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Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Revell Review- Keeping Christmas by Dan Walsh

post signatureTwo reviews in one day?! What is my life coming to?! I just love these Christmas stories. I can't even explain the happiness but you'll understand the moment you pick up one of these short story Christmas gems!


Nothing is more beautiful than family
For the first time since their children were born, empty nesters Judith and Stan Winters spent Thanksgiving without the kids, and it's looking like Christmas will be the same. Judith can't bring herself to even start decorating for the holiday; her kids always hung the first ornaments on the tree, ornaments they had made each year since they were toddlers. Sure, the ornaments were strange-looking--some were downright ugly--but they were tradition.

With Judith refusing to decorate the bare spruce tree in their living room, Stan's only hope for saving the holiday is found in a box of handmade ornaments . . .


                      *My Thoughts*

Keeping Christmas is a gift to readers, it truly is. One reviewer put it this way: "An Ending as Feel Good Cozy as a Yule log". I could not agree more! 

This is an empty nest story. You know the drill...the kids move out, the father makes the most of it by doing everything he couldn't do when the kids were home, the mother slips into a sort of depression remembering the days when they were a family under one roof. It's sad, and it makes the reader feel the mother's sense of heartbreak from the beginning yet they still understand the man's point of view. It's one of those stories that you feel everything from beginning to end. This is one of those stories and yet it is so much more!

I am an avid crafter so when Judith started her little hobby to keep her mind occupied, it had me jumping with joy but still, something was missing. 

I found Stan quite admirable and found myself gushing over his attempts at giving his wife a special Christmas. He truly tried to understand and when he finally got it, I was sighing with relief and shaking with excitement at what I was sure was coming. I was not disappointed!

 Dan took an ordinary story and turned it into something that feels like magic! It was a beautiful story and left me sighing with happiness. And yes, dear reader, this book is every bit as warm as that simple, aw-inspiring cover.


                  *My overall thoughts*

Keeping Christmas by Dan Walsh is such a perfect family Christmas story! Beautiful outside and in, this book will leave you with the yule tide warmth you love.

                       *My Rating*

  I give Keeping Christmas by Dan Walsh...


                                  5 stars!! 

*I received this book from the publisher and the author in exchange for an honest review, which I have given. All thoughts were my own and I was not compensated in any other way.

Happy Reading,

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