Christmas Wonders by Robyn Buttars
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Source: Received eBook to review
Book Description: Have a wonder-filled Christmas, people in Luke s new hometown greet one another as Christmas approaches. With no memory of a Christmas celebration, ten-year-old Luke feels excluded from the town's tradition, until he finds his deceased mother s nativity set. Touched by Mary s protecting embrace of the Baby Jesus, Luke experiences his first Christmas Wonder. His discovery is the catalyst for a search that leads to a soul-changing season for neighbors as Luke finds his connection to heavenly love.
Robyn Buttars, author of the best-selling and award winning novella Christmas Rose, weaves an unforgettable holiday story for the entire family.
My thoughts: Luke and his father have moved from his grandfather's ranch to a small town. At first Luke feels a little out of place and an outsider until he hears of the "Christmas Wonders".
Years ago, another child gave the gift of the Christmas Wonders to the town and made an impact upon the residents. Luke feels a kinship toward her and tries to learn more of her and her story.
The book is of two stories in one. It tells of a girl who gave her love freely. The other story is of Luke as he learns to love Christmas and find his way in his new town. He learns of himself and he finds treasures his mother left hidden away.
This book is beautifully written. I loved the story of forgiveness and moving forward after heartbreak. I think this book will become part of the books of Christmas that I keep and read from year to year as I try to remind myself of the true spirit of Christmas.
About the Author: Robyn Buttars is an award-winning author of books for children and adults. Her first novella, Christmas Rose, won first place in the League of Utah Writer's Contest and was a holiday bestseller. Her home is Lewiston, Utah, and she and her husband, Kent, are the parents of six children. She is a registered nurse and enjoys traveling, composing, and reading.