Christmas Books: Thomas Kinkade’s On Christmas Eve

One of my guilty pleasures each Christmas season is to devour (yes, that’s the appropriate word) a few light and fluffy Christmas novels from the display at Barnes and Noble. It’s a ritual each November: when it’s still too early to pull out the decorations and the first peppermint mocha hits the counter at Starbucks, I survey all the new Christmas tales and begin making my list.¬†This year the book first on my list is the newest installment of Thomas Kinkade’s series of books set in the fictional town of Cape Light. You know Thomas Kinkade for his paintings, but he also paints with words, and the help of his co-author Katherine Spencer! While the book is one of a series, it can stand pleasantly on its own and will probably intrigue you when you read the lives of the cast of supporting characters, all richly drawn because they have books of their own!

The plot line follows two main characters. Lucy is a nurse married to a crusty diner owner. She waitresses in the hours she isn’t nursing, raises two sons, and is a genuinely caring and busy person. Towards the beginning of the Christmas season a young runaway named Zoey plops herself down in a booth at the diner to escape the cold, where she is discovered by Lucy at closing time. With nowhere else to send the girl in small Cape Light, Lucy brings her home (against the wishes of that cantankerous husband) and begins the process of rescuing a soul who doesn’t necessarily want to be rescued.

Betty, a nearly 50 year old real estate agent turned caterer, is struggling to find her place in the Christmas season. She has been divorced for eleven years, and is now watching her son get engaged and her friends live their lives set in families. Lacking in Christmas spirit, however, Betty decides to get out of herself and help plan and fundraise for the local food pantry. In the process, the Santa hired for a big party teaches her a lot about life and about herself. Her journey is an example of how God uses all the events of our lives — big and small — to give us clues about who we were created to be.

Will “On Christmas Eve” change your life? Probably not. But it will add a little Christmas cheer and color to the few moments you have during this busy, busy season. A few minutes with a cup of coffee (a must) and a good book are just what I need to restore my peace on earth and good will toward all.

By Marla Saunders

I am passionately devoted to living my life in the places God has given me. Over the years those places have changed: from homeschooler to businesswoman, from consumer to storyteller. These days I'm focusing on building a new business and figuring out what it means to do everything with integrity and informed by faith.