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Publisher's Summary

A heart-tugging tale of a boy and a troubled little girl who discover that the true spirit of Christmas is alive and well in the hearts of those who earnestly seek it.

Dr. Christopher Ringle is the last person you'd expect to find moonlighting as Santa Claus at the mall on the day after Thanksgiving. But it is there that he meets a young man named Molar Alan, who desperately needs a new perspective on the underlying value of Christmas. Dr. Ringle recruits Mo and his older brother as volunteers at a nearby children's hospital for the holiday season. At the hospital Mo is tasked to help bring holiday cheer to the young cancer patients on the fifth floor. His biggest challenge is befriending a decidedly angry girl who is so embarrassed by her scarred appearance that she hides her face behind the safety of a paper bag. Almost in spite of himself, Mo finds that Christmas joy emanates from a source far greater than the North Pole, while the young girl learns that she is more beautiful than she had ever imagined.

©2017 Kevin Alan Milne (P)2017 Hachette Audio

Critic Reviews

"Milne's debut novel is the epitome of the true meaning of Christmas. It's an inspiring tale filled with heartfelt characters that will move readers to view Christmas in a whole new light." (Leslie L. McKee, Romantic Times)
"The story is unexpectedly heartwarming...delivering his warm fuzzies and dashes of Christmas hope and magic." ( Publishers Weekly)

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Why change the book’s language?

I thought the story was heartwarming and would have loved the book, however, the narrator changed the language to read “friggin’” several times in the story? Why? The original text is fine, suits the story better than contemporary curse substitutes, and detract from the simplicity of the story. Not everyone, particularly avid readers, want to hear that type of language especially when the author didn’t write those words.

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The real meaning of Christmas

Short story packed with what Christmas is all about. Loveable characters & timeless message. Makes you appreciate all your blessings.

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an excellent Christmas story

This is a wonderful Christmas story that does an excellent job explaining the true meaning of Christmas;)

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Love love love

I love this book. So special. Now that it is an audio book, I listen to it every year.

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Wonderful story!

This book is a great work that needs to be read as a family. It’s message radiates the TRUE meaning of Christmas. I highly recommend it and hope to read it over and over each Christmas season.

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Outstanding

The content and the way it was written is a keeper and should be a tradition to be read every year. It is truly a message of the heart of Christmas.

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Beautiful, Uplifting, Moving

Love this book. Great performance and the story is although sad in some places, very touching and loving-shows the true meaning of the Christmas Spirit