Saturday, December 20, 2014

Christmas Past Book Review

I have a really special book to share with you today called Christmas Past written by Sharyn McCrumb.
When someone buys the old Honeycutt house, Nora Bonesteel is glad to see some life brought back to the old mansion, even if it is by summer people. But when the new owners decide to stay in their summer home through Christmas, they find more than old memories in the walls.  Nora agrees to help sort things out, and is drawn into a time and place she never expected to revisit.  
Meanwhile, Sheriff Spencer Arrowood and Deputy Joe LeDonne find themselves on an unwelcome call to arrest an elderly man for a minor offense. As the officers attempt to do their duty, it begins to look like they may spend Christmas away from home.  
In a story of spirits, memories, and angels unaware, Sharyn McCrumb revisits the mountains we call home, the folk we call family, and a familiar message that there is more to this world than the eye can see... especially at Christmastime.
My Review:

What a book this was to read! It's a great mystery in the spirit of Christmas and it will become one of your favorite stories to share at this special time of year.

Nora really is a good person and she just wants to help the new people who bought the Honeycutt's old house. She decides to give them some advice on gardening because the Honeycutt's garden used to be so beautiful and Nora would love to see it restored.

Of course, she is a little nervous about butting in and her friend, Jane Arrowood is not so sure she should offer her services. Even one of the other ladies who lives there named Shirley is hounding Nora not to do it but for different reasons.

She claims the house is haunted!

You will love reading this awesome book and will want to share it with your family and friends. It's a great book to share as it has no foul language and is good for young adults to read.

Happy Reading!
About the Author:
Sharyn McCrumb is an award-winning Southern writer, best known for her Appalachian “Ballad” novels, including the New York Times best sellers The Ballad of Tom Dooley, The Ballad of Frankie Silver, and Ghost RidersNora Bonesteel's Christmas Past, releasing in October 2014 by Abingdon Press, is McCrumb's first Christmas novella in the Ballad series.
McCrumb was recently awarded the Mary Hobson Literary Prize for Southern Literature by North Carolina’s Chowan University. She has been named “Best Mountain Writer” by Blue Ridge Country Magazine and a “Virginia Woman of History” by the Library of Virginia. In 2006, she was a guest author at the National Festival of the Book in Washington, D.C., sponsored by the White House. McCrumb’s other honors include the AWA Outstanding Contribution to Appalachian Literature Award and AWA’s Best Appalachian Novel, the Chaffin Award for Southern Literature, and the Plattner Award for Short Story.
McCrumb has presented programs and workshops at universities, libraries, and other organizations throughout the US and abroad. She lives and writes in the Virginia Blue Ridge, less than a hundred miles from where her family settled in 1790 in the Smoky Mountains that divide North Carolina and Tennessee.
Disclaimer: Mary Bearden personally reviewed these products. I did not receive any monetary compensation for my review, just a sample product. All opinions are mine and belong to me solely. My thoughts and opinions may differ from yours. 


Natalie Parvis-Nichols said...

This sounds like a book I'd love to read. Thanks for the awesome review!

M Clark said...

Christmas Past looks like a great story, definitely worth a read. Thank you for sharing this review, Merry Christmas.