Christmas, Winter Novels

By Linda Brinson

A few days ago, I posted a review here of Anne Perry’s 2010 Christmas novel, A Christmas Odyssey.  For my reviews of three additional new Christmas- or winter-themed novels, take a look at today’s (Dec. 12) book page in the Greensboro News & Record.

I nominated The Christmas Chronicles: The Legend of Santa Claus by Tim Slover for a place on the shelf of classic Christmas tales to be reread every year. I found Cynthia Keller’s An Amish Christmas to be somewhat predictable but still a pleasant holiday tale. And Jon Katz’s Rose in a Storm, though not a Christmas tale, offers (to quote myself) “a message of faith, new birth and hope for the future.” It also is a fascinating attempt to get inside the brain of a border collie, possibly the most intense of dogs.

The News & Record is one of the few remaining newspapers of its size to publish a book page with locally written reviews. Book lovers in the area should support its efforts.

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