Holiday Miracles: My Review of The Christmas Club by Barbara Hinske #FantasticFridayReads #Fiction #Inspiration

What Audible Says

 

Verna Lind expects Christmas of 1952 to be the best holiday she’s had since the war ended. But as she’s leaving the bank, a frigid wind off Lake Erie catches her hard-earned Christmas club savings, whisking the bills into the busy streets of downtown Cleveland and devastating her plans. Strangers come to her aid, though no one anticipates the power of their chance encounter or the seeds of happiness Verna’s lost money will sow.

From Barbara Hinske, best-selling author of the Rosemont series, comes this heartwarming Christmas tale celebrating the generosity of the human spirit and the irresistible pull of love – an instant holiday classic for admirers of It’s a Wonderful Life and “The Gift of the Magi.”

 

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My Thoughts

 

After reading Guiding Emily and reviewing it here last week, I decided to check out some of Barbara Hinske’s other books. I was drawn to this one, thinking it would be great at the top of my holiday reading list. It didn’t disappoint me.

I was amazed at the impact that six five dollar bills scattered to the four winds would have on so many people. I loved every character and found each scenario believable. The ending is priceless. The narrator of this Audible version does an excellent job. The Christmas Club well illustrates how magical this season can be. I hope you, like me, will make it a first on your holiday reading list this year.

 

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New! Why Grandma Doesn’t Know Me

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The cover of the book features an older woman sitting in a wicker chair facing a window. The world beyond the window is bright, and several plants are visible on the terrace. Behind the woman’s chair is another plant, with a tall stalk and wide rounded leaves. The woman has short, white hair, glasses, a red sweater, and tan pants. The border of the picture is a taupe color and reads "Why Grandma Doesn't Know Me" above the photo and "Abbie Johnson Taylor" below it.Photo Resize and Description by

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Sixteen-year-old Natalie’s grandmother, suffering from dementia and confined to a wheelchair, lives in a nursing home and rarely recognizes Natalie. But one Halloween night, she tells her a shocking secret that only she and Natalie’s mother know. Natalie is the product of a one-night stand between her mother, who is a college English teacher, and another professor.

After some research, Natalie learns that people with dementia often have vivid memories of past events. Still not wanting to believe what her grandmother has told her, she finds her biological father online. The resemblance between them is undeniable. Not knowing what else to do, she shows his photo and website to her parents.

Natalie realizes she has some growing up to do. Scared and confused, she reaches out to her biological father, and they start corresponding.

Her younger sister, Sarah, senses their parents’ marital difficulties. At Thanksgiving, when she has an opportunity to see Santa Claus, she asks him to bring them together again. Can the jolly old elf grant her request?

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Author: abbiejohnsontaylor

I'm the author of three novels, two poetry collections, and a memoir. My work has appeared in various journals and anthologies. I'm visually impaired and live in Sheridan, Wyoming, where for six years, I cared for my totally blind late husband who was paralyzed by two strokes. Please visit my website at: https://www.abbiejohnsontaylor.com

9 thoughts on “Holiday Miracles: My Review of The Christmas Club by Barbara Hinske #FantasticFridayReads #Fiction #Inspiration”

    1. You’re welcome, Patty. I forgot to tell you all yesterday that this review would go live today and that reviews of other books I mentioned would go live in coming weeks. I’m glad you enjoyed this review and hope you like the book.

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