Tuesday, January 04, 2011

Turn the Page...Tuesday

For this month's Turn the Page...Tuesday, I have choosen "The Christmas Jars" by Jason F. Wright.  For a couple of days during December I was home sick with the flu.  I had participated in an apron swap and my package of goodies arrived on my first sick day.  This wonderful little book was inside and since I had just turned the last page in "Sanctuary" by Nora Roberts when our Mail Lady was at the door, I immediately begin reading it.  The darn flu had me doing nothing but reading or sleeping, so I finished this 122 page book the next afternoon and just wanted to read it again.  So good - it's one that I want to give to my daughters and my sisters.  Reading "The Christmas Jars" will have you starting a whole new family Christmas tradition of your own, or at least wanting too.

It's the story of Hope Jensen, a girl who was left in a diner as a baby along with a sweet note begging the person who finds her to take care of her and love her as their own.  Hope's biological Mama was in an abusive relationship with Hope's father that she couldn't see a way out of and knew that it was only a matter of time before he would be hitting that sweet baby as well.  Giving her away was the only way she knew to protect her little girl.

Hope has grown up now, raised by a single mother who loved her dearly, and is an up and coming newspaper reporter.  One Christmas Eve, after coming home to a break-in in her apartment, Hope is left a jar of Christmas coins.  Not knowing who left her this much needed gift, Hope starts researching other such gifts in the hope of finding the story behind the Christmas Jars.  Hope does find the story behind the jars.  What she does with that knowledge will leave you holding your breath until the end. 

A delightful and very inspirational read.  I think you'll love it~

For my Classics from my shelf resolution, I read "The Cricket on the Hearth" by Charles Dickens.  It was good and charming, though not wonderful, but I'm glad I finally read it. 

Today, my reading is taking me to Aspen, Colorado to spend time in the kitchen of Chef Elena Alverado in "The Lost Recipe For Happiness".   Delightful~
Where is your reading taking you??

Don't forget to pop over to Some of a Kind for more Turn the Page...Tuesday reads.


Bonnie said...

I love to read what everyone is reading. I am reading Elizabeth Street at the moment. I am hoping to finish it tonight.
Happy Reading!

Adrienne said...

Oh I'm so sorry you had the flu - that stinks ... at least you got some good reading in! My library has this book - I'll have to remember to check it out before Christmas next year.

Jill said...

What a sweet story, the Christmas Jars. Thanks for sharing.

Happy (and Healthy) New Year to you!

~ The Jolly Bee ~ said...

Your selection sounds like a very sweet read. A perfect one for snuggling with under the covers when you're feeling blah. I hope your new year is a good one.

Stacey's Treasures said...

Oh, I want to read this book!!!
I hate having the flu, but do like the chance to do nothing but read.

Yolanda said...

I haven't heard of this one. I hope you are having a good week.