Billy Coffey is an outstanding storyteller. His writing enables me to see his characters clearly and picture their life events with all the emotions they experience.
Life has not been the same for Allie Granderson since her mom disappeared during the tornado that swept through town a year and a half ago. All that was found was one of her pink tennis shoes. Her daddy was not the same either. He goes into the bedroom, closes the door and comes out a different man after he drinks enough to pull down a curtain to separate him from his sorrow.
Christmas is almost upon them when the wind comes up during the night and carries away the plastic Virgin Mary statue set up in Allie's yard. Jesus and Joseph are all that remain. Allie believes that she must find the statue of Mary and bring it home. She somehow thinks if she finds the statue, she will find her own mom as well. Her best friend Zack
and her dog Samwise accompany her on the search that winds up in the dark woods.
This is one of the best books I've read this year. The characters are well developed and the plot is suspenseful. Values of loyalty and courage are explored. I recommend this book to anyone who is a fan of a well written story. I have only praise for this story.