Friday, January 8, 2016

The Christmas Tree Keeper by Tamara Passey {Review}

The Christmas Tree Keeper by Tamara Passey
Paperback, 170 pages
Published November 20th 2014 by Winter Street Press 
My Rating: 4 Stars
Though Angela Donovan is out of work and needs money for rent, she yearns for her eight-year-old daughter to have a carefree holiday. The last thing she wants is the pressure of her daughter expecting a miracle. But when they pick out a Christmas tree at a cozy Massachusetts tree farm that’s exactly what happens when they learn the trees might be miracle trees.

Mark Shafer is soon to be the new keeper of the Christmas trees as owner of the family tree farm. He’d like to run it with a family of his own, but his girlfriend wants nothing to do with farm life. He makes plans to sell so he can propose to his girlfriend and pursue a career in music. Then he meets an unforgettable customer and her daughter, and an anonymous gift compels them to learn the truth about the trees.

With a buyer willing to pay top dollar for the land, Mark has the fate of the trees in his hand. Will he be able to see what and who is most important? And will Angela give the miracle of love a chance?
Angela is down on her luck and is doing everything she can to make ends meet. Determined to keep a promise to her daughter, Caroline, she goes to a tree lot to purchase a Christmas tree and something magical happens. The salesman tells her the tree is a miracle tree. Mark, the future owner of the tree farm and grandson of the current owner, doesn't want the responsibility and wants to sell to buy his dream home, follow his musical dreams, and keep his soon-to-be fiancee happy. Miracles happen all around in this enchanting holiday story.

Two words describe Angela best--obstinate and proud. I've never seen such stubborn pride! She is beyond determined not to receive a handout, no matter how badly she needs one. Despite her pride, she grew on me and I found myself liking her. Little Caroline is so sweet, blunt, and adorable!

Mark has a lot to learn about life and I loved the way events occurred to help him along his journey. I love the way he found his faith in life, love, and dreams.

The way the pieces to the puzzle of this story fit together really is magical and so much fun. There is a vague mystery woven in, along with a sweet, very gentle romance. I enjoyed this one but would have loved an epilogue.

Content: a moment of peril; very mild romance. Clean!
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About the Author:

Tamara PasseyTamara Passey, author of the The Christmas Tree Keeper: A Novel, was born and raised in Massachusetts around a large family, one that has served as inspiration for most of her writing. She was named Arizona Young Mother of the Year in 2013 and contributes marriage and family articles to Mothering through the Whirlwind is her fist work of non-fiction. She loves most creative endeavors and when she isn't writing or re-writing, you can find her baking or cross-stitching or walking--though not all at the same time. She lives with her husband and three children in Arizona.

You can find her online and read her speech given at the AMI Convention at

She also blogs at and

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