The Angel Tree by Daphne Benedis-GrabA heartwarming Christmas mystery and friendship story!
Every Christmas in the small town of Pine River, a tree appears in the town square--the Angel Tree. Some people tie wishes to the tree, while others make those wishes come true. Nobodys ever known where the tree comes from, but the mystery has always been part of the traditions charm.
This year, however, four kids who have been helped--Lucy, Joe, Max, and Cami--are determined to solve the mystery and find out the true identity of the towns guardian angel, so that Pine River can finally thank the person who brought the Angel Tree to their town.
This is a heartwarming Christmas mystery, full of friendship, discovery, and loads of holiday cheer!
Book review: The Angel Tree by Lucinda Riley
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Thirty years have passed since Greta left Marchmont Hall, a grand and beautiful house nestled in the hills of rural Monmouthshire. But when she returns to the Hall for Christmas, at the invitation of her old friend David Marchmont, she has no recollection of her past association with it — the result of a tragic accident that has blanked out more than two decades of her life. Then, during a walk through the wintry landscape, she stumbles across a grave in the woods, and the weathered inscription on the headstone tells her that a little boy is buried here. The poignant discovery strikes a chord in Greta's mind and soon ignites a quest to rediscover her lost memories. With David's help, she begins to piece together the fragments of not only her own story, but that of her daughter, Cheska, who was the tragic victim of circumstances beyond her control.
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Thank you! As the calendar counts down to Christmas in the idyllic little town of Pine River, four children hang their wishes on the Angel Tree, a tradition in which an anonymous benefactor and the close-knit residents pool their resources to help one another.
The Angel Tree was clearly written with the best intentions. However, at times, the portrayal of blindness was lacking. Every Christmas, a tree is put up in the town where the protagonists of this story live. People can tie slips of paper with their wishes written on them to the tree and the community will try to grant them. Four children in the town decide to try and find out who is behind the tree. I genuinely felt for her when reading.
Forced to re-live hidden chapters that will reveal disturbing truths about her family and the traumas they have endured, Greta is facing a new reality more painful than she could ever have expected. Supreme storyteller Lucinda Riley is on a roll with the much-anticipated publication this month of The Storm Sister, second book in her riveting Seven Sisters series, followed closely by The Angel Tree, a haunting, page-turning novel about a family riven by love, loss and betrayal. First published as Not Quite An Angel under the name Lucinda Edmonds, and now extensively rewritten, this torrid tale moves between past and present and from post-war London and Los Angeles in the Swinging Sixties to the beautiful Welsh countryside. She has returned for Christmas at the invitation of her old friend, comedian and TV celebrity David Marchmont. Greta has no recollection of her past association with Marchmont Hall after a tragic accident blanked out decades of her life. But during a walk through the snow-covered grounds of the hall, she stumbles across a grave in the woods and the weathered inscription on the headstone tells her that a little boy, her own son, is buried there.