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November 13, 2011

Remembering Christmas by Dan Walsh

About this novel:
A time not so long ago in 1980 when IBM had not yet launched the personal computer; the Boombox was hot; Reality TV was unheard of; MTV was just launching; Ronald Reagan was president; the Winter Olympics witnessed the USA team defeat the favored Soviet team and win the gold; and Rick Denton was in pursuit of his career goals and climbing the corporate ladder.

During this time, the holiday season only slowed Rick from his frenetic normal pace. For Rick, holiday downtime for everyone else meant extra time to get ahead on goals and returning calls. His goal in life was to work hard, play hard, live life on his terms, and answer to no one.

Then the phone call came from his mother during Thanksgiving weekend informing him about his stepfather’s stroke. His mom needed Rick’s help at the little run-down bookstore they owned. He has never liked Art, his stepfather and resents the man's presence in his life, despite the fact that his own father abandoned the family when Rick was just twelve. Reluctantly Rick agrees to help and when he arrives at the store, he soon discovers that a few days of managing the store turn into a few weeks.

While there Rick meets the patrons of the Book Nook – some quirky, some homeless, some chatty, some hip and cool - and one a lovely young woman who trains him on the job. He tends to judge them all-- until a moment of truth and discovery: the true meaning of Christmas.

About the Author:
Dan Walsh is the award-winning author of The Unfinished Gift, The Homecoming, and The Deepest Waters. A member of American Christian Fiction Writers, Dan served as a pastor for 25 years. He lives with his family in the Daytona Beach area, where he's busy researching and writing his next novel.

My Thoughts:
Dan Walsh is easily one of my new favorite authors, and I told him that last time I read one of his books. I have compared him to Nicholas Sparks for the Christian book enthusiast. I have been reading a lot of Nicholas Sparks's novels lately, and have to admit I prefer Dan's books to his. I know when I read one of Dan's books that it will be kept "clean" while still holding the mystery and romance that I enjoy in novels. This novel was a real treat, as I enjoy his novels, and anything relating to the holidays, so this was a perfect combination of those two things.

Available September 2011 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group


  1. Enjoyed reading your review of Remembering Christmas, Melinda. So glad you liked it. I'll join those praying for your success in adoption. My wife and I adopted both of our children. They are married now. Our daughter is now 28 and has given us our first grandson. Our son is 21, and was just married last June.


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