Although the title and cover of this book lead you to believe this is just another Christmas Story, The Reindeer Keeper is so much more. It's true; it does have all the elements of an awesome Christmas story. Barbara Briggs Ward's descriptions of the characters and the settings are very detailed and allow you to paint vivid pictures in your mind. The story definitely is centered around a Christmas and winter them. You almost feel as if you are with Abbey and Steve as they celebrate the holidays with their family. The difference between this and other stories is that this has a lasting message; one to carry with you forever.
I don't want to spoil the story for you, so I'll include just a snippet from the back cover of the book. "…this Christmas proves to be more magical than anticipated as Abbey realizes an understanding never thought possible through the rekindling of a belief rooted in childhood. Of course it's who delivers this gift on Christmas Eve that gives Abbey and Steve the strength to face their greatest challenge."
Being one that loves the Christmas Season, I can totally relate to the characters' feelings about Christmas. What had me a bit perplexed was the idea of "believing." I must say, this story evoked some very strong emotions thinking back to days of Christmases past. As we grow up, that childhood faith seems to fade away. It is just so comforting to remember those feelings from when we were young and believing wasn't even a question.
I truly appreciated the creativity and thought that went into this story. Along with being an incredible love story on so many levels, the Reindeer Keeper is a story to remind us of the importance of believing. We are reminded that with faith, we can face anything. If you want to take an emotional ride through a beautiful, well crafted story that will stay with you for a long time, pick up The Reindeer Keeper and see if you "Believe Again".
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