Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Sam’s Christmas Wish

Sam's Christmas Wish coverI’m delighted to be participating in Shadow Mountain’s virtual book tour for author George D. Durrant’s latest release, SAM’S CHRISTMAS WISH.

I find Christmas-themed stories to be heartbreaking and heartwarming at the same time.

SAM’S CHRISTMAS WISH by George D. Durrant is a good example of events that tug on your heart strings and elements that warms your heart both within minutes of each other. Having a box of tissue handy when reading this charming story could be helpful.

The beautiful rich illustrations by Dan Burr are excellent. The colorful, realistic drawings bring the story to live.

Sam Edwards is a proud man who lost his job just weeks before Christmas. Not sure how to give his family a Merry Christmas, Sam knows he definitely doesn’t want charity from the town’s ‘do-gooders.’ When he awakes Christmas morning to find presents inside and out, he’s sure the ‘do-gooders’ have been there but there’s no evidence anyone has been there.

Seeing the Christmas spirit in his family, Sam finally accepts the gifts and promises to someday do a secret good deed for someone else. Many years later Sam is able to fulfill his wish. He performs a secret deed for his neighbors in his last act of kindness and love.

SAM’S CHRISTMAS WISH is an inspiring story of giving and receiving and how acts of kindness can touch the heart and soul. This is a wonderful reminder of the true meaning of the Christmas spirit.

This delightful children’s story shares a great message of love and caring for readers of all ages.

Sam’s Christmas Wish by George D. Durrant, Illustrated by Dan Burr, Shadow Mountain, @2014, ISBN: 978-1609076061, Hardcover, 36 Pages 

FTC Full Disclosure – A copy of this book was sent to me by the publisher in hopes I would review it. However, receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my review. The thoughts are completely my own and given honestly and freely.


George Durrant was born and raised in American Fork, Utah. He’s believed in Santa Claus as a child and as a parent. George is a master storyteller and loves telling stories to his eight children, thirty-four grandchildren, and fifteen great-grandchildren.

Thanks so much for stopping by today. Do you have a favorite Christmas story from your childhood that you like sharing each year?

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  1. Oh dear. Just reading your review has made my eyes sweat.

    1. Elephant's Child, by the end of the book I eyes were watering badly, but it was well worth the read.

  2. That is an incredible illustration on the cover.
    It's all about what we can do for others, and giving without expecting to receive.

    1. Alex, the illustrations are amazing and the story is so heartwarming. It's about giving without needing the recognition from the one receiving the gift.

  3. Mason - Thanks for this. It's always good to be reminded that we can make a difference.

    1. Margot, so true. An act of kindness goes a long way.

  4. Sounds a really lovely book :)

  5. we do love the heartwarming ones!


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