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The Christmas Wish by Richard Siddoway

At the age of four, Will Martin lost his parents and went to live with his grandparents. The warm memories of life in a small town and the old-fashioned Christmas holidays he and his grandparents shared sustain him still as a young man making his way in the world.

Years later, Will takes a leave of absence from his job in New York City to return home after his grandfather's death to help run the family real estate business. There he discovers something about his grandfather's past that shatters him and the memories of the life he so loved. At dinner one evening, his grandmother tells Will that she has been reading her husband's journals and learned that every Christmas Eve, when she and Will were out doing their traditional last-minute shopping, her husband was seeing a woman named Lillian. This year, his grandmother's Christmas wish is for Will to find out who Lillian is and why Will's grandfather, a seemingly devoted husband, saw Lillian every year for more than twenty-seven years and never mentioned her name.

As Will struggles to salvage the family business and learn the truth about Lillian, he approaches a revelation that teaches him a lesson in the power of kindness, forgiveness, and love to uplift an entire community and touch each life within it.

With an inspiring message wrapped in an irresistible mystery, this heartwarming Christmas tale will be cherished as a wonderful gift of the season by anyone who appreciates the magic of yuletide classics old and new.



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  • Alisa E.

    I am so sorry to have missed today's discussion. But I am sure it was fun and everyone had a good time.

    December 3

  • Donna S.

    I meant to say I took Nyquil at 4:00 AM and slept through my alarm. Apparently my brain is still asleep.

    December 3

  • Donna S.

    Beth, I'm so sorry I'm missing the meeting. Took Nyquil at 4:00 AM :( Have fun!!!

    December 3

  • Beth

    Finished the book this morning!!

    December 3

  • Alisa E.

    Sorry for signing so late. Beth Could I please have the address. Thanks. Do we have a book exchange?

    December 2

    • Beth

      All the details were sent to you in a private message

      December 2

    • Beth

      Yes we have a book exchange as is our December tradition

      December 2

  • Alisa E.

    Sorry to bother you again. But something is wrong. I did not receive anything. Private or otherwise.

    December 2

    • Beth

      sent again in a private Meetup message

      December 2

    • Beth

      if you leave me your phone number I can text you the address in the morning. Off to bed.

      December 2

  • Beth

    I meant for the house to be tidier but we found out Friday that my mom will be moving in ASAP and things are in a bit of disarray as we make room. Thanks for understanding!

    December 2

  • Kathy P

    I did not get the email with the address, Beth. Thanks Kathy

    December 2

    • Beth

      sent in a message

      December 2

  • Carol B.

    Beth,
    I didn't get the email either with the address.

    Carol Brown

    December 2

    • Beth

      sent in a message

      December 2

  • Beth

    Wow - I do not know why people are not getting the email. I got it twice!! Let me know if you did not get it.

    December 2

  • Judy M.

    I did not get the email with the address. Thanks, Judy

    December 1

    • Beth

      sent you a private message Judy

      December 1

  • Kay H.

    I did not receive an email with address, either. Thanks, Kay

    December 1

    • Beth

      sent you a private message Kay

      1 · December 1

  • Beth

    Address sent again

    December 1

  • Beth

    I just emailed the address to you for Saturday. If your plans have changed and you can no longer come please change your RSVP so I know how many people to expect. Don't forget we are having a Book Swap!! Bring a book that you have and take home a different one! Looking forward to seeing you all!

    December 1

  • Beth

    We are going to once again have our Book Swap at our Holiday Book Club meeting. If you have 1-3 books that you have read but no longer want, bring them to the meeting. You will get to take that many books home with you!! Its a fun, free way to get some "new to you" books!
    This meeting will be at my house. I will send out my address a day or two before the meetup.

    1 · November 7

    • Jane W.

      Thanks Beth! See you all this Saturday.

      November 28

    • Mary B.

      Thanks Beth - see you there

      November 28

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