On Christmas Eve 1995, Susie prepares to spend midnight mass with her family as she had done so many times before. Although she is about to give in to despair, a side of her still hopes, waiting for a miracle to occur. Will the Christmas Star appear this night, and will it have special meaning for her this time around?
©2002 Catherine Lanigan; (P)2003 Books on Tape
Retired CFO, Army wife, Mom of five, Grandma of six, two sons who served in combat, love to read books that reflect my values and faith, love mysteries, historical, military stories, and books that don't waste my time . . . if it doesn't have an ending that was worth the wait, I'm not a happy camper.
These were the times that I grew up in . . . frightening, uncertain times . . . and boys were drafted, going off to a war that would turn out to be unpopular . . . so many never coming home . . . they were my friends' older brothers . . . boys I went to high school with . . . it was the times of long hair, bell bottoms and hippies . . . but not all of us were really hippies, no matter what we may have looked like on the outside . . . some of us were like Susie and Tommy . . . real young men and women, falling in love, meaning what we said, and getting married . . . against the odds . . . so it was, that I listened to their story with hope and awe . . . through hardship, we find our true selves, iron sharpens iron, I love a Christmas story . . . a story of faith, and the story of Susie, Tommy and their family is a bright spot this holiday season . . .
This was a very uplifiting story. While some of the situations do stretch the reader's credulity if you wait some of the biggest stretches of logic are at least brought into the realm of possibility. It does take a certain suspension of disbelief, but it is worth it. On top of that the characters are ones that are likeable and you want to find out not only their ultimate ends but sit back and enjoy the journey along the way. The reader is gifted and adds not distracts from the story. A genuine good listen!
I really enjoyed this story. I even looked to see if this author had others available on tape. The hardest part of listening to this story was suffering through the baby talk/baby voice that the narrator used when reading the story. The story would be flowing along, and then it would be like finger nails on a blackboard when the children's lines would be read.
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