02 November 2015

Keeping Christmas by Dan Walsh

About the Book
Nothing is more beautiful than family.

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, the ornaments were strange-looking – some were downright ugly – but they were tradition.

With Judith refusing to decorate the bare spruce tree in their living room, Stan's only hope for saving the holiday is found in a box of handmade ornaments…

Dan Walsh’s Keeping Christmas offers its readers a sweet Christmas story for the upcoming holiday season. When her children and their families cannot come home for Thanksgiving and then Christmas, Judith Winters becomes stuck in a slump and cannot summon her Christmas cheer. Her husband, Stan, will try anything to bring back her holiday spirit, yet nothing seems to work - until he settles on a daring idea. Overall, Keeping Christmas is an enjoyable story - though I did become annoyed with Judith’s sole focus on her children’s absence instead of still finding hope in the purpose for the season. Still, it’s a heartwarming and quick book for readers during the holiday season.

Thanks to Revell Reads, I received a copy of Keeping Christmas and the opportunity to provide an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review, and all the opinions I have expressed are my own.

About the Author
Dan Walsh is the bestselling author of several books, including The Unfinished Gift and the Restoration series with Gary Smalley. He has won three Carol Awards, and three of his novels were finalists for the RT Book Reviews 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 his website.

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