by Sandy HusebyDecember, 1999
It takes a village and a man Sometimes, it takes a village to save Christmas especially when the Christmas in question is a tiny Minnesota hamlet on the verge of becomingunincorporated. Losing the town's identity is unthinkable to the citizens of Christmas, Minnesota, who band together to save it in Pamela Bauer's delightful Saving Christmas. Sara Richards gets the unenviable task of spearheading the rescue, and her plan for a one-day village festival is at the mercy of the weather, the swift passage of the calendar, and one genuine bah-humbug nemesis, her old high school fantasy man, Joe Gibson. Joe's back in town to take his mother back to California. But Sara's and Joe's moms and a town full of romantic spirits are convinced that the best place for Sara and Joe is in Christmas together. Taking a delightful spin on the Twelve Days of Christmas, Pamela Bauer makes Saving Christmas a warm-as-melting-marshmallows treat of a tale.
Sandy Huseby writes and reviews from her homes in Fargo, North Dakota, and lakeside near Nevis, Minnesota. She is online at SHuseby@aol.com.