It seems so early to review Christmas books, but they're already showing up in the library, the bookstores, and on the bestseller lists, so I'll occasionally review one of this year's releases. I'm sure you want to know what to watch for on the shelves! So, we'll kick off the Christmas books with Kat Martin's The Christmas Clock.
At 22, Teddy Sparks looks back at Christmas 1994, and the year he was eight years old. He lived with his grandmother, Lottie Sparks, and he wanted so wanted to get a special gift for her for Christmas, the small Victorian clock she admired in the window of Tremont's Antiques. Teddy's yearning for that special clock would change a number of lives in the small town of Dreyerville, Michigan.
Sylvia Winters returned home to Dreyerville that year, after an eight years absence. She had fled from her engagement to Joe Dixon, lying to him about her reasons for leaving. Now, she's returning as a nurse, but Joe, embittered by his experiences after she left, won't be happy to see her back.
But, Sylvia and Joe aren't the only ones to face problems. Teddy's grandmother, Lottie, has a progressive form of Alzheimer's, and the young boy, and Lottie's friend, Doris, know something is wrong, although Lottie hasn't told them. The Christmas of 1994 could be a tough one in Dreyerville.
But, this is a Christmas story. There is more character development than in most Christmas books, and Kat Martin manages to make the reader care about all of the people involved. There will be a few tears, and, naturally, an ending with a great deal of love. The Christmas Clock is a charming start to this year's Christmas books.
Kat Martin's website is www.katbooks.com
The Christmas Clock by Kat Martin. Vanguard Press, ©2009. ISBN 9781593155476 (hardcover), 160p.
****FTC Full Disclosure - My copy of The Christmas Clock was a review copy sent by the publicist, with the hopes I would review it.