On the off chance that I'm not the last person in existence to have read The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey, it tells the story of a widower of the same name. Toomey is the best woodcarver in the valley and also a known hermit. After his wife and son's death, he secluded himself from society, not wanting to participate in anything with anyone. One day a widow comes to call on Mr. Toomey with a request that he help make a nativity set for her young son for Christmas. He rather begrudgingly undertakes the work and over the weeks leading up to Christmas he sees more of the widow and her son than he has of anyone else in quite some time. You can likely guess where that relationship is headed. (The cover art provides a very distinct clue!) This story is sadly sweet and terribly predictable, but that's exactly how I like my Christmas stories and so I enjoyed this one very much. If you think this sounds like a story you would like to add to your home collection, I would more than happily recommend it to you.
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Many thanks to Candlewick Press who sent a copy of the above title my direction in order to facilitate this review and giveaway. I received no additional compensation and all opinions are my very own.
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