“The Christmas Angel” Review

20 Jan

“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.

Leave a comment

Posted by on January 20, 2016 in Book Reviews


Tags: , , , , , ,

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

The Well-Red Mage

"But some day you will be old enough to start reading fairy tales again."


Baking - Recipes - Fun

Afterglow Games

Making games for everyone, and games for everyone else.

Extra Life

Independent game reviews


A home for my useless thoughts

I Played The Game!

Video games past, present and future.

Paper Thieves

stealing words for my soul

Old and New Reviews

Film, TV and Video Game reviews; old and new.



The Crafting Rogue

A Girl Gamer Reviews Games, Crochets, Sews, and Basically... Crafts!

Imagination in Print

you can find every answer to any question in a book

Pierina Reads

Books, Tips and Tags

MediGamer Blog

Matthew Bell

Hey Dear Reader

An amateur writer's stories and blog

%d bloggers like this: