Book Review: The Christmas Star

15 Nov

Robert Reed gave his life for his country in the early days of World War II. His sacrifice was honored when his widow and son were presented with the Congressional Medal of Honor. Each Christmas the final decoration Madge Reed hangs on the family’s tree is that medal. Rather than being a symbol of honor for young Jimmy Reed that shining star represents loss, pain, and suffering.

Yet a letter delivered by one of Robert’s fellow soldiers and a mystery posed in that letter put a father’s sacrifice and faith into perspective and bring new meaning to not just the star hanging on the Christmas tree but the events of the very first Christmas. Then, when least expected, a Christmas miracle turns a final bit of holiday sadness into a joy that Jimmy has never known.

Bestselling author Ace Collins has written more than fifty books including novels Farraday RoadSwope’s Ridge and Words of the Father, as well as the nonfiction Stories Behind The Best-Loved Songs of ChristmasgrAttitudes, and Lassie A Dog’s Life. His books have become movies and network television specials. He has appeared onGood Morning America, the NBC Nightly News and The Today Show and has been featured in the Distinguished Lecture Series at the National Archives in Washington D.C. Ace Collins has sold more than 1.5 million books during his career.

His latest book is the Christian holiday fiction, The Christmas Star.

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My Impressions:

If ever a book deserved to be made into a Hallmark Channel movie, Ace Collins’ The Christmas Star is it! I loved, loved, LOVED this book! Jimmy Reed is a 16 year old with a huge chip on his shoulder. His father, a Medal of Honor winner, died three years earlier, but this first Christmas following the end of WWII is especially hard for Jimmy. He is mad at being poor, mad at his father, mad at God and determined to make his mark, even if it means breaking the law. But as the days close in on Christmas and the big heist planned for the store his mother works for, Jimmy is confronted with what it really means to be a hero.

The Christmas Star may be short on pages, but it is long on well-written characters and setting. This small Arkansas town, just coming back to life following the war, with its close knit community and old fashioned values, is a jewel. And the characters are people I would like as my neighbors and friends. I especially liked the true meaning of Christmas that is woven throughout, yet not preachy. And Collins’ knowledge of the story behind Christmas songs is a special treat for his readers.

All in all, I think you will love this book as much as I did. So go out and get a copy to start your holiday season off right!

Highly Recommended.

If you would like to win a copy of The Christmas Star, check out this Giveaway!

The Christmas Star Virtual Book Publicity Tour Schedule

Monday, November 5

Book Review at A Year of Jubilee Reviews

Tuesday, November 6

Book Review & Book Giveaway at Deco My Heart

Wednesday, November 7

Book Review at The Mary Reader

Friday, November 9

Book Review at A Book Lover

Book Feature & Book Giveaway at Christian Bookshelf Reviews

Monday, November 12

Book Review & Book Giveaway at Mary’s Cup of Tea

Tuesday, November 13

Book Review at Sharon’s Garden of Book Reviews

Thursday, November 15

Book Review at By the Book

Interview & Book Giveaway at I Am a Reader Not a Writer

Friday, November 16

Book Review, Interview & Book Giveway at Hardcover Feedback

Monday, November 19

Book Review at  Mocha With Linda

Book Review at Splashes of Joy

Tuesday, November 20

Book Review & Book Giveaway at Reviews From the Heart

Wednesday, November 21

Book Feature & Book Giveaway at 4 the Love of Books

Thursday, November 22

Book Review at The Self-Taught Cook

Friday, November 23

Book Review & Book Giveaway at Jersey Girl Book Reviews

Monday, November 26

Book Review & Book Giveaway at Maureen’s Musings

Book Review at Sincerely Stacie

Wednesday, November 28

Book Review at Blooming With Books

Friday, November 30

Book Review at A Room Without Books is Empty

Character Letter to Santa Claus at Literarily Speaking

* * * RESCHEDULING: Book Review at The Bunny’s Review

(Thanks to Pump Up Your Book for my copy of The Christmas Star. The opinions expressed are mine alone.)

3 Responses to “Book Review: The Christmas Star”

  1. C. C. Gevry November 15, 2012 at 9:15 am #

    I need to pick up a copy of this one. It sounds amazing!

  2. Ace Collins November 15, 2012 at 10:47 am #

    That you so much for your kind words. When you speak of characters, I would like to have more Calvins in my life. He was joy to get to know.

    • rbclibrary November 15, 2012 at 2:35 pm #

      Thanks so much for stopping by!

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