Keeping Christmas: A Novel - eBook
Keeping Christmas: A Novel - eBook  -     By: Dan Walsh
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Format: DRM Protected ePub
Vendor: Revell
Publication Date: 2015
ISBN: 9781441228215
ISBN-13: 9781441228215

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For the first time since their children were born, empty nesters Judith and Stan Winters spent Thanksgiving without the kids, and it's looking like Christmas will be the same. Judith can't bring herself to even start decorating for the holiday; her kids always hung the first ornaments on the tree, ornaments they had made each year since they were toddlers. Sure they were strange-looking--some could be called downright ugly--but they were tradition. A tradition she's heartbroken to miss this year.

With Judith refusing to decorate the bare spruce tree in their living room, Stan knows something must be done. And his only hope for saving the holiday is found in a box of handmade ornaments.

Fan-favorite Dan Walsh invites readers to enjoy this nostalgic Christmas story that celebrates all of our most cherished seasonal traditions, especially the importance of family. Readers will join in remembering the things that make their own Christmas season so special.

Author Bio

Dan Walsh is the bestselling author of several books, including The Restoration Series with Gary Smalley, as well as The Unfinished Gift, The Discovery, and The Reunion. He has won three Carol Awards, and three of his novels were finalists for RT Book Reviews's Inspirational Book of the Year. 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. Learn more at www.danwalshbooks.com.

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  1. Gazpacho
    Harrison, MI
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: Female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    What Happens When You Experience a Huge Measure of Empty Nest during Christmas season?
    October 4, 2017
    Gazpacho
    Harrison, MI
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    For many folks, Christmas is a happy time of year. It's filled with warm cozy memories, family, food and fun. But it is not that way for everyone. For some people this holiday only brings them pain and emptiness. There may be bad memories or a lack of good memories. What then? Keeping Christmas by Dan Walsh is all about one couple dealing with the emptiness of loss at one of the most family oriented times of the year.

    Stan and Judith Winters are empty nesters. And this year it was painfully obvious. Their three children are grown, married, with families and good jobs. And they are scattered all over the US. None were able to come home for Thanksgiving, and Judith has just learned that none of them will be able to afford to come home for Christmas either. This has put Judith into a deep depression which she has been unable to shake. Stan and Judith's best friends, Barney and Betty (I don't know their last names, but it probably isn't Rubble!) even tried to cheer Judith up. Nothing seemed to work. Stan knew there had to be a solution to the problem, but he just couldn't think what it could be.

    There were so many poignant moments in this book. Judith's feelings are understandable and very true for many other people dealing with the empty nest. It drew me in, made me feel a little sad as I read her plight. But even though the predominant problem is sad, there were still plenty of funny and even feel-good moments. I enjoyed the book so much, in fact, that I have read it several times in the past couple of years.

    My favorite part of the story was a discussion between Judith and Betty about their husbands. Keep in mind that this book is written by a male author, so it was so surprising to read their discussion about how men seem to have switches on their feelings, and how often they can switch off those feelings while the wife just can't do that. The discussion was precious. I found myself agreeing, "Yeah, how is that possible?" The author nailed that conversation.

    The second most favorite part about the story was the description of the ugly ornaments and their significance. Again, I felt a heart tug here because our children and I used to make ornaments when they were younger. There were a lot of fond memories wrapped up in those years. As it turns out, those ornaments play an important part in the resolution, which was a perfect way to end the book. Even if you're not an empty nester, I believe you'll enjoy reading this story.

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a complimentary review copy of this book from NetGalley on behalf of the author and Revell. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255: Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.
  2. patgro
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    excellent for a fresh look at Christmas
    January 27, 2017
    patgro
    Quality: 0
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    I liked this book and have grown to trust this author. It refreshed my perspective and appreciation for christmas.
  3. Deana
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Family Tradition
    December 30, 2015
    Deana
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for Keeping Christmas: A Novel.
    I really enjoy reading books from Dan Walsh. They are always filled with laughter, tears, joy, love and faith. This cute little book is no exception. It is very relatable to those of us who have experienced the empty nest syndrome . The kids move away and start their own lives with their families , while the parents are left with an empty house and memories. Stan and Judith are feeling the heartache this holiday when the kids aren't able to cone home for Thanksgiving. Judith sinks into a real depression when she finds out that the kids won't be home for Christmas either.

    The author writes with such emotion and tells their story with grace and charm. Stan does a great job of trying to get his wife out of her depression, but nothing seems to work. It is a story much like you would see on a HALLMARK movie with families trying to make the most of a sad Christmas. For some it may be a predictable story, but for others it will show them what sacrifice a husband will do to make his wife happy and see her smile again. Overall I enjoyed the book. I suggest you get your tissues ready, settle down in a comfy place, and get ready for a story that gives you hope and shows what unconditional love is. KEEPING CHRISTMAS is a story that is great for anyone looking for a book about families , traditions and faith.

    I received a copy of this book from NetGalley for an honest review.
  4. Fitzysmom
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Review from Rambles of a SAHM
    December 3, 2015
    Fitzysmom
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for Keeping Christmas: A Novel.
    Empty-nesters be forewarned . . . this is an emotional story targeted right at you! I've read many of Dan Walsh's books so I knew that this would be a book that would stir my heart and most likely bring me to tears. It did. What I wasn't prepared for was the stepping on my toes!

    Stan and Judith are empty-nesters and for the most part they are okay with that. Until this year. This is the first year that none of their grown children or grandchildren would have a seat at their Thanksgiving table. To make matters worse they have already stated that they would also not be home for Christmas.

    If you've never experienced this feeling, trust me it's hard. What is a person to do when all the family traditions are turned on their heads? Dan Walsh does a masterful job of depicting the emptiness you feel when the kids move on. I found myself empathizing with Judith and her helplessness in getting out of the slump that she found herself in.

    Poor Stan. What's a guy to do when his wife feels as if everything she's done suddenly doesn't matter? It was so interesting to see the story play out from both of their perspectives.

    In my opinion you can't go wrong with a Christmas novella from Dan Walsh. It is sure to make you ponder your own life and then sigh with contentment when you close the cover. Be sure to pick this one up for yourself or a friend this holiday season.

    I received a copy of this book to facilitate my review.
  5. Nicki Olsen
    Appomattox,VA
    Age: Under 18
    Gender: Female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Keeping Christmas is a gift to readers!
    December 1, 2015
    Nicki Olsen
    Appomattox,VA
    Age: Under 18
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 0
    Value: 0
    Meets Expectations: 0
    This review was written for Keeping Christmas: A Novel.
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    *My Thoughts*

    Keeping Christmas is a gift to readers, it truly is. One reviewer put it this way: "An Ending as Feel Good Cozy as a Yule log". I could not agree more!

    This is an empty nest story. You know the drill...the kids move out, the father makes the most of it by doing everything he couldn't do when the kids were home, the mother slips into a sort of depression remembering the days when they were a family under one roof. It's sad, and it makes the reader feel the mother's sense of heartbreak from the beginning yet they still understand the man's point of view. It's one of those stories that you feel everything from beginning to end. This is one of those stories and yet it is so much more!

    I am an avid crafter so when Judith started her little hobby to keep her mind occupied, it had me jumping with joy but still, something was missing.

    I found Stan quite admirable and found myself gushing over his attempts at giving his wife a special Christmas. He truly tried to understand and when he finally got it, I was sighing with relief and shaking with excitement at what I was sure was coming. I was not disappointed!

    Dan took an ordinary story and turned it into something that feels like magic! It was a beautiful story and left me sighing with happiness. And yes, dear reader, this book is every bit as warm as that simple, aw-inspiring cover.

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    *My overall thoughts*

    Keeping Christmas by Dan Walsh is such a perfect family Christmas story! Beautiful outside and in, this book will leave you with the yule tide warmth you love.

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    *My Rating*

    I give Keeping Christmas by Dan Walsh...



    5 stars!!

    *I received this book from the publisher and the author in exchange for an honest review, which I have given. All thoughts were my own and I was not compensated in any other way.
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