Christmas Lights, by Christine Pisera Naman ($14.95)
Summary of Christmas Lights:
Christine Pisera Naman has become well-known for sharing the small but inspiring lessons she has learned from the real-life struggles and triumphs of average people. Christmas Lights, Naman’s first work of fiction, evokes that same warmth and tenderness in stories set during the holiday season and centered on the lives of ordinary women.
In separate vignettes, we meet Katherine, who is taking care of her ailing husband; Julianna, juggling with construction paper, scissors, and rubber cement in a room full of high-spirited four-year-olds; Adrianna, struggling with the difficulties of marriage; Cassandra, the busy mother of toddlers; Victoria, searching for a love to call her own; Alexandra, a young woman waiting for word from her doctor about an uncertain diagnosis; and Isabella, discovering the gift of motherhood. The lives of all the women come together in a moving conclusion that perfectly captures the heart and soul of the holiday spirit.
Alternately laugh-out-loud funny and poignant, Christmas Lights celebrates the most significant aspects of the season. Small, beautifully designed, and full of festive cheer, it is the ideal gift for anyone longing to rediscover the magic of Christmas.
My review of Christmas Lights:
This book is absolutely wonderful. It succeeds in being short, sweet, and sentimental — without being sappy or schmaltzy. I read Christmas Lights in two sittings (relatively short sittings at that) and found myself completely immersed in it.
Christmas Lights made me laugh and cry and, most important, it made me feel. Isn’t that what we want out of a book, after all? Well, you’ll get it with this novel. The best word to describe it is “heartwarming.”
I encourage everyone to read this book…especially if you need a little dose of the Christmas spirit — a little hope and a little magic (or a lot!). Christmas Lights would be an excellent gift for anyone.
Author Christine Pisera Naman has also written Caterpillar Kisses and Faces of Hope, a book about babies born on 9/11. Naman has written for several magazines and frequently contributes to the Chicken Soup for the Soul series.
You can purchase Christmas Lights at Amazon (that’s a referral link which you are under no pressure to use…you can also just head to Amazon and search for Christmas Lights!)
I was not compensated for writing this post. I was provided a copy of Christmas Lights to facilitate my review. My opinions are 100% honest and 100% mine.