- File Size: 476 KB
- Print Length: 166 pages
- Publisher: Susan Buchanan (November 27, 2013)
- Publication Date: November 27, 2013
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00GZ8P9B6
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #626,983 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
The Christmas Spirit Kindle Edition
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Ms Buchanan skillfully weaves in the stories of widowed Stanley, still grieving the loss of his wife, along with Meredith, a hard - and hard-driven - businesswoman, and her hapless assistant, Sophie. Then there is Jacob, who's unable to find a job until Natalie takes him on at the bakery.
This is a multi- layered, feel good book that left me smiling when I finished it. Highly recommended.
Finding a reason to go on after a devastating loss, finding your place in the world, finding the right person, learning how to embrace change, rediscovering what’s really important – these are all themes in The Christmas Spirit, and I have to give major kudos to the author for doing such an impressive job of weaving her character’s stories together. If I had to pick one, I’d say that elderly widower Stanley’s story affected me the most. He was such a sweet man and I wanted so badly for him to be happy, so it was really lovely to see him find a new lease on life. It was, also, nice to see the turnaround of the grinchy Meredith character. She was in dire need of an attitude adjustment at the beginning of the novella and I wasn’t sure how that would come about, but it did in a very organic and believable way.
Don’t feel like you have to wait until the holidays to read this delightful, beautifully crafted novella. I think it’s one that will have meaning and bring joy year-round!
I received a copy of The Christmas Spirit in exchange for an honest review.
This is an enchanting multi-character story which moves easily from one set of characters to the next, and finds them in interesting situations. The centerpiece of the story, Natalie, is wise but never schmaltzy, and sets the solemn yet joyful tone for the story, with hard-nosed Meredith being another standout character. A book that can be read at any time of the year due to its universal theme of people seeking happiness in their lives, THE CHRISTMAS SPIRIT is a great read.
The stranger in this case is Natalie Hope, the true significance of whose name will eventually become apparent. Her mission is to bring joy and understanding to the people of Winstanton and her weapon of choice is cake. She is a Fairy Godmother if you like, but this is no pantomime as the author seeks to raise some serious issues - not everyone is looking forward to the festive season for various reasons. The most challenging of these is Meredith (Ms Buchanan's personal version of Scrooge) and it's how Natalie will manage to bring her and the rest of her flock round that keeps us reading - that, and who Natalie really is.
But all will be revealed and Ms Buchanan does a fine job in juggling her array of characters right up until the very end with the dexterity of one well versed in the complexity of modern relationships. Fortunately, this soap opera has a happy ending and we learn a valuable lesson - food and goodwill can transform.
But isn't that what Christmas is all about?
Although I am Jewish, I can appreciate a good Christmas story. In fact, I have been riveted to my television screen watching holiday movies on the Lifetime and Hallmark channels for the past several weeks. Just like these movies, The Christmas Spirit by Susan Buchanan left me all warm and fuzzy! I enjoyed all of the sub-plots in the book and choked up on several occasions, especially over the "Stanley" story. The entire book was incredibly heartwarming and the conclusion immensely satisfying. Highly recommended for anyone who wants to bask in the Christmas season or perhaps needs some help getting into the spirit. I guarantee The Christmas Spirit will put the Christmas spirit into your hearts and minds.
The author provided me a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book is an absolutely lovely read, and shows how with a little bit of kindness and effort peoples lives can change in a moment. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Prairie Wife
The Christmas Spirit tells of the influence of a good, kind temporary bake shop manager and is one of many attempts to capture the spirit of giving, kindness, and good cheer that... Read morePublished 18 months ago by William C. Mead
In the run-up to Christmas, Natalie Hope steps in as manager of the Sugar and Spice bakery and café. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Wendy J
I enjoyed this story. It is definitely a feel good story that just happened to be in a Christmas setting. Some neat twists along the way.Published 19 months ago by Maryeraymond
Christmas!! This little book truly captured the spirit of the season and I hated to see it come to an end. An excellent feel good book for the holidays!! Read morePublished 20 months ago by Amazon Customer
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