Saturday, September 20, 2014
Red Gloves Series - Karen Kingsbury
Red gloves: a symbol of giving, of hope, of Christmas miracles.
Earl is mired in misery and grief, living a life on the streets with only his red gloves for comfort. When they're stolen, is all hope gone? Gideon is living with leukemia and praying for a Christmas miracle; her parents want that miracle to be her remission, she wants something bigger - for Earl to believe again. Will either get their miracle?
Hannah is driven, wealthy, and has strong political connections. She's also lonely, living the majority of her life alone with her overly formal grandmother while her parents serve as ambassadors in Sweden. Her wish for a Christmas miracle is to spend Christmas with her parents. Until her mother drops the bomb that her dad is really her stepfather, and she hasn't seen Hannah's biological father in 11 years. Could she find her father and see her mother for Christmas?
Megan's son is floundering, spending his days with a grandma who can't keep up with his energy and having a mom whose career goals keep her chained to her office. In desperation, Megan signs her son up with a mentor program that connects single adults with grieving children; in this case, connecting a grieving young widower with the son of a woman who has long given up on love. Perhaps this connection could be healing for more than just a child.
The first thing to note about this series is that it appears to be a re-release with new covers. When I requested these for review, I did not realize they were several years old. I may have, in fact, read some of them closer to their original release; however, it was fun to read several of them back-to-back to gain a continuity of the theme. Being that these are Karen Kingsbury books, you can count on everything working out well for everyone in the story, even if there are rough patches along the way. But sometimes you need that kind of story, for hope, for encouragement, or just for something light to read that might make you cry, but still turns out okay. The addition of the Christmas setting to these stories only serves to emphasize the miracles that occur, and the faith of those waiting for them. I did enjoy the variety of characters and settings, although all three that I read include children, they range from a child with cancer, to a single mom trying to help her son, to an independent, well-off teenager searching for love and answers.
I give this series 3 stars; I would recommend the set as a gift for some light Christmas reading.
You can find Karen Kingsbury's site HERE.
I received a copy of these e-books from the publisher, via NetGalley, in exchange for my honest review.