Wednesday, November 16, 2011
Rick Denton lives his life on his terms. He works hard, plays hard, and answers to no one. So when his mother calls on Thanksgiving weekend begging him to come home after his stepfather has a stroke, Rick is more than a little reluctant. He's never liked Art and resents the man's presence in his life, despite the fact that his own father abandoned the family when Rick was just twelve. When what was supposed to be just a couple days helping out at the family bookstore turns into weeks of cashing out old ladies and running off the homeless man who keep hanging about, Rick's attitude sours even more.
Still, slowly but surely, the little bookstore and its quirky patrons--as well as the lovely young woman who works at his side each day--work their magic on him, revealing to Rick the truth about his family, his own life, and the true meaning of Christmas. With skillful storytelling, Dan Walsh creates a Christmas story will have readers remembering every good and perfect gift of Christmas.
Rick Denton is a fairly selfish man. He's pulled away from his family and from God. When his step-father suffers an aneurysm and his mother asks him to come home to tend their little bookstore, Rick is unenthusiastic and more than a bit resentful. Yet, he comes and he finds himself drawn to Andrea, the other store employee and her young daughter. And, as he comes to know his mother and step-father again, he begins to see not only them, but mostly himself, in a very different light. As he discovers secrets from his past and learns answers to questions he wasn't sure he had, Rick discovers that God does know who he is and what he needs in his life.
Christmas is magic and it's often a time when hearts soften and forgiveness is given. People are more likely to be in a giving mood and when you give, you receive so much more in return and I think you're more susceptible to true reason for the Christmas season, that of celebrating the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ. Dan Walsh is a terrific storyteller and he's captured that magic and written a warm, captivating, comfortable Christmas novel.
I love Christmas. I love Christmas stories and collect them, so I'm always excited to find new ones each year. Remembering Christmas is one that I will gladly add to my ever growing collection.
Available September 2011 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group. Thanks to Donna Hausler of Baker Publishing Group for the opportunity to review this book. You can learn more about Dan Walsh here. You can purchase your own copy here.
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