My rating: 4.5 of 5
ebook, 150 pages
Published November 17th, 2014 by Pocket Star
Available on: Kindle
What they say:
An estranged father and daughter meet for the first time at Christmas in this touching holiday story that will tug at your heart, from USA TODAY bestselling author Rexanne Becnel.
What I have to say:
The Christmas Train is the story of Anna and Eva. Anna is a sweet little 10-year-old girl who lives with Nana Rose, her grandmother. After the inevitably sad death of Nana Rose, her mother decides she can’t take care of Anna and sends her to live with her dad in Iowa; a man Anna has never met. It is on her journey on “the Christmas train” that Anna meets Miss Eva, an older woman who thinks she’s on a train to her villa in Germany in pre-World War II. Having had such a close relationship with her grandmother, Anna sees a little of her grandmother in Miss Eva and so we follow them as their lives become intertwined in a friendship that will melt your heart and give you all the feels.
This is a feel good story, with lovable characters and a warm positive message. It’s impossible not to fall for Anna. She’s this adorable 10 year old that thinks and behaves like a grown up. Miss Eva, even though she’s the grown up that acts like a lost 10 year old, you can’t not fall for her in her time of need. As a family member of someone who is struggling with senile dementia, it was impossible not to feel compassion for Miss Eva.
My favorite character is Nana Rose. You gotta love Nana Rose! To me she’s the main character in this story. Even if we lose her at the beginning of the story, her presence is felt throughout the book. She’s very much alive in Anna, in how she thinks, speaks and acts. She did such a good job raising that little girl. She taught her so much about life and prepared her so well for the hardships that were to come to her. Her love and impact on Anna’s life is undeniable, without them the story would’ve been so different for everyone involved.
Regarding the cover, it is a lovely cover that screams Christmas without it being overstuffed with Christmas elements. I especially liked how you can see the little girl’s face but you can’t see it entirely. The angle of that shot was great. Her facial expression is perfect for the story. You can see sadness and sorrow but you can also see growth and hope, so much hope in her eyes. This cover fits the book like a glove. The only thing I would change would be the font to something a little more swirly but elegant, but that’s just me being picky.
If you’re looking for a short and cozy Christmas story to read curled up in a blanket with a cup of hot cocoa with marshmallows and candy canes, this is the book for you. If you’re looking for a feel good Christmas story with a sweet message about LOVE, FRIENDSHIP, and FAMILY this is the book for you. If you’re looking for a lovely Christmas story with compelling sad moments and a happy tear jerking ending, this is the book for you. If you are traveling during this Christmas season and you need reading material, this is the book for you and your journey. It will warm your heart, make your trip more cozy but most importantly it will make you want to be aware of the people travelling with you. Who knows, maybe you will meet your “Anna” or your “Miss Eva” on your Christmas bus, plane or train. If you do, you will be blessed.
The Christmas Train by Rexanne Becnel is an inspiring Christmas book. One that I’ll keep on my Christmas reading lists from now on and will happily re-read each year. I’m looking forward to other Christmas themed books by this author.