A Redbird Christmas, by Fannie Flagg (Plus a Milestone)

While planning my December blog posts, I counted up and realized the next one after Christmas would be my 400th post. (I started in July 2010.) Today does, indeed, mark that milestone. In addition, this is my last post of 2017. That’s kind of a win; I like round numbers.

That being said, I’m happy to close 2017 with a Great Weekend Read for you.

A Redbird Christmas is one of the most charming books I’ve read in years. Reminiscent of Jan Karon’s Mitford series, it takes place in Lost River, a tiny Alabama town populated with quirky-yet-endearing characters.

Oswald T. Campbell is a world-weary man who flees Chicago for the south when he learns that another northern winter will kill him. Even so, he’s probably about to experience his last Christmas. Having no connections in the south and nothing to do but wait to die, he takes his doctor’s recommendation and goes to Lost River.

To his surprise, Oswald finds the townspeople growing on him and, even more surprisingly, he is growing on them. I’ll stop here to avoid spoilers, but take it from me–you’ll love this Great Weekend Read.

Thanks for reading,
Jan

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