Book Beat - Remembering Christmas by Dan Walsh

It's 1980, and yuppie Rick Denton has everything going for him. Job, cash, car, condo, and women. The only thing he can complain about is gas prices - a dollar a gallon? What is the world coming to? But then his obnoxious stepfather collapses from an aneurysm, and his mother begs for Rick's help to keep their business running. Their smarmy little Christian bookstore with the crazy customers and the homeless man sleeping in the doorway. Rick agrees, but the only good thing about the deal is the pretty young woman who works at the bookstore. However, the next few weeks will turn Rick's assumptions about himself, his family, and his life upside-down.

In Remembering Christmas, Dan Walsh writes with humor and a fun bit of attitude - and still writes a heartwarming tale. The story delighted me, and one twist completely surprised me. Realistic and lovable characters - even shallow Rick - and the refreshing Florida beach town setting make this a memorable Christmas story. I loved Dan's previous novels, The Unfinished Gift, The Homecoming, and The Deepest Waters. Remembering Christmas is sure to please his fans and to enthrall new readers as well. I highly recommend this novel.

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