April 5, 2014

Review: The Christmas Angel by Jane Maas

In 1875, Owen Thomas, a poor Welsh coal miner, falls in love with a beautiful London actress, Jessica Lavery. He builds her a cottage in his village, and enchants her with the promise of the holidays they’ll share after they marry. According to his special Thomas family tradition, the Christmas tree must always be outside, where it can look up to God. Owen carves her an angel to go on top of their tree, with lavender eyes like hers, a token more meaningful to her than any engagement ring. When Jessica breaks off their romance, Owen, broken-hearted, wraps the angel in his mother’s shawl and brings her to America. There, she looks down over five generations, witnessing peace and war, triumphs and tragedies, reminding all who see her that Christmas is the time when families and sweethearts can come together, laughter and goodwill can lighten even the heaviest burden, and magic fills the earth. Jane Maas' book is a story of faith and love. And of the miracle that brought the angel home again.
Jane Maas, the author, follows her family from her great-grandfather Owen up to herself as they find the true loves of their lives---with the help of a wooden hand-carved Christmas angel. To be honest, the first couple of pages didn't seem that entertaining. However, as I read more and saw the Christmas angel working her magic--and it IS magic--I couldn't stop reading until I saw the story through to the end. It definitely had an amazing finish!
The book is short and a very simple, enjoyable read. Jane Maas is an excellent writer and tells a melancholy story that at times had me happy and other times sad. Reading about people who lived over a hundred years ago, people who loved so deeply that they never forgot this first love, makes this story real and a bit heart-breaking. The ending though.....oh, the ending.....Definitely a solid four stars.
Publisher-Thomas Dunne Books
Reviewer Rating: 4 Stars
Reviewed by~Cindi
Thank you to the author for the donation of this book to the Read for your Future book program in exchange for a honest review!
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