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Posted November 16, 2012
Broken Christmas by David Henderson
This review was originally posted on Big Al's Books and Pals review blog on November 8, 2012
This is a collection of three short Christmas stories.
The Fourth Wish
Conrad seems to fit the typical homeless man at the beginning of this story. Until three eleven year-old boys spending their Christmas at a boarding school find him drunk and passed out on the snowy steps of their school. They manage to drag him into the school and down the hall to the showers. The only clothes they have for him to put on is a Santa suit, which they had been playing dress-up with to entertain themselves on Christmas Eve. Once Conrad dons the suit, the magic of Christmas takes over. Somehow Conrad finds it in himself to try and fulfill the three boys Christmas wishes. It is amazing what can be accomplished with a little ingenuity. The journey that Conrad takes the boys on is a well-told story that will make you smile. I loved this story.
Best Christmas Ever
The events of this Christmas Eve through the eyes of eight year-old Jimmy is hysterical. Nothing about this Christmas Eve is typical or what you would expect. The memorable day flowed seamlessly as they escalated and I laughed out loud. This is the best story ever!
You can tell after reading the first two stories, this author knows what he is doing. I knew from the title of the story this one was going to be heart wrenching, but that still didn’t prepare me for what was coming.
The author has given us a sampling of his range in these three short stories. I found his stories easy to get drawn into and I cared about the characters. I think all the stories had a nice pacing and flowed well. I look forward to reading more from this author.
If you find yourself needing to escape for a few minutes during the Christmas rush this book would be a good choice.
Format/Typo Issues: No significant issues.
**Originally written for "Books and Pals" book blog. May have received a free review copy. **
Posted November 15, 2012
I cannot determine which is my favorite of the three: each have their moments that jump to the forefront, yet surprisingly do not overplay on emotions and sentimentality that is often found in stories about the season.
The writing is descriptive and clearly leads the reader along the journey of the story; most lasting only a few hours on Christmas Eve. The stories often feel much like those told each year, the “do you remember when” stories when everyone struggles to find the most dramatic or funny moments to share with the group. As such, each has a common moment that strikes a chord of memory in the reader, setting off their own series of memories of the season.
Truly a book worthy of a quiet fireside read, especially in the holiday season.
I was provided an eBook copy from the author for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review, and all conclusions are my own responsibility.