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.
So, I know Christmas is over for another year and I’m completely late with this review, but when you have massive amounts of books all over the house, and have to decorate for the holiday, sometimes they get misplaced. I know most of you understand….
I’m glad I found this one because I enjoyed it so much and read it in only a few hours. As with every Dan Walsh book I’ve read in the past, it’s easy to pick and read, hard to put down. I literally read this in a couple of hours. And while his books seem to be predictable, they tend to give you a good jolt at the end that you didn’t see coming. And he really knows how to write characters that are multi-dimensional AND likable! Or unlikable if that’s what he’s going for. I love watching the layers being peeling back and getting to know all the people in the story.
Even though books about Christmas, or Christian fiction might not be everyone’s cup o’ tea, I urge you to read this book. It’s a beautiful story about family, being there for them in times of hardship and finding yourself. It’s anything but preachy, though. Heartwarming is the first word that comes to mind. I think anyone will enjoy this book, no matter the season.
“Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.
Available at your favourite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group“.