The Christmas Glass by Marci Alborghetti (Guideposts, 2009), 304 pages
Intertwined with the story of a precious set of heirloom glass Christmas ornaments is the story of a family, full of difficult, hurting people.
I was skeptical when I saw this book was published by Guideposts, but it certainly exceeded my expectations.
Every chapter was from a new perspective. It probably wasn’t the best option plot-wise, but I quite enjoyed seeing so many different aspects from such varied (and contradictory) points of view. This aspect of the book actually delighted me.
I loved the different liturgies of this family drama! I was crying inside 100 pages. This book forced me to slow down.
From page 198 (Does this remind anyone else of War and Peace?):
“I was just thinking how much the same all families are. Not in looks or race or religion, but in how we act, how we treat each other, how we love — and how much damage we do in spite of the love.”
I loved the back story, the emigration from Italy, the description of the precious heirlooms. I loved learning how different individuals had come to be considered members of the family. And I loved the reconciliation, too. Oh, and it spoke to my love of tradition, as well.
I found this a touching, quick read. Not merely fluff, but pretty feel-good, at the same time. An excellent Christmas book. Many of the characters and relationships are familiar. But they’re not trite, not clichéed, in Alborghetti’s hand.
A sequel, Three Kings Day, is scheduled to be published by Guideposts in 2011.
About the author
Marci Alborghetti has written more than a dozen books; this is her second novel. She and her husband live in Connecticut and the San Francisco Bay area.
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