Hope for the Holidays by Dana Taylor – a review

Looking at the cover, you would think this book is a story about the Christmas holidays but it’s not. It’s three wonderful short stories that will give the reader a heart full of hope for the holidays or any other day of the year.

The first story is Shiny Green Shoes. Mazie McDonald is a poor, black child in 1935 Oklahoma whose one desire in life is to own a pair of green patent leather shoes.

The second story is Refiner’s Fire. Wealthy real estate agent, Dina Stein, is estranged from her daughter and son-in-law until she’s trapped in one of California’s infamous firestorms.

Finally, there’s Patty’s Angels. A little girl and a failed actress are brought together by a gold angel and a blue angel.

Heartwarming is the first word that comes to mind, but the stories are more than that. They are a look into the lives of ordinary people, people like you and me, whose lives are forever changed by meeting, as the author puts it, “angels in various guises.”

I read this one night when I couldn’t sleep and could not put it down until I had finished. That was about two in the morning, but I went to sleep with a smile on my face.

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