Blog Tour Review: Because of Love by Shauna V. Brown

Because of Love blog tour

Because of LoveBecause of Love
MG Christmas Story
Paperback, 96 Pages
October 14th 2014 by Cedar Fort Publishing & Media

For Christmas, all Phoebe Brown wants is to give her daughters new shoes to replace their heavy leather boots. But because they have very little money, her husband refuses to pay for them. Inspired by true events, this Christmas story shows how the power of love can change even the most begrudging heart.


My Review

Because of Love was a short and sweet inspirational Christmas story about the gifts of love, forgiveness, and giving to others. A couple of the messages were especially touching, such as when the mother (Phoebe) said to her husband (Byron) that "Sometimes scars are not caused by blood and blister" and then that he was able to ponder that and have a change of heart. I also loved "Some gifts come wrapped with ribbons, and others by sweet forgiveness. This morning, we have unwrapped them both."

The story was a reminder of simpler times, when families received homemade gifts for Christmas and just a few gifts as well. They were grateful for them. The gifts were made of lots of work and love, which I think made them more valuable in many ways, and the recipients more grateful.

I loved this sweet family, with the three school-age daughters who were being teased about their shoes. They decided to earn money for their own shoes, even though it was an impossible feat. It was really touching towards the end when the girls made a decision about what the wanted to use the money they had earned for. That, and the moment between Phoebe and Byron at the end were very beautiful and sweet. I wasn't sure about Phoebe's choice to hide something from Byron, but it worked out in the end.

Because of Love was an old-fashioned tale reminding us of the many true gifts of Christmas. It's definitely one easily read with children to remind them of the sweet spirit that can be felt at that time of the year. I know I'll be reading it with mine.

Content: Clean

Source: I would like to thank the publisher, Cedar Fort, for my complimentary review copy, which did not affect my review in any way.

About the Author

Graduating from Brigham Young University with a degree in speech and drama, communication, has provided Shauna V. Brown with many opportunities to use her talents. She has written and directed original plays and presentations for church and community. She has shared her musical talents, numberous scripts and presentations with pioneer trek groups for the past eighteen years. Shauna has equally enjoyed being a guest speaker and presenter at BYU Education Week, women’s conferences, firesides and community presentations. Shauna and her husband, Rick, are blessed with six children and fourteen grandchildren. For the past twenty-two years, Shauna has written an original Christmas story as a gift to neighbors and friends.


  1. I love finding new Chrstimas novels to read. My guilty pleasure during the fall/winter. :)

  2. I have one middle grade book read and I will finish the second full length today. My goal this time is 7, better get busy!

  3. I love Christmas stories. This sounds so very sweet! Great review!

  4. At least this one is eleven days, so I feel like 7 books is definitely doable. I'm going to come take a look at your goals...

  5. I love that they're short and sweet too. This one is definitely perfect to read with kids too. :)

  6. It was really sweet. Makes me more grateful for what I have. We are so spoiled!!

  7. Wow, you're knocking this readathon out of the park! Great job so far!!

  8. It's such a disappointment when you are thinking you'll like a book and you don't. At all. These have all been short reads, but I'm still happy to have gotten as much reading in as I have.


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