The Christmas Scrapbook
Genre: fiction, Christmas novella, Faith
Favorite Quote: " And Sam's otherwise difficult day drew to a close in the warm embrace of his wife, whom he loved deeply, but seldom understood."
In case you were wondering I am reading Christmas books at the moment. Most are very quick reads, which is good because I have quite a few in my TBR pile. I sit in front of my twinkling, tinsel covered tree with a cup of hot tea and read sweet tales of Christmas. HMMMMMM. So relaxing. OK there are a few that are not sweet, but those are for later.
The Christmas Scrapbook, is a very quick read. It centers around a Quaker minister, Sam Gardner, as he attempts to make the greatest Christmas present ever for his wife. You guessed it a scrapbook. He has 17 years of giving potholders to make up for. He tires to keep it a secret, he started weeks in advance, but one thing after another happens and before you know it stories are circulating around town that Sam is deathly sick. Small towns.
I loved this book. Sam is a really down to earth minister with flaws, he has problems with his flock. My favorite charachter is Frank the elderly secretary. He tends to be blunt and can not keep a secret. The small incidents that happen in this book are hysterical, they could only happen in a small town. The charachters are genuine and real. The writing is simple, meaning Gulley choses the right word without wasting time with extra glitter. I really enjoyed it and plan on reading more about Harmony. Sounds like a nice town.