FICTION

25 Days ’Til Christmas

Morrow. Oct. 2019. 352p. ISBN 9780062958792. pap. $15.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062958815. F
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Zoe had been ill for a while, and not long into the new year, she passed away. Her husband, Daniel, has felt her loss every day, but the impending holiday season and their annual traditions, including a visit with the Christmas Tree Girl, weigh on his heart already. Kate, aka Christmas Tree Girl, was widowed four years ago and dreads the holidays for her own reasons, most centered on a lack of money and worry about her six-year-old son, Jack. When a friend suggests Kate create an advent calendar with 25 “easy steps” to a Christmas miracle, Kate thinks, Why not? Can this holiday countdown bring together two people who so obviously need each other?
VERDICT Pseudonomous author Alexander’s poignant story of loss and grief also hints at hope for future happiness. Reading about characters getting what they deserve is satisfying, and it’s easy to imagine this book as the next megahit holiday film.

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