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Nancy's Notes - November 17, 2011

“The Christmas Wedding” by James Patterson, “Christmas Treasures” by Thomas Kinkade, “Lost December” by Richard Paul Evans.
 Whether you want to face the facts or not, Christmas is only six weeks away. We have just purchased several seasonal books for your enjoyment. If you’re ready to get in the Christmas mood stop in and pick up a new title.
    Every once in a while James Patterson changes his writing style and brings readers a book for female readers. This Christmas he brings us, “The Christmas Wedding”. The tree is decorated and the packages are wrapped, but the biggest cause for celebration this Christmas is Gaby Summerhill’s wedding. Since her husband died three years ago, Gaby’s four children have drifted apart, consumed by their own busy lives. They haven’t celebrated Christmas together since their father’s death, but when Gaby announces that she’s getting married and that the identity of the groom will remain a secret until the ceremony, she may finally be able to bring them home for the holidays.
    Artist, Thomas Kinkade, has also become known for writing inspirational fiction. His latest installment is, “Christmas Treasures”. Reverend Ben has developed heart problems requiring surgery. Since Ben will need six weeks of recuperation, an interim minister is assigned to the congregation. Reverend Isabel Lawrence is young and has a quiet but steady way of connecting with the members of the church. Ben has secretly been considering retirement. Is this health setback a sign from above that it’s time to move on to a new phase of his life. Reverend Isabel seems to be the answer to an unspoken prayer, the perfect replacement. But as Ben grows stronger and gets back to his old self, he starts to wonder if he’s really ready to celebrate his final Christmas as pastor of the church in Cape Light that has been his life’s work.
    Richard Paul Evans has written several Christmas stories. This year’s entitled, “Lost December”, is a modern day version of the Bible’s prodigal son. When Luke Crisp graduates from business school, his father, CEO and co-founder of Crisp’s Copy Centers, decides to turn the family business over to his son. But Luke has other plans. Taking control of his trust fund, Luke leaves home to pursue a life of reckless indulgence. But when his funds run out, so do his friends. Humbled and too ashamed to ask for help, Luke secretly takes a lowly job at one of his father’s copy centers. There he falls in love with a struggling single mother and begins to understand the greatest source of joy.
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