Wednesday, December 02, 2009

The Christmas Glass

My review is at the end. Enjoy!

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

Pattie's Review:

The Christmas Glass is a truly lovely Christmas story. For the most part, I enjoyed the journey through the intertwining lives of the people who ended up with one of the ornaments.

On the plus side, the story is engrossing and thought-provoking without being too domineering. It’s a heartwarming story about a complicated family relationship-web and the people involved in the family.

Thankfully, there is a chart preceding the first page. I found myself referring to it often so I could keep the book’s vast cast of characters straight.

I also like my heartwarming Christmas stories to be wrapped up neatly at the end in a tidy red bow. This one, well . . . while in many ways the plot was resolved, in some ways it was not. I was not entirely happy with the ending (and to go into too much more detail commits the cardinal book reviewer’s sin of spoiling the ending, so I refrain). I suspect that not every reader would feel this way, and my vague dissatisfaction does not deter at all from the otherwise lovely story about the Christmas Glass, the antique lovely ornaments, and their incredible journey.

Overall, I think this novel would make a lovely Christmas gift for your friends or family.

Link to purchase:
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Video interviews about the book by the author can be found at Guideposts.

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