The Special Guest: A Christmas Story

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The holiday season has arrived, and Richmond is bustling with activity. But for the Reids, this Christmas marks the first anniversary of the accident that changed their lives forever. Sixteen-year-old Scott Reid is working Christmas weekend when he meets an elderly man dressed in clothes as outdated as his automobile. The stranger explains he was passing through when his car broke down. Realizing that the man is stranded, Scott invites him home to spend Christmas with his family. Soon after the guest arrives, unexpected things begin to happen, leaving the Reids to wonder if something more than coincidence has brought this stranger to their home. Then, on Christmas morning they discover who their special guest really is. What they learn may be the most wondrous part of all.
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As do several Christmas books this season, this one transports readers to a simpler, better America that never existed. On the last shopping day before Christmas, teenager Scott Reid, bagging groceries at a supermarket, befriends a mysterious stranger and invites him home for the holiday weekend. The curious old man, whose white bushy eyebrows, old fashioned clothes and cherubic disposition immediately endear him to the unbelievably hospitable Reid family, says his name is Zachery and claims to work for a charitable agency. Zachery soon elicits from the Reids a recital of the sad event that has afflicted the family. Exactly one year ago, Scott's younger sister, whom he was teaching to ride her bicycle, was run down by drunk driver Jake Fincastle; she remains in a coma. In short order, Zachery convinces the Reids to commit "an act of forgiveness"visit Jake in prison and bring good cheer and food to his wife and children. When the Reids' own lives are next blessed by a double miracle, even the most credulous reader will not be surprised. A series of clichs stitched together by coincidences and facile solutions, one-dimensional characterization, predictable props (hot chocolate, a crackling fire) and issues reduced to the lowest common denominator rob the narrative of suspense, much less inspirational magic. Previously self-published by Allen, this sentimental story drips with a syrupy piety. 75,000 first printing; $300,000 ad/promo; author tour. (Nov.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780886464240
  • Publisher: Durkin Hayes Publishing, Ltd.
  • Publication date: 1/1/1997
  • Format: Cassette
  • Edition description: 2 Cassettes
  • Product dimensions: 4.42 (w) x 6.98 (h) x 0.74 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 19, 2014

    This book will make you experience that magical feeling of chris

    This book will make you experience that magical feeling of christmas everytime you pick it up. I felt myself getting goosebumps in a few parts 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 19, 2003

    A wonderful family-together-time holiday story!!

    This is an excellent story that brought tears to my eyes, as well as a smile to my face! It is a treasure to be able to find something in this day and age that is acceptable for your three year old to hear, as well as grandma and grandpa! This is definitely a family tradition in our house that everyone loves! This story does not get enough credit!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 24, 2002

    An Emotional Trek

    A great lesson is learned by all members of the family in this story and how strength, faith and trust will prevail. It affects all of the human emotions. I will pass this book on to all of my grandchildren.

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