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The Christmas Card

3.5 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews

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The Christmas Card is a novel of hope and redemption, a Christmas dialogue that pulls on the heart strings of each of us in its surreal recollection of broken memories. Can love wait a lifetime? In the tattered pages of an aged Christmas card, Joel Hanson and Barbara Whitely relived their lives. Torn apart by a world war, separate families, and thousands of miles, they pursue their own paths, only to face their past, when they met as children in a snowy park, long ago. The Christmas Card is a story of two American families, made magical by the exchange of mystical, unrelenting Christmas correspondence. Now both widowed, Joel and Barbara are compelled to re-evaluate the persons now occupying their aged shells -- persons forced to assume chosen lives. The Christmas Card is a smoothly written work of fiction that is ideal reading for the Christmas season, and all year round. -- Midwest Book Review --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Galt Pr (September 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1572480629
  • ISBN-13: 978-1572480629
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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Format: Paperback
Described as a "love story for the holiday season," this novel focuses on events in the lives of two families, mainly around Christmas, over some 63 years. I am easily hooked by the words "Christmas" and "love story", but this novel is much more than that--too much for my romantic taste. The author seems to be following the literary adage to write about what you know; he was a lawyer before he added author to his credits.
It is not clear to me which genre Bowersock is aiming for, as he seems to have three targets: a wonderful Christmas romance (reminiscent of Same Time Next Year), politics and government (the Mob, Presidential history, FBI) and Florida's seamier lifestyle. He is well versed in the latter two areas, but I prefer my fictional romance to exist in a realm less penetrated by history lessons and modern (pop) references.
The love story part is beautiful and there are many themes of value to consider in this tale, but the author's amoral attitude peeks through the chinks, as he seeks to show off his behind-the-scenes knowledge or theories re the JFK assassination. Bowersock was certainly right on back in 1994 when he predicted the computer age. Fascinating plot with constant time and scene shifts--all tied up with kelp and booze... A good read if you like your Romance served with Politics!
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Format: Paperback
A truly wonderful love story. The story is so strong it grips you from the beginning to the end. Beautifully written. I have read this book at Christmas time along with other traditional Christmas stories. This book is destined be a Christmas time favorite.
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Format: Paperback
It's a cliche read filled with sappy and whiney what ifs. It doesn't have a very strong voice filled with any kind of fight or life and it seems to be stuck in a meandering kind of dance with melancholy with no real purpose, direction or will.
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By ray on January 15, 2015
Format: Paperback
Heart warming, pleasant reading and fluid movement by the author and characters.
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