Monday, December 18, 2017

REVIEW The Thursday Night Club and Other Stories of Christmas Spirit by Steven Manchester

Kindle Edition, 190 pages
Published November 1st 2017 by Fiction Studio Books

A joyous and deeply emotional collection of three unforgettable Christmas novellas.

With a series of #1 bestsellers like Twelve MonthsThe Rockin’ Chair and Pressed Pennies, Steven Manchester has established himself as one of the premier voices of moving and heartfelt fiction. Now, he collects his three unforgettable Christmas novellas in one volume.

The Thursday Night Club: Five college friends, three men and two women, have been getting together every Thursday night to share humble meals and an abundance of laughter. But when tragedy takes one of them, leaving the others to question the fairness of life, the Thursday Night Club decides to embark on a contest in the memory of the generous spirit of their fallen brother. The objective of the contest is simple: whoever performs the kindest deed by Christmas night wins the pot – four quarters. And there are only two conditions: the benevolent deed must be anonymous, and it cannot cost a single penny to pull off. As the four friends undertake the contest, the healing begins and they become inspired beyond their expectations. There might be a winner in this competition, but it is very clear there will be no losers.

A Christmas Wish: Steph is on a search for truth in her heart as she faces the prospect of real love for the first time. Brian is out to enjoy his favorite season in a way that doctors never thought he could. And at the center of it all is their grandmother, affectionately known as Mama, a woman of remarkable commitment and charity who knows something very important about making Christmas wishes come true.

The Tin-Foil Manger: Published in this volume for the first time, this is the story of Nancy, an elderly woman with little to live for and Jeanne, the caretaker who wants to believe that Nancy has more to live for. Together, they embark on a journey to the past – a past of modest Christmases, tin-foil mangers, and abundant love – to rediscover the time when Nancy felt truly alive. Nancy’s memories and how they touch Jeanne, will turn this Christmas into one for the ages.

Rich with emotion and profound with meaning, these three stories of Christmas spirit that will strike a chord in your heart any time of year and make you look at the holiday season in new ways. 

My Thoughts…

With each short story within this collection I learn something new.   My eyes open to new traditions, history I didn’t know, and a story that pulls at my heart.     The theme of Christmas is great but in truth these are great books to read anytime.    Steven Manchester has an amazing talent of taking a story, weaving in some lessons, and then tying it all together beautifully.  

Steven Manchester has a way of taking real life and making it into so much more.    There are themes, lessons, and history in each of his books.   I am a fan of his and know that with each story I should find somewhere quiet and peaceful to read and enjoy his story.    I would definitely recommend picking up this amazing collection of short stories and enjoying them.    Each book is an entire story.   

Thank you Steven Manchester for a copy of this wonderful collection of stories in exchange for an honest review.   

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