A small town family’s peace isshattered when a tragic accidentsends them plunging into thedarkest times they have ever known.The members struggle with theirnew reality, as the husbanddisappears and his grandson faces alife-threatening disease.A tale about loss and unwaveringhope, The Year Without Christmasdemonstrates the power of love,faith and a family’s will to survive....
|Title||:||The Year Without Christmas|
|Number of Pages||:||266 Pages|
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The Year Without Christmas Reviews
A Review by Anthony T. Riggio of “The Year Without Christmas by John Wills October 14, 2013I read this book, pre-publication at the request of the author whom I have known for almost twenty five years. I have read all of John Wills' books and have been one of his many admirers and supporters in his artistic craft. I have witnessed the evolution of his skills and have noted that this book has to be his best work.It is both a tragic and a heart warming story of redemption and self forgiveness. A police officer who shoots his partner's son in a “good” shooting but one that the protagonist can not forgive himself. Consequently because of his pain and scorn both from within and without of his family he becomes both a drunk and a homeless person and escapes his home in Michigan to the big city of Chicago.He learns the art of homeless survival and dulls his pain with drinking. He is occasionally living in shelters and develops a number of friends to assist him in his new life. In spite of his downward spiral from a happy family man with a good job, to the nadir of society, he maintains his moral compass.He is absent for a whole year plus having missed one Christmas and facing another without the love of his family. His family and his former partner try to find him but fail. His daughter who becomes involved in caring for the unfortunate and homeless moves to Chicago and through a series of coincidences and the help of an angel or rather an angelic priest they meet and he is convinced to reconcile. He is still too wounded and again through the intervention of the angelic priest he begins to forgive himself. One hopes this is possible but perhaps the deck is stacked against him.I highly recommend this read. You will not be disappointed.
This is a wonderful book. The story is well done with very strong characters. This book is a real page-turner that you just won't be able to put down.
THE YEAR WITHOUT CHRISTMAS offers a gut-wrenching and heartfelt glimpse into the world of the homeless rarely seen by those on the outside. The novel tells the story of Eric Doyle, a police officer who is forced to make a split-second decision that ends up haunting him to the point he loses all hope and faith, in himself and in everything else. It also follows his family, and the effect his actions have on them. The characters are well-drawn and realistic, and the journey of the tortured Doyle is spellbinding. The story has an authenticity and credibility that can only be attributed to writer John Wills’ own years in law enforcement.This novel touches upon the social issues of alcoholism, homelessness, prostitution, and poverty, but also weaves a tale of redemption, forgiveness, and finally, salvation. Spiritual but never preachy, the book delivers on the premise that in the wake of terrible tragedy, when faith is at its lowest, God helps the human spirit to endure. I highly recommend this amazing and uplifting read.
John Wills has a talent for making his characters come alive in ways that are distressingly real. He doesn't gloss over the pain of a man who has made a terrible mistake and ended up making his family pay for it. Eric Doyle, a police officer and loving family man, commits an act that changes his partner's life forever and plunges himself (Doyle) and his own family into an abyss of pain and anger which leads him to take to a life on the streets, away from the family he loves. Only a miracle can mend this man and his family... and Christmas is the season of miracles!Perhaps my only complaint would be that the conclusion was wrapped up rather quickly and without the strong emotion that was evoked during the rest of the book. However, this book was a great read and I highly recommend it. Here's hoping John Wills brings us more characters and stories to enjoy!
The title alone would have grabbed me. I'm a sucker for Christmas stories. However, the title also made it clear this would not be a sweet, happy story of the season. And it was not. It is a dark and difficult tale about a policeman who does his job perfectly, and still makes a mistake for which he can not forgive himself. This is the story of two families trying to cope with some of the most difficult issues anyone can face. Despite some editing issues, the book is a compelling read. The ending is a bit predictable and doesn't really deal with the underlying issues, but after struggling through the trials and difficulties of these people, a positive outcome is very welcome.