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Wednesday, December 1, 2010

More Christmas Goodies (of the print variety)

Today I am pleased to share another great addition to your Christmas story collection. Jane Lebak's novella, "The Boys Upstairs." Here's the blurb from the publisher's website:

Jay Farrell, a crippled priest, has begun housing homeless boys in his rectory. Once a street kid himself, he was riding the rocket-train to a lifetime in prison until the day he drove over a land mine in Iraq. Today he works at an inner-city parish, running a soup kitchen and struggling to manage an impoverished church.

With temperatures below zero and falling a few nights before Christmas, Jay's estranged brother Kevin dumps three more children on his front porch. Kevin, a cop who can't believe in God after all the evil he's seen, hasn't spoken to Jay in years, but he knows Jay will at least give the kids a place to stay. It isn't over yet, though. As they work together to meet the children's needs, they must confront the long-buried emotions that have divided them so long.
The Boys Upstairs examines the real gift of the holiday season and how hope can transform the ones society condemns as not worth saving.


I have really enjoyed Lebak's work in the past, especially her novel Seven Archangels: Annihilation, which was originally published as a serial on Mindflights. So I was excited to read a Christmas story from her. She did not disappoint. "The Boys Upstairs" is a touching and tender portrayal of two brothers struggling to reconcile their differences against a back drop of an inner-city Christmas. I found myself drawn in by the characters and their struggles. They were all well-drawn, real people that I could relate to and root for. The ending was satisfying without being overly sentimental. "The Boys Upstairs" is a story of hope and healing and the gentle touch of God's grace. It is a great read to help remind you of the real reason for the season. "The Boys Upstairs" is available in several formats from Muse It Up publishing.

You can visit Jane Lebak on her blog, Seven Angels, Four Kids, One Family

Thanks, Jane, for giving me the chance to review this great Christmas read!

Update from the author:

The publisher of MuseItUp has decided to give a 25% discount on all titles until December 10th, so if you use code HC2010D at checkout in the discount code box before going to Paypal, the price drops to $3.38 Canadian.

11 comments:

ali said...

Very nice, Angie! Thanks for the review!

Melissa said...

Great review. This book sounds interesting

Rosslyn Elliott said...

This sounds great! I need to get a few good Christmas stories--it's been too long since I read new ones, though I have some great collections.

Angela Felsted said...

Looks interesting.

Philangelus said...

Thank you so much for the review, Angie!

The publisher of MuseItUp has decided to give a 25% discount on all titles until December 10th, so if you use code HC2010D at checkout in the discount code box before going to Paypal, the price drops to $3.38 Canadian.

Thanks again! I'm so glad you enjoyed it. :-)

Angie said...

Thanks for stopping by, everyone. And thanks for that info, Jane. I'll update the post with that.

LTM said...

this looks like a great book, Angie! Thanks~

tiffany said...

you are a good sales woman i just bought this book it sounds so good

Jackee said...

Sounds great! I'm always fascinated how different Christmas stories can get and yet be so heartwarming.

Thanks for sharing, Angie! :o)

Danyelle said...

Sounds like a great book and awesome review, Angie. :D

Carolyn V. said...

Great review Angie. It sounds so great. I love Christmas stories. =)