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Book by Walsh, Dan
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published September 1st 2011 by Revell
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Giovanni Gelati
I have been reading a lot of death and mayhem lately so I was lucky enough to dig this out of the reading pile and get to it. Just the cure for a respite from cars blowing up, end of the world scenarios and terrorists, unless of course you count nice old ladies coming into bookstores terrorists; they come in all shapes and sizes you know.
Dan Walsh delivers a very twist on a classic theme and does it with a very nice deft touch and plenty of panache. These are not words I usually get to use in my...more
Remembering Christmas is one of those books that though, simple in it's telling, packs a powerful punch emotionally. Dan Walsh proves yet again that he is a master storyteller, with his latest release of forgiveness and family.

What I love about Mr. Walsh's books is how deep all of his characters are, and there is always more than what first meets the eye. Every character is complex and miles deep, each with their own struggle, and yet Mr. Walsh weaves all the ends in beautifully (yet not painle...more
I almost did not read this book. I am not big on books where the first page says "Present Day" and you know it's going to be a flashback book. I don't mind the flashback-type books TOO much but I figured it would be most of the story and I wasn't sure I wanted to sit through that. I am so glad I did.

I won't go into all the details of what the book is about. You can read that in the synopsis or in other reviews. What I will say is that this was one of the most moving stories I've read in a very,...more
This story was one that I found truly heartwarming. I bought it because I'd read other books by the same author and enjoyed them a lot. Normally stories that have a Christmas theme seem a bit sappy to me, but I decided to try it anyway. I thought it was cool that the story was set in 1980 since that was during my childhood. So many of the events mentioned in the novel I actually remembered. I loved how the author showed several perspectives, and how the hero's heart softened over time because of...more
Rick Denton is a successful CPA, striving to climb the corporate ladder. His father left when he was a boy, and over the years Rick has created an image of his father and what their happy reunion would be. He rejected his stepfather, Art, and distanced himself from his mother, Leanne, and has little contact with them. When his mother calls to ask for Rick's help running their little bookstore after his stepfather suffers from an aneurysm he reluctantly returns to his hometown. When he encounters...more
Sarah Sundin
In Remembering Christmas, Dan Walsh writes with humor and a fun bit of attitude - and still writes a heartwarming tale. The story delighted me, and one twist completely surprised me. Realistic and lovable characters - even shallow Rick - and the refreshing Florida beach town setting make this a memorable Christmas story. I loved Dan's previous novels, The Unfinished Gift, The Homecoming, and The Deepest Waters. Remembering Christmas is sure to please his fans and to enthrall new readers as well....more
Rick Denton had spent his life angry and bitter at his stepfather, Art, for some perceived transgressions Art committed against Rick, namely marrying his mom, Leeann. When Art suffers a medical crisis and Rick is called home to care for Art and Leeanne's Christian bookstore, many old feelings surface. Rick is forced to confront his emotional baggage and face past hurts that are holding him in bondage from living a full life. Ultimately, REMEMBERING CHRISTMAS Is a story of redemption, faith, and...more
I was in the mood for a good Christmas story and was blessed with this great one. The story is as warm and real as the book cover. The character development was drawn as skillfully and realistically as portraits, even for the secondary characters. I even shed a few tears for this young Scrooge who grew a heart the hard way. Please don't be scared off by reviewers who compare Walsh to Nicholas Sparks--I sure can't see it--Walsh is so much better. I definitely want to read more books by Dan Walsh.
Dan Walsh writes "Remembering Christmas"

We probably all have special memories of this time of the year but Rick Denton lives through some really special ones and finds out some answers to questions he has had all his life.
One cold winter in Florida Rick will come to terms with many things in his life and learn more then he bargained for when he found out that his stepfather was in hospital in critical condition and he came home to help his Mom with their business "The Book Nook".
This little chri...more
In Remembering Christmas, Dan Walsh has written a story that’s sure to be a holiday classic. The story opens when Rick Denton, a successful (and self-centered) individual, receives a phone call from his mother asking for his help in the bookstore she and her husband own. Rick’s stepfather, Art, has suffered a brain aneurysm and is hovering between life and death.
Grudgingly , Rick travels to the small town of Sea Breeze, Florida, grumbling all the while about giving up his ski vacation. He avoid...more
Rick Denton, career minded, business oriented, climbing the ladder to success is thankful to have left his childhood home in Florida years ago. Rick's father left the family when Rick was very young, and Rick blames his mother for the loss. He hates it even more when his mother remarries his stepdad Art who tries to father Rick, when Rick still longs for his own father. Wanting no relationship with Art, Rick barely keeps in touch with his mother and stepfather.

Rick's Mother out of the blue call...more
Wow, it's been a very long time since I've read a recently published book as satisfying and uplifting as this one.

As a book collector I read a lot of books that are now out-of-print and I've noticed that many of those "old-fashioned" books were published when goodness, kindness, and a sincere change of heart were still considered important elements of a story, instead of something to avoid, or even deride. I suspect part of the reason for my collecting is that something about this kind of writi...more
Gail Welborn
On a scale of 1-10, Walsh's Christmas story is a 12+

Remembering Christmas, a Novel, by Dan Walsh, Revell, 2011, Hardcover, 272 Pages, ISBN-13: 978-0800719791, $15.99

JD nervously paced, peeking around the corner to look for Art who had never been late one time this past year with his Egg McMuffin. He heard his belly rumbling, but this morning he needed “the heat from Art’s coffee to take the chill out of his bones” more than the food.

He had come to count on Art’s generosity over the past year af...more
Shari Larsen
As the story opens, Rick Denton is looking back on the holiday season of 1980. At that time, he was successful with his career, and living his life on on his own terms. When his mother calls on Thanksgiving weekend, begging him to come home after his step father suffers what at first appears to be a stoke, Rick is more than a little reluctant. He has never liked Art and always resented his presence in his life, despite the fact that Rick's father abandoned him when he was 12. He has also always...more
Rick Denton has left his life as a teen at home behind. Now he is in a high powered job in Georgia, far away from his mom and step dad in Florida. Living the life! At least he thinks he is, but he finds that the waking up with hangovers and dating a different woman each night, might not be "the life."

He does know however that the thought of staying in Florida and helping run his mom and step dad's Christian bookstore is not his idea of a great time. No matter how good looking their assistant is...more
Rick Denton hasn’t had an easy life. His dad left Rick and his mom when he was just twelve years old. His mom found the love of her life but Rick never cared for his stepfather and put up walls so he and the man never were close. Rick makes a life for himself away from them and does the minimum family stuff required to stay in touch.

Then his stepfather suffers a stroke and his mom reaches out to Rick for help. They own a small Christian book store and holiday shopping helps the store stay open a...more
Eddie Snipes
Remembering Christmas is a nice cozy holiday novel. The settings is in the 1980s in a small town in Costal Florida. A young man struggles through finding his way in life after his father leaves. Though he doesn’t realize it until later in life, he has become bitter toward others. He pursues success in business, but doesn’t realize how little his growing wealth means until he’s forced to return home because of a family emergency. His step father is hospitalized and he gets a taste of the way of l...more
Author: Dan Walsh
Publisher: Revell
November 2011
ISBN: 978-0-8007-1979-1
Genre: Inspirational/contemporary/Christmas

Rick Denton is an accountant, who lives his life on his own terms. He works hard, plays hard, and answers to no one. He is planning on going skiing with his friends close to Christmas when his mother calls. Rick’s step-father, Art, had suffered from an apparent stroke and she needed him.

Rick wasn’t real happy, but he’d be a bad son if he didn’t go to his m...more
One Christmas--actually the period between Thanksgiving and Christmas--changed the life of a self-centered, cynical, successful young man who had always idolized the father he hadn't seen since his father walked out when Rick was eight. He had never accepted his stepfather and blamed his mother for his father's leaving. His mother asked for his help while she stayed at the hospital with her critically ill husband. He thought he would spend the Thanksgiving weekend helping out. He wasn't happy ab...more
Bill Garrison
REMEMBERING CHRISTMAS, by Dan Walsh, is a heartwarming story about a man who thought he knew what he wanted in life, but discovered what really mattered after tragedy struck his family.

Rick Denton's plans for a ski trip Thanksgiving weekend are derailed when his stepfather Art is rushed to the hospital with a brain aneurysm. Rick reluctantly goes home and helps his mom run her tiny Christian book store while she tends to her husband. Rick had fled home as soon as he could, angry at his stepfathe...more
REMEMBERING CHRISTMAS is a delightful, feel-good, book that ushers in the spirit of Christmas.

Rick Denton is your typical success-driven businessman. He has distanced himself from his mother and the stepfather he refused to let into his life. But, when he receives a frantic phone call from his mother Thanksgiving weekend, he has no choice but to scrub his skiing plans and go back home. Though his heart is a bit calloused, he still loves his mother and hates to see her feeling so desperate. So,...more
Mary Oddi O'Brien
Life as you know it can change in a blink of an eye. At least that is what happened to Rick Denton when he received a phone call from his mother saying that his step-father was in the hospital. Rick is a hard working man who does things on his terms. The thing is, Rick resents his step-father. However, he does love his mother so he agrees to help her out with their “book nook”. Andrea volunteers to show Rick the ropes of the book store. Rick was not prepared to find out that his step father’s fi...more
Amber Stokes
Remembering Christmas is a life-affirming, hopeful Christmas story. The hero, Rick, is introduced as a frustrating, inconsiderate, self-centered man - whose attitudes and actions aren't so unfamiliar after all. He learns some valuable lessons about compassion and understanding as Walsh twists all the characters' lives into one lovely braid of a book.

For some, the holiday season is spent in hospital halls or out on the streets, homeless. And yet hope remains, and God is at work even in the suffer...more
Trinity Rose
Remembering Christmas by Dan Walsh is the best Christmas book I’ve read this year. In this book you really find out what Christmas is really about.
Remembering Christmas doesn’t have one, but two wonderful, tender love stories and also talks a lot about the love of family, but the most important love is the love Rick’s mom and stepfather, Leanne and Art have for other people, especially those who aren’t Christians. It shows how Rick learns what is really important in life, not your job, money o...more
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Rick Denton lives his life on his terms. He works hard, plays hard, and answers to no one. So when his mother calls begging him to come home after his stepfather has an aneurysm, Rick is more than a little reluctant. What was supposed to be just a couple of days helping out at the family bookstore turns into weeks of cashing out old ladies and dealing with the homeless guy who keeps hanging around the store. The one bright spot is the lovely and intriguing young woman who works...more
Abbie Riddle
Often we leave behind our family, our childhood, the things that we want to forget and forge for ourselves a new path. We long to reconcile the aching in our hearts, to fill the void that is in our lives. So we search out success and wealth, relationships and fun to fill our days. We build up walls around the past, the pain, the hurt, the memories we just can't seem to put into a proper place or make fit into a perfect world that we seek.

This is the case with Rick. Leaving home years ago he had...more
Remembering Christmas is written in a simplistic style, and yet for the message that it delivers, flowery language is not really needed. Rick, the main character, not only remembers a particular Christmas, but unearths repressed memories that make him realize just how much he had forgotten - about his mother, his father and especially his step-father, Art. When Rick has to go home to take care of his mother Leanne and Art's store, after Art suffers a brain aneurysm, he must confront these memori...more
Set in the early 80s, the story starts off as a drag. I almost gave up reading it when I got into the fifth chapter and there still seemed to be no direction to the story. Okay, no need to be discouraged yet, each chapter is about 2 to 3 pages long and the whole book has 51 chapters.

Rick Denton is a man that lives life on his own terms, with a prestigious job in Georgia and living in the condo of his dreams. That’s why the last place he would ever dream of finding himself is working at an old C...more
Holly (2 Kids and Tired)
Rick Denton is a fairly selfish man. He's pulled away from his family and from God. When his step-father suffers an aneurysm and his mother asks him to come home to tend their little bookstore, Rick is unenthusiastic and more than a bit resentful. Yet, he comes and he finds himself drawn to Andrea, the other store employee and her young daughter. And, as he comes to know his mother and step-father again, he begins to see not only them, but mostly himself, in a very different light. As he discove...more
Julie Barrett
Remembering Christmas by Dan Walsh
Art, the book store owner, along with his wife, Leslie, was found on the floor, unconscious by the homeless man JD who would get a McMuffin every morning from Art.
They thought he had a heart attack but it was an aneurysm . She spends days in ICU with him not waking up. The doctor discusses a surgery that another doctor can do at another hospital but the swelling has to go down first.
She called her accountant son in NC and he came down to help run the store, he t...more
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Dan Walsh's debut novel, The Unfinished Gift, rec'd a 4.5 Stars/Top Pick rating from RT Book Reviews and won 2 Carol Awards. It continues to be an Amazon bestseller during the Christmas season 4 years later.

With the sequel, The Homecoming, book reviewers began to liken his writing to NY Times bestselling author, Nicholas Sparks. Dan's 3rd novel, The Deepest Waters, earned his 3rd Carol Award for...more
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“He said, 'Charlie, how would you treat people if you knew you didn't have to fix them? If you knew that was God's job, and all He was asking of you was show them His love, maybe tell them some things He wanted them to know?” 5 likes
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