Best friends Audrey Barrett and Eve Dawson are looking forward to
celebrating Christmas in postwar America, thrilled at the prospect of
starting new traditions with their five-year-old sons. But when the 1951
Sears Christmas Wish Book arrives and the boys start obsessing over
every toy in it, Audrey and Eve realize they must first teach them the
true significance of the holiday. They begin by helping Bobby and Harry
plan gifts of encouragement and service for those in their community,
starting by walking an elderly neighbor’s yellow Lab—since a dog topped
the boys’ wish list for Santa. In the charming tale that follows, Audrey
and Eve are surprised to find their own hearts healing from the tragedies of war and opening to the possibility of forgiveness and new love.
About The Author
For many years, Lynn Austin nurtured a
desire to write but frequent travels and the demands of her growing
family postponed her career. When her husband's work took Lynn to
Bogota, Colombia, for two years, she used the B.A. she'd earned at Hope
College and Southern Connecticut State University to work as a teacher.
After returning to the U.S., the Austins moved to Anderson, Indiana,
Thunder Bay, Ontario, and later to Winnipeg, Manitoba.
during the long Canadian winters at home with her children that Lynn
made progress on her dream to write, carving out a few hours of writing
time each day while her children napped. Lynn credits her early
experience of learning to write amid the chaos of family life for her
ability to be a productive writer while making sure her family remains
her top priority.
Extended family is also very important to
Austin, and it was a lively discussion between Lynn, her mother,
grandmother, and daughter concerning the change in women's roles through
the generations that sparked the inspiration for her novel Eve's
Along with reading, two of Lynn's lifelong passions
are history and archaeology. While researching her Biblical fiction
series, Chronicles of the Kings, these two interests led her to pursue
studies in Biblical Backgrounds and Archaeology through Southwestern
Theological Seminary. She and her son traveled to Israel during the
summer of 1989 to take part in an archaeological dig at the ancient city
of Timnah. This experience contributed to the inspiration for her novel
Wings of Refuge.
Lynn resigned from teaching to write full-time
in 1992. Since then she has published 27 novels. Eight of her historical
novels have won Christy Awards for excellence in Christian Fiction:
Hidden Places (2001), Candle in the Darkness (2002), Fire by Night
(2003), A Proper Pursuit (2007), Until We Reach Home (2008), Though
Waters Roar (2009) While We're Far Apart (2010), and Wonderland Creek
(2011). She was inducted into the Christy Award Hall of Fame in 2013.
Fire by Night was also one of only five inspirational fiction books
chosen by Library Journal for their top picks of 2003, and All She Ever
Wanted was chosen as one of the five inspirational top picks of 2005.
Lynn's novel Hidden Places has been made into a movie for the Hallmark
Channel, starring actress Shirley Jones. Ms Jones received a 2006 Emmy
Award nomination for her portrayal of Aunt Batty in the film.
What a gift this read was! Not only is the story such a great lesson of
giving, and leading the next generation, it is an update on the lives of
a previous wonderful book "If I Were You", and yes, I suggest you read
it, but this can be read alone.
This was a present that as I opened
it, it kept on giving, with each page I turned the wrapping gave up
more, I just didn't want it to end!
These two little boys make for a
delightful, and at times laugh out loud read, and then add in a dog! The
kindergarten play is a wonderful treat, and following these woman from
England to the states has been an adventure!
I received this book through Net Galley and the Publisher Tyndale House, and was not required to give a positive review.
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