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A Very Special Delivery (Tiny Blessings #8)

3.69  ·  Rating Details  ·  4,488 Ratings  ·  297 Reviews
After recluse Molly McCreight was entrusted to care for single dad Ethan Hunter's infant daughter during an ice storm, her life did not return to normal. She was not ready to admit that the small family held the key to her future.
Paperback, 250 pages
Published May 1st 2006 by Steeple Hill
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This is book #6 of the 16 free eHarlequins I downloaded recently. This one is from the Love Inspired imprint (translation: Christian romance).

God plays a really big part in this book; He gets mentioned at least once a page, either directly or indirectly. As someone who doesn't spend a lot of time thinking about (in any serious way) or talking to God (with or without a capital letter), this made me a little uncomfortable and alloyed my pleasure in the actual human characters and their story more
Sep 10, 2009 Nicole rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2009
I just absolutely loved this story. From start to finish, with many a heartfelt moment, I truly did not set the story aside. I'm often skeptical about reading books with a religious tone to them, often feeling that things are just stuck in there rather than blending it in naturally. I don't doubt that I'm a hard critic/difficult to please on that end of things but that doesn't change how I feel when reading. Not once while reading this story did I feel like skimming or shaking my head with a sig ...more
Paige Prince
Jan 12, 2010 Paige Prince rated it did not like it
I tried to finish this book, but I just couldn't. I got about halfway through before I put it down and I don't think I'll be picking it back up.

It started out cheesy and only got worse. I'm all for Christian romance books, I actually have several and I love reading them, but even die hard Christians don't think the way the characters do. It felt more like the author was using their newfound Christianity as a plot device, rather than a background aspect.

She drew out the heroine's Big Dark Secre
Feb 05, 2011 Lisa rated it it was ok
Shelves: kindle
I got this book as a freebie on Kindle, and had no idea before I started reading that it was an "inspirational Christian romance." Being the first book I've ever read in that genre, I didn't have much to compare it to, but in general I wasn't a huge fan. I did read the book in one sitting - which says something - but I also skimmed a good part of it and had to check my skepticism at the door.

The writing just seemed elementary in comparison to the books I normally read. An over-use of first name
Jan 29, 2011 Lisa rated it liked it
This was a very sweet book. I need some light romantic reading on occasion and this totally fit the bill. Molly McCreight is living in her quiet sad life on her farm without her family after a tragic accident claims the life of her nephew and she feels responsible for his death. She is preparing for a huge snow storm when she hears a car coming up here drive. The horrible storm lands Ethan Hunter and his infant daughter, Laney. Molly is terrified when Ethan explains that he needs to leave Laney ...more
Rachel Brand
I actually adored this book. It had two of my favourite plot contrivances - snowbound and single fathers! I really like the idea of two people thrown together under unusual circumstances building a relationship out of being in such close contact with each other. It's idealistic, and I've no idea if it really does work out so wonderfully for people in real life, but it's definitely been the basis of some of my favourite romance novels, including Montana Man by Barbara Delinsky. Linda Goodnight's ...more
Jan 23, 2011 Tori rated it it was ok
Shelves: free-ebook
This was a sweet book that read like it was written by a middle aged Sunday school teacher. NOT that there is anything wrong with that at all, it's just not my style. But, since it was free I can't really complain.
Jess the Romanceaholic
A very sweet book. A free book on my Kindle, I didn't realize it was a "Christian" book until I was already snagged on the premise.. Because of that, it seemed a bit preachy to me at times. In reality though, I think had I known ahead of time that it would involve a heavy emphasis on religion, it wouldn't have been a big deal.

It was a very sweet, romantic story, even though there was no physical romance outside of a few chaste kisses. Shockingly enough, despite my addiction to smutty novels, th
Beth Price
Jul 21, 2012 Beth Price rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
This book was precious. I read it in a little over a day and loved every single minute of it. The characters were so real, I almost expected them to step out of the story and into my living room.
The main characters are Molly McCreight and Ethan Hunter. Molly is a woman who has experienced horrible tragedy and has alienated herself from most of her family and friends, including her church family. I identified with her immediately because she suffers from panic attacks and so do I. Ethan has expe
Sep 14, 2012 HarlequinRomanceReviews rated it really liked it
Ethan, a single dad, loves his little girl more than anything. But he has an important delivery to make during a blizzard, and how will his daughter, Laney, survive in the cold? He spots a cabin through the snow and politely asks the woman living there to keep Laney for her with a little bit. Despite her hesitation, she does...

Molly McCreight can't deal with babies anymore. In Molly's care, her sister's six-month-old, smiling, happy, healthy baby died. And Chloe, Molly's sister, won't forgive he
Aug 21, 2011 MountainKat rated it liked it
Shelves: ebook
*A low 3 stars.*

Not my typical genre, I read it for a challenge. I don't usually enjoy inspirational/religious books. Faith is very personal to me and very individual, it doesn't feel right in books for me. And I hate being preached at in my books!! That said, this was a nice story of a couple's personal journey. They both had somethings in their pasts to overcome and it left them feeling unworthy of trust or love. The Christian religion was quite prevalent in this book, but it wasn't overly pre
Rachel Thompson
The plot was a bit contrived at times, and there was a lot of the religious aspect in there. I didn't realize this was a Christian story until I started reading it. I'm not really a religious person, so this turned me off a little, especially since even given their faiths, the characters didn't really seem to behave believably in certain situations. They acted like they'd fit right in to the late 1800s or early 1900s, even though this story takes place in a present-day setting. This threw me off ...more
Jane Night
Aug 23, 2016 Jane Night rated it liked it
This was a decent inspirational romance but it felt very cookie cutter and contrived to me. Ethan and Molly were pretty two dimensional. Both were defined by their love of God and the worst thing that ever happened to them. There wasn’t a whole lot else to these characters.

Many of the elements of the story felt forced. For instance, Molly’s sister blames her for the death of her nephew though Molly is not at fault. This creates a huge rift between sisters causing Molly to become a hermit so she
Mark Dewey
Once upon a time, I saw this book and another (The Calling of Emily Evans, by Janette Oke) among other stuff my mom had in my room. I know a girl named Emily Evans. So, I had to read some of it to see how this Emily Evans compared, and to tell the Emily I knew about it. I realized they were both Christian fiction. So, I supposed they would be clean. I read a sample chapter or two of each book, and then the books disappeared (I guess my mom put them away). A couple years later, or so, I coinciden ...more
Desiree Watson
Oct 27, 2014 Desiree Watson rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
Ethan stops at Molly's cabin on the way to deliver Gamma to a customer for his cancer. He has to leave his baby daughter in order to do it because the weather is so bad.

Molly is terrified of being alone with Laney, (the baby) because of what happened with her nephew Zack while she was babysitting him one night. She can't get over the fact that Zack died, and even though it wasn't her fault, she can't forgive herself and neither can her sister.

When Ethan's truck fetus stuck in a ditch, he has t
Holly Koons
Jan 24, 2011 Holly Koons rated it really liked it
I uploaded this to my Kindle because it was free. I'd never read any Linda Goodnight books and had rather low expectations of the book considering it was free. I was very pleasantly surprised by this book. It had such likeable characters that I found myself really caring about. I also didn't realize it was an inspirational book when I loaded it and rather enjoyed that aspect of it as well. Overall, a great book that seems like such a steal for free on the kindle as I would've even paid for it!
Feb 18, 2009 Wendy rated it really liked it
This was a Christian inspired romance. The characters had gone through some intense eprsonal dramas. The heroine had been babysitting for her sister's baby when he died of SIDS and the hero had an infant with a woman who then left him and the baby and subsequently died. The story follows these two as they deal witht heir individual issues in the context of falling in love with each other. This is a nice, chaste romance with a feel-good message.
Molly has isolated herself after her sister and mother turned away from her due to family tragedy two years before the start of A Very Special Delivery. During an ice storm in remote Oklahoma, a delivery man with a baby stops at Molly's isolated farm and asks her to take care of his baby while he makes a medical sensitive delivery to a man that needs it to survive.

Ethan, a single father, leaves his infant daughter, Laney with Molly while he delivers the lifesaving medication to a neighbor furth
Eva Leger
I read this on a whim after seeing it featured free on Kobo. Luckily it wasn't too preachy for me although there were a few times I thought it might go down that road.
It's a good story. I'm not big on romance novels but it looks like the authors on track ~ I don't remember too much eye-rolling on my part.
Jan 20, 2011 LadyCalico rated it really liked it
This was such a totally enjoyable story and an absolutely delightful short read--I was sorry it wasn't a longer book. God uses two damaged but lovable people and a baby to heal each other and make a happy family--I just gotta feel great after reading something like that.
Jill Twigg
Jun 01, 2014 Jill Twigg rated it it was amazing
Enjoyed this book and did picture Ethan as Colin Farrell. After having met Linda at a Love Inspired author luncheon last year, she said that she thinks of all her protagonists as Colin Farrell. This is heartwarming story of forgiveness. Not only of receiving forgiveness for something that was beyond Molly's control, but forgiving herself. After being stranded in an ice storm with a stranger, Ethan soon discovers that things aren't quite right with Molly when she's around his infant daughter. Her ...more
Anna Marie
Jan 05, 2014 Anna Marie rated it it was ok
Okay, it was well written. The formatting sucked, the plot was so contrived, and the characters pat, but it was well written. But completely cheatish... and that made me mad.

On the night of a huge ice storm, Ethan the UPS guy has to get meds to an old man up a mountain on a six-hour deadline, or the old man will die. Daycare closed early for inclimate weather, so he has his infant baby in the UPS truck with him. Road conditions are worsening by the minute. He stops at the last possible house bef
It was okay... I've read much better books by Linda Goodnight though. This was definitely not one of her best ones.
Cindy Lou
Jan 27, 2014 Cindy Lou rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book. It was a quick read but it certainly held my interest the entire time. I love how this author is able to include faith and the love of the Lord into the story line. It was also refreshing to read a story of romance that was not tainted by overly explicit sexual scenes as so many are these days. But I have to say that Aunt Patsy's wisdom was some of my favorite parts of this book..."if we trust Him, the Lord will take us from where we are to where He plans for us to be"... tr ...more
May 10, 2009 Susan rated it liked it
Linda Goodnight tackles challenging subjects in this story. This author successfully manages to show how faith can help us through both the good and bad situations we often face in life and with our walk with God.

I loved Molly and Ethan and their backstories were both heartbreaking and believable. They each go on a life-changing journey in this book and it's a relief to know that they find their HEA - eventually.

I know I'm a slow reader but I'm very disappointed with the time it took me to read
Mary Catherine
Sep 30, 2012 Mary Catherine rated it it was ok
Ethan has an important delivery to make... A medical delivery of a cancer treatment that only has a life span of 8 hours. This, of course, needs to be delivered to a man on that farthest side of a mountain in a raging snowstorm.

With his baby in the car with him.

Trying to keep his child safe, he knocks on the door of a stranger's house - the house of Molly, who has a tragic secret regarding children.

I didn't mind reading this novel because it was a free read but the plot seemed far too contriv
Oct 03, 2013 Lyndi marked it as d-n-f
Freebie from Amazon for Kindle.

I'm not usually one to read stories with babies and kids... I dunno why. But this one sounded kinda interesting. So, I downloaded it and gave it a shot.

Well. It wasn't clear on Amazon that this was a Christian romance. But after the first chapter, where The Lord is mentioned numerous times on every page... I got the hint. But then I thought it highly amusing that The Lord made that guy drive into a ditch. Nice.

I couldn't put up with it just to see where we were gon
I got this book awhile back as a Kindle freebie and wish I would have read it sooner because it was a really sweet book. I think when I first saw the title and the cover I really thought this book was going to be something about someone getting stuck somewhere and delivering a baby. Wow, was I wrong! This book was about Molly who had trouble with her family because she was blamed for the death of her sister's child. She lived in a remote farm house so she would not run into her family. One night ...more
Jan 11, 2012 Sue rated it liked it
This was a freebie for the Kindle, by an author I'd never heard of. The story opens in the middle of a terrible snowstorm. Molly, who lives alone is interrupted by a delivery man called Ethan who needs to take some urgent medication further up the mountain - and leaves his infant daughter Laney to her care. Molly is terrified, for reasons which later become clear, but cannot refuse...

This highly unlikely scenario sets the scene for a story that is quite moving in places, as the main characters g
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NY Times and USA Bestseller, Linda Goodnight writes novels to touch the heart as well as to entertain. Her emotional stories of hope have won the RITA , the Carol, the Reviewer’s Choice, and numerous other industry awards. A small town girl, Linda remains close to her roots, making her home in rural Oklahoma. She and husband have a blended family of eight, including two teenagers recently adopted ...more
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