Broken Christmas: Three Stories of Christmas [NOOK Book]

Overview

Broken Christmas is a compilation of three short stories about Christmas.

In the first, “Fourth Wish,” a skid row resident finds himself leading a trio of privileged but neglected youths on Christmas Eve. Through their journey the homeless man fulfills their Christmas wishes, proving that sometimes those ...
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Broken Christmas: Three Stories of Christmas

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Overview

Broken Christmas is a compilation of three short stories about Christmas.

In the first, “Fourth Wish,” a skid row resident finds himself leading a trio of privileged but neglected youths on Christmas Eve. Through their journey the homeless man fulfills their Christmas wishes, proving that sometimes those who need help the most are the ones who help others the greatest.

The second; “Best Christmas Ever,” is an optimistic eight year old's “glass half full” remembrance of a Christmas Eve his parents would rather forget.

In the third story, “Broken Christmas,” a soldier leaves the battlefield to visit home for Christmas via his dreams.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940015577969
  • Publisher: Pope, Harrington & Castro Press
  • Publication date: 10/8/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 1,206,659
  • File size: 58 KB

Meet the Author

One day while David Henderson was cleaning his basement, he found a box containing the start of the first story in Broken Christmas, “Fourth Wish,” written twenty-five years earlier on an Apple II Plus computer, printed out on a dot matrix printer on tractor-feed paper. Dusting it off, he decided to finish writing the story instead of cleaning his basement.
For the last two and a half decades David’s career has centered on creative thinking and developing new ideas. In his field the commonly held tenet is that new ideas must be different, with the next idea being completely unlike the first. When it comes to writing, David believes stories are meant to entertain and make the reader feel something. The feeling can be any number of emotions including empathy, hope, or humor. With these convictions in mind, David produced the three short stories in “Broken Christmas.” He hopes you enjoy reading them as much as he enjoyed writing them. He wishes everyone a wonderful holiday season, and yes, the basement finally did get cleaned.
Look for another book from David publishing in late December 2012.
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  • Posted November 16, 2012

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    Broken Christmas by David Henderson This review was originally

    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!

    Broken Christmas

    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. **

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  • Posted November 15, 2012

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    I cannot determine which is my favorite of the three: each have

    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.

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