Christmas on Rosy Lane is a series of events and short stories that weave together to form a sweet little novel. The book begins with Betsy, Rose, and Nancy, along with other ladies in the community, as they begin to prepare for the traditional Thanksgiving meal. Each year these ladies feed as many as 100 people, and they have these preparations down to a science. Stories and legends are passed down from generation to generation during these special times, and the joy of the holiday season begins.
We follow Jim and Alex as they find a perfect tree, a storm leaves Jim with a bad ankle, but Betsy knows the proper remedy. We learn that Gertrude, three years old, is convinced that a barn is no place for baby Jesus as she and her brother build a Christmas castle. There is much ado over the Christmas cantata. Hadley is very concerned that the elderly musicians cannot hear and wants to update the festivities with YouTube. At the same time, Rose is steadfast with the season and its traditions. We smile while we read about the children’s Christmas party – we love how each child will choose a “GRAND-FRIEND” and how the church converts an old school bus into “Santa’s Sleigh.” The kids pile in carrying their gifts, sing Christmas carols, and go from house to house, delivering gifts for the elderly. The children delight in their Grandfriends, and the elderly enjoy the children.
Finely we are urged to relax from Christmas to New Year and reflect. We follow Rose, Besty, Jim, and Nancy as they find their own ways to rejuvenate after the busy season and begin to prepare for the new year ahead.
I was lucky enough to receive this book from the author. I hope the prospective reader will read this review fully before making any prejudgments on the book. I will give the book my thoughts. These thoughts are completely my own and not swayed in any way by anyone else’s reviews or opinions.
This is the second book that I have read by this author. I found this one to be a delight. I loved how it was easy to read and I felt light as air in the moment. There is obviously so much joy in this author’s writing and I must say, the reader can feel that in the pages. I loved how the story was broken down into little sections. There were so many points of views, yet I didn’t find myself confused at all.
This author has captured me in this book. I mentioned in a review of one of the other books that I wasn’t completely captured into the storyline and I was slightly lost. This book gave me something more that the first one was missing. I think it also helps that I am a true and honest sucker for a wonderfully written holiday story.
My Rating: I give this book 4 out of 5 holiday stars. I loved the joy and the jolly this book brings. I know that this book is specifically written for the holiday season, but it can be Christmas in July too, can’t it? This is truly a lovely book that shows that this author is not only giving others a run for their money, but also has immense confidence brewing under the surface! It has been an honor to read the journey so far, I am excited for what lies ahead.