Friday, December 3, 2010

Book Review - The Widow's Mite

During the blog tour for The Stone Traveler I met some wonderful people on the journey. One such person was Christina Dymock. She asked me to review her new Christmas story. Since I love stories about Christmas, I told her I would.

Usually I give you the back cover blurb, but in this case I'm not going to. This story is only thirteen pages long, and I don't want to give any of it away. But what I will do is give you the opening sentence:

Here I am, three weeks before Christmas, on a rare shopping trip without the kids, and I can't decide between the pirate ship and the racecars for Kaleb.

So she had me hooked at "rare shopping trip without the kids." Busy mothers can certainly identify with that statement.

This is a touching story about a young widow named Carol, trying to provide Christmas for her children and also trying to do the right thing for those less fortunate than her own family. There's a little romance thrown in, but this is mainly the story of the struggle many of us go through as we try to decide: do I leave giving to the poor to the rich or do I also give, even if it means my family may go without. This is the meat of the story and the question the reader will think about long after the story has been read and put away until next Christmas. 

Even though The Widow's Mite is very short, Dymock has given us a well-developed character in Carol. She has worries and feelings most everyone can identify with and follow. In fact, my biggest criticism of this story is I wanted more. 

Does Carol give away the money she needs for her family? 

Or does she keep it?

I'm not going to tell you. But know this, The Widow's Mite is a great read that will stay with you throughout the year.

(I received a free copy of this story. I reviewed it because I liked it.)


  1. Kathi,
    Thank you so much. This is a wonderful review. I've posted a link on my facebook page and both blogs.
    Merry Christmas!

  2. Christina,
    You're welcome. Your story is really what Christmas is all about. Merry Christmas to you, too.

  3. Great review Kathi! I'll need to see if I can get that book. =)

  4. Carolyn,
    I think you'd enjoy it. It's a very fast read and has a wonderful Christmas message.



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