LOVE FINDS YOU IN THE CITY AT CHRISTMAS
Love comes to New York City in two heartwarming stories of Christmas past and present.
In Red Kettle Christmas, it's 1946, and police officer Mike Wolzak inherits the family home. . . and the custody of his troubled sister. While on patrol during Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, Mike meets a Salvation Army bell ringer struggling to support herself and her young child. Over the holiday season in Manhattan, she teaches the veteran how to support his family. In the process, he gains a new one. In Manhattan Miracle, a war-weary soldier finally comes home. Max Wolzak is celebrating Christmas in the Manhattan brownstone where he spent much of his childhood when he meets Sarah, his sister's old schoolmate. Sparks fly as the pair gets reacquainted over holiday events, but when Max realizes she will leave for the Middle East the day after Christmas, he has a decision to make.
Be still my heart -- I'm sure I heard the Hallelujah Chorus in the background as I finished this book. It is that good. That's moving and uplifting and down-home Christmasy good. Both stories start with Macy's Thanksgiving parade and that sets the mood perfectly. Both stories have adorable little girls who know the true magic of Christmas and how to share it. Another excellent way to set that special mood. But though there are similarities in these two novellas, each author's distinctive voice creates a unique and heart-warming read.
In Red Kettle Christmas, Herne's characteristic writing style swept me into the heart of post World War II New York City from the very first page. I love the way characters come to life at her fingertips. And I love how she portrays life and loss realistically, but always laced with hope. This novella has all the makings of a classic Christmas read.
Fast forward to present day and we get to read about the next generation of Wolzaks in Schmidt's Manhattan Miracle. Interesting to jump decades and land at the very same place and the very same time. Love that link between the two stories. This is another touching read that gave me goosebumps at the Hollywood worthy finale.
If you love reading Christmas stories, Love Finds You in the City at Christmas should definitely find it's way to the top of your TBR list. It's guaranteed to get you in the spirit of the season.
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