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Rick Denton lives his life on his terms. He works hard, plays hard, and answers to no one. So when his mother calls on Thanksgiving weekend begging him to come home after his stepfather has a stroke, Rick is more than a little reluctant. He's never liked Art and resents the man's presence in his life, despite the fact that his own father abandoned the family when Rick wasRick Denton lives his life on his terms. He works hard, plays hard, and answers to no one. So when his mother calls on Thanksgiving weekend begging him to come home after his stepfather has a stroke, Rick is more than a little reluctant. He's never liked Art and resents the man's presence in his life, despite the fact that his own father abandoned the family when Rick was just twelve. When what was supposed to be just a couple days helping out at the family bookstore turns into weeks of cashing out old ladies and running off the homeless man who keep hanging about, Rick's attitude sours even more.Still, slowly but surely, the little bookstore and its quirky patrons--as well as the lovely young woman who works at his side each day--work their magic on him, revealing to Rick the truth about his family, his own life, and the true meaning of Christmas. With skillful storytelling, Dan Walsh creates a Christmas story will have readers remembering every good and perfect gift of Christmas....

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  • Cindi
    2019-01-25 21:44

    I almost did not read this book. I am not big on books where the first page says "Present Day" and you know it's going to be a flashback book. I don't mind the flashback-type books TOO much but I figured it would be most of the story and I wasn't sure I wanted to sit through that. I am so glad I did. I won't go into all the details of what the book is about. You can read that in the synopsis or in other reviews. What I will say is that this was one of the most moving stories I've read in a very, very long time. While it was a Christmas story, it was mainly a book about self-discovery, faith, forgiveness, and healing. Healing, in more ways than one. With the exception of a few pages in the beginning and again at the end, the entire book was set in the 1980's. I had concerns that it would feel dated. It didn't. At all. The 80's were my own generation of self-discovery so I really had no issue with that time period. But much has changed since that era and I wondered how the story would be. It was amazing. It never seemed "off" at all. Not in any section of the book. All characters, even the secondary ones, were written perfectly. Everyone from the main characters (Rick, Andrea, Amy, J.D., Art, and Rick's mom) to Art's doctors and the customers who flowed in and out of the Book Nook were necessary, in my opinion. My favorite Christian artist (Randy Stonehill) was even mentioned.I can't say enough about this book. I cried several times while reading it. It takes a lot for me to get so moved by a story that I actually have tears in my eyes. Good tears.I think I really needed this. This is my first by this author and I can guarantee it will not be my last.

  • Faye
    2019-02-16 18:52

    Remembering Christmas is one of those books that though, simple in it's telling, packs a powerful punch emotionally. Dan Walsh proves yet again that he is a master storyteller, with his latest release of forgiveness and family. What I love about Mr. Walsh's books is how deep all of his characters are, and there is always more than what first meets the eye. Every character is complex and miles deep, each with their own struggle, and yet Mr. Walsh weaves all the ends in beautifully (yet not painlessly) in such a way that though you might not have seen it coming you couldn't imagine it any other way. The story is well told, and the pages turn rapidly, though at times it's an inner battle between speeding through the book to find out what happens next, or slowing down and savoring every word. This was a book that I thoroughly enjoyed from cover to cover, and that doesn't happen often. With Christmas fast approaching this is the perfect book to get you in the mood, or to give as a gift. You could even give it to yourself! Overall, I would highly recommend this book to just about anyone, whether it's Christmastime or not, Remembering Christmas is a satisfying read, that will tug at your heartstrings :)Final Rating: 5 out of 5ISBN: 978-0-8007-1979-1

  • Sarah Sundin
    2019-02-10 16:39

    In Remembering Christmas, Dan Walsh writes with humor and a fun bit of attitude - and still writes a heartwarming tale. The story delighted me, and one twist completely surprised me. Realistic and lovable characters - even shallow Rick - and the refreshing Florida beach town setting make this a memorable Christmas story. I loved Dan's previous novels, The Unfinished Gift, The Homecoming, and The Deepest Waters. Remembering Christmas is sure to please his fans and to enthrall new readers as well. I highly recommend this novel.

  • Kelly
    2019-02-12 19:41

    A sweet little Christmas read and a lesson in a child's perceptions not always being correct.

  • JulieDurnell
    2019-02-08 16:27

    It was okay for a seasonal read.

  • Giovanni Gelati
    2019-02-17 18:34

    I have been reading a lot of death and mayhem lately so I was lucky enough to dig this out of the reading pile and get to it. Just the cure for a respite from cars blowing up, end of the world scenarios and terrorists, unless of course you count nice old ladies coming into bookstores terrorists; they come in all shapes and sizes you know.Dan Walsh delivers a very twist on a classic theme and does it with a very nice deft touch and plenty of panache. These are not words I usually get to use in my reviews; this though fits like a glove. I love the publisher, Revell, and have a major soft spot for them and enjoy everything I have read that they have put out. This is an excellent read to sandwich into any reading week; the novel is a nice size and will fit in any purse, back pack, lunch pail, or cargo pocket to take anywhere. Props to everyone from the author on up and down, grab this, put it in someone’s stocking for the holidays, but do yourself a favor and read it first; don’t pass it up.Here is a little something on the novel:“Rick Denton lives his life on his terms. He works hard, plays hard, and answers to no one. So when his mother calls on Thanksgiving weekend begging him to come home after his stepfather has a stroke, Rick is more than a little reluctant. He's never liked Art and resents the man's presence in his life, despite the fact that his own father abandoned the family when Rick was just twelve. When what was supposed to be just a couple days helping out at the family bookstore turns into weeks of cashing out old ladies and running off the homeless man who keep hanging about, Rick's attitude sours even more.Still, slowly but surely, the little bookstore and its quirky patrons--as well as the lovely young woman who works at his side each day--work their magic on him, revealing to Rick the truth about his family, his own life, and the true meaning of Christmas. With skillful storytelling, Dan Walsh creates a Christmas story will have readers remembering every good and perfect gift of Christmas.”

  • Anna
    2019-01-21 16:32

    Rick Denton is a successful CPA, striving to climb the corporate ladder. His father left when he was a boy, and over the years Rick has created an image of his father and what their happy reunion would be. He rejected his stepfather, Art, and distanced himself from his mother, Leanne, and has little contact with them. When his mother calls to ask for Rick's help running their little bookstore after his stepfather suffers from an aneurysm he reluctantly returns to his hometown. When he encounters a homeless man, whom Art had been helping, hanging around the bookstore, he runs him off. Rick has also distanced himself from God and is uncomfortable with the Christian customers, who love Art and Leanne. He does however find himself attracted to the young mother, Andrea, who works part time at the store. As Rick confronts his past and the hurts caused by his own actions, God enlightens and opens his heart to what is truly important, faith and family.

  • Carolyn
    2019-02-04 20:42

    The beginning of this book was interesting. It is a story of a professional who left small town Florida after finishing college and made a new life for himself on his own terms. His stepdad becomes very ill and his mother asks him to return home to help run the Christian bookstore, so he reluctantly gives up his ski vacation to help his mother out. I was liking it until about 1/2 way through, and then it got religious. When the stepdad had dangerously low blood pressure and a Bishop put his hands on him and it miraculously came up, I was done reading!

  • Melanie
    2019-02-16 16:25

    Rick Denton, career minded, business oriented, climbing the ladder to success is thankful to have left his childhood home in Florida years ago. Rick's father left the family when Rick was very young, and Rick blames his mother for the loss. He hates it even more when his mother remarries his stepdad Art who tries to father Rick, when Rick still longs for his own father. Wanting no relationship with Art, Rick barely keeps in touch with his mother and stepfather. Rick's Mother out of the blue calls Rick in panic mode, Art is hospitalized with a possible stroke, later learned to be an anuerism and she begs Rick to come and care for their christian bookstore during the busy holiday season when half of their income is earned. Thinking it will only be for a couple days Rick agrees to drive down and attempt to help in the tiny little bookstore in the basement of a church. What was suppossed to only take days, lasted into weeks and Rick begins to relax a bit and reflect on his past, and what he believes he remembers. Sometimes past memories aren't remembered as they truly happened, and I love how Dan Walsh uses Rick to reflect on past hurts and feelings and brings him full circle in his self examination. Throw in a love interest in the least suspecting person, forgiveness on the deepest levels, and twists and turns to keep the reader moving forward. A fantastic story for all times of the year, but relevant for Christmas as well!Thanks to Revell for providing a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

  • Shari Larsen
    2019-02-04 18:33

    As the story opens, Rick Denton is looking back on the holiday season of 1980. At that time, he was successful with his career, and living his life on on his own terms. When his mother calls on Thanksgiving weekend, begging him to come home after his step father suffers what at first appears to be a stoke, Rick is more than a little reluctant. He has never liked Art and always resented his presence in his life, despite the fact that Rick's father abandoned him when he was 12. He has also always blamed his mother for his father leaving, thinking it was something she did.What was supposed to be just a couple of days helping out in the family bookstore turns into weeks of dealing with quirky customers, and running off the homeless man that seems to be always hanging around. Rick's attitude sours even more, but slowly, the little bookstore and it's patrons, as well as the young woman who works there also, begin to work their magic on him, revealing to Rick the truth about his family, his own life, and the real meaning of Christmas.I really enjoyed this story, and the reminders of what life was like back in 1980; I was a teenager back at that time. The author did a great job of blending references to the 80's into the story to give a feeling for what it was like in the age before computers and the cell phone. I also liked that the story had an interesting twist towards the end that I did not see coming.

  • Beth
    2019-02-08 20:40

    Remembering Christmas is written in a simplistic style, and yet for the message that it delivers, flowery language is not really needed. Rick, the main character, not only remembers a particular Christmas, but unearths repressed memories that make him realize just how much he had forgotten - about his mother, his father and especially his step-father, Art. When Rick has to go home to take care of his mother Leanne and Art's store, after Art suffers a brain aneurysm, he must confront these memories and truly remember what he owes to them.There is also a sweet, romantic side-story that I thought was done well, especially considering the male author. I did not expect the big plot-twist at all, and though it could have come across as unrealistic or cheesy, it felt very natural in the progression of the story.One thing I also have to touch on is the setting - who would have thought that a Florida setting of the fictitious town of Seabreeze would have been cozy, but it is! The setting really enriched the story. The Book Nook store that Rick's parents own felt so realistic to me, and I longed to visit it myself as well as the small, coastal town.I guess some readers compare Dan Walsh to Nicholas Sparks, but personally I found the writing to be notches above Sparks. I really liked this story, and I look forward to reading more of Dan Walsh's books in the future.

  • Paula-O
    2019-02-19 22:48

    Dan Walsh writes "Remembering Christmas"We probably all have special memories of this time of the year but Rick Denton lives through some really special ones and finds out some answers to questions he has had all his life.One cold winter in Florida Rick will come to terms with many things in his life and learn more then he bargained for when he found out that his stepfather was in hospital in critical condition and he came home to help his Mom with their business "The Book Nook".This little christian book store was the livlihood of his Mom and her husband whom he had never let take the place of his father so many years ago when they married. Rick's life changed when his father left and he never knew why.Our lives can change in an instant...Rick had his life just the way he wanted it in a large city far from Florida and seldom saw his Mom or had much contact, he thought he had everything he needed till that winter when he helped in the Book Nook while his stepfather was in hospital fighting for his life.Come read this wonderful story Dan has written about a simpler time and how we might think we know it all till life changes in an instant and we find out we didn't know as much as we thought we did...

  • Gail Welborn
    2019-02-11 17:38

    On a scale of 1-10, Walsh's Christmas story is a 12+Remembering Christmas, a Novel, by Dan Walsh, Revell, 2011, Hardcover, 272 Pages, ISBN-13: 978-0800719791, $15.99JD nervously paced, peeking around the corner to look for Art who had never been late one time this past year with his Egg McMuffin. He heard his belly rumbling, but this morning he needed “the heat from Art’s coffee to take the chill out of his bones” more than the food. He had come to count on Art’s generosity over the past year after he made a deal with him to stop sleeping in the sheltered stairwell if Art would bring him an Egg McMuffin every morning. That’s when JD moved from his stairwell home into the cardboard box behind the church. He was happy. Art and the Book Nook customers were happy. Where was he?Taylor, visible only to him, again raised his voice and said, “I think you should go inside JD….something is wrong.” “What if he comes in…finds me…no more Egg McMuffins!” Art said as he peeked around the corner again.Finally at Taylor’s encouragement, JD agreed to check the bookstore door. He slipped around the corner…Full Review: http://tinyurl.com/746yzhj

  • Ann
    2019-02-18 14:47

    In Remembering Christmas, Dan Walsh has written a story that’s sure to be a holiday classic. The story opens when Rick Denton, a successful (and self-centered) individual, receives a phone call from his mother asking for his help in the bookstore she and her husband own. Rick’s stepfather, Art, has suffered a brain aneurysm and is hovering between life and death. Grudgingly , Rick travels to the small town of Sea Breeze, Florida, grumbling all the while about giving up his ski vacation. He avoids the quirky customers in the store as much as possible, preferring to let the intriguing young woman assistant deal with their questions. But there must be something in the air at the Book Nook. Rick finds himself questioning his past memories as well as his present attitudes. As the story moved from one surprise to another, I found myself stealing free moments to read when I should have been doing other things. Although Remembering Christmas would make an ideal gift, don’t wait for Christmas to read the book. This wonderful story will resonate with you no matter what the season.My thanks to Revell for provided a copy for review.

  • Michelle
    2019-01-28 14:50

    This story was one that I found truly heartwarming. I bought it because I'd read other books by the same author and enjoyed them a lot. Normally stories that have a Christmas theme seem a bit sappy to me, but I decided to try it anyway. I thought it was cool that the story was set in 1980 since that was during my childhood. So many of the events mentioned in the novel I actually remembered. I loved how the author showed several perspectives, and how the hero's heart softened over time because of people that knew his family. His initial resentment toward the step-father and the eventual transformation of his feelings as a result of hearing so much about the real man and his relationship with his mother melted my heart in a good way. His attitude and lifestyle was literally changed by his surroundings. I also appreciated his perspective on the heroine. The only thing lacking in this love story was a good kiss, however, the love between his mom and step-father made up for that. It was tender and emotionally moving. I enjoyed getting to know these characters.

  • Amber Stokes
    2019-02-11 22:27

    Remembering Christmas is a life-affirming, hopeful Christmas story. The hero, Rick, is introduced as a frustrating, inconsiderate, self-centered man - whose attitudes and actions aren't so unfamiliar after all. He learns some valuable lessons about compassion and understanding as Walsh twists all the characters' lives into one lovely braid of a book.For some, the holiday season is spent in hospital halls or out on the streets, homeless. And yet hope remains, and God is at work even in the suffering - perhaps especially so. Remembering Christmas gives the reader glimpses at people in very different places in life, and it shows the privilege of sharing the cheer of Christmas with others. With some romance, some good old-fashioned home-style Christmas, and a transformed heart, this is a sweet book to read at Christmastime or anytime you want to remember Christmas!*With thanks to Revell Publishing for providing me with a copy of the book in exchange for my honest opinion.*“Available September 2011 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.”

  • Janelle
    2019-01-26 14:50

    I almost stopped reading this at the ten percent mark because the MC was such a jerk. But I'm glad I stuck with it, as he became a different person as the story progressed. The whole transformation thing was a bit implausible, but I don't really care. I'm such a sucker for happy ever after stories. I had hoped that I would connect more with the time period in which this was set, being a child of the 80's, but I didn't recognise much of the setting. Perhaps this was because I was a child, and wouldn't have been aware of many of the events mentioned. Or perhaps it's just the difference between America in the 80's and Australia in the 80's.

  • Joan
    2019-02-19 15:37

    I really did like this Christmas novel. If I could I would give it a 3 1/2 star rating. The characters were realistic, likeable and interesting. It is a christian novel so there are several references to being saved, and that was fine with me. Most reviewers gave this a higher rating than I did, and although I thought the book was good, it just wasn't a page turner for me and it was a little predictable. The story has some romance, some family dynamics that everyone has....divorce, single parenting, strong parental figures, financial struggles, and illness, but the spirit of Christmas wins out in the end. I like a feel good book for Christmas and this delivered.

  • Vannetta Chapman
    2019-02-02 15:46

    This is a great read and not just for the holidays. Though it's a serious look at family relations and growing up long after we become adults, there are many light moments in this book. It's a story of a young man who comes home to help his mother when his stepfather becomes ill, and the pages are full of details from a time not so long ago. A fast pace with well-drawn characters, I was charmed.Walsh helps you to see your family, and even strangers, in a different light. Remembering Christmas is rich, satisfying, and full of hope.

  • Jennifer
    2019-01-24 19:36

    Rick Denton had spent his life angry and bitter at his stepfather, Art, for some perceived transgressions Art committed against Rick, namely marrying his mom, Leeann. When Art suffers a medical crisis and Rick is called home to care for Art and Leeanne's Christian bookstore, many old feelings surface. Rick is forced to confront his emotional baggage and face past hurts that are holding him in bondage from living a full life. Ultimately, REMEMBERING CHRISTMAS Is a story of redemption, faith, and hope. 4 stars.

  • LadyCalico
    2019-02-14 21:44

    I was in the mood for a good Christmas story and was blessed with this great one. The story is as warm and real as the book cover. The character development was drawn as skillfully and realistically as portraits, even for the secondary characters. I even shed a few tears for this young Scrooge who grew a heart the hard way. Please don't be scared off by reviewers who compare Walsh to Nicholas Sparks--I sure can't see it--Walsh is so much better. I definitely want to read more books by Dan Walsh.

  • Hal
    2019-01-27 22:26

    Fast reading and well written as is typical of Dan Walsh's work. If you enjoy Christian fiction you should enjoy it. The title is somewhat misleading. It has a Christmas element, but that really is just a part of it. Romance is also a minor aspect of the story. If you're looking for passionate romance, this isn't it."Remembering Christmas" is in a way a modern Prodigal Son saga -- the story of a man getting right with God, his family, and himself.

  • Patricia
    2019-02-05 20:28

    A wholesome Christmas tale set in the early 1980s.

  • Taylor R.
    2019-01-30 17:48

    Set in November 1980, Rick Denton is pretty satisfied, a well-paid accountant who gladly lives alone. Though once he prepares himself for an well-deserved vacation, he receives a call from his mother Leanne regarding his stepfather's-- Art's aneurysm emergency, pleading Rick to come back home and help out in running the family-owned Christian bookstore, in which Art and Leanne are currently absent from. Although very uninterested, he agrees to come down to Florida and meets interesting residents; a homeless man hanging around the store, and a close friend of Leanne's-- a bright woman Andrea who helps out at the store daily. With Art's declining condition, and Rick's use of "wasted" vacation days, will Art survive, and before it's too late-- will Rick understand the true essence of Christmas?Predominantly, Remembering Christmas was a heartwarming story that I really admired, and I have to state that the kind of feeling I got from it-- is not found in many modern novels; in which I could really feel the skillful writing Dan Walsh used. In truth, there are really not many issues I had with it, perhaps the only one being that the storyline went somewhat slow. Nevertheless, I would highly recommend this to those who are seeking a good Christmastime book to read, and anyone who has loved Charles Dicken's "A Christmas Carol" would really admire this novel too.While the plot was interesting, I did feel that it did go a tidbit slower than I would've liked. This mostly happens with each characters' personal thoughts, and while it is important to go in-depth, sometimes the thoughts go somewhat too long and it gets boring after awhile. Perhaps if the thoughts were a little more condensed then it would feel more natural.There is not much for offensive content in this book, except for perhaps the part where a character was physically beating up another character up, briefly though.The uniqueness of how this book was written was what really hit me. I have not read many novels with such a heartwarming and down-to-Earth feeling this has, something I feel the modern world will miss. I don't know if it's the instant technology advancements, the latest methods of advertising and globalization, or simply our new generation's change of social demeanor, but despite being published in 2011, I can really tell that Dan Walsh recalled the 80's very well. And that's the thing about this book and the 80's, they seemed to be more down-to-Earth, without so much "fluff" we have today. In fact, (even though I already loved learning about the 80's) reading this novel made me want to pick that very decade as my very first destination if I were to head back into the past. I would just love to have that "small town" feel that I got from the book, where everyone is in a more local community and knows each other. Additionally, each character's unique personality adds a natural tone, in which ultimately contributes to Rick's change of heart in the end. This adds to that heart-warming feeling you get, where everyone is merry at the end.This is an excerpt from the book, the end of chapter 20, page 103-104:"I'm not shocked," Andrea said. "Art is the sweetest, kindest man I ever met, but he's never struck me as a shrewd businessman. For one thing, he gives too many things away.""What do you mean? What's he give away?""I wouldn't be surprised if Art's read every book in here. People will come in, he'll go up and talk with them. They'll ask him for advice. I mean, they'll just open right up and pour their hearts out. That part I get. He's so easy to talk to. Like your mom, he just listens so well, asks questions. Then he'll pick out a couple of books that would be perfect for what they're going through. They won't know which one to pick, so he'll tell them to have a seat on the couch, and he'll fix them a cup of coffee. He'll say, 'Look 'em over. Take your time. Pick out the one that's the best fit.'" Andrea walked over to the heater and put her hands out."I don't know how many times they'd put one back, come up to the counter with the other. He'd see it and ask them why they picked that one. They'd say they couldn't afford both. You know what he'd do?"Rick shook his head no, but he knew."While I rang up the book they picked, he'd go over, grab the one they put back, and put it in their bag. 'I think the Lord wants you to have this one too,' he'd say." She smiled."He's so generous and caring."Rick wasn't smiling. He had a different thought.(italics): I think the Lord wants you to pay your bills.

  • Lori
    2019-01-24 22:38

    Rick, a Charlotte CPA, responds to his mother's urgent request for assistance running the family's Seabreeze, Florida, bookstore when his stepfather falls ill. A homeless man seeking the Egg McMuffin they provided him daily discovered the man. It's a heartwarming story in which reassesses his life as he learns more about his family and discovers what is truly important. Although the novel opens and closes in the present, most of the book is a look back at the period from Thanksgiving to Christmas 1980. The news still counts the days of the Iraq hostage crisis. Americans hope the newly elected incoming actor president can do something about that situation. Americans are discussing "Who shot J.R.?" John Lennon is shot. It brought back memories of late adolescence. Faith plays an important part in the novel, but the novel is not evangelistic in nature. Recommended for persons who enjoy heartwarming Christmas stories of reconciliation.

  • Kate
    2019-02-16 21:49

    I really enjoyed this book. I liked all the characters, and the setting . . . especially the fact that it was set in 1980. While I don't have particular memories of that year (I was only 5 at the time this book was set), I could practically smell the Naugahyde and see the fashions these characters might have been wearing! I love when an author includes so many details that set the scene perfectly like that!I think my favourite part was the message: that even though it's God who ultimately changes our hearts . . . the love and kindness of godly people can do an awful lot to point the way to the One who can change us. I want to be the kind of person that Art and Leanne were portrayed as!

  • Andrea
    2019-02-19 14:32

    I wanted to love this book- I had heard so many great things about it... But, having studied some psychology at university, how JD was portrayed drove me nuts. It wasn’t accurate. I️ couldn’t get past it and it really bothered me. It distracted me to the point of getting frustrated every time JD was in the story. Parts of the book were great, and realistic. But others I found to be off. Overall, it was a good book but not as wonderful as I had hoped. This was my first Dan Walsh book, and I would give another book of his a try. Just maybe not for awhile...

  • Dianne
    2019-02-21 14:41

    It's sentimental and predictable, but that's what I expected when I bought it. The main character is a man returning to his home town to help with the book store his mother (with whom he has a strained relationship) and step-father run. The step-father, of whom he has never been a fan, is in critical condition with an aneurysm. A pretty young girl, with a child of her own, works at the bookstore - so you can see where that's headed. Another predictable Christmas story, but for some reason that seems more acceptable this time of year.

  • Connie
    2019-01-25 22:42

    Rick Denton idolizes his absent father and cannot accept his stepfather, Art. Art and Rick’s mother, Leanne, own and manage the Book Nook in Seabreeze, Florida. When Art is hospitalized with an aneurism, Rick is called home to help keep the bookstore running.Although the book is quite predictable, except for one huge surprise, it is beautifully written.

  • Shannon
    2019-02-03 22:41

    Feel good storyWow! This is the first, but definitely not the last, book that I have read by Dan Walsh. It is a beautiful story of redemption and grace. I could not put it down. I highly recommend this book.