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Remembering Christmas: A Novel [Kindle Edition]

Dan Walsh
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Rick Denton lives his life on his terms. He works hard, plays hard, and answers to no one. So when his mother calls on Thanksgiving weekend begging him to come home after his stepfather has a stroke, Rick is more than a little reluctant. He's never liked Art and resents the man's presence in his life, despite the fact that his own father abandoned the family when Rick was just twelve. When what was supposed to be just a couple days helping out at the family bookstore turns into weeks of cashing out old ladies and running off the homeless man who keep hanging about, Rick's attitude sours even more.

Still, slowly but surely, the little bookstore and its quirky patrons--as well as the lovely young woman who works at his side each day--work their magic on him, revealing to Rick the truth about his family, his own life, and the true meaning of Christmas. With skillful storytelling, Dan Walsh creates a Christmas story will have readers remembering every good and perfect gift of Christmas.

Editorial Reviews


"The completely unforeseen, stunning twist ending will have readers talking about this author long after Christmas has passed! - 5 Stars!" -- Seattle Examiner

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Rick Denton lives his life on his terms. He works hard, plays hard, and answers to no one. So when his mother calls begging him to come home after his stepfather has an aneurysm, Rick is more than a little reluctant. What was supposed to be just a couple days helping out at the family bookstore turns into weeks of cashing out old ladies and dealing with the homeless guy who keeps hanging around the store. The one bright spot is the lovely and intriguing young woman who works at his side each day.

As Christmas nears, Rick's old life beckons, the hurts from his past loom large, and the decisions he makes will determine more than just where he spends Christmas Eve.

Product Details

  • File Size: 606 KB
  • Print Length: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Revell (September 1, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005LOPO42
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #160,929 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A heart stir of a Christmas story August 29, 2011
Another Walsh Christmas book. More historical drama, but this time in 1980. The same compelling need to read through to the end, which is always a satisfying finale with this author.

"Remembering Christmas" finds Rick Denton consenting to help at his mom & step-dad's basement "Book Nook" located in dying downtown Seabreeze, FL. It's Thanksgiving and holiday sales mean the shop's annual profit margin. CPA Rick helps out of duty & guilt when his detested step-dad gets seriously ill. Little did anyone know how it might evolve, impact his life, others, and force inner-issue confrontations. Homeless equals worthless to Rick; and remembering his abandoning dad simply means his mom did something wrong those many years ago.

It's a modern prodigal parable with those signature Dan Walsh twists. The Book Nook customers "Praise the Lord" even during the economic crisis and volatile world news. Sounds like 2011; not 1980.
What begins as a typical cozy Christmas historical fiction romance suddenly takes the typical Walsh author twist surprising the reader. It caught me blindside (I like that!).

This Christian author offers a literature ministry--but not preachy. His stories (including all 3 previous books) are a blessing. They are life-like; so believable. It's little wonder after reading the Author Note and discovering that certain story parts of Remembering Christmas are nonfiction. His previous title, "The Deepest Waters", was based on a true 1850s adventure. It is superb.

Dan Walsh is a meat-&-potatoes storyteller that can be enjoyed by men and women, any age.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stirring story year-round August 31, 2011
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Don't be fooled by the slow development of Dan Walsh's latest novel. The realistic individuals peopling this powerful book work their way into readers' hearts, and they'll soon be caught up in the unfolding drama. Remembering Christmas is a stirring story of love's transforming power, a touching tale for any time of year. As the characters' lives are changed, I believe the readers' will be too.

Rick Denton, a successful accountant, seldom connects with his mom and stepdad back in his old hometown on Florida's coast. When called to help out in their small Christian bookstore after his stepfather's aneurysm Thanksgiving weekend, Rick feels out of his element. His run-in with the unkempt homeless man who hangs out near the Book Nook doesn't help his attitude. But Rick's growing attraction to Andrea, who works at the store, and her daughter, Amy, nibble at his efforts to remain uninvolved. He also struggles with the pain of his father's desertion during his childhood.

Readers will be able to identify with these issues, which mirror modern life in our frenetic world. Remembering Christmas can help us slow down and savor the important things. Enjoy the story and its unexpected twist, but never forget its message.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars REMEMBERING THE PAST October 8, 2011
Rick Denton's life is turned upside down when his mother calls and asks him to return home after his stepfather suffers from an aneurysm. When it becomes clear his mother needs him to run their little store, the Book Nook, for more than a few days, Rick's reluctant. After all he's a successful accountant and has had little contact with his mother or stepfather.

Running the Book Nook has Rich out of his element. But that's not all he's dealing with. He must deal with a homeless man that shows up at the Book Nook's doorsteps, along with being forced to deal with the pain of his biological father's desertion. As much as Rick would like to remain uninvolved, Andrea who works part-time at the BOOK NOOK, and her daughter Amy, have him doing the opposite.

REMEMBERING CHRISTMAS By Dan Walsh will have those born in the sixty's remembering their younger days. You'll be reminded of TV shows as well as other things from that era in a delightful trip back in time.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Remembering Christmas , would make a good movie. August 26, 2011
By Wilma
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I would give this book more stars if I could.
This is not just a Christmas book but a family love story.
It is a beautiful told story of how a family
can still come together after years of wrong
assumptons, misunderstandings & secrets.
It also shows the power of prayer & love.
This story will show you that you can still go home again.
I won't try to tell you the story itself
because that would just spoil it for you.
It is one that I will go back to again &
I'm sure still enjoy it.
This is a book I will give as gifts & recommend
to my family & friends.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars rich, satisfying, and full of hope August 31, 2011
This is a great read and not just for the holidays.
Though it's a serious look at family relations and growing up long after we become adults, there are many light moments in this book. It's a story of a young man who comes home to help his mother when his stepfather becomes ill, and the pages are full of details from a time not so long ago. A fast pace with well-drawn characters, I was charmed.

Walsh helps you to see your family, and even strangers, in a different light. Remembering Christmas is rich, satisfying, and full of hope.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another winner for Walsh. March 27, 2012
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The best books are those you miss when you're through. I'll miss the characters in this story, now that I'm done reading about them. The main character, Rick is totally believable. His weaknesses and selfishness mirrors my own. But he finds hope and deliverance from them in the end.

Dan Walsh brings about a satisfying and romantic ending without being sappy in the least. Everyone can enjoy a story like this, and not just at Christmas time. I read it in March!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars My Kind of Story!
Mr. Walsh has written another captivating novel. Bringing together characters with widely different viewpoints in a difficult situation, he has woven a story that will totally... Read more
Published 7 days ago by Bea Quiet Pleez
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
good reading
Published 16 days ago by Elenore Kern
5.0 out of 5 stars Heartwarming
This touching story leaves the reader with a happy heart. Watching the change in a person as he comes to realize how different his memories are from the reality of his youth makes... Read more
Published 21 days ago by betty dimmitt
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect story anytime!
Walsh is one of my all time favorite story tellers! Great work within these pages. Wonderful reading especially in December, get a warm cup of something and nice.
Published 24 days ago by Petey Malone
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
Another great book! This is my 3rd Dan Walsh book and they have all been so good! Dan is a great writer, he grabs you into the story from page 1! Loved this book!
Published 1 month ago by Sharon Rudolph
5.0 out of 5 stars Kept my interest
Very good reading, keeps your interest. One can picture the book nook and surrounding area. The characters remind you of people you have encountered in life. Read more
Published 1 month ago by debbie
5.0 out of 5 stars Believable Characters
This book was well-written with characters that are believable. The story will tug at your heartstrings. Read more
Published 1 month ago by hilndgirl
4.0 out of 5 stars Dan Walsh book
the first book I have read by this author. it was a cute story. I hope to read another by this author before I really review it.
Published 3 months ago by mawmaw cindy
5.0 out of 5 stars my view
this reminds me of my younger years and Christmas! This story was full of light and love, projecting out towards the reader
Published 3 months ago by Julie sullivan
5.0 out of 5 stars Heartfelt
Dawn Walsh has a great talent capturing your heart when you read one of his books! It is such a refreshing way how he can bring an ordinary family life situations that capture... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Catsbooks
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More About the Author

Dan Walsh is the bestselling author of 9 novels, published by Revell and Guideposts, including The Unfinished Gift, The Reunion and The Dance. He has won 3 ACFW Carol Awards, 2 Selah Awards, and twice his novels have been named as finalists for RT Reviews Inspirational Novel of the Year.

For those who haven't read Dan's books, reviewers often compare him to Nicholas Sparks and Richard Paul Evans. His latest project is partnering with Gary Smalley on a 4-book fiction series. The first book, The Dance, released in April 2013. It hit both the CBA and ECPA bestsellers list. The 2nd novel, The Promise, released in September. Dan served as a pastor for 25 years and now writes fulltime. He and his wife Cindi have been married 36 years and have 2 grown children, both married, and 1 grandson. They live in Port Orange, FL. You can follow him on Facebook or Twitter, or read his blog, as well as preview all his books by visiting his website at

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