Whew! I had some fantastic ideas about how this month was going to go. Between Hubs being (very!) sick, doing an early Christmas with part of our family, going out of town for a wedding, a deer hitting one of our cars, my father-in-law having surgery, and a surprise project at work, things haven't happened quite like I planned. However, we have had some great family time, and I have had more time to read than I normally do.
Because I haven't posted reviews on all of these books as I read them, I decided to introduce a new feature called Snappy Reviews. Basically, these reviews are going to be short and snappy. I probably won't do this much, but it will help me get my thoughts out quickly when I'm in a pinch!
by Melody Carlson
Sometimes the best gift is a second chance. Christmas is approaching, and Lena Markham finds herself penniless,
friendless, and nearly hopeless. She is trying to restart her life, but
job opportunities are practically nonexistent. When a secondhand red
coat unexpectedly lands her a job as Mrs. Santa at a department store,
Lena finally thinks her luck is changing. But can she keep her past a
secret? Reading Christmas at Harrington's, a story full of redemption and true holiday spirit, will be your newest Christmas tradition.
[Contemporary Christian Fiction, Christmas / 167 pages / Published Oct 2011 / Revell]
by James Patterson
The tree is decorated, the cookies are baked, and the packages are
wrapped, but the biggest celebration this Christmas is Gaby Summerhill's
wedding. Since her husband died three years ago, Gaby's four children
have drifted apart, each consumed by the turbulence of their own lives.
They haven't celebrated Christmas together since their father's death,
but when Gaby announces that she's getting married—and that the groom
will remain a secret until the wedding day—she may finally be able to
bring them home for the holidays.
But the wedding isn't Gaby's only
surprise—she has one more gift for her children, and it could change all
their lives forever. With deeply affecting characters and the emotional
twists of a James Patterson thriller, The Christmas Wedding is a fresh
look at family and the magic of the season.
[Contemporary Fiction, Christmas / 288 pages / Published Oct 2011 / Little, Brown, and Company]
by Cindy Woodsmall
Beth Hertzler works alongside her beloved Aunt Lizzy in their dry goods
store, and serving as contact of sorts between Amish craftsmen and
Englischers who want to sell the Plain people’s wares. But remorse and
loneliness still echo in her heart everyday as she still wears the dark
garb, indicating mourning of her fiancé. When she discovers a large,
intricately carved scene of Amish children playing in the snow,
something deep inside Beth’s soul responds and she wants to help the
unknown artist find homes for his work–including Lizzy’s dry goods
store. But she doesn’t know if her bishop will approve of the gorgeous
carving or deem it idolatry.
Lizzy sees the changes in her niece
when Beth shows her the woodworking, and after Lizzy hunts down Jonah,
the artist, she is all the more determined that Beth meets this man with
the hands that create healing art. But it’s not that simple–will
Lizzy’s elaborate plan to reintroduce her niece to love work? Will Jonah
be able to offer Beth the sleigh ride she’s always dreamed of and a
second chance at real love–or just more heartbreak?
[Contemporary Christian Fiction, Amish, Christmas / 208 pages / Published Oct 2009 / WaterBrook Multnomah]
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