"It's Christmas Eve and a blizzard brings heavy, blinding deep snow to Deirdre's town. It is beautiful to gaze upon, yet the little girl wonders if Santa can make it through the storm. She watches out her window as her dad shovels snow that keeps piling right back, but falls asleep, despite her worries, and awakens on Christmas morning.
Deirdre Tolhurst shares her own remembrance of such a Christmas storm and the miracle that transpires that Holiest of nights--one she shares only with her dad. She narrates the magical Season in a lyrical poem that will entrance young children when read to them, as well as older children, who, while reading, can learn to appreciate the beauty of both poetry and a delightful story.
The glossy, sturdy pages are firm enough to hold and withstand the attention of curious toddlers who will be fascinated by the lovely illustrations. Accompanying the book is a free audio book digital download which can lull the smallest of children to sleep with dreams of Santa's toys on the Eve of the Christ Child's birth. Adults reading this book will smile in remembrance of their own special Christmases past, as they share this sweet tale with children and grandchildren. This is Deirdre's first children's book, hopefully one of many more to follow."
Reviewer: Micki Peluso, writer, journalist and author of . . . And the Whippoorwill Sang
"This reminds me of the books I used to read a a child--so comforting and traditional. Both the illustrations and the verse evoke nostalgic memories of Christmases past complete with snow falling, burning fires, and family. A wonderful book for families to read together!" Sandra McLeod Humphrey, Children's Author
"What a heartwarming story of a wonderful Christmas memory between a little girl and her father. Sure to become a Christmas classic that will be revisited every year. Love it!" Radcat
"I have just finished reading a Christmas I Remember for the third time. I am delighted with this story. Not only does this story showcase the bond the father has with his family, it also reminds us of the dedication that Our Father has for all of us. This book will definitely be added to our Christmas tradition." CJ
"THE BOOK WAS AMAZING.
I LIKE/LOVE WHEN SANTA CAME AND SAW YOUR DAD AND SANTA GAVE HIM THE
PRESENTS SO HE CAN HELP HIM PUT THEM UNDER THE TREE.
YOU ARE THE BEST AUTHOR EVER!"
Felicia, age 9
"I went home last night and the first thing I did was read your book. I
loved, loved, loved your book. It was so cute and reminded me so much of my
anticipation of Christmas morning when I was a little girl. Deirdre it was
such a sweet book. You did such a great job. I always knew you had talent."
"While the target audience is children - this is a book that we can all relate to - big and small! We can all remember a Christmas from our past, the gifts we got, the family bond, and the fond memories that were created in those precious moments. This book encompasses everything that our culture identifies with as it relates to Christmas. The weather, Santa Claus, and the celebration of the birth of our Savior Jesus Christ. It warms the heart with the projection of innocent emotion as the author explores her childhood understanding of her father's loving devotion on a number of levels. It is sure to become a timeless classic in our holiday collection." Ashley Pruszinski
"What a precious story! I was excited when I read the names of your siblings! I could hear you telling me this story! What a wonderful gift you have! Your prose is intriguing and encourages the reader to continue." Genie J.
"A Christmas I Remember by Deirdre Tolhurst is a very enjoyable book whether you have small children in the house or not. Even if you never lived in a snowy climate as a child, it will still probably remind you of the anticipation you felt on Christmas Eve. The illustrations are very pleasant and tasteful. The e-book version is read by the author and is evocative of childhood memories and calming as well. I recommend this as a modern traditional Christmas classic that will serve well as a good bedtime story for children." George I.
"I just love this book and can't wait to read it to my children on Christmas Eve. It will be a tradition that we will keep going untill they are adults and then they can read it to their children. Deirdre's descriptive style brings the reader from the bitter cold right into the warmth of her bed. I love reading her words and look forward to her future works! " Wally
"This book touched my heart and brought me back to when I was growing up. I bought it for my grand-daughter and she just loves it. This is truly an inspirational author and I can't wait for the next book to hit the shelves." Lacynda F. Kelley
"I grew up in the Northeast and lived this story many times over. Snow on Christmas Eve, worried Santa would not be able to make his rounds, watching my dad shovel show through a frosted window, myself too young to help and worried Dad would not be able to finish in time. What fond memories this book brings and the author's words paint the scenes so well. This is a book that you will read to your children over and over again." Mike
"Deirdre Tolhurst is a long life friend that I have known for over thirty (30) years. She is an accomplished writer, her latest adventure is her published children's book "A Christmas I Remember". Reading her book immediately takes me back many-many Christmas Eves and Christmas Days spent with my family as a Son, Grand Son, Father and Grandfather. Deirdre is a devoted Christian and closes her book with the "Real" meaning of Christmas. May God Bless You." Gene
Highly recommended, share it with your kids! A great book to read to the kids as you gather around the fireplace on Christmas Eve. Could be the next "Night Before Christmas"! Railfan