Christmas Book Review: The Reindeer Keeper by Barbara Briggs Ward

Abbey senses something special about the little man tending to the reindeer who, along with a century-old farmhouse, a barn full of animals, and fields abounding in woods and pasture, was a gift to Abbey from a stranger. Abbey and her husband, Steve, move in just before the holidays. They have been together since the ’60s, eloping when Steve returned from Vietnam. Now with Abbey’s cancer in remission, they’re looking forward to their boys coming home for Christmas.

Turns out this Christmas proves to be more magical than anticipated as Abbey realizes an understanding never thought possible through the rekindling of a belief rooted in childhood. Of course it’s who delivers this gift on Christmas Eve that gives Abbey and Steve the strength to face their greatest challenge.

The Reindeer Keeper was sent to me by the author to review. This is the kind of book that makes me grateful to be a book blogger.  I never would have picked this book up on my own (probably never would have even heard about it).  I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and was drawn into the story. 

Barbara Briggs Ward has written a wonderful holiday read.  This book is touching without being cheesy.  I had tears in my eyes more than once while reading it and felt the spirit of Christmas within it’s pages. Perhaps I could relate to this story more than others might because I lost one of my parents far too early in life.

Reality meets fantasy in this wonderful mix of family life with all its struggles combined with the magic of Christmas.  The characters in these pages came to life and I felt their joy as well as their pain.  
I would recommend this beautifully written story to anyone looking for an uplifting Christmas read, especially to those of us who are a little older and have experienced many of the joys and trials that come with life.

Content: Basically a clean read.  Sex is mentioned but there are no details.

Rating: 4 Stars

Source: From author for review