Book Review ~ The Ghost of Christmas Present #ChristmasGiftGuide

Scott Abbott and Amy Maude Swinton

Back of the book:

The train stopped at a station where the signs read Thirty-fourth Street. The doors opened and Patrick waited for the commuters to disembark before he got off.

He walked to the stairs as the morning light from the street shone and the sounds of Broadway bounced down into the station in echoing waves. He caught sight of himself in the plastic window of the token booth, where the transit workers shook their heads at his appearance.

Perhaps he had gone too far with the costume. Perhaps he had gone too far thinking he should even attempt this madness. Perhaps what was worst of all was thinking he could save the semblance of a life that he could carve for himself with Braden.

Maybe Braden would be better off without him in his daily life. Maybe . . .

Patrick shook off the thought as the noise of Broadway waited for him above. He drew in a breath and exhaled. “Into the breach, dear friends.”

He began to climb the stairs.

About the authors:

Scott Abbott is a screenwriter whose first script, My Father’s Keeper, earned him a place in the American Film Institute Screenwriting program, as well as semifinalist recognition in the prestigious Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting competition run by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. His credits include the feature adaptation of Anne Rice’s The Queen of the Damned as well as HBO movies Winchell and Introducing Dorothy Dandridge, which earned both Stanley Tucci and Halle Berry and Emmy and a Golden Globe.

Amy Maude Swinton is a native of New Mexico. She has a theater background and is a certified sommelier. This is her first novel.

My thoughts:

The weather has turned a bit chilly here so I’ve begun the pursuit of my favorite hobby. Curling up with a good book (especially a Christmas one), a cup of my favorite tea and a cozy afghan in front of the fire make for the perfect evening.

The Ghost of Christmas Present is my first Christmas book of the season. It is a story of two fathers. One is embittered by the loss of his daughter. He will do anything it takes to destroy the one he believes is at fault. The other father is desperate to save his ailing son. He will do anything to make their lives better. Caught between the two are a torn woman and a wise beyond his years boy.

It is a relatively short novel, but it is filled with emotion. You will find yourself pulled from compassion to irritation with the flip of a page. The wording is fabulous. If you are a fan of Dickens and Shakespeare this is going to be a keeper for you.  Or if you have a book lover on your Christmas list this is the perfect size for a stocking stuffer!

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