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In this short story, Christie, a relapsed alcoholic, faces her first Christmas apart from her children. As she window-shops for gifts her ex-husband won’t allow her to give, she finds a family huddled around a fire in the alley behind the store. If she wants to offer help, she must face her own fractured heart.
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About Peter Schnake

Peter Schnake lives and writes in Lincoln, Nebraska. Although stories had a bad habit of interrupting his life and possessing his pen, he didn’t write in earnest until a bout of seizures in his early twenties caused him to reexamine his priorities. Now he devotes as much time as he is able to his writing and hopes soon to make it a full-time occupation.

He believes that stories should surprise and move. Language should be precise and clean and images should evoke and provoke. He believes that happy endings are not always the best endings, and that sometimes a great story dissatisfies.

His writing spans genres, from the dark and brooding Southern Gothic style of “American Alligator,” to the suspense-filled and intimate thriller, “Thus Arrived the Lights.”

When not writing (or drinking coffee) Mr. Schnake enjoys stargazing and watching the Food Network.

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Review by: Sheila L on Dec. 4, 2013 :
This is a good Christmas story about forgiveness and acceptance.
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Review by: Gerty So on Nov. 7, 2012 :
Oh, what a good book where to begin. Ok here it goes... It is such a heart warming story, people shouldn't worry about themselves, they should understand that christmas is for Jesus..... This story had me crying because, this story touchs the heart strings. It is overall such a good message for always. I highly recommend this book. I wish i could give it ten stars......
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