A Christmas Memory, a review by Shelley

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Richard Paul Evans

Gallery Books
Publication Date: November 22nd, 2022
192 pages
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This book was such a comfort read, like a warm mug of hot cocoa after a cold day of shoveling snow. Speaking of hot cocoa, the food and drinks Mr. Foster prepared and how the author described them made my mouth water. I loved that the main characters were both male and that they enjoyed baking and cooking together.

The story takes place in 1967. Richard is eight years old when his family moves from California to Utah. His parents are going through a hard time after his older brother dies in Vietnam. Shortly after the move, Richards’s parents separate and Richard meets his neighbour, Mr. Foster (and his dog Gollum). Mr. Foster becomes Richard’s friend and confidant. I loved the relationship between the generations, there is so much to benefit from it and we can learn from each other. Mr. Foster is very wise and was so wonderful to Richard and for him. I found Richard to be such a kind-hearted and loving soul, who was wise beyond his years.

There is so very much to love about this book. it was heartwarming and incredibly touching, especially since it is based on the experience of the author. If you read one holiday book this year make sure it is this one and have a box of tissues handy. All. The. Stars.

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