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VINE VOICEon November 18, 2010
I got this free for my Kindle and was very surprised that it was really a good story. Very much like the Charles Dickens story, "A Christmas Carol". You've got a bitter older woman who is going through an old box of toys. She throws some of them outside in the snow to see what people will do. She comes to this Christmas Angel ornament and it takes her to where the thrown away toys ended up. Her long lost brother comes by and they reunite. An abused, orphaned little girl becomes a part of their family. It was a pretty predictable story but a very good one! This could easily become a Christmas tradition in many households!
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on October 15, 2009
Miss Terry finds an old box of family toys and a pink angel while she sets out to ignore Christmas. Her attempt at isolation is instead met with memories and new joy. Lovely author.
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on November 20, 2010
Could not put this book down. I have recommended to family and friends as a fast read but writer immersed you into this time period and didn't let you go until the end! Really enjoyed!
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VINE VOICEon December 15, 2010
The Christmas Angel by Abbie Farwell Brown. Published 1910.

There are illustrations throughout by Reginald Birch, but they aren't included in the free download. What you see is a mention of the illustration. You must purchase each one individually and will only have access to them for 12 months.

Ms. Terry is a lonely older woman who feels that Christmas is a holiday that was invented by the retailers as a reason for people to buy stuff they don't need. So, you see, the `ol `Christmas has gone consumer' isn't a new idea at all. Back in the early 1900s they would put candles in their windows on Christmas Eve to illuminate the outdoors, an early form of Christmas lights. When Ms. Terry's caregiver requests the evening off so she can walk up and down and see the pretty lights, Ms. Terry grouses about what a waste it is to burn so many candles for no good reason. Then she goes about rummaging through a box of old toys from her youth. As proof that people don't care about anyone but themselves, Ms. Terry tosses each toy one by one outside in front of her home and waits to see what will happen. And, just as she suspected, each toy was snatched up by someone in a greedy, selfish way.

Then just as Ms. Terry has convinced herself that all people are grubby little thieves for taking her old toys, an angel appears. This angel takes Ms. Terry to visit each of the people who picked up one of the toys and shows her what they did with the toy. It turns out that they were all doing something good for another.

This is an enjoyable Christmas read patterned after Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" (1843). Don't pass it up - read it out loud on Christmas Eve with the family.
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on December 17, 2010
The story is good, but word of warning ... there are no illustrations and no interactive table of contents. Basically it is just text. I think all kindle books should at the very least have an interactive table of contents, and one of the best joys of Christmas books are the illustrations.

I think paying $.99 more to get this 10 Best Loved Christmas Classic Stories for All Ages (Cambridge World Classics Edition) (Christmas Books Classic Literature) volume, which includes The Christmas Angel as well as many more stories, is well worth it. The other volume I would recommend is 50 Best Loved Christmas Stories and Poems for All Ages (Cambridge World Classics Edition) (Christmas Books Classic Literature) which has even more stories and poems.
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on May 13, 2011
a very sentimental story, and it's really old, but it is a really good one. it's well worth reading. it's like dickens, without the great writing and details. def a good story to read at christmas, maybe on christmas eve.
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Didactic, and cloying. A nice idea, but not executed well enough to make it believable. Instead, it lacks authenticity. For those who enjoy an unlikely but utterly happy ending, it may be worth a read.
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on December 18, 2014
This is a nice Christmas book, but it's largely identical to Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol." I read the two books back to back and "Christmas Angel" feels a bit like a cheap imitation of the classic. The story line isn't very well developed and it ends abruptly, making it too unrealistic for my linking.

If you haven't read "A Christmas Carol," read that instead.
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on December 17, 2015
This is a sweet fast Christmas story. It starts with a bitter old women who is sitting alone in her house with an old box of childhood toys. She tries to throw them in the fire to get rid of them but instead finds herself taking them one by one and putting them outside to see if anyone will take them. When she gets to the last one its a Christmas Angel ornament and she can't seem to throw it out there. She places it on the fireplace mantle and that's when the Angel talks to her and takes her on the journey to see what happens once the people leave her sight once they take the toy. Read in less then a day
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on September 11, 2015
This is one of those delightfully old-fashioned Christmas stories that is brimming with the Christmas spirit. It's a story that cannot be replicated today because we now live in a world in which innocence has been lost and trust broken. This is a story of redemption orchestrated by a Christmas angel. The writing style is simple, and the story could be read to a child with a little explanation of some archaic words. I think even today's children would enjoy it. This adult certainly did.
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