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The Last Christmas Tree [Kindle Edition]

Mary T. Wagner
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Book Description

With her kids gone for Christmas and her final divorce hearing barely a month away, Leslie Taylor has never felt less generosity in her heart as the holiday approaches in this seasonal short story. Her fireplace is cold, her tree is dark and bare, and her heart is frozen. But when a winter storm strands her soon-to-be-ex husband out at her place on Christmas Eve, Leslie finds that second chances aren't just the stuff of fairy tales. And when a pair of strangers find their way to her door in the middle of the night, more Christmas "magic" happens.

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  • File Size: 299 KB
  • Print Length: 29 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,132,104 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Christmas Miracle December 23, 2014
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I received a copy of this story as part of the larger writer's group. It was a great Christmas story. Timely. One middle-aged woman who struggles to find herself, while still holding on to what could still be. It shows the power of forgiveness and doing onto others. The writing was descriptive with enough to fill one's imagination. This is my first introduction to this authors writing. I look forward to reading more of her work. Great job, Mary. Best of luck to you. ~~Chiara T. (CWA)
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By jcole
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"The Last Christmas Tree" by Mary T. Wagner is the enchanting account of a middle-aged woman, Leslie, struggling to find herself and to adjust to the changes that life brings. As her children reach adulthood, Leslie realizes that over the years her individuality has been absorbed by her roles as mother, wife, housekeeper, etc. In the process of re-defining herself, she now faces the prospect of a dissolving marriage, the pending remarriage of her soon-to-be ex-husband, Doug, and the perceived abandonment by her children. She faces spending her first Christmas alone in a state of self-pity and deep depression. Her sole companion for the holiday on their isolated farm is her faithful collie dog, Betsy. Leslie declares that the magnificent tree standing unadorned in the corner will be "The Last Christmas Tree".

However, events soon experience a drastic upturn. Doug stops by to pick up some lumber to build a coffee table for his fiancé. Because of the bitter weather, his vehicle fails to restart, so they are forced to spend the evening in the house together. She makes hot chocolate while he builds a fire. The evening drags on and they gradually begin to open up to each other, something they haven't done in a very long time.

The story, despite getting off to a weak start because of the overuse of routine descriptive adjectives, gathers strength and becomes a compelling tale. Enduring love and twists of fate serve to overcome the fissures in the family bond created by life's changes. The ending brings comfort and joy, both appropriate sentiments for the holiday season!

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5.0 out of 5 stars An amazing book! January 8, 2013
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A wonderful book. The book is very well written and is a wonderful story. This book is hard to put down once you start reading it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Last Christmas Tree December 14, 2014
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This is a story of a woman about to spend Christmas by her self. Her family having other places to be. A husband who is with another, their divorce right around the corner. But Christmas miracles do happen. This is hers. Love how Mary T. Wagner's story was told. I will look for more of her work.
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More About the Author

Award-winning Wisconsin author and photographer Mary T. Wagner has been described as "the Midwest's answer to Carrie Bradshaw" and favorably compared to humorist Erma Bombeck...but "in sexier shoes." A native of Chicago, Wagner is a former newspaper and magazine journalist who changed careers at forty by going to law school and becoming a criminal prosecutor. A mother of four, she lives in rural Wisconsin, where she draws much inspiration for writing from daily walks in the countryside with her dog, Lucky, and the cat who thinks he's a dog...Meatball.

Despite the career shift to law, Wagner never COULD step away from the keyboard entirely, and since returning to writing has published several essay collections which have earned national praise. Her newest book, "When the Shoe Fits...Essays of Love, Life and Second Chances" is a "best of" complication of author and reader favorites drawn from the award-winning earlier books "Running with Stilettos," "Heck on Heels" and "Fabulous in Flats." Wagner is a five-time finalist in Florida's Royal Palm Literary Awards, and has twice won the Illinois Woman's Press Association's "Silver Feather Award."

Featuring ordinary moments limned with extraordinary insight, Wagner's slice-of-life essays have appeared on her signature website, "Running with Stilettos," as well as at Flashionista,, Shortbread Stories, RedRoom, Open Salon, The Front Porch Review, Growing Bolder, and The Write City. Life experience includes being the mother of four, and a former girl scout troop leader, truck stop waitress, office temp, judicial clerk, and radio talk show host. She counts both wearing spike heels and learning to use a cordless drill and chainsaw among her "late blooming" discoveries, and would be hard pressed to surrender either her favorite stilettos or her power tools.

Wagner has recently turned her attention to writing fiction with two short stories on Kindle--"The Wedding Dress" and "The Last Christmas Tree," and is in the process of crafting her first "young adult" novel.

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