Sep 3, 2012

The Christmas Star by Ace Collins

Robert Reed gave his life for his country in the early days of World War II. His sacrifice was honored when his widow and son were presented with the Congressional Medal of Honor. Each Christmas the final decoration Madge Reed hangs on the family’s tree is that medal. Rather than being a symbol of honor for young Jimmy Reed that shining star represents loss, pain, and suffering.

Yet a letter delivered by one of Robert’s fellow soldiers and a mystery posed in that letter put a father’s sacrifice and faith into perspective and bring new meaning to not just the star hanging on the Christmas tree but the events of the very first Christmas. Then, when least expected, a Christmas miracle turns a final bit of holiday sadness into a joy that Jimmy has never known.

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Title: The Christmas Star
Publisher: Abingdon Press
Pub Date: October 01, 2012
ISBN: 9781426714689

Ace Collins is quickly rising to the top of the list of my all time favourite authors. This is the second book I have read by this accomplished author in the past week, and I want more.

Jimmy (affectionately called James by only his mother) has had a very hard time coping with the loss of his father during the war. His grades are suffering at school, he has fallen into the wrong crowd of friends, and he's easily influenced to do things that he knows are wrong. Just before Christmas, he finds himself in a relationship that spells trouble ... of an illegal kind.

In his heart, Jimmy searches for a way to make things right before it's too late. When the safety of those closest to him is threatened, he knows it's all his fault. Feeling he has nowhere to turn for help, he desperately tries to figure out a plan on his own.

Memories of his father come to the forefront, in many unexpected ways. First there is a caring neighbour with a special handmade treasure, a sweet female friend who challenges him, and a mysterious visitor who brings a photo and a story from the past.

Jimmy was expecting to have the worst Christmas ever, but sometimes miracles do happen. The Christmas Star is a story that's perfect for anytime of year, not just at Christmas time.

Disclosure: Ebook received through Net Galley courtesy of Abingdon Press, in exchange for my honest review.

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