Wednesday, February 1, 2012
Review: A Redbird Christmas by Fannie Flagg
With the same incomparable style and warm, inviting voice that have made her beloved by millions of readers far and wide, New York Times bestselling author Fannie Flagg has written an enchanting Christmas story of faith and hope for all ages that is sure to become a classic.
Deep in the southernmost part of Alabama, along the banks of a lazy winding river, lies the sleepy little community known as Lost River, a place that time itself seems to have forgotten. After a startling diagnosis from his doctor, Oswald T. Campbell leaves behind the cold and damp of the oncoming Chicago winter to spend what he believes will be his last Christmas in the warm and welcoming town of Lost River. There he meets the postman who delivers mail by boat, the store owner who nurses a broken heart, the ladies of the Mystic Order of the Royal Polka Dots Secret Society, who do clandestine good works. And he meets a little redbird named Jack, who is at the center of this tale of a magical Christmas when something so amazing happened that those who witnessed it have never forgotten it. Once you experience the wonder, you too will never forget A Redbird Christmas.
Our book club usually picks a holiday themed novel to read during the month of December and this was our pick for this last Christmas season. We have all become accustomed to not expect too much from these novels, by just accepting that these are light reads for some holiday entertainment. A Redbird Christmas was a sweet story that provided just that.
Oswald is our main character that isn't living much of a fulfilling life in Chicago. He is a divorced man who doesn't even seem to have any possessions that hold any meaning to the life he has lived up until now. One day he receives a diagnosis from his doctor that prompts him to leave the cold weather of Chicago in an attempt to extend his life, by how long he doesn't know.
This is how he ends up in the trusting town of Lost River, Alabama. Oswald's life and attitude take a change in this little town where everyone truly seems to care for each other and want to help one another in any way possible. All of the citizens welcome Oswald as one of their own, so it is only a matter of time until he finds his own little niche in the community.
Like I said, this was a sweet story that also held some magical elements. With themes of love, miracles and friendship you may enjoy this book yourself. If you happen to be looking for something light to read during the holiday season I would recommend this one.
My Rating: 3/5
Disclosure: I purchased this book for my Kindle to read with my book club and for personal entertainment.