23 December 2011

Remembering Christmas, Book review

Book description:

Rick Denton lives his life on his terms. He works hard, plays hard, and answers to no one. So when his mother calls begging him to come home after his stepfather has an aneurysm, Rick is more than a little reluctant. 
What was supposed to be just a couple days helping out at the family bookstore turns into weeks of cashing out old ladies and dealing with the homeless guy who keeps hanging around the store. The one bright spot is the lovely and intriguing young woman who works at his side each day. 
As Christmas nears, Rick's old life beckons, the hurts from his past loom large, and the decisions he makes will determine more than just where he spends Christmas Eve.  

My review:

I almost did not see this book on our local library shelves...But one glance and the cover just called to me!
You could almost step in the photo and Dan Walsh's writing always promises a good tale!
'Remembering Christmas' is the warm story of one man's change of heart and the lives he touches along the way!

Dan Walsh gives us a delightful tale of forgiveness and love set in the 1980's in this classic and you will love to discover each character's personality! This is after all Christmastime Folks and anything is possible!

'The old wooden bench was still there, sagging a bit in the middle. Rick felt like standing anyway. He leaned against the rail. A gentle breeze blew against his face, with just enough chill to feel refreshing. It was so peaceful and calm. Tiny river waves slapped against the wooden pilings. Across the river, the black silhouette of hundreds of palm trees rose up to meet the deep blue sky. The dock was, perhaps, a mile north of all the mansions that lined both sides of the river leading back into town. Rick was glad the town progress had slowed in his absence, leaving this place alone. He needed this place to be here. Just as it was.'

Set in a basement bookstore, the amazing kindness of two loving people, the quaint but very faithful customers, the helpless homeless hanging around, a loving but struggling Mum and her little girl and a very successful man are some of the protagonists in this unforgettable story just in time for Christmas!

The author uses careful details to remind us of times gone by and you might chuckle (groan maybe?) a time or two at the mention of a gallon of gas for i.e.!

This is a story that radiates warmth and reminds us that kindness is the reason for this season!
With a few strokes of a pen (keypad) Dan Walsh reaches out to everyone and I am certain you will have a hard time to put this book down!

I give this one 5 stars of course!

Meet the author:

"Several of my novels are considered historical fiction. When I was young, I used to hate history. Years later, I discovered some non-fiction history books that read like page-turning novels. They made history come alive.
Reading became a joy.

That's my goal now, whether I'm writing historical or contemporary novels. I hope my readers get inspired
and thoroughly enjoy themselves, while we also explore some of the themes in life that matter most'.

For more on Dan Walsh, visit his website: http://danwalshbooks.com/
Note to readers: I was not asked to review this book and any opinion reflected is entirely my own!

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