A Christmas Tradition

For the last several Christmas seasons, I have taken the time to get stacks of Christmas books out of the library and then read them with relish. Growing up I was an avid reader. After I got married, there was just never enough time to lose myself in books.

I guess I started early this year. A few weeks ago, I was perusing the children's section for novels for C* when I came across "The Legend of Holly Claus" by Brittney Ryan. (Illustrations by Laurel Long)

What a book!

It had parts of Sleeping Beauty in the setting of Narnia with the moral dichotomy of Les Miserables. Think of Characters like Mr. Darcy and Pollyanna. Mix together the magic of Hogwarts and the timeless thrill of Christmas and you have a superb story filled with adventure, amusement, choices and love.

At first reading, it seemed to start off slow. But perhaps that was just me or my mood on that particular day. But after getting into the book, I read and read...b/c I wanted to hear the ending.

The writing was wonderfully descriptive... not only of the lovely and good but of the spectacular and rotten. There were a good number of illustrations rendered in the style of the period that kept your imagination going.

I'm so glad that I stumbled upon this book.


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Lin said...

thanks for sharing but I'm making books right now and no time for reading at the moment. glad you enjoy it, we all need the refreshment that reading can bring to our lives. aunt lin

KOstvig said...

I might have to look it up later wehn I have more time you have really piqued my curiosity with the book might have tro recommend it to my DD's

gremhog susan.hatch@gmail.com said...

I've requested the book from the library..but if it's as good as you say, I'll be buying it from that site I sent you, used but very doable. thanx doll baby

Kathy said...

Isn't this a beautiful book. My daughter just picked it up. I can't wait to read it after she's thru.

mom/caryn said...

Thanks for the review. I'm recommending it to my daughter to read to her little one's this season. I, of course, will read it as well... It sounds almost intoxicating.

abr said...

wow sounds interesting with a a huge variety of themes and characters. Enjoy your Holiday readings