Title: The Reindeer Keeper: Believe Again
Author: Barbara Briggs Ward
Genre/Audience: Christmas, adult
Publication: Wheatmark, 2010
Source: Loan from a friend
Summary: Right before the holidays, Abbey and her husband, Steve, inherit and move into a farmhouse with beautiful land, a barn full of animals, and a mysterious little man who tends to the animals each and every day. This Christmas at their new home is the best one yet – Abbey’s cancer is in remission and their two sons are coming home for the holidays. Best of all, Abbey learns the truth about the reindeer keeper, and what it means to believe again. With beautiful illustrations for each chapter, this is a story of family, forgiveness, love, and magic, just in time for the holidays.
My Thoughts: A friend of mine, Margaret, asked me if I might be interested in reading this book for Christmas because her friend’s mother in law wrote it. I was happy to oblige because I absolutely LOVE Christmas books, and wait all year to read them. Well, I am so glad she recommended this book to me. I literally just finished it and must say it was the perfect book to be reading on the morning of Christmas Eve! I really loved this story because it perfectly captures the essence and magic of Christmas. It is full of magical people and it completely put me in the spirit, just like Abbey. It brought me back to memories of my own childhood and waiting for Santa every Christmas Eve night. Not only was the magic in this story really special, but the characters were too. Abbey and Steve had a wonderful love story, and stood by each other’s sides through the worst of times and all of life’s challenges. Abbey and her daughter in law also learn from each other about forgiveness and the meaning of family, as they both come to terms with past relationships and childhood pain with the help of one another. If you’re looking for a meaningful and beautiful Christmas story about love, family, and magic most of all, I highly recommend you add The Reindeer Keeper to your Christmas list (but be sure to grab some tissues, too)!
My Rating: 4/5
Merry Christmas to all!!!