It snowed yesterday and with it came the urge to play Christmas music. I resisted. It was hard. And it was made harder knowing I would be writing this review today. I should have written it when I finished the book and it was 75* outside.
If I had just a few short sentences to tell you about this book I would say something like- It is the perfect Christmas read- not too long, not too short. It has all the requisite features of a feel good Christmas story- the rascal brother, trying to scrape by mother, sick sister, down on his luck towns person, crotchedy store keeper, mischeveous friends, skipping school, snow, local law enforcement and your Christmas miracle complete with angels and a manger. And I loved every minute of it.
Kathi has a way of writing that draws you into the story even when you are sure you know what is coming next. Though I will admit I never guessed who it really was that was building the manger in the center of town. Nor did I guess the rest of his secrets or how he would play an even bigger part in the miracle ending of the story. In any other story I would be cynical about it and say "not in real life, that is so contrived" but in this story it works and works well. In fact, I cannot imagine any other ending to this story.
If you are looking for a good story this Christmas season, I have two recommendations for you. The second recommendation you are going to have to wait for, but this is the other one. Get it, read it, love it.
Now for all the details and a contest:
Kathi is holding a contest. She says: I'm holding a contest called An Angel in Your Life Contest. Here's the lowdown on it. The contest runs from now until December 15th. Anyone can enter by simply emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org and writing about an experience you have had with someone who became an angel in your life. The winner will be announced on my blog (http://www.blogger.com/www.kathiswritingnook.com). A gift certificate from either Seagull Book or Deseret Book will be given to the winner and an "Angel" in his/her life. This contest celebrates the selfless, kind acts performed daily, many times unnoticed. If you are like me, many people have helped you through times of trouble. Let's face it, life is tough and the small acts of kindness shown to us by others needs to be remembered and celebrated especially during the holidays. Christmas brings out the best in people and I wanted to give others the opportunity to thank those who have touched their lives in a profound way. Hopefully this contest will remind us of the angels in our lives.
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