by Dan Walsh
Published by Revell
ISBN #: 978-0-8007-1979-1
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.
This is a warm cuddly, feel good novel sure to become your next family favorite. It reminds the reader that God uses all things in our life for His Glory and our good. You may not see it at the time because of all the pain and drama but when you look back at the situation you can see the situation didn't take God by surprise. He used the event to change the course of our life. No easy task to get us to change the path we were headed down.
Rick Denton’s life is interrupted when his mom calls and ask him to fill in at the Book Nook. His step father’s in the hospital. She needs to stay with him and can’t be at the book store.
Rick ’s lived life on his own terms after his father abandoned him. He made a point to not get tangled up with his mother’s husband, so that he wouldn't get hurt again. Life was humming along nicely. He was climbing higher and higher on the corporate ladder, he didn’t have time for family, because he was on the pathway to greatness.
Now his mom tells him his step father has had an aneurysm and there was no one to run the store. His mom had never asked for much so when she tearfully asked for his help he reluctantly said he would. He got off the phone with her but hadn’t fully grasped what he just signed up for.
His parents went to church and read the books they sold at the Christian book store they ran - he didn’t! He give his mom a week. He could only take a week away from his clients! That was as much as he could sacrifice. Then when Rick gets there and realizes all he’d have to do -maybe he should reconsider. This was going to take longer than he thought.
The people that show up at the Book Nook, sure felt the need to talk to him about Art, his step father. All this talk was beyond him – he had work to do. No time for chit-chat, didn't they see he had a business to run?
“The Book Nook seems more like an enchanted cottage than a bookstore. A harbor from the cares of life!” Rick was beginning to see why his parents loved their business so much.
Dan’s characters were endearing and I was drawn to them instantly. I enjoyed the fact that most of this novel took place inside a small sweet book store, and last but not least I liked the way this author showed how only God can bring the miracle of Christmas to our lives. He’s the light in our heart that shines for the whole world to see! This is a novel that will get you in the Christmas Spirit on so many levels. I highly recommend it.
Reviewed by: Nora St.Laurent