Published December 22, 2022 in The Burg
Christmas books are like Hallmark movies. You must start them in October to finish everything you want to read by the end of the holiday season.
Every year, we receive a large assortment of holiday books. Most are children’s picture books, romance, inspirational, mystery, or humorous books just waiting to put you in the holiday spirit. Some are new releases, and some are bestsellers from the past. And every year I look for days to see which books I want to read this year and three caught my attention.
A Wish for Winter by Viola Shipman was at the top of my list. As one of my favorite authors, Viola Shipman is the pen name of Wade Rouse – who took both of his grandmother’s names to create his pen name. (Awww…) All his books are about heirlooms and traditions and make us think of our grandparents and great-grandparents who are no longer with us. At Christmas time, we should all have traditions to pass along to the next generation that came from the previous generations. This book has an undertone of how not forgiving can cloud our judgement and keep us from seeing things that should be obvious.
The Christmas Bookshop by Jenny Colgan drew me in because it is about a – surprise – bookstore. I have read her books in the past and they are a fun English/Scottish/Irish reads. I haven’t finished the book yet, but I’m enjoying the story of a young retail worker who goes to work for an older gentleman in the hopes of saving his bookstore. Will a Christmas miracle come through?
The last book to catch my attention is the best-selling author Richard Paul Evans’ book Christmas Memory. If you are not familiar with Richard Paul Evans, you might recognize him as the author of
Christmas Shoes. Christmas Memory is about his childhood and is a “deeply felt novel about loss, grief, the healing power of forgiveness, and the true meaning of the holiday season.” Keep a box of tissues
handy as you read. It is a good cleansing for the soul this time of year.
Whether you are a bookaholic or a Hallmark movie marathon watcher, you are certainly looking to get into the holiday spirit and the staff at Wordsmith Bookshoppe wishes you a blessed holiday season filled
with love, joy, peace, family, and traditions! Merry Christmas!
Teri Rene' Parks, Owner of Wordsmith Bookshoppe