Remembering Christmas: A Novel

Remembering Christmas: A Novel

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by Dan Walsh
     
 

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Rick Denton lives his life on his terms. He works hard, plays hard, and answers to no one. So when his mother calls on Thanksgiving weekend begging him to come home after his stepfather has a stroke, Rick is more than a little reluctant. He's never liked Art and resents the man's presence in his life, despite the fact that his own father abandoned the family when Rick…  See more details below

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Rick Denton lives his life on his terms. He works hard, plays hard, and answers to no one. So when his mother calls on Thanksgiving weekend begging him to come home after his stepfather has a stroke, Rick is more than a little reluctant. He's never liked Art and resents the man's presence in his life, despite the fact that his own father abandoned the family when Rick was just twelve. When what was supposed to be just a couple days helping out at the family bookstore turns into weeks of cashing out old ladies and running off the homeless man who keep hanging about, Rick's attitude sours even more.

Still, slowly but surely, the little bookstore and its quirky patrons--as well as the lovely young woman who works at his side each day--work their magic on him, revealing to Rick the truth about his family, his own life, and the true meaning of Christmas. With skillful storytelling, Dan Walsh creates a Christmas story will have readers remembering every good and perfect gift of Christmas.

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In Walsh's (The Homecoming; The Deepest Waters) new novel, Rick Denton was 12 when his father abandoned him. Still, he's never had any great fondness for the man who took his place. When his mother calls him at Thanksgiving asking him to come home following his stepfather's stroke, Rick is in no rush. But he answers his mother's plea to help out with the family bookstore. Over the course of the next few weeks, he meets and comes to care for a multitude of bookstore customers, including one special woman. VERDICT This bittersweet tale of families abandoned and rediscovered should appeal to fans of Richard Paul Evans.

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ISBN-13:
9781441234155
Publisher:
Baker Publishing Group
Publication date:
09/01/2011
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Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
272
Sales rank:
104,486
File size:
1 MB

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Dan Walsh is the award-winning author of The Unfinished Gift, The Homecoming, and The Deepest Waters. A member of American Christian Fiction Writers, Dan served as a pastor for 25 years. He lives with his family in the Daytona Beach area, where he's busy researching and writing his next novel.
Dan Walsh is the bestselling author of several books, including The Dance and The Promise with Gary Smalley, as well as The Unfinished Gift, The Discovery, and The Reunion. He has won three Carol Awards, and two of his novels were finalists for RT Book Reviews Inspirational Book of the Year for 2011 and 2012. A member of American Christian Fiction Writers, Dan served as a pastor for twenty-five years. He lives with his wife in the Daytona Beach area, where he's busy researching and writing his next novel. Visit www.danwalshbooks.com for more.

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Remembering Christmas 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 58 reviews.
Faye_luvs_books More than 1 year ago
Remembering Christmas is one of those books that though, simple in it's telling, packs a powerful punch emotionally. Dan Walsh proves yet again that he is a master storyteller, with his latest release of forgiveness and family. What I love about Mr. Walsh's books is how deep all of his characters are, and there is always more than what first meets the eye. Every character is complex and miles deep, each with their own struggle, and yet Mr. Walsh weaves all the ends in beautifully (yet not painlessly) in such a way that though you might not have seen it coming you couldn't imagine it any other way. The story is well told, and the pages turn rapidly, though at times it's an inner battle between speeding through the book to find out what happens next, or slowing down and savoring every word. This was a book that I thoroughly enjoyed from cover to cover, and that doesn't happen often. With Christmas fast approaching this is the perfect book to get you in the mood, or to give as a gift. You could even give it to yourself! Overall, I would highly recommend this book to just about anyone, whether it's Christmastime or not, Remembering Christmas is a satisfying read, that will tug at your heartstrings :) Final Rating: 5 out of 5 ISBN: 978-0-8007-1979-1
Justpeachy1 More than 1 year ago
Just in time for the holiday season, author Dan Walsh brings readers a heart-warming tale of family and forgiveness. Remembering Christmas is a book readers won't soon forget! With its compelling characters, humor and even a touch of romance this story will remind us of the true spirit of Christmas, while taking us on a walk down memory lane. Christmas has become hectic. We travel from one place to another, always on the go, never taking time to savor the moments. It's all about who gets the biggest or most expensive gift. Who has best Christmas light display and who can cook the most extravagant meal. Dan Walsh reminds readers that there are often more important things afoot at this time of year than who can buy the most toys. In his latest book, Remembering Christmas, Walsh draws readers into Rick Denton's life. Rick is his own man. He does what he wants and he doesn't answer to anyone. Since his father abandoned him at age 12, and his mother moved on with life with another man, Rick has been on his own and he's happy with his life, so he thinks. Unexpectedly, his mother calls with the news that his stepfather has fallen ill and she needs him at home. Walsh portrays Rick as a man who has distanced himself from his family, because he was hurt and felt unloved and abandoned and he has made a life for himself which doesn't require him to get to close to anyone who could hurt him ever again. He is a complex character with a lot of layers and Walsh is able to bring him to life for the reader. He starts out hard and cold, but as Christmas draws closer he begins to melt a little. The walls around is heart start to soften, and I think readers will love his transformation. Walsh does a fantastic job of giving readers a character to root for. I sometimes have a hard time believing that men can write a good romance. There are however, a few exceptions to that rule, most notably Nicholas Sparks and in my opinion Dan Walsh. Walsh generally writes Christian fiction and does that very well. He isn't pushy and his message is subtle and not overwhelming. He does the same in this book, but he adds another dimension when he brings Rick and Andrea together, working side by side in his families book store, the Book Nook. Walsh is able to show this reawakening that Rick is having from the male perspective and I thought it was very interesting to see his take on how Rick was feeling as his relationship with Andrea becomes deeper and in a sense more complicated. I liked Walsh's easy, slow build up and found that this book had some twists and turns that even I didn't expect! Though this book is set during the holiday season, the story and the message are timeless. This is a book I would recommend to all of my readers not just the Christian fiction fans. Rick's journey back to love and hope is enchanting and heart warming. His relationships with all the characters including the homeless man who hangs out near the store is deep and full of meaning. A great holiday read or just one to remind us how important family truly is!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was an excellent book to read. It held my attention from beginning to end.  It contains some romance (not garbage),yet  it showed  real life situations of the characters involved. Dan's story  include a child's vivid imagination as well as the imagination of a mentally challenged man, elderly women's excitement of giving and sharing, the doctors and their work, the concerns of a loving wife and husband, and a Priest who did not look for recognition, but found ways to serve in the community.The self-centered so who had held on to his growing past  had  a heart changing experience because of a young woman and her daughter who showed love to others in spite of the not so good situation. Book was well written.
BJZ More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed reading Dan Walsh's fourth book as much as the other three. I thought it would be a predictable story but loved the suprise twist I didn't see coming!
MissBethBC More than 1 year ago
I truly enjoyed reading Walsh's story.   Dan Walsh is a Christian writer and writes about faith and miracles of a heart changing nature.   His are stories of fractured families in need of healing; poignant and timely for the world we live in.   His writing flows fluently and his characters are well developed and believable, somewhat flawed, but redeemable.   Within the story there is a bit of mystery, a bit of softness as a little girl shares her Christmas wishes, miraculous healing and subtle healing and a Christmas Memory is born.    I recommend this as one of the most charming stories I have read!
RonnaL More than 1 year ago
Rick Denton is living the life of his dreams.  He has a great job, a nice condo, and no one to get in the way of his vacation times on the ski slopes and the beaches.  Then one day he gets a call from his mom.  His strep-dad is in serious condition in the hospital.  Could he please come visit and help run their little Christian book store for a few days.  Much against his desires, he agrees. When he gets to the little town in Florida where he grew up, he begrudgingly takes care of the Book Nook, where he meets a beautiful single mother , and a very strange homeless man.  Everyone who shops in the store is just too smiley and friendly for Rick.  He just wants to keep the business going till he can go back to his own job. And the homeless man  makes him furious.  Then time and some interesting new knowledge makes changes in Rick. For good or for bad?   This is a charming and thought provoking Christmas book, speaking to the meaning of Christmas and important people in our lives.  
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is a real easy read and totally predictable.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved it!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another wonderful, heartwarming story!!!!!! This is a great Christmas story and so welcome this time of year!!! I truly encourage you to read all of his books!!! You won't be disappointed!!! MCELWOLF:o)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed reading this Christmas book. It was a great read.
bsmaxwell More than 1 year ago
This book had me laughing and crying before the end. It was a refreshing book about a guy that had lost his way. It is amazing what others belief in you will do to your spirit and get you to belief in you self. And he found his path again around christmas time.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I truly enjoyed this book! Perfect story for the Christmas holiday season.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good Christmas story..
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is my second Dan Walsh book. I will continue to read his books. This definitely makes you think aboit how you should treat those less fortunate and make you thankful for what you have been blessed with.
ForstRose More than 1 year ago
We all have regrets from our past but what we do with them determines our paths going forward. Rick finds this out the hard way in Walsh's holiday offering. However the holidays also find Rick accepting the past for what is and seeing the present more clearly so that he can move forward into a future of healing and reconciliation as well. You'll have to read the book to find out how he finds his way back. Along the way you'll meet Walsh's engaging characters and find yourself drawn into a story you'll be reticent to lay down before reaching the last page. Once you find yourself at that last page you'll be protesting that this story ends much too soon. I'm hoping there will soon be a chance to revisit Seabreeze via Walsh's books. Thanks to Revell for a review copy.
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Dollycas More than 1 year ago
Set in the 1980¿s this story is a little step back in time, before everyone was lost texting on their cell phones and becoming addicting to social media. People actually had to talk face to face, share stories with each other, communicate on a personal level. It is a wonderful story of a family coming together at a time of need and realizing they need to be involved in each others lives more than on holidays and a few telephone calls a year. The story has a wonderful message without being preachy. It is heartwarming and enlightening. A little twist brought a tear to my eye. I think it would make a great Hallmark holiday movie. This is my first experience with this author but it won¿t be my last. I love the way this guy writes!!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this story. didn't want it to end. I want more from this author. Was a good christian read and not sappy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Dan is a wonderful storyteller. This book restores faith and hope in mankind and brings hope to this reader. This was a fantastic story so glad that I found this . Have your tissues handy!!
TheReadersCove More than 1 year ago
Just when Rick Denton is in control and doing fine, a call from his mother will forever change his life. Dutifully he responds to her request to come home and help when his stepfather¿s life is on the line. From big city living to a small beachside community Rick is taken back in time and the past and the future are seen through changing eyes. Dan has created a wonderful holiday read full of unique characters, reluctant hearts, and the need for understanding and love. The spirit of Christmas flows from the pages and will surely warm the coldest heart. A splendid seasonal read to lift your spirits!.
SarahSundin More than 1 year ago
In Remembering Christmas, Dan Walsh writes with humor and a fun bit of attitude - and still writes a heartwarming tale. The story delighted me, and one twist completely surprised me. Realistic and lovable characters - even shallow Rick - and the refreshing Florida beach town setting make this a memorable Christmas story. I loved Dan's previous novels, The Unfinished Gift, The Homecoming, and The Deepest Waters. Remembering Christmas is sure to please his fans and to enthrall new readers as well. I highly recommend this novel.
DLiesner More than 1 year ago
Often, in the Christmas rush, we look to the new things we will get, and fail to recognize gifts we already have. I love stories that stay with me because the characters' lives meaningfully change. Walsh's story of renewal is like that - a gift of entertainment with unpredictable events sure to keep you reading, yet more. Subtle surprises and poignant characters struggle to find restoration from Christmas past, a place to slow down and savor Christmas present and a hope for Christmas future. Rarely do I read Christmas books before the season, but I'm glad Revell sent an advanced reader copy so early because this is a classic that will be read again, this year and next.
TrishPerryNovelist More than 1 year ago
One of the best things about this novel is the fact that, despite much conflict--a life-threatening health emergency, strained relations between the hero and his stepfather, a tenacious homeless man planted outside the Book Nook, a single mom struggling to make ends meet--the book just makes you feel good. Perhaps that's because you know the hero is surrounded by so many good people, it's hard to imagine his heart won't eventually soften. And when you become acquainted with why his heart hardened in the first place, you root for that softening to happen. Walsh subtly draws the reader in, avoids predictability, and provides a satisfying, believable ending. I can see this book being enjoyed time and again during the Christmas season.
VannettaChapman More than 1 year ago
This is a great read and not just for the holidays. Though it's a serious look at family relations and growing up long after we become adults, there are many light moments in this book. It's a story of a young man who comes home to help his mother when his stepfather becomes ill, and the pages are full of details from a time not so long ago. A fast pace with well-drawn characters, I was charmed. Walsh helps you to see your family, and even strangers, in a different light. Remembering Christmas is rich, satisfying, and full of hope.