‘Remembering Christmas’ by Dan Walsh: a Review

Grab a cup of hot chocolate and settle in with this heartwarming story. (A review of 'Remembering Christmas' by Dan Walsh.)Remembering Christmas

by Dan Walsh

From the back cover:

Rick Denton lives his life on his terms. He works hard, plays hard, and answers to no one. So when his mother calls begging him to come home after his stepfather has an aneurysm, Rick is more than a little reluctant. What was supposed to be just a couple days helping out at the family bookstore turns into weeks of cashing out old ladies and dealing with the homeless guy who keeps hanging around the store. The one bright spot is the lovely and intriguing young woman who works at his side each day.

As Christmas nears, Rick’s old life beckons, the hurts from his past loom large, and the decisions he makes will determine more than just where he spends Christmas Eve.

About the author:

Dan Walsh is the bestselling author of 16 novels and 1 nonfiction devotional, including The Unfinished Gift, The Reunion and When Night Comes. He has won 3 ACFW Carol Awards (finalist 6 times), 3 Selah Awards, and 3 times his novels have been named as finalists for RT Reviews Inspirational Novel of the Year.

For those who haven’t read Dan’s books, reviewers often compare him to Nicholas Sparks and Richard Paul Evans. Although more recently, Dan has also started to pen suspense novels (like, What Follows After and When Night Comes). Dan has been writing fulltime since 2010. He and his wife Cindi have been married 39 years and have 2 grown children and 2 grandchildren. They live in the Daytona Beach area, where Dan grew up. You can follow him on Facebook or Twitter, read his blog, or preview all his books by visiting his website at http://danwalshbooks.com.

My thoughts:

Christmas stories have a way or ushering in the season. Warm, cozy stories with happy endings nearly beg for a cup of hot cocoa to go with them.

Remembering Christmas is such a story. Family tragedies can bring people together or deepen the gulf between them. Fortunately, Rick discovers many things he never knew about his mother and step-father.

It can be interesting to read a light romance from a man’s perspective. While I enjoyed the story, I found some of the character development lacking. This is likely due to the fact that relationships and romance certainly form differently in our female minds… 😉

I enjoyed Remembering Christmas as a sweet holiday story, and I look forward to reading more of Dan Walsh’s books.

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