Christmas on Nutcracker Court
The residents of Fairmont are getting ready for Christmas and some have more holiday spirit than the rest and some have much more to be thankful for than the rest – take single mom and hairstylist Carly Westbrook who is more worried about keeping she and her two sons fed and under roof than Christmas buying. And now she has to worry about eccentric neighbor Max Tolliver who’s dog keeps showing up to get her boys in trouble.
The Diamond Lils are a group of poker playing girlfriends who are also about to find out what the real meaning of Christmas is all about and the real value of prayer too.
But there’s also Christmas magic in the air in this town and it seems that answering prayers and keeping the faith is something that these folks are going to see first hand.
Judy Duarte gives us a touch of magic with this delightful holiday story based on faith and prayer and the power of both. Her plot is a simple one of everyday life, of hardships and plenty that is an easy read. She doesn’t just give us larger than life characters but real everyday folks down on their luck and real life worries that most of us go through at one time or another. But what the real magic is, is how she tells her story, the smiles it will bring and sometimes the tears, and at the end how your heart will be lighter for reading it. She also gives us more than just a holiday tale but a life enriching journey that will take us into the depths of despair that doesn’t dim faith but embraces it. It’s also a love story, a family drama, and a contemporary work that will fill you with hope and light no matter what time of the year you read it. And most important it’s timeless and ageless and can be enjoyed by every member of the family, young and old, male and female.
Thank you Ms. Duarte for an enjoyable trip to your fascinating fictional town and Merry Christmas to you too.