Thursday, September 20, 2012

A Christmas Hope-Joseph Pittman

A Christmas Hope

Joseph Pittman

Kensington, Sep 25, 2012, $12.95

ISBN: 9780758276957

Accompanied by her twelve years old son Travis, heartbroken Nora Connors Rainer leaves Nebraska to return home to Linden Corners, New York where there are two seasons: winter and August. A lawyer Nora feels like a loser because at forty she is moving back in with her mom Gerta. Almost there, she ends up in a fender bender with Brian Duncan who is planning the village Halloween party.

Nora opens "A Doll's Attic" consignment shop where the natives can sell their unwanted junk in hope that others will see valuables. Octogenarian Thomas Van Diver hires Nora to locate something special from his childhood memories of his last Christmas with his dad before his father died in combat. Brian and his young ward Janey Sullivan assist Nora and Thomas as the three younger people want to make this a special holiday season for the elderly Thomas.

The ghost of Christmas Past is in the memories of the cast; while the ghost of Christmas Present resides within their changing relationships; which will lead to the hope of the Ghost of Christmas Future. Fans will relish this warm Linden Corners yuletide tale (see Tilting at Windmills and A Christmas Wish) as hope is not just another four letter word for the residents of this Upstate New York community.

Harriet Klausner

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