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The Christmas Cave Paperback – March 13, 2013
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Reviewed by Katelyn Hensel for Readers' Favorite
Short, sweet, and to the point, The Christmas Cave is a quick Christmas novella that explores family, commitment, and dedication to those that you love. It's a good, somewhat thrilling mystery that will have you wanting to go explore in the caves and mountains nearest you. David Beshears' writing style is short, choppy and unique, but really nails the point which he's going for. There's a stark, yet realistic quality to the writing that makes it stand apart. -- four stars
About the Author
David is an author and screenwriter of science fiction, fantasy and adventure. His work has been praised by literary professors and by PhDs in science, by fans and by book reviewers around the world.
His miniseries screenplay adaptation of his popular novel "The Shylmahn Migration" won the Pacific Northwest Screenwriting Competition in 2007.
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Fifty years later, Jenny's son and his family have come to visit her on the mountain. Jenny's grandchildren decided to explore the caves after hearing the stories about the "Christmas" cave and Jenny's missing brother.
This is a well written and sweet story suitable for adults and children alike.
Kind of makes me want to go spelunking, too.
Nobody has seen it since then, even though they have searched for Bill but somehow the myth has still spread about this wondrous place.
Years later Jenny’s grandchildren come for a visit and hear about the myth. Being kids they make a plan to go find the mysterious cave.
This is a really cute story, told over a little more than one day. The caves have been searched and searched before and after Bill disappeared but no evidence has shown the cave really exists. The kids are not put off track, of course, and decide to venture in.
This young adult is a light hearted mystery. Quite short but cute. There are a few heart-stopping moments but for the most part this could be told to anyone.
Narration by Dan Absalonson was good. Soft and quiet. It reminds me of something that would be perfect to listen to on Christmas Eve with the kids. The production was also good, no weird noises. I can’t remember if anything else was added in but there is when part, near the end, where in the story someone burps, so the narrator actually burps! I would prefer to skip those types of noises but it was just the once (that I can remember) so it did not take away from the story.
Received from author, through audiobookreviewer.com, in exchange for an honest review.
Fast forward to the present day when parents, Tom and Olivia, along with their two children, Jack (13) and Amanda (12) are on their way to visit Tom's mother, Jenny, for Christmas. Jenny is now in her 60's and has a brain tumor. All poor Jack is concerned about is his lack of phone signal!
On their first morning on the mountain, Jack and Amanda go for a hike. They come across a cabin. Mike, now 66, is not too friendly towards them. Why is Mike living in the cabin? He has never given up his search for Bill and moved back permanently recently. Jenny is surprised that Tom and Olivia have never told Jack and Amanda about Bill and the caves. Of course when they hear the story they are full of curiosity. Daniel Madsen (12) is the neighbor's son. He has leukemia and nothing more can be done for him. Although Amanda is very apprehensive she agrees to go along with the boys to explore the tunnels. Armed with a map, off they go! When the children have not returned by dinner time, the grownups are worried and get ready to search the tunnels. What happens? Will they find Christmas Cave?
Although this book does have an ending, it is also left open ended for another book in a few years.
This story has a lot of potential but could use a little 'polishing'! There are a few editing errors and in some places the storyline is quite abrupt. It changes situations and characters with NO break in between so the reader is left fumbling to figure out what is going on. For example:
"You two best be off."
Dinner was a warm pleasant atmosphere.
As you read on you realize that there is a complete scene change between those two lines. Now this may be due to poor Kindle formatting and an easy fix. I do not have a paperback version to compare it with. In some places there is a break so it is an intermittent error.
The story is clean and suitable for middle/high school age children to read. A unique storyline, different from other books out there. Without the errors, I would have given this book 4 stars but the errors cause it to only get 3 stars.
Please note that I was given a copy of this book in return for an honest review. The opinion expressed above is entirely my own.