmas travelers staying at the Grey Sage Inn which has been closed for over 20 years during the Christmas holiday. Maude and Silas Thornhill love to have guests at the Inn but the holiday season has been hard since they lost their son many Christmas’s before. The guests arrive and have a great visit with trips to the art galleries and restaurants and fun food and fellowship at Grey Sage. They pack up to leave and end up having lots of problems that land them back at Grey Sage because the weather is too bad to travel anywhere else. All of the Christmas plans are changed but everyone is having a great time and enjoy making the most of this new Christmas spirit they are sharing.

  • While reading this book I felt like I was watching a movie, and it kept getting better and better, and we are staying the Grey Sage Inn in New Mexico.
    The author has us focus on the owners, who in their grief, have spent the past twenty years avoiding home for the holidays, this year their plans are a cruise, but have opened their Inn for a few days before, reluctantly.
    We quickly learn the true meaning of Christmas, and God seems to have other plans here for all, just wait for the train to come out, and have some tissues handy.
    A warm-hearted Christmas read to treasure and enjoy and share, and one I will be reading and enjoying.

  • Christmas At Grey Sage by Phyllis Clark Nichols this was a sweet story that I loved right from the first page.

  • This story was so sweet. It wasn’t the usual type of book I read. There wasn’t a whole lot of mystery or suspense, but it was just a sweet wonderful read. This book is the type you want to cozy up by the fireplace with a cup of hot cocoa or coffee and just have an evening of relaxing reading.

    The characters each have their own personality and style. Grey Sage hasn’t had a Christmas in years, but this year will be different.

  • Grab a cup of hot chocolate, a warm blanket, and curl up in your favorite spot as you read this heart warming story. You may also need a tissue or two as this story will tug at your heartstrings. The first couple of chapters are kind of slow going, but after you get into the story you will not want to put it down. Everyone has something they are running from or trying to hide, but when they are trapped together during a snowstorm those secrets and Christmases past all come to light. So what are you running from this Christmas? Is there something you are trying to hide? Well just remember the true meaning of Christmas and THE ONE Who gave everything for us!!!

  • This is a sweet story that helps remind us what the true meaning of Christmas is all about. While I really wanted to love this book, I just couldn’t get into it. It was slow going for me, but it does make you think about what’s important.

  • I enjoyed getting to know the characters within this book, and it is interesting to note that these are characters. In fact, they are labeled the “Unlikely Christmas Party.” Each member of the group is so unlike the other—you wonder how they found each other and why they are traveling together. Yet despite their differences, they make up the perfect holiday party. It is amazing to see how each person helps another to heal, and how each person shows grace to another individual.

  • The book was a very enjoyable read, and I applaud the author for her afterword where she gave information on what happened to her characters after the story was finished. This is a great Christmas offering that any lover of Christmas stories will enjoy. And it may leave you wishing you could be part of such a Christmas gathering as that.

  • There is nothing than a good book to read on a cold winter night! If you are looking to relax during the holiday season and get away from all the hustle and bustle of the busy holidays, grab a copy of Christmas at Grey Sage!

    This book took me on a rollercoaster of emotions as I learned about each guest and their stories. I loved being reminded of the true meaning of Christmas and that we need to let joy, love and peace reign this time of year and every day of the year!

  • What better time to read a book about Christmas than in December. I normally read books for review the month before the blog tour, but not this one. I had to hold off until December as it looked like the perfect Christmas/Winter read. I was right.

    This did start off pretty slow, but I pushed through and I am glad I did. This is a story that really brings you back to real meaning of Christmas. I really enjoyed the writing style as the author is very descriptive. You will get lost in the world when learning about Santa Fe. I also think it was a very cute touch to add some recipes at the end of the story.

    Overall, this was a very cute and perfect read for the Christmas season.

  • What happens when an eclectic group of strangers descend upon a warm and welcoming Santa Fe inn for the holidays? Broken hearts heal, romance blossoms, friendships are forged, passions are unearthed and joy overflows.

    Phyllis Clark Nichols’ Christmas at Grey Sage will bring readers to tears, as they share in the sadness shouldered by the inn’s owners Maude and Silas all the while, being captivated by the gentle kindness and selfless regard for their fellow man.

  • A fun, interesting, and original Christmas story!

  • As the story unfolds and we learn these characters’ secrets, there is warmth, understanding, and genuine healing from the past. Christmas at Grey Sage was a lovely read, and it would make a great Hallmark movie. I recommend it to anyone looking for a sensitively told, unique Christmas story.

  • This was a good Christmas Story. I have found in my life that Christmas has rarely gone in the way I have it pictured in my head but with homeschooling my 3 kids I learned over the years to roll with it. I felt for the Inn Keepers but appreciated their regard of their fellow man. I found this book to be a bit slow going at first but once the snowstorm hit it was full speed ahead. This is the perfect book to read during this time of year. It brings out how we should all be during the whole year not just during this time of year. I would recommend if you like heartfelt Christmas stories.

  • EmpowerMoms says:

    I love christmas time and reading Christmas books so I was really excited to read this book! Unfortunately, the first several chapters started pretty slow so I had a hard time enjoying this story.

  • Christmas at Grey Sage is a charming story that I could read over and over again … a classic that captures the essence of all that Christmas should be … a gem. It’s about hospitality, caring, sacrifice, giving – and finding that you received more than you could ever give away. This well-written story is character driven, not fast paced, and therein lies its beauty. In this unplanned, seemingly accidental gathering, Christmas of 2005 became the time when “we take these broken dreams and memories of past Christmases and make something good of them again.” From its sober premise at the beginning, Christmas at Grey Sage becomes a story where surprises along life’s way are enjoyed, a story of hope that will inspire all who read it.

  • A sweet story about family, all types. Spending the holidays under a snow filled roof doesn’t get any better than this.

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