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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
on December 14, 2011
Yes, "Two Egg, Florida" is a real place. It is is a small unincorporated community in Jackson County, Florida. The year is 1938. Ben Harper is the richest man in Two Egg. In 1918, Ben had lost his wife to the Spanish Flu. Later that year, Ben received a letter saying that his only son had been killed in World War I.

Ben had been angry at God for the past 20 years. He had not planted his fields or taken care of his property. The times were hard and many of his neighbors were on the verge of starvation. Old Ben had the resources to help, but he had become bitter and isolated as the years passed.

It was Christmas Eve in Two Egg and a rare December snow was covering the Florida countryside. A stranger appeared at Ben's door and identified himself as "Gabriel". The unexpected stranger helped Ben escape from the prison of his own suffering and enter the beautiful world of God's creation.

It was a miraculous Christmas morning in Two Egg, Florida. Ben was able to use his resources to bring happiness and joy to every person in town. God intervened in Ben's life through the person of a mysterious stranger.

This is a very touching, "two-tissue" story that will help you understand the real meaning of Christmas. The author is a historian and shares many facts from history in this fictional story. He explains how "Two Egg" got it's name, he provides facts about the Spanish Flu epidemic in 1918, he gives details about the Spanish-American War in Cuba and he provides information about the fighting in Europe during World War I.

This is a story of redemption. This book reminds me of a classic story about another bitter old man; "The Christmas Carol" by Charles Dickens. Christmas is truly a time of miracles. I highly recommend "A Christmas in Two Egg, Florida".
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on December 14, 2011
This is the best Christmas story that I have read in a long time. It is a story of redemption of an old man named Ben, who had lost his wife to the Spanish flu and his son in World War 1. It reminds us how the sacrifice of one man can affect the lives of so many others, whether it is Ben, his son, or Jesus. I highly recommend this book.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on April 23, 2012
I gave this short story only 5 stars because 6 weren't available. What a beautiful well written story. I listened to it this morning with my Kindle's speech to text feature that I love love love, while I was cleaning my kitchen and cooking breakfast and this is what writing should be. A story of redemption and of God not forgetting us in our pain. A depression era tale. This is a story that will stay with me
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on January 1, 2013
Nice story, well told. Interesting location and nicely staged. I appreciate a bit of history with a moral to boot.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on December 23, 2012
I grew up in Florida 30 or so miles from Two Egg so when I saw this I had to read it. The story is very well written and thought out. His use of colloquialisms (such as Sam Hill) that I grew up speaking bring me right back home in an instant. Growing up in the deep south I heard people talk about the "The War" as though it were a recent event. By including the bits of historical fact with local mannerisms Dale has truly captured the flavor of the area. The story is deeply religious, however, since the locale is as well, I thought it fit in well. So glad that I took the time to read this story.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on December 21, 2012
A CHRISTMAS IN TWO EGG, FLORIDA, was a wonderful Christmas tale that tied in factual historical events with a fictional character (or was he) named Ben. It was a quick but very enjoyable story. The true meaning of Christmas come to Two Egg, FL, and forgiveness and peace is found for Ben.
I really liked the way the author tied historical events and details into this story that takes place in 1938 during the Depression, but also prior events including events from the Civil War, the Spanish American war, WW1 and the Spanish Influenza of 1918.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on May 3, 2012
A rather strange time of year to be introducing a Christmas story into the top 100 free but what the heck, I guess you can have the Spirit of Christmas within you throughout the year.

This short story gave the background on Two Egg, Florida as well as a bit of additional history concerning the Spanish American War, the Spanish flu (which killed millions worldwide), and some tidbits about World War I..."The war to end all wars". With its Charles Dickens-like story line, it is not a groundbreaking tale; but the author does a nice job with character development, and the story moves along quite nicely to its inevitable and fairly obvious conclusion.

I defend other authors who write Christmas stories with significant religious content that catch flack from reviewers who can't stand reading a Christmas story with religious overtones. For me, the religious aspects in this story are necessary and quite nicely done. After all, this is a Christmas tale and as such Christ-centered religion is an integral part. That being said, I do have a problem with the downright preaching in the Preface. Perhaps a bit of warning in the description of the book is in order, because as others read this book, there will be some (like me) who don't take kindly to receiving a sermon when they are really just looking for a nice diversion in a good book.

I enjoyed the story but didn't appreciate the Preface which was, in my opinion, nothing more than proselytizing.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on December 20, 2012
Unusual book - glad I finished it - ending was ok. Good historical content on Two Egg, Florida - made me want to investigate if it was true.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on December 22, 2012
Nice story read in about five minutes, easy way to pass the time. Liked the combination of fact and fiction
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on November 25, 2012
A wonderful story about the healing power of God. Ben has been heartbroken for years after the deaths of his wife and son. God sends Gabriel to help heal his grief and see how he can help his community. What a wonderful story of redemption! I highly recommend this book - it's a keeper!
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