Friday, December 14, 2007

Home For The Holidays: Day 14 of Twenty Five Reviews of Christmas: The Reluctant Journey Of David Connors by Don Locke (AND ANOTHER GIVEAWAY)

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Can you believe we're already fourteen days into December? And we're on our fourteenth Christmas book review, and I have loads left!

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In the same spirit as "It's A Wonderful Life", Don Locke has written a novel that is sure to become a holiday classic. This story will be kept with my other favorite holiday reading materials, to be pull out again and again as a reminder not to let the past hold me captive and rob me of joy in my present.

David Connors contemplates leaping from the rooftop of his successful game design company building. His wife, Kathy, has informed him that their trial separation has not caused her to miss him. His son has finally stopped believing his father will ever keep his promises, and his daughter is distant.

Left with nothing and feeling pointless and adrift, David pulls a bottle of Jack Daniels from his desk drawer and takes the elevator to the rooftop. Once there, he vents his soul at God, shouting the ultimate phrase that sends him on this oh so reluctant journey:

"Whatever I did to deserve this, please forgive me."

But instead of leaping to his certain death, David discovers a mysterious, ragged and flowered carpetbag, complete with a key tied to the handle with an old shoestring. What is it about that bag?

Once David has his coincidental meeting with Maggie, a random woman in a restaurant with her own heartaches and baggage from the past, the bag mystically holds objects that are of necessity to those nearby. And each object triggers a vague memory buried deep within David's heart.

What follows is a journey to forgiveness that is both heartwarming and at moments comical. Hints of "A Christmas Carol" collide with "A Christmas Story", and in the end, this is a story that is full, rich and satisfying.

I give "The Reluctant Journey of David Connors" five out of five bookmarks, with its own carpetbag replica as a charm. Feel free to leave me a comment telling me what you'd like to find inside David's mysterious bag, and you just MIGHT win a copy of this amazing book.

I'm drawing a winner next Friday (December 21st), so don't be reluctant...leave your comments!

Happy Reading!

Deena

14 comments:

Kim said...

I think this man's carpetbag would contain items of sentimental value to the person he comes across....something that would remind them of the importance of relationship like a hair ribbon from their child, a favorite toy from their own childhood, a picture of a relative they are close to but haven't seen in a while. Relationship is what gives our lives meaning, and perhaps if he helps others to realize this, it will encourage him to deepen his own relationships. Give him hope.

I hope I win a copy of this terrific sounding book!

Kim
kimfurd[at]hotmail[dot]com

robynl said...

a wonderful sounding story; I'd like to see a card from a loved one or a letter that was sentimental in the bag.

windycindy said...

Hello! What an intriquing about a journey of self-discovery. A journal sounds like it might be in the carpet bag. I am thinking the key may open a journal or a diary. Please enter me in this great book contest. Thanks,Cindi
jchoppes[at]hotmail[dot]com

Amanda said...

I think the carpet bag needs to hold a Bible. Everyone around the main character (or us, if we're talking outside the story), can be helped through the word of Jesus. Put a Bible in there and good can be done. :-)

I hope to win!

cute said...

Sounds like a good story of self-actualization.

Bebemiqui said...

I'd love to read this!

bebemiqui82 (at) yahoo (dot) com

dodo said...

I love Christmas stories. This one sounds so good and mysterious. Please choose me.

angelaandconnor at gmail.com said...

Wow.. even the cover looks awesome.

I blogged you too :)

lev53211 said...

sounds very interesting...please enter me!

Sandy M said...

Please enter me, would love this book!

Jcollaird at aol dot com said...

would love the opportunity to read your book,would be fabulous.Merry christmas to all of you.

Shama-Lama Mama said...

Oooh, that sounds like a really great story! I would love to find a little free time to read inside a carpetbag... Got one of those??

Thanks for the chance to win!

Agatha Craxie said...

I like the idea of finding personal mementos inside the carpetbag. Looks like a great read!
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Laura @ Laura Williams' Musings said...

Sounds interesting.

Count me. blogged ya:

http://laurawilliamsmusings.blogspot.com/2007/12/saturday-edition-of-contests-galore_15.html