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Saturday, October 20, 2012

Review of Joseph Pittman A Christmas Hope

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One final Christmas wish could change their lives forever…
Nora Connors Rainer has returned to her hometown, Linden Corners, to tend to her elderly but spunky pie-baking mother—and to nurse a broken heart. To keep busy, Nora opens “A Doll’s Attic,” a consignment shop where locals can unload their unwanted heirlooms. And the upcoming holidays are bringing a host of interesting objects—and people—through her doors.
Eighty-five year old Thomas Van Diver hands Nora her first challenge: track down a rare, vintage item that holds powerful childhood memories for him—memories of his father and their last Christmas together before he went off to war and never returned.
Helping them both is Brian Duncan, whose farmhouse and windmill Thomas once called home. Together with his irrepressible young charge, Janey, Brian will uncover the mysteries of Christmas past—and create a Christmas present that just might restore their hope, and fulfill everyone’s deepest wishes… 

My Review:

This was a charming story.  I have never visited Linden Corners before, but I sure will now.  I loved this place.  I love Christmas stories so that made it even better. 

Thomas VanDiver, came to Linden Corners looking for a copy of the book The Night Before Christmas from his childhood when he lived in Linden Corners.  He askes Nora Rainer to help him look for it as she is the new owner of the store A Doll's Attic.  What insues is a remarkable journey for all of the residents of Linden's Corners.  It culminates in a Christmas festival, complete with a Christmas Eve wedding. 

I highly recommend this book.  And I will definitly read the other books in the Linden Corners series.

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About the author (from

JOSEPH PITTMAN grew up in Upstate New York. A graduate of Fayetteville-Manlius High School, he went on to get his Bachelor of Science at SUNY Brockport, where he majored in communication and journalism. While attending Brockport, he was an editor for "The Stylus," the school newspaper, and wrote a weekly book review column.

Upon graduation, he returned to New York City, where he began his publishing and writing career. He has been an editor at Bantam Books and NAL, and is currently Editorial Director of the new Vantage Point imprint. His novels include TILTING AT WINDMILLS, WHEN THE WORLD WAS SMALL, LEGEND'S END, A CHRISTMAS WISH and A CHRISTMAS HOPE. His crime novels featuring Todd Gleason are LONDON FROG and CALIFORNIA SCHEMING.

Author website


  1. I read and reviewed this book. I loved it! This was the first book that I had read of this won't be the last!


  2. Me either Judy, I think I would like to visit Linden Corners.