Christmas is often a jumble of reality and fantasy. Two very different novels that would make great Christmas gifts for the readers on your list present this same contrast between what is real, what is not, and the importance of hope.
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Christmas is a time to remember the Christ Child and to read his sweet story in St. Luke. It's also a time for families to draw closer, to share moments of peace and love. One way to build the Christmas spirit and to strengthen family bonds is to read together. Each year I compile brief reviews of as many new books as possible. There's sure to be a new favorite somewhere in this year's collection.
Two excellent Historical novels take us across the pond to England and Wales. Award worthy "The Heart of the Rebellion" by Sian Ann Bessey takes us back in time to 1400. "An Oxford Murder" by G.G. Vandagriff revisits the so called "Golden Era" of almost a hundred years ago at the famous Oxford University in England.
Call it innovative or call it confusing, Sarah Eden introduces her readers to two stories within a story. The Lady and the Highwayman is a social justice story set in the 1800s. Fast forward to the present and we find Rusty Ellis's Under Duress still fighting those who would enrich themselves at the expense of others, especially the less fortunate.
Readers who enjoy mystery and suspense will love these two great spy stories. Traci Hunter Abramson starts off with an explosion at a fancy, contemporary restaurant near Washington D.C. Julie Coulter Bellon takes us back in time to London and the era of the Napoleonic wars.