Friday, December 11, 2020

Book Review with a Giveaway: Ghosted at the Altar by Chautona Havig

About the Book

Book: Ghosted at the Altar
Author: Chautona Havig
Genre: Christian fiction, Christmas romance
Release Date: September, 2020

He’s goin’ to the chapel and he’s gonna get… ghosted?

Guys don’t always “get into” the whole wedding thing, but there’s one thing Mitchell Bogaert has been anticipating for the last two years–that first glimpse of Brenna coming to meet him at the altar. So, when the back doors open to reveal a missing bride, he’s shocked, disappointed, hurt, angry–pick your negative emotion. It probably fits.

Brenna Kinsey didn’t know she’d bolt at the last minute, but now she’s trying to figure out what happened and how to prevent it happening again before Mitchell decides she’s not worth the emotional trauma–or the town drama!

Lauren Kinsey, on the other hand, is more than just the kid-sister bridesmaid. She’s a self-proclaimed sleuth and determined to ferret out the problem, arrive at a solution, and get things back on track before broken hearts shatter into more pieces than Humpty Dumpty.

Time’s running out, only the bride and groom don’t realize it. How will Lauren fix this mess before the “clock strikes midnight” and there isn’t a ghost of a chance to save the marriage that never got a chance to be? 

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My Review

I was thrilled to read Ghosted at the Altar, and my pleasure grew as the book went on.  It is part of a series, and that is what made it so delightful, but it is a wonderful stand-alone book as well.  It is a quick read, which is nice during the busy holiday season.

I read The Bells of New Cheltenham earlier this year, and I was smitten with that book.  Ghosted was amazing in that it took place concurrently with The Bells.  It is an excellent companion book.  Some events crossed over, and for me as a reader, that is a lot of fun.  Also, in The Bells, I met Mitchell, but didn't think too much about him.  Then while reading Ghosted, I realized how much he had going on in his life, with severe deadlines and so much on the line.  He had a right to be distracted, or less personable, and I understand that now.  However, as I read Ghosted, I realized that Mitchell is an amazingly patient, giving, and loving man and he deserves all the kudos for that.

The highlight of this book for me was the relationship between Brenna and Mitchell.  They knew each other so well, and loved each other so well, that the reader easily falls in love with them.  Throw in the kid sister who is devoted to their marital happiness, and you have a family that you can't help but love.

I recommend this book to fans of Havig's work, and also to someone who enjoys a great Christmas romance.

I received an e-ARC of this book from the author, through Celebrate Lit, for review purposes.  The thoughts expressed here are my own.

About the Author

Chautona Havig lives in an oxymoron, escapes into imaginary worlds that look startlingly similar to ours and writes the stories that emerge. An irrepressible optimist, Chautona sees everything through a kaleidoscope of It’s a Wonderful Life sprinkled with fairy tales. Find her at and say howdy—if you can remember how to spell her name


More from Chautona

How Did One Silly Story Become a Favorite Series?

Dickens and his revival of the “ghost story” at Christmas inspired the kick-off book in a series I’d planned almost twenty years ago. The little village of New Cheltenham first appeared in None So Blind and Thirty Days Hath…. However, the touristy village with its obsession with all things English was actually conceived almost twenty years ago!

That first book… still isn’t in print. I’ve reimagined it, and it will be coming out soon. However, Dickens… well, that guy has a way of getting under your skin, and what better place for a Dickens Ghost Storytelling Contest than in a village that looks ripped from England’s countryside?

The Ghosts of New Cheltenham was born. I actually thought it would be a great way for me to force myself to finish that book I’d started so long ago. But then Amanda Tru sent me a message that said, “We’re going to do one about wedding dresses,” and Something Borrowed, Someone Blue became the second book instead. I wanted more of Mitchell, Brenna, and the lovable Lauren, so I concocted a story that would give me just that.

Is it any wonder, then, when Amanda messaged again with our next collection theme of jilted brides or grooms, I immediately thought, “Oh, dear! What if Mitchell got ghosted at the altar?” That is the fastest title I’ve ever come up with!

Because one more Christmas story in New Cheltenham wasn’t quite enough, I set a third one there this year! The Bells of New Cheltenham. In that one, Mitchell is done with this ghost storytelling stuff and starts a contest of his own!

While you can read these books as stand alones (both mine and the ones within the collections), mine will be a richer reading experience if they are read in the following order

The Ghosts of New Cheltenham (read the companion short story free on Kindle Unlimited HERE)

Something Borrowed, Someone Blue (in The Wedding Dress Yes CrossRoads Collection)

Ghosted at the Altar (in the Five Gold Rings CrossRoads Collection)

The Bells of New Cheltenham. (in the Melodies of Christmas Love Collection)

(note, the last two really can be read in any order.)

How did my silly idea for a plasmaphobic guy who had to tell a ghost story to inherit spark one of my favorite series? All things considered, how could he not?

Blog Stops

Texas Book-aholic, December 7
Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, December 8
CarpeDiem, December 8
Inklings and notions, December 9
Babbling Becky L’s Book Impressions, December 10
For Him and My Family, December 10
Locks, Hooks and Books, December 11
Book Bites, Bee Stings, & Butterfly Kisses, December 12
deb’s Book Review, December 12
Artistic Nobody, December 13 (Guest Review from Joni Truex)
Holly Jo Morris, December 13
Ashley’s Bookshelf, December 14
Pause for Tales, December 14
Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, December 15
Blogging With Carol, December 15
Lots of Helpers, December 16
Captive Dreams Window, December 16
Sara Jane Jacobs, December 17
Vicky Sluiter, December 17
lakesidelivingsite, December 18
Rachael’s Inkwell, December 18
She Lives To Read, December 19
Mary Hake, December 19
Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, December 20


To celebrate her tour, Chautona is giving away  the grand prize of a $25 Amazon gift card!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.