“But I must stay where my heart is, in the theater. And you must stay in Wales, where your heart is. And in the years to come, you will know this is the right decision.” – Jane Maas (The Christmas Angel)
“The Christmas Angel” Review
This post may contain spoilers.
“The Christmas Angel” is a quick read about love, faith, and life coming full circle.
The story starts out in 1875, when a poor Welsh miner named Owen Thomas falls in love with the beautiful actress Jessica Lavery. He sees her star in a play and immediately proposes to her. His earnest charm intrigues Jessica and the two become close through letters over the years. Owen is devoted to his lovely actress, going so far as to build a house and carve a gorgeous, lavender-eyed angel for their future Christmas trees.
Not all is beautiful in this little tale, unfortunately. Despite their growing affections for each other, both Owen and Jessica realize that their personal dreams would be sacrificed if they were to wed the other. Not wishing to grow resentful of Owen for taking her away from the theater nor would she wish to steal Owen’s dream of owning a farm, Jessica declines Owen’s proposal. Although both are brokenhearted, they each move on with their lives and find success in their dreams.
The story continues for a few more generations, with the next part being told by Owen’s wife Maggie, then their son James, then James’s son Nat, then Nat’s sister Katherine, until the tale is finally finished by Katherine’s daughter Susan. The carved angel is passed down from generation to generation and comes full circle as Susan, the descendant of Owen Thomas, marries her husband, the descendant of Jessica Lavery.
This was a wonderful tale with a unique writing style, filled with letters that showed the characters and their love for each other. By passing on their traditions to their children (and their children’s children, and so on), Owen and Jessica prove that their love never died, even as they made the decision to leave each other for the sake of the other’s dreams.
“The Christmas Angel” gets a 5 out of 5 stars.