We’re getting a rare snowstorm on Vancouver Island today, a perfect time to sit with an enjoyable book and a cup of hot chocolate with a dash of Kahlua!
Once again, my interest varied to several different genres, so there should be something here for most tastes.
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Fifteen-year-old Tex is devastated when his older brother, Mason, sells their horses in order to feed the teens after their father leaves them to manage on their own.
Mason plans to get out of the situation he’s been forced into by earning a football scholarship and nothing is going to stand in his way- even his little brother.
Hurt and angry, Tex undertakes one foolhardy adventure after another in a bid to bury the ache in his heart, but the distance between the brothers grows.
In the end, this is the story of family ties and the strength of the bonds that draw us together.
Six years ago, Carly lost her beloved brother and her fiancé on the eve of their wedding. The two men belonged to Hood Hamlet’s Mountain Rescue Team along with their best friend, Jake Porter, and were avid climbers. Even though a storm was moving in, and Carly begged them to stay off the mountain, they insisted it would be fine- except it wasn’t. Nothing would ever be fine again.
Jake wishes he’d gone with his friends on that fateful night. He could have been the difference that let the men come home alive to Carly. Instead, he had the grim job of bringing their frozen bodies off the mountain.
Her brother’s widow remarried a couple of years later and is about to have a baby, just in time for Christmas. Carly reluctantly agrees to return to Hood Hamlet to help give her young niece and nephew (her brother’s children) a holiday filled with the traditions of Carly’s youth. Except Jake is here, too. He’s become an integral member of the family and the children’s honorary uncle, leaving Carly to manage the complex emotions this man stirs.
His Christmas Wish is a heartwarming story of overcoming a tragic loss and learning to live and love again.
Stella and her younger sisters foster a baby Hoopoe chick and learn the spirit of Christmas along the way.
The girls must feed and care for the fledgling bird, including catching crickets and other small critters for their carnivorous friend. As Hoopie edges toward maturity and stretches his wings, fear that he will leave the girls behind grows.
How will the sisters handle the loss?
This is a lovely, gentle, short story that teaches children about the cycle of life and the importance of caring for those in need.
Told from an adult Zack’s point of view in a conversational format with his daughter, Abbie, this is the story of two boys growing up in the early sixties, which is interesting in and of itself, but these boys are different- special.
We learn of their creative gifts through a series of vignette-type scenes highlighting the difficulties they encounter. People fear what they don’t understand, and this leads the boys to attempt to hide their true nature.
What stood out for me was the support Zach’s father showed when everyone else thought his son was crazy.
Being a sixties kid myself, many of the settings in the story such as the bowling alley, school, and home life were like a trip down memory lane, so thank you, Mr. Antion!