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Publication Date: 2009
Nativity, Missouri, is in trouble. When the small town is bypassed by the newly constructed highway, it loses its much-needed holiday trafficthreatening not only the towns financial survival, but its very heart and soul. Outside consultant Jake Brisco threatens everything the community loves about Christmas with his budget-slashing solutions. Nothing is sacrednot even the traditional town Christmas tree. Long-time resident Roni Elliot knows some sacrifices have to be made, but cant let go of the customs and traditions that have marked her holidays since childhood. The decorations and customary activities have always generated vitality and joy throughout the whole season in Nativity. Though their priorities and methods clash, Roni and Jake want the same thingprosperity for the town. As the two get to know each other and become close, each begins to gain a new perspective on what the real wealth of Nativityand the seasonmight be. The Christmas Lamp takes an honest look into the issues and concerns we all face and sheds light on the real origins of Christmas spirit.
Lori Copeland is a bestselling author whose books includde Now and Always, Simple Gifts, Unwrapping Christmas, and Monday Morning Faith, which was a finalist for the 2007 Christy Awards. Lori was inducted into the Springfield Writers Hall of Fame in 2000 and lives in the beautiful Ozarks with her husband and family.
She wants a lot out of life, including the right man in her life, a discovery of the true meaning of Christmas, and the resolution of some old hurts and painful memories in the small town she thinks of as her place of security. The rest of the characters are community members from the small town of Nativity, and they are easily likeable as well. The other central character, Jake Brisco, is appealing, but we never are presented with much back story about him, and except for the facts that hes the right age for Roni to be interested in and hes rather good looking, there isnt anything distinctly original about him.
The plotline struggles with depth and originality as well. The story is about finding the true meaning of Christmas as it relates to forgiveness, optimism, brotherhood, and joy. No deep conflict occurs, and this causes the plot to lack narrative drive. The novella resolves itself nicely, but there is not enough dissonance in the story to need much more than a pat resolution.
The Christmas Lamp may shed light on the meaning of Christmas, but it illuminates angles that have already been presented. Rachel Kiely, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com
richmissouriAge: 45-54Gender: female3 Stars Out Of 5The Christmas LampFebruary 2, 2015richmissouriAge: 45-54Gender: femaleI was a little disappointed in this book. I have always enjoyed books by this author but wasn't as impressed with this one.
djstu4Allentown, PAAge: 45-54Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Christmas RomanceJanuary 26, 2015djstu4Allentown, PAAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4Christmas always seems to bring people together in these romances. This one had a good plot and believable characters.
Judy K BurgiKendallville, INAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5A Christmas Novella That Will Capture Your Heart!January 31, 2014Judy K BurgiKendallville, INAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5What a wonderful heartfelt Christmas read. This story will surely tug on your heart strings as it did mine.
Nativity is a small town close to being non-existent due to money woes. Will this town survive and thrive once again at the expense of losing the Christmas traditions that are near and dear to the people of Nativity?
As I became acquainted with each character in this book, my heart grew in fondness for each and every one. I asked myself a question, would I be as concerned with tradition as these folks were or would I push to set tradition aside in order to save my town?
This is one heartwarming story that you do not want to miss. I know Christmas has come and gone but I still enjoy a good Christmas read any time of the year.
I have read other books by author Lori Copeland and have enjoyed her novels. Don't miss out on this one!
J. WeaverKansasAge: Over 65Gender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5Loved the StoryFebruary 13, 2013J. WeaverKansasAge: Over 65Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I really enjoyed this book. It's about a relationship that doesn't seem to go well,until the surprising end. I had not read Lori Copeland books before...after reading this,I'm hooked. Anyone who loves a Christmas story,a love story or a good story period will enjoy this one. Young or old you will like it.
Jeannie DonaldsonStatesboro, GAAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5A Delightful StoryDecember 23, 2012Jeannie DonaldsonStatesboro, GAAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This is a sweet story, and I enjoyed every minute of it, and gave a few of them away as Christmas gifts last year. I don't remember all the details about the story anymore, but do remember that I was left with a warm feeling and a smile on my face when I closed the book for the last time. I recommend it for adults and teens.