The Christmas Tree Keeper
by Tamara Passey
Did I ever fall in love with this sweet, Christmas story!
Angela is a single mom with an 8-year-old daughter named Caroline. Todd, her ex-husband, left years ago. She’s now living in Sutton, Massachusetts with no money, job, or much support at all. She hates that her daughter should ever have to worry about how the bills are going to get paid. Angela truly needs to catch a break and just wants her daughter to have a happy Christmas.
When visiting a local Christmas tree farm, Papa Shafer, the owner, tells Caroline that the trees they sell are miracle trees, but only if you believe. Caroline is fascinated and can’t wait to get their tree home, whereas Angela is afraid she’ll get her hope’s up only to be let down.
“I knew she was a believer. You see, you have to find the people with the light in their eye, not the skeptical ones. No tree on the lot can help them.”
After bringing home their Christmas tree, strange things begin to happen. There’s something magical about this Christmas tree farm and the ‘miracle trees’ that grow there. Angela is still skeptical and reluctant to believe that miracles really are possible.
What a wonderful story! There’s actually a lot going on with the Shafer family which makes the plot interesting. I fell in love with the characters too, especially Papa Shafer with the love he has for the family tree farm. Caroline is really cute too; she’s a typical curious 8-year-old who, even with her young age, brings positive energy to the story. The connections were neat, and for being a book on the shorter side, the characters were well-developed. There were a couple annoying parts in the book, just with a few characters and their decision-making, but they didn’t last long and it all came together nicely in the end. By the conclusion of the book I was hoping for more development with the relationships, but then I noticed there’s a second book and I’m excited to get started on it to see what will happen with everyone.
The Christmas Tree Keeper is a clean, holiday romance that really doesn’t have much romance at all. It’s a quick read, heartwarming, and will surely get you into the holiday spirit.
- Paperback: 168 pages
- Publisher: Winter Street Press (November 20, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0990984060
- ISBN-13: 978-0990984061
Though Angela Donovan is out of work and needs money for rent, she yearns for her eight-year-old daughter to have a carefree holiday. The last thing she wants is the pressure of her daughter expecting a miracle. But when they pick out a Christmas tree at a cozy Massachusetts tree farm that’s exactly what happens when they learn the trees might be miracle trees.
Mark Shafer is soon to be the new keeper of the Christmas trees as owner of the family tree farm. He’d like to run it with a family of his own, but his girlfriend wants nothing to do with farm life. He makes plans to sell so he can propose to his girlfriend and pursue a career in music. Then he meets an unforgettable customer and her daughter, and an anonymous gift compels them to learn the truth about the trees.
With a buyer willing to pay top dollar for the land, Mark has the fate of the trees in his hand. Will he be able to see what and who is most important? And will Angela give the miracle of love a chance?
This is book #2 for the 20 Books For Christmas Reading Challenge. You can see my progress by clicking the image below:
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