Book picks as published in the December 20, 2017 St. Albert Gazette. For more great reads, check here.
Mr. Dickens and his carol : a novel
By Samantha Silva
Charles Dickens is not feeling the Christmas spirit. While his wife plans a lavish holiday party for their family and friends, Dickens has visions of the poor house. But when his publishers try to blackmail him into writing a Christmas book to save them all from financial ruin, he refuses. And a serious bout of writer’s block sets in… Laced with humour and rich historical detail.
Seven days of us : a novel
By Francesca Hornak
It’s Christmas, and for the first time in years the entire Birch family will be under one roof. Olivia, a doctor, having just returned from treating an epidemic abroad, has been told she must stay in quarantine for a week…and so too should her family. In close proximity, not much can stay hidden for long… A witty and heartfelt holiday story.