Not only do I love Christmas at wintertime, but I pretty much love Christmas all year round. This past week, I made my way through the Red Glove Series. These are the first Karen Kingsbury books I've read, but they were really really good. I cannot wait to read some of her other books - in particular, the 9/11 series (these would be great reads for the 10th anniversary in remembrance of those whose lives were passed that day and in remembrance of how our nation came together in spirit). Of the Red Glove series books, I particularly enjoyed Gideon's Gift and Sarah's Song, books 1 and 3. Here are the summaries (as always, courtesy of goodreads.com):
One long-ago Christmas, Earl Gibson lost the two things most precious to him: his wife and his daughter. Angry and heartbroken, he ended up living on the streets and abandoned any belief he'd once had in God. Ten years later, Big Earl meets a little girl named Gideon, a seven-year-old leukemia patient who is determined to reach this lonely and hurting man who hates Christmas--and he is just as determined to rebuff her. It will take a miracle for Earl to come to understand the true meaning of Christmas. But if he can accept what Gideon wants to give him, he might find that he can return the favor with a precious gift of his own. Karen Kingsbury's writing shines in this moving tribute to the power of love at Christmastime.
Megan Wright spent just a week with him the summer of their 14th year. But despite a lifetime of heartache and bad choices, she never let go of young Kade's magical definition of love. After college Megan settled for a relationship of convenience. Now it's been two years since her husband's death and she is a high-powered attorney, looking for help with her lonely young son. Across town, Casey Cummins is still dealing with the three-year-old tragic loss of his wife. His search for meaning and hope leads him to contact the Manhattan Children's Organization, who connect him with a fatherless child. Now life is suddenly taking a series of unusual twists. How could Megan know that the teenage boy from all those years ago actually kept his promise? Or that the miracle she prayed for as a girl is only a breath away? The prayers of her little boy are about to be answered, and in a strange and mysterious way that only heaven in all its glory could've brought about.
Every year the ritual is the same. Sarah lovingly makes 12 handmade Christmas ornaments and sets up a tiny plastic Yuletide tree. Each ornament is a reminder for Sarah, now in her 80s, and an opportunity for her to share the message of Christmas. This year, a young nursing student is the recipient -- and the giver. A poignant holiday-themed fiction about the gift of miracles.
Hannah Roberts's teenage years have been lonely. She lives with her ailing, wealthy grandmother and a father so cold and distant that Hannah feels like an orphan. Then one day, Hannah discovers that the man she calls Dad isn't her father. Almost instantly, she realizes that she must begin a frantic search for the truth behind the deception. A moving family drama novella by famed spiritual writer Karen Kingsbury.