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Remembering Christmas

4.03  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,755 Ratings  ·  264 Reviews
Rick Denton lives his life on his terms. He works hard, plays hard, and answers to no one. So when his mother calls on Thanksgiving weekend begging him to come home after his stepfather has a stroke, Rick is more than a little reluctant. He's never liked Art and resents the man's presence in his life, despite the fact that his own father abandoned the family when Rick was ...more
Hardcover, 264 pages
Published September 1st 2011 by Fleming H. Revell Company
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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,
Nov 16, 2011 Faye rated it it was amazing
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
I almost stopped reading this at the ten percent mark because the MC was such a jerk. But I'm glad I stuck with it, as he became a different person as the story progressed. The whole transformation thing was a bit implausible, but I don't really care. I'm such a sucker for happy ever after stories.
I had hoped that I would connect more with the time period in which this was set, being a child of the 80's, but I didn't recognise much of the setting. Perhaps this was because I was a child, and wou
Dec 27, 2013 Kelly rated it really liked it
A sweet little Christmas read and a lesson in a child's perceptions not always being correct.
Giovanni Gelati
Nov 14, 2011 Giovanni Gelati rated it it was amazing
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
Sarah Sundin
Oct 13, 2011 Sarah Sundin rated it it was amazing
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
Dec 10, 2014 Joan rated it liked it
I really did like this Christmas novel. If I could I would give it a 3 1/2 star rating. The characters were realistic, likeable and interesting. It is a christian novel so there are several references to being saved, and that was fine with me. Most reviewers gave this a higher rating than I did, and although I thought the book was good, it just wasn't a page turner for me and it was a little predictable.

The story has some romance, some family dynamics that everyone has....divorce, single parent
Sep 10, 2011 Ann rated it it was amazing
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
Nov 18, 2011 Melanie rated it it was amazing
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
Gail Welborn
Dec 17, 2011 Gail Welborn rated it it was amazing
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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
Shari Larsen
Dec 05, 2013 Shari Larsen rated it it was amazing
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
Amber Stokes
Jan 15, 2016 Amber Stokes rated it really liked it
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
Jan 14, 2014 Paula-O rated it it was amazing
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
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
Dec 18, 2012 Michelle rated it really liked it
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
Dec 14, 2013 Anna rated it it was amazing
Shelves: free-nook
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
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
Nov 27, 2015 Joleen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is my 7th Christmas book of the season and my first Dan Walsh book, unread since I got it in 2011.
Remembering Christmas was mostly about weeks leading up to Christmas, but it's culmination came at Christmas.
A homeless man found the owner of a bookstore passed out in his store. His assistance could have been what saved his life.
Rick's mother calls to tell him his stepfather was hospitalized with an aneurysm and she desperately needs his help. He is about to head off to go skiing with friend
Rachel Lubow
Dec 16, 2014 Rachel Lubow rated it really liked it
Remembering Christmas is a lovely tribute to a sweet, caring, generous, thoughtful couple (Dan Walsh's description in the Author's Note). This couple's love is beautiful. When the husband, Art, is hospitalized, the fear and grief of the wife, Leanne, are stunningly expressed. Not only these two characters, but also the others--even background characters--are solid and convincing. For example, two sisters frequent the Book Nook, the Christian bookstore Art and Leanne own. One sister explains the ...more
Beckie Burnham
Nov 26, 2014 Beckie Burnham rated it it was amazing
I always try to read a few Christmas-themed novels during the holidays. I have quite a few downloaded on my Kindle, so the choice is sometimes difficult. As I was viewing the titles I had on hand, I found Remembering Christmas by Dan Walsh. I had forgotten all about buying this title, so I was excited about this treat by one of my favorite authors. Wow! This one is a great read and one that I will continually recommend.

Rick Denton has a strained relationship with his mother and a non-existent on
Dec 05, 2011 LadyCalico rated it it was amazing
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.
Andrea Stoeckel
Dec 13, 2014 Andrea Stoeckel rated it it was amazing
read 12/12/14. 10+ stars ebook, read your freebies, Christian Fiction

"If he closed his eyes, he could see it all so clearly. The Book Nook. The place where his life had changed forever."( from the Prologue)

This is THE BOOK I'd give adults this Christmas if I could. I started it as a lark this morning after being disappointed about another "Christmas themed" book. It's now 11:30 pm the same day. That's how good it is. I write this truthfully, no gushing.

The book is told in memories of a much olde
Julia Wilson
Dec 19, 2015 Julia Wilson rated it it was amazing
Remembering Christmas by Dan Walsh is another perfect Christmas read. The action begins and ends in the present but the main body of the book is set in November and December 1980.
It is a book about awakenings and transforming lives. Rick is happy with his life living in a condo and working in business when he gets a call from his mother Leanne, to come and look after the Book Nook. His stepfather Art is in hospital with an aneurism. Rick reluctantly comes. He is the complete opposite of warm, lo
Fast reading and well written as is typical of Dan Walsh's work. If you enjoy Christian fiction you should enjoy it. The title is somewhat misleading. It has a Christmas element, but that really is just a part of it. Romance is also a minor aspect of the story. If you're looking for passionate romance, this isn't it.

"Remembering Christmas" is in a way a modern Prodigal Son saga -- the story of a man getting right with God, his family, and himself.
Martha Groeber
Dec 11, 2015 Martha Groeber rated it it was amazing
After his stepfather Art has an aneurysm, Rick Denton is called home to oversee his mother and Art's little Christian bookstore. Rick harbors unhappy memories of his life with his mother and Art and is not very happy with the arrangement. Over the two weeks he helps out, Rick slowly gains a new perspective of Art from the store's customers and from Andrea, who works at the store. A startling revelation shows Rick how wrong he was about everything, leading him to reconcile with his mother and Art ...more
Randy Tramp
Jan 08, 2016 Randy Tramp rated it it was amazing
The Book
Rick returns home to run a family bookstore when his step-dad becomes ill. The people he encounters, the stories he hears, Rick finds he’s not same person who grew up in Seabreeze.

My Thoughts

The title, Remembering Christmas, of course, takes place during the holiday season, but it’s a book for any season.

Rick never liked Art, his step-dad. As the story progresses, Rick is forced to reevaluate everything he believed concerning Art.
I enjoy Dan’s writing style and try to emulate it. I wi
Rosemary Cantrell
Jan 26, 2016 Rosemary Cantrell rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I downloaded several free Christmas books to Kindle. I expected them to be mostly fluff and little substance, so I was surprised this one was better than that. The basic story is that an adult man is called by his mother to come help her when his stepfather has a stroke. She needs someone to run their Christian bookstore while he is in the hospital. Rick has never liked his step-father, but reluctantly agrees to help his mother. Over the next several weeks, building toward Christmas, his attitud ...more
Awesome heartwarming book !!!

This is the first book I've ever read by Dan Walsh and it certainly won't be the last... such wonderful characters and story you find yourself on the edge of your seat waiting to see how it all turns out... it is now shortly after midnight and WAY past my bedtime but I had to know how it all came out... transformation and change and just keeping on doing your best are all wonderful themes to me as I wait to see how God will work it all out in the stories I read and i
Feb 09, 2015 Patricia rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed
A wholesome Christmas tale set in the early 1980s.
Jerri Jarvis
Dec 14, 2014 Jerri Jarvis rated it liked it
Shelves: not-a-keeper
I really wanted to like this - It sounded like it would be my cup of tea. Unfortunately, Mr. Walsh did not "flesh" out his characters well enough for me to be thoroughly engaged. The storyline was watered down too, until the very end when there was a tiny twist which I liked.

I have read and enjoyed other "Christian" fiction, so the fact that this book falls in that genre was not a problem, although it does get a little heavy-handed at times in a preachy kind of way. Unfortunately, this is not a
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