I can’t believe Christmas is just three days away. Well, two for us, since we have family gathering here on Christmas Eve! It’s always exciting times filled with hope, expectations (perhaps a tad unrealistic), more calories than needed, and, in our case, laughter. I wish all that and more for you, my friends!
And, if you find time to escape into a book, I’ve made one of my favorite holiday stories just 99¢ for a short time. (Universal buy links here: CALEB 99¢)
Several recent reviews brought me such glee, including this one:
“Caleb’s Christmas Wish is not your usual Christmas story: It is a heart warming, compassionate, insightful book that I loved reading and definitely recommend.
The story is centred on the grieving process of a group of individuals united by a sudden and heartbreaking tragedy.
I loved the way the author outlines the reactions of each protagonist. Each one of them deals with the situation in his/her own way, not always making the best decisions: sometimes doing the wrong thing, often confused, sad, or even mad in a very realistic and involving troubled emotional journey.
For the two adults, Jake and Allison, grief surfaces old emotional traumas. Both of them must accept past and present life events and find the inner strength and motivation to resume living a full, even if changed, life.
Caleb, so realistic in his reactions and thoughts, touches the deepest cords of the reader’s heart.
The mother-in-law persona is a real stand out – intelligent, generous and sensitive, she cannot avoid going through the stereotypical feelings towards younger generations, becoming bitter, unfair and self absorbed. I loved how Jake and Allison help her find peace, offering understanding and reassurance rather than confrontation.
Father Avila is a lovely side character, always demonstrating his faith with actions, always offering support and understanding.
Caleb’s Christmas Wish, however, is far from an academic psychological analysis. It is a true Christmas story about how love and family can heal human suffering. The book raises deep reflection topics making the reader appreciate the true spirit of the Holidays.”
Happy hugs and marvelous holiday wishes!!!