Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Wednesdays on the Trail(er)--The Christmas Village and The Reindeer Keeper (6)

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Weekly feature showcasing a favorite or newly discovered book trailer every week.  Also, cross hosted over at Castle Macabre with the only difference being that horror/speculative movie trailers will also be featured since CM is technically a horror (speculative fiction) book/movie review site.  Please feel free to join in every week, if you would like.  I hope you enjoy it!

This week, I have an extra special Wednesday trailer, actually two.  These are two wonderful Christmas books I read and reviewed a few months ago.  Today, I'm including their trailers and my reviews of the books.  Enjoy!

My thoughts:
The Christmas Village is a delightful holiday story geared toward middle grade readers.  However, this is a book the entire family will enjoy.  Not only is the story an adventure, it also contains a message of love, friendship, and forgiveness.  The nostalgic times of Christmases past, when villages and towns gathered in the town on Christmas Eve for celebration and companionship, the portrayal of the depression era and how people banded together to help each other in hard times...these elements are all present here and it's a refreshing and comforting read, perfect for reading at Christmas time, reminding us just what the Christmas spirit is all about.  

My thoughts:
Dear authors, if you write a book that brings me to tears, it automatically earns a must-read (5 stars on Goodreads) recommendation.  Barbara has done it! I have not read such a touching, heartfelt Christmas book since one of my favorites, The Christmas Box by Richard Paul Evans.  She has touched on so many of the things that resonate with me.  Family, having two sons and dealing with how fast they grow and wondering where the time goes, the traditions and spirit of Christmas, and the importance of believing.  I recognized so much of myself in Abbey.  Her willingness to believe in the magic of Christmas is so like me.  I'm sure that's why I identify with the book so well, but even if you do not identify yourself with the characters (but you just might), you will still love this book.

I must touch on another wonderful aspect of the book and that is the cover and inside illustrations by Suzanne Langelier-Lebeda.  They are so wonderful and they really make the book even more special.  (they are beautifully showcased in the trailer above)

I must warn you...this book will make you cry, but it will also make you laugh and it will make you remember your family traditions and hopes. I really can't recommend this book highly enough. It has earned a permanent spot on my Christmas book shelves and I know I will read it again and again for many years to come. Thank you, Barbara, for this wonderful book. <3

I hope everyone is having a wonderful holiday season!


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