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'Tis the Season for Forgiving

(Secret Santa #3)

4.16  ·  Rating details ·  74 ratings  ·  19 reviews
Eric Jensen doesn't need the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future to know he's made his fair share of mistakes. The reminders haunt him every day of his life, but a terrible loss becomes an eye opener this holiday season. A heartbreaking question from a young boy pushes Eric to do some serious soul searching, and helps him strive to be better.

Forgiving is the key.
Published December 18th 2014 by Nikki Lynn Barrett (first published December 2014)
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Dec 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Tis the Season for Forgiving by Nikki Lynn Barrett

5 star review

Reviewed on behalf of 2 girls who love books blog.

Tis the Season for Forgiving is the third book in the Secret Santa series by Nikki Lynn Barrett.
Although part of a series it could be read as a standalone as the author does a great job of including a small amount of background information so you understand some of the secondary characters. Each book in the series focuses on a different person but from the same group of people.
I rea
Mar 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book is part of a series yet is great to read as a stand alone. Nikki does an excellent job of giving a brief backstory so you do not feel as if you missed out on anything if you have not read the previous books in the series. (Although after you read this book, you will want to read all of her books)

Eric is introduced in a previous book as a mean drunk harassing his ex wife at all hours. Now, the Holidays are approaching again and Eric is looking for redemption. He has decided to stop bein
Kim King
Dec 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Having just recently read Nikki's other two holiday stories I must say this ones my favorite..
The holidays have a way of making you think about what you've lost and want you want.. Eric has made some pretty bad choices in the past, with the passing of a friend and the holidays fast approaching he's made his choice its time for a change.. But making those around you believe might just be tricky..
This story is one of those that makes you root for the fallen and say "hey wait.. Are you sure you wan
Dec 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
It's no secret that I'm a huge fan of Nikki Lynn Barrett's and her holiday stories. Even still, 'Tis the Season for Forgiving far exceeding my expectations. Eric Jensen is a tortured soul that we were first introduced to in an earlier story. I often wonder what happens to the 'bad' character of a novel, in this case, we find out - and then some. We see, not only the love story of Petra and Eric unfold, but also a self redemption story.

Again, Nikki breathes life into old and new characters. I ca
Paula Barto
Aug 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another book read by Nikki Lynn Barrett! And once again she has succeeded in allowing myself as a reader to feel the range of emotions felt by the characters in the book. With the characters dealing with real life day to day issues it’s easy to share the emotions and understand and relate. Highly recommend! Especially if you love a little Christmas magic and romance! But definitely if you believe in hope and second chances! 5 STARS!
Dec 05, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: christmas
Good book

Eric and Petra had a child and had broken up. For two years Eric had worked on dealing with his anger management problem.

This holiday season others begun to see a change in him. Is it enough to give him a second chance?

With secrets and hidden emotions this book really brings a persons pain to light. A very emotional book. Great job by the author.
Debbie Kolins
Jan 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nikkilynnbarrett
Tis the Season for Forgiving was Eric and Petra’s story. This is the third book in the Secret Santa series. Eric and Petra were a couple and have a daughter together. Eric has anger alcohol issues and he ended up in jail after trying to break into Jacob and Cheyenne's house and punches Jonas in the face and after he his released he meets Adrian who helps him and Eric goes to get help with his anger and alcohol problems. Then one day Eric has an eye opener when his friend is killed. Adrian's youn ...more
Dec 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Rating: 4.5*

After everything that Eric did in the previous books in this series, it was always going to be a tall order to change your opinion of him. But that is exactly what Nikki Lynn Barrett facilitates here with Eric's character. Eric has had his issues with his anger and his alcohol problems. After hitting rock bottom he knows he has to change. And when it's Christmas anything is possible! Petra is the one who got away and that got under his skin. Can she forgive him and move forward with
Kathie Buss
Jul 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Nice storyline..magical season to forgive
Rebecca Austin
Oct 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This was a great read about forgiving those who need it, but more importantly forgiving yourself.

Eric Jensen has made a mess of his life, and those around him. He has just gotten out of jail and needs to clean up his life, when he meets Adrian, someone who knows exactly what he has gone through and wants to help him through it. Then Adrian is gone and he promises his widow, Gina, and son, Evan, to be there for them.

But as he makes those promises to Evan, he realizes he is missing out on his own
Once again, I chose this book for its cover. Yes, I chose it because it is snowing on the cover. No idea what the book was about but I checked it out anyway. I have never read anything by this author and definitely wasn't disappointed.

This book is about a guy named Eric who has a lot of anger and can't seem to control it. He has alienated everyone he cares about and has no idea how to make it right. He meets Adrian, who has similar problems and the two of them become best friends. They are dete
Nov 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
so can one forgive another and more importantly can you forgive yourself .
this story as well as the others semi hit close to home to me. so can a man who has done everyone wrong can he realize everyone needs a second chance even ones who try to chance . and can the one woman he wants take him back and more importantly realize the past drove him though he realizes that his family had a hand of his fear and self blame . and can the others as well as his children and ex wife and their friends forg
Evelyn Nathalia
Nov 30, 2015 rated it liked it
'Tis The Season for Forgiving is unlike any romance story I read. It emphasized more about self-discovery and forgiving yourself.
Petra was surprised to see Eric, her ex-boyfriend, on her front door. She had been hurt badly in her relationship to Eric but she had forgiven him.

The story was centered mostly in the change of Eric's behaviour. When he was released from the prison, he went to the anger management class, so he was improving. He was not prepared though, when he met his daughter. I admir
Arica Shupe
Nov 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
by Nikki Lynn Barrett

Tis the Season for Forgiving is part of a series yet is a great read as a stand alone. Be prepared to go on an emotional roller coaster in the best way as you watch Eric change and grow in his life and his relationship with Petra. This short read is full of making you realize Christmas really is the time for change and second chances. You really feel the hardship as you see Eric realize what he's lost as he fights to forgive himself and earn the s
Jennifer Craig
Jan 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed Eric and Petra's story. Nikki captured Eric's struggles as he attempts to make up for past mistakes when he was having drinking and anger issues. Watching Eric as he works to resist the temptation to fall back on his old habits when people doubt that he has really changed made me root for him all the more. Petra has used the time away from Eric to become a stronger person herself and begins to let Eric back in her life little by little. The theme of forgiveness in relationships, ...more
Rhonda Ziglar
Nov 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This the Season for Forgiving by Nikki Lynn Barrett, is an awesome story here at Christmas time. Nikki does it again she can tell the perfect holiday story of forgiveness, love, changing our lives and the magic of Christmas. I love her characters Eric and Petra are written so perfect that they become part of your family. Nikki has became my favorite Christmas story author.
Marsha  Bernabe
Dec 05, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good read!

This was a very good story of love and forgiveness. Perfect read for a quiet Saturday afternoon curled up on the couch.
Nov 10, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good job

I really liked this tale. Not having your typical hero type was nice. Very humanizing and relatable. The surreal bits of many of today's stories was refreshingly missing.
Feb 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Good book! Loved the mixture of romance and holidays, along with the message of forgiveness and starting over. Wonder what happens next?
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