December Holiday Reviews 2012 – One A Day – #7

To get everyone into the mood for celebrating winter, the final month of the year, or any of the many religious and non-religious festivals that will occur this month, we will showcase reviews for a range of holiday-themed books right here. One a day, and since the books on the web site are all from this year, we’ll give books from previous years some extra attention here on the blog. I hope you will join us in having a look at the “Golden Oldies”!

This is a “different kind of Christmas story”, reviewed by Lena, who thought it is “a story which will touch your heart and remind you to never take anyone or anything for granted”. You can also find the full review on the Rainbow Book Reviews site by clicking here.

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Book Blurb

It’s Christmas Eve morning, 1957, and John wakes up to find his parents are missing. When he realizes they never came home from a holiday party they attended the night before, John calls his estranged uncle, a man he barely remembers and hasn’t seen in nearly 14 years. Together, they face a life-changing tragedy and John discovers a family secret that’s been tucked away like the Christmas presents hidden in his parent’s coat closet.

Book Review

Traditionally, Christmas is a time for reuniting families, catching up on old times, and sharing hopes for the future. In ‘Christmas Baby’ by Johnny Miles, this Christmastime is one John will never forget. The only positive thing is that he is reunited with his mother’s brother, Uncle Bill, a man he was never allowed to know, but never told why.

When his parents die in a car crash, John is overwhelmed with guilt. He regrets all the words spoken in anger and those left unspoken, all the questions he should have asked, the simple things he’ll miss like his mother’s care when he was sick and his father giving him advice about girls. His pain is almost unbearable knowing that he’ll never again feel their hugs or hear their voices.

Uncle Bill is not at all what John expects. He’s much cooler with his motorcycle, taste in music, and his easy-going mannerisms. He readily offers John his help and reassurance that he’s not alone. Bill’s honesty about being gay, even though it is quite uncomfortable, shows how far he’s willing to go to help John understand and hopefully accept him.

This is definitely a different kind of Christmas story, but it emphasizes an important message which we all need to remember — live every day as if it were your last and you’ll have no regrets, only a sense of peace. I’d recommend this to anyone who will appreciate a story which will touch your heart and remind you to never take anyone or anything for granted.

DISCLAIMER: Books reviewed on this site were usually provided at no cost by the publisher or author. This book has been purchased by the reviewer.

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