Reading for Me

The Books I Have Read…..Just for Me

#29: Unwrapping Christmas (Lori Copeland)

First, a word about what appears to be an error in my numbering system.  Somehow the numbers on this blog and my Goodreads challenge list for 2017 have managed to get off from each other. I still haven’t really figured out what is going on, but after repeatedly counting the books that I have read this year, I am able to confidently say that this is actually the 29th book of the year.  One more book before January arrives and I will have achieved this year’s goal of 30 books!  I’ll be more careful about the numbering in 2018, but for now….

As has become my tradition for the past few years in the week leading up to Christmas, I found some piece of fluff holiday writing to pull me back to a simpler pace and focus my thoughts on the important things of the season — family, love, and the Savior. This year’s Christmas novella was Unwrapping Christmas by Lori Copeland. The story centered around a busy mother who has become so enthralled with taking care of everything on her agenda that she has forgotten to care for the people she encounters, including her small family. When a fall on the ice threatens to foil her plans for the family’s Christmas Eve celebration, she learns how important it is to pause during the Christmas season — and throughout the year, as well — to make sure that what is most important is receiving the most attention.

This piece will not win any major literary awards. Its plot is easy to predict. Its message, however, hit me clearly between the eyes in the midst of a busy season. While I don’t recommend it be read for its literary value, it was a story that I encountered at just the right time. 

Now back to our regular programming here on Reading for Me…..

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#46: Comfort and Joy (Kristin Hannah)

Joy has lost everything. Her marriage has fallen apart because her husband and sister have had an affair. To make matters worse, Joy’s sister announces that she is pregnant and the two will be married the following summer. What a horrible Christmas gift! Joy decides to set out on an adventure for parts unknown, leaving her tragic life behind. Before reaching her destination, her flight crashes in the middle of the woods. Mildly injured, Joy walks away from the crash site and finds herself at a lodge run by Daniel and his precocious son, Bobby. Or does she actually walk away? Comfort and Joy is an intriguing story filled with Christmas magic as Joy searches for her comfort away from the heartache that the holiday brings.

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#45: The Christmas Note (Donna Van Liere)

I’m a sap for a good Christmas story. The Christmas Note is a charming story from the author of The Christmas Shoes. Gretchen and her two children are moving into a new condo when they meet Melissa, a grouchy neighbor who doesn’t want to be disturbed by life. Gretchen is quickly put in the awkward position of relaying a message to Melissa regarding her mother’s recent death. The relationship that develops is both unexpected and life-changing….and it all begins with an unfinished note that Melissa finds in her mother’s apartment.

Sprinkled with funny and heart-warming characters, The Christmas Note reminds us that there are no coincidences in life and encourages us to listen carefully for those “snaps of Heaven” that guide us daily.  Such a charming book!

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