"The holiday season teaches us many lessons."
Reviewed by Sandra Wurman
Posted January 5, 2017
Holiday | Romance | Novella / Short Story
Tides turn and at times it is difficult to accept some
drastic changes to our status quo. Such is the basis for
THE 24 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS, a holiday novella put forth by
Linda Lael Miller originally published and now released in
digital form. True to any story by Linda Lael Mill THE 24
DAYS OF CHRISTMAS has aged very gracefully.
Frank Raynor and his daughter Lissie now reside in what
had been home for Addie Hutton. Frank is a policeman in
small town Pine Crossing and having grown up there is well
aware of the benefits and nuisances of life in this place.
Lissie is absolutely obsessed with angels, solace from
belief that her mother was now an angel in heaven perhaps.
But Christmas with all its visions of angels is an
important holiday to Lissie and Frank would do anything to
see her enjoy it.
Frank had grown up with lots of holiday traditions in his
family and their Advent calendar was one. It showed a lot
about Frank when he graciously hung it in the small
apartment Addie Hutton would be renting from him. Frank's
Aunt Eliza had been the Hutton's housekeeper when the
judge and Addie lived in the main house. The house that
Frank and Lissie now lived in. Life does hand us some
That Advent calendar had been a labor of love for Frank
and his aunt and now he truly hoped it would provide a
measure of happiness for Addie whose return to Pine
Crossing was less than auspicious.
You know when a story is just plain well written. I'm a
huge longtime fan of Linda Lael Miller and confess to
reading many of her books over and over again. This
novella, THE 24 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS, will definitely stand the
test of time. Admittedly it's already been read more than
once, but I'm ready to read it again!
Previously published in JINGLE ALL THE WAY
A holiday miracle to remember . . .
A matchbox advent calendar first brought Frank Rayner and
Addie Hutton together. But that was years ago. Since then
Addie has written herself out of her father’s will, gotten
herself blacklisted as a reporter, and had her husband leave
her for a younger woman. The only good decision she seems to
have made is to move back home, even if Frank now owns that
home and is renting the apartment over the garage to her.
Not that she thinks there’s anything there. There’s no
reason to get wrapped up in the holiday cheer. Because
Christmas miracles are for the movies. Real life is about
unexpected families—and the magic of true love—and could
there be a happy ending after all?
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