Sunday, November 15, 2009

An Angel on MainStreet

An Angel On Main Street
Kathi Oram Peterson

Micah Connors promised his mother he would be bood in their new town. But with Christmas only three days away, being escorted home by the sheriff does not bode well. Can the towering officer be trusted not to tell what happened? Perhaps the ramshackle stable that has appeared on Main Street will sidetrack him from spilling the day's events-- or maybe his interest in Micah's widowed mother will do the trick. The last thing Dawn Connors needs is to hear her son is in trouble. She has enough to worry about with her husband gone and her daughter, Annie, ill.
Even though Micah has told his sister the rustic structure in the middle of town is simply part of the town's holiday decorations, Annie is sure that unseen angels are building the crude stable-- which means baby Jesus is coming, and He can make her better. Terrified that his little sister might die, Micah vows to find the baby Jesus for Annie, even if it is only a plastic doll. But as Micah gets nearer to his goal he finds that angels are closer than he ever would have believed.

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 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 ( 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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1 comment:

Kathi Oram Peterson said...

Thank you for reading and reviewing my book. I'm very humbled by your kinds words.