'Tis the Season!

Need a little holiday spirit? Is the hustle and bustle of this time of year getting you down? Try reading a good book with a holiday theme to make your spirit bright. Two of my favorites this year are A Winter Dream by Richard Paul Evans, and Angels at the Table by Debbie Macomber. Newly released, and just in time for the holidays, both of these quick reads touch on the true meaning of caring, sharing, family and forgiveness.

A Winter Dream is the story of a large, mixed family of thirteen siblings, all employed by their father's successful Colorado advertising company. Joseph, the second youngest and his father's favorite, is the main character in this clever, modern retelling of the Biblical story of Joseph and the coat of many colors. The trouble starts when Joseph comes up with a winning slogan for a bank campaign and his father's congratulations and pride lead him to pass on his Vietnam's bomber jacket to Joseph rather than the eldest son. This becomes the last straw for his older brothers, who manipulate Joseph into abruptly leaving the company and his family. As you follow the story of Joseph's struggles it makes you reflect on your own challenges and choices and how they have formed your life. Another winner by Richard Paul Evans, author of the Christmas classic The Christmas Box.

Angels at the Table is a humorous and heartwarming tale featuring the return of Macomber's not-so-perfect angels Shirley, Goodness, and Mercy. These three bumbling angels slip out of heaven from time to time to help humans. In this book, the three are joined by a male angel named Will, who is even more inept than the three female angels. The main characters Lucie and Aren are such a cute, adorable couple you can't help but cheer them on as they go through one trial after another to find their way together. A very lighthearted, easy holiday read, Macomber fans will enjoy this one while taking a break from the cookie baking and gift wrapping time of the holidays.


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