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From Viola Shipman, the beloved author of The Charm Bracelet, Christmas Angels is a delightful love story. Kate, a single woman in her 30s, works as a designer/decorator for a large interior landscaping company bedecking and bedazzling St. Louis for the holidays. Her work keeps her from spending the holidays with her family and masks the loneliness and pain after a nasty breakup just before Christmas.
Known as "The Christmas Angel" for providing holiday beauty to the city's offices, homes, and malls, Kate's world changes when she decorates the home of a widowed single dad. Both soon realize that life (and love) must go on somehow and that perhaps Christmas (and guardian) angels are all around, if we only choose to see them.
Rich with the spirit of Christmas and all its traditions, Christmas Angels is a love story that will remind readers of the meaning and magic of Christmas.
Lovely Christmas short story!
Christmas Angels by Viola Shipman is set in St. Louis, Missouri. Kate Roseberry owns Holidays by Kate! She designs and executes holiday designs for malls, offices, events, etc. Tree toppers are her signature (she always puts the tree topper on herself). Christmas is usually her favorite time of the year, but Kate has not been able to get into this spirit of the season this year. The previous year her boyfriend, Tyler broke up with her during the holiday season. Kate meets Chad Cooper while decorating the St. Louis Tower, a new shopping mall. Chad is purchasing a Halloween costume for his son, Coop (he is seven). Coop wishes to go as an angel (unusual choice for a little boy). Chad asks Kate if she believes in angels. Kate can see that Chad is struggling. Later when Kate is setting up the conference room for Cooper, Anderson, Schiff and Hines (a law firm) Christmas party when the firm asks her to decorate Chad’s house for him and his son. Chad lost his wife, Ella the previous winter after years of illness (cancer). They are worried about Chad and his son. This could be what they need to help them heal. Chad’s son, Coop is very serious (yet sweet) little boy. Coop is taken with Kate and she with him. The three start to spend time together. Can they help each other heal and move forward? Do you believe in angels?
Christmas Angels is a sweet, though short, story. It is a light romance novel that will help put you in the mood for Christmas any time of the year. It is well-written and easy to read. I like the characters (especially Coop) and the descriptions of the decorations. I especially liked that Coop had a Sock Monkey stocking cap (my mother just loves everything Sock Monkey’s). It was a cute touch for such a serious little boy. The book contains a good message about angels. I give Christmas Angels 4 out of 5 stars. I did enjoy the story, but I wish it had been a little longer. It felt rushed at the end and the ending felt incomplete. The book includes a preview of Viola Shipman’s next book The Hope Chest (takes up the last 40%).