Wednesday, December 02, 2009

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

The Christmas Glass

GuidepostsBooks (October 1, 2009)


Marci Alborghetti


Marci Alborghetti has been writing only slightly longer than she's been reading. In seventh grade she received her first writing prize for a zany Halloween story. The prize? A five dollar gift certificate to a local bookstore. She was hooked. The Christmas Glass is her fourteenth book, and she is currently at work on a sequel as well as a non-fiction book about service. Some of her other books include: Prayer Power: How to Pray When You Think You Can’t, A Season in the South and Twelve Strong Women of God.

She and her husband, Charlie Duffy, live in New London, Connecticut and the San Francisco Bay area. While in New London she facilitates the Saint James Literary Club.


In the tradition of The Christmas Shoes and A Christmas on Jane Street, the heartwarming story of The Christmas Glass shows how, today as always, the Christmas miracle works its wonders in the human heart.

In the early days of World War II in Italy, Anna, a young widow who runs a small orphanage, carefully wraps her most cherished possessions -- a dozen hand-blown, German-made, Christmas ornaments, handed down by her mother -- and sends them to a cousin she hasn't seen in years.

Anna is distressed to part with her only tangible reminder of her mother, but she worries that the ornaments will be lost or destroyed in the war, especially now that her orphanage has begun to secretly shelter Jewish children. Anna's young cousin Filomena is married with two-year-old twins when she receives the box of precious Christmas glass.

After the war, Filomena emigrates to America, where the precious ornaments are passed down through the generations. After more than forty years, twelve people come to possess a piece of Christmas glass, some intimately connected by family bonds, some connected only through the history of the ornaments.

As Christmas Day approaches, readers join each character in a journey of laughter and tears, fractures and healings, as Filomena, now an eighty-four-year-old great-grandmother, brings them all to what will be either a wondrous reunion or a disaster that may shatter them all like the precious glass they cherish.

If you would like to read the first chapter of  The Christmas Glass, go HERE

MY REVIEW:  The Christmas Glass, a Novel is a splendid book for adults. I have recently reviewed two Christmas books that are for the family and that children will enjoy. This book is a novel that will not only hold the attention of adults but it is one they will thoroughly enjoy. I started reading it one afternoon and read until my wife called me to dinner. Immediately after dinner I went back to the book and finished reading it that evening.

Marci Alborghetti is an excellent writer. I have read many books this year and this is one of the best written books I have held in my hand. She writes about many people in many places and the names of these people are hard to remember. A page in the front of the book called, The People of The Christmas Glass is very helpful in keeping these people straight.

This book is filled with faith, passion and tenderness. If you read it you will discover how today, as always, the Christmas miracle works its wonders in the human heart.


Loren said...

OH This sounds soo good :)

We started reading Secrets of a Christmas Box last night :) My kids are so excited because "Clif" said it was soo good !! We enjoyed sitting around the fire and reading the first chapter. one down 24 to go. :)

Thanks for being a part of bringing us together

Love to you and Charlotte!

SmilingSally said...

I like this type of book, Clif. I'll be glad when I'm settled into my new home and have time to read again.