Debbie Macomber's Christmas book, A Cedar Cove Christmas, is a treat for fans of her Cedar Cove books, and those of us who appreciate literary allusions.
Mary Jo Wyse is 22, single, and expecting a baby due in January. The baby's father, David Rhodes, told Mary Jo he would be in Cedar Cove, Washington, visiting his parents at Christmas. Although Mary Jo is starting to realize she's better off without David, her three older brothers are determined to force him to marry their sister. Hoping to get to David first, Mary Jo takes the ferry to Cedar Cove early on Christmas Eve.
When she arrives, Mary Jo finds a welcoming community, fully prepared to celebrate Christmas. But, David isn't in town; his parents are out of the country; and there's no place to stay in town. It's Grace Harding, the local librarian, who takes Mary Jo in, giving her an apartment above the stables. The stables currently house the animals from a live Nativity, the camel, donkey and sheep, along with a number of horses.
So an expectant Mary is staying above a stable because "There's no room at the Inn." And, her brothers, who own Three Wyse Men Automotive, bring gifts of gold, perfume, and incense to their sister. Along the way, an evil "King" gives the brothers wrong directions, sending them out of their way. There's even a little drummer boy, playing pa-rum-pum-pum-pum, while the ox and lamb kept time.
If all of this is too much for you, then, obviously, A Cedar Cove Christmas isn't for you. However, if you appreciate the humor and charm of a modern retelling of the Christmas story, Debbie Macomber's book will touch your heart.
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A Cedar Cove Christmas by Debbie Macomber. Mira, ©2008. ISBN 9780778325918 (hardcover), 256p.