Friday, December 18, 2015

Book Review - Keeping Christmas by Dan Walsh


For the first time since their children were born, empty nesters Judith and Stan Winters spent Thanksgiving without the kids, and it's looking like Christmas will be the same. Judith can't bring herself to even start decorating for the holiday; her kids always hung the first ornaments on the tree, ornaments they had made each year since they were toddlers. Sure, the ornaments were strange-looking--some were downright ugly--but they were tradition.

With Judith refusing to decorate the bare spruce tree in their living room, Stan's only hope for saving the holiday is found in a box of handmade ornaments . . .


Dan Walsh is the bestselling author of several books, including The Unfinished Gift and The Restoration Series with Gary Smalley. He has won three Carol Awards, and three of his novels were finalists for the RT Book Reviews Inspirational Book of the Year. A member of American Christian Fiction Writers, Dan served as a pastor for twenty-five years. He lives with his wife in the Daytona Beach area, where he's busy researching and writing his next novel. Learn more at


I really enjoyed this book so much. The main characters in this book are near my age and going through a lot of the same things as me, so I could relate to them right away.

Judith has had Thanksgiving without her children and now she finds out that they won't be able to come home for Christmas. This is the first time she has never had at least one of her children at her home to celebrate Christmas. No grandchildren to carry on the traditions of their family and putting all the ornaments on the tree. She is quite sad and doesn't see the point in decorating her home or her tree.

Her husband, Stan, doesn't know what to do to help her. He enlists the help of her friend, Betty, to take her shopping and get her interested in things again. He feels very concerned about her but isn't sure what to do.

I don't want to get into more of the story because I don't want to give away the plot, but I will tell you to have a box of tissues at hand, especially for the ending. I found this book very difficult to put down and read it in two days. It is such a beautiful story, with people I could relate to. The story is touching and sweet and has really stayed with me! Such a great story for curling up with during this Christmas season! I highly recommend this book and give it 5 out of 5 stars.

*This book was provided to me for my honest review by Revell Books

Blessings - Julie

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