by Dan Walsh

September 2011
ISBN: 978-0800719791
Reviewer Graphic Button Revell
Trade Paperback

In Remembering Christmas, Rick Denton is remembering back to Christmas 1980 when his life changed forever. Before this Christmas, Rick had been bitter since his mom had ran his dad off, so he thought, and later married Art. As soon as he was old enough, he left Seabreeze, Florida making a healthy and wealthy life in North Carolina, never caring whether he went back home or not. He hated Art, and wanted nothing to do with him. All he wanted was to find his dad, and build a life with him again. He would call his mom a couple of times a year, and always send Christmas and birthday cards, but his holidays were spent having fun someplace else such as the ski slopes.

It was just before Christmas in the year 1980 when his mom called and told Rick that Art was in the hospital and wasnít doing well. She asked him to come home and run the little bookstore, the Book Nook, while she stayed at the hospital with her husband. Rick agreed, but that was the last thing he wanted to do. There goes his Christmas vacation fun! Rick expected to only stay the weekend, but ended up staying over a week. His mom needed him to stay even longer, but when his boss all but told him to come back to work or say goodbye to his job, Rick ended up going back to his N.C. job and life.

The thing was, while Rick was home in Seabreeze, he started seeing a different view of life. And it didnít help his life back in N.C. that Rick was attracted to the young lady, Andrea, who worked for his mom and Art in the bookstore. And even though he hated kids, Andreaís daughter seemed to have stolen Rickís heart. And what really happened to Rick's dad? Would he be the man Rick imagined him to be all these years?

Wow, this was an amazing Christmas book to read; full of confusion, difficult decisions, surprises, hate, love, forgiveness, second chances and all kinds of emotions. This is my first book by Dan Walsh and I picked an awesome book to start out with! The feelings and compassion he puts into his characters draw you to them in a way that you feel you know them personally. The story he weaves through and the characters he creates are so compelling you just canít put the book down! The story and the personalities of the characters will stick with me for a long time. This is definitely a book I will keep in my library and read each Christmas.

Reviewed in December 2011 by Joy.

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