Thursday, October 14, 2010

Book Review: The King's Christmas List

The King’s Christmas List by Eldon Johnson has immediately become one of my top 3 Christmas books. This sweet story is about a girl and her dog getting an invitation to a party with the King. On their way to the party they start giving away the very things that they prepared in order to be with the king. Later they discover that those gifts to others were really gifts to the King himself.

The importance and joy of giving is a strong and clear theme throughout the story. Loving the King by loving others is not an easy choice. It requires sacrifice which can be very challenging. But the delight it brings the King is obvious. In the book, the girl and her dog make it to the party seemingly empty-handed. But what they discover once they are there, the King’s love and delight, is almost too much to carry.

This story is a good reminder of the true spirit of Christmas. It is also filled with beautiful illustrations that keep little readers engaged. I love this story and highly recommend this book!
This book was sent to me by Tommy Nelson Publishing. All opinions are my own. I was not paid to write this review.

Book Review: House on Malcom St

The House on Malcolm Street by Leisha Kelly is a historical fiction account of Leah and her daughter Eliza in the 1920’s. After the death of her husband, Leah finds herself at the mercy of a distant relative (Marigold) who owns a boardinghouse. The only other tenant is a man who has also faced loss named Josiah. Marigold wants Leah and Josiah to befriend each other and help each other with their grief, but they don’t take a liking to one another much at all.

The historical context of this book was great! I love reading about how people lived without the luxury of washing machines and deep freezers. I also enjoyed the character development. I felt like I really knew them and was sad to be done with their lives once the book ended. And speaking of how it ended, the plot concluded in a way that lets the reader determine the next steps. At first I didn’t like that but after contemplating it a little more, I really appreciated it.
What I didn’t like about this book was the overwhelming amount of thought processing. The main characters often asked themselves questions which is good in smaller amounts, but I think it was a little overdone in this novel.
All in all, The House on Malcom Street was a pleasant read. A great escape for a rainy day.

Available September 2010 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.
I was given this book to review from the publishing company. I was not paid to do this review. My opinions are my own.