Books spotlight Christmas spirit |

Books spotlight Christmas spirit

Jennifer Evans

The holiday season brings out the Christmas spirit in a number of popular authors. Some new books this year are: “The Christmas Thief” by Mary and Carol Higgins Clark, “A Christmas Visitor” by Anne Perry, “A Redbird Christmas” by Fannie Flagg, “Silver Bells” by Luanne Rice and “A Delaney Christmas Carol” by Kay Hooper, Iris Johansen and Fayrene Preston.

There are also many older novels to enjoy at this time of year. “The Christmas Box” by Richard Paul Evans, “The Christmas Shoes” by Donna VanLiere, “The Christmas Train” by David Baldacci, and “Silent Night” and “All Around Town” by Mary Higgins Clark. Here is a brief look at several of these novels.

Written as an expression of love for his daughters, “The Christmas Box” by Richard Paul Evans reminds us of the true meaning of Christmas. A young couple, Richard and Keri, and their 4-year-old daughter take a position as caretaker/companion for widow Mary Parkin. Richard works very hard to make a success of their formalwear rental business.

Mary is worried about Richard’s obsession with work and about his time spent away from his family. One night she asks Richard if he knows what the first gift of Christmas was. The answer to this question is the basis for this story. It is through the widow and her Christmas box that Richard learns the true meaning of Christmas. This story encourages readers to seek the true spirit of the holidays and cherish every moment of their children’s lives.

“The Christmas Shoes” by Donna VanLiere is based on a song of the same name. It is a story of two families. One has material wealth but very little happiness; the other is poor but filled with love. Robert, an ambitious attorney, is too wrapped up in making money to see what his family lacks. Nathan, a child living in poverty, is losing his mother to cancer. A chance meeting between these two on Christmas Eve gives Robert a glimpse of what is important and he sets out to win back his family.

Christy Byrne is a Christmas tree farmer from Nova Scotia in “Silver Bells” by Luanne Rice. Every December he travels to New York City to sell his trees. Since the death of his wife he has brought his son and daughter along on these trips. After the trip to New York the previous year, Christy’s son, Danny, ran away instead of going back to Nova Scotia.

During this year’s trip Christy spends his nights searching New York City for Danny. Catherine Tierney, a librarian in the Chelsea district of New York City, lost her husband three years ago during the holiday season. She walks past the tree seller daily on her way to work and knows the story surrounding his missing son. Catherine actually has been helping Danny survive life on the streets of New York. Their mutual concern for Danny’s welfare brings Christy and Catherine together.

With a little magic and a lot of love Catherine learns to let go of the past and love again. Christy learns to let go of his children and let them achieve their own goals.

In “A Redbird Christmas: A Novel” by Fannie Flagg, Oswald T. Campbell is told he is dying of emphysema and will not live long if he doesn’t leave Chicago and its harsh winters. Armed with a very old brochure given to him by his doctor, Oswald makes plans to move to Lost River, Ala. The facility listed in the brochure no longer exists, but Oswald finds lodging with one of the widows of Lost River.

From the postman who delivers mail by boat to the crippled litle girl with whom the town falls in love, the characters are heartwarming.

Then, of course, there’s Jack, the redbird who captures everyone’s heart. This is a nice feel good Christmastime read.

Come to Zephyr Cover Library to find these books and more. The library is at 233 Warrior Way in Zephyr Cove.

-Jennifer Evans is senior library technician at Lake Tahoe Branch Library in Zephyr Cove.

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