Merry Christmas Mini Book Haul – The Old Magic of Christmas – The Christmas Chronicles -The Return of the Light #Christmas #ChristmasReads

Ho ho ho! It’s Christmas Eve, and here’s my mini Christmas book haul. The hustle and bustle of Christmas isn’t going to leave much time for reading, especially when I’m spending time with some of our children’s favorites from Jan Brett, Chris Van Allsburg, and Charles Dickens. We just finished J.K. Rowling’s new book The Christmas Pig, which turned out lovely. I’m hoping to read these books below over Christmas break on into January.

Here’s what I picked up…

The Old Magic of ChristmasYuletide Traditions for the Darkest Days of the Year by Linda Raedisch-

Blurb: Not so very long ago, Yuletide was as much a chilling season of ghosts and witches as it was a festival of goodwill. In The Old Magic of Christmas you’ll find a Christmas bestiary and a White Witch’s herbal, as well as tips for delving more deeply into your relationship with the unseen. Bring the festivities into your home with cookie recipes and ornament making while brushing elbows with veiled spirits and discovering the true perils of elves. Rife with the more frightful characters from folklore and the season’s most petulant ghosts, this book takes you on a spooky sleigh ride from the silvered firs of a winter forest to the mirrored halls of the Snow Queen.

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Book Review: Noel Street (The Noel Collection, #3) by Richard Paul Evans #Christmas #BookReview #NoelStreet

Noel Street

by Richard Paul Evans

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My thoughts:

Elle is a single mom living in Mistletoe, Utah. The year is 1975 and her husband has passed away in the Vietnam War. She struggles financially while trying to raise her son, Dylan.

The people in Mistletoe are kind, but when Elle meets a local mechanic named William, he puzzles her. After a kind gesture, the two connect, and Elle discovers that William is a Vietnam POW who’s still living with demons.

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Book Review: The Noel Stranger (The Noel Collection, #2) by Richard Paul Evans #Christmas #BookReview #TheNoelStranger

The Noel Stranger

by Richard Paul Evans

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My thoughts:

It was an early morning yesterday
I was up before the dawn
And I really have enjoyed my stay
But I must be moving on

Like a king without a castle
Like a queen without a throne
I’m an early morning lover
And I must be moving on

Now I believe in what you say
Is the undisputed truth
But I have to have things my own way
To keep me in my youth — “Goodbye Stranger” – Supertramp

Mild Spoilers:

Maggie Walther’s life is a pretty good one. She’s been married for nine years, owns a thriving catering business, and her husband is a well-liked local councilman. Everything is sailing smoothly in their lives until Maggie receives a phone call from the newspaper informing her that her husband has been arrested for bigamy.

Maggie goes into shock and begins to ask herself multiple questions: Why did he do this? Didn’t he love me? What’s wrong with me? Why wasn’t I enough? She falls into depression and must find a way to reclaim her life.

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Book Review: A Christmas by the Sea by Melody Carlson #ChristmasBooks #FestiveReads

A Christmas by the Sea

By Melody Carlson

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From Goodreads:

When Wendy Harper inherits her family’s beachside cottage in Seaside, Maine, she sees it as a way to finally pay off the debts that have mounted since her husband died. But before it can be sold, the neglected property must be renovated. She and her 12-year-old son Jackson move in–temporarily, she reminds him–in order to do the work themselves, even though Christmas is coming. The charming town, along with local craftsman Caleb Colton, pulls on both Wendy and Jackson, who even registers himself for school in a bid to get his mom to move them there permanently. Wendy knows that the most responsible thing to do is to sell the cottage and return to Ohio, but the lure of the sea is hard to resist.

Join award-winning author Melody Carlson for a Christmas story that will warm your heart and have you dreaming of your own enchanted seaside holiday. Continue reading “Book Review: A Christmas by the Sea by Melody Carlson #ChristmasBooks #FestiveReads”