Book Review: Christmas Angels: A Novella by Viola Shipman 1

31450418Christmas Angels: A Novella

by Viola Shipman





From the beloved author of Indie Next Pick The Charm Bracelet,Christmas Angels is a delightful love story. Kate, a single woman in her 30s, works as a designer/decorator for a large interior landscaping company bedecking and bedazzling St. Louis for the holidays. Her work keeps her from spending the holidays with her family and masks the loneliness and pain after a nasty breakup just before Christmas.

Known as “The Christmas Angel” for providing holiday beauty to the city’s offices, homes, and malls, Kate’s world changes when she decorates the home of a widowed single dad. Both soon realize that life (and love) must go on somehow and that perhaps Christmas (and guardian) angels are all around, if we only choose to see them.

Rich with the spirit of Christmas and all its traditions, Christmas Angels is a love story that will remind readers of the meaning and magic of Christmas.


My Rating:

4 hearts


Favorite Quotes:


I think that angels are all around us. I think people like your mother, who we love and miss, are around us, even if we can’t see them. Sometimes they might take the form of a cardinal or a hummingbird, or sometimes, their spirit might live on in the tree we pick out at Christmas.


Most people go through their lives not seeing what’s all around them. It’s easy to get lost in this world. It’s hard to stay present.



My Review:


A seasonal set decorator spends her days designing Christmas scenes and decorations for others while struggling to find her own Christmas spirit after a personally challenging year. It often takes someone struggling with even more burdens to put it in perspective, and it seems to garner our attention even faster when a child is involved. The plot was relevant and heartfelt and the writing was engaging and emotive. A quick and easy to follow holiday novella.


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About the Author

VIOLA SHIPMAN is a pen name for Wade Rouse, a popular, award-winning memoirist. Rouse chose his grandmother’s name to honor the woman whose charm bracelet and family stories inspired him to write his debut novel, which is a tribute to all of our elders. Rouse lives in Michigan and writes regularly for People and Coastal Living, among other places, and is a contributor to All Things Considered. To date, The Charm Bracelet has been translated into nine languages. He is at work on his second “heirloom novel,” which will be published in 2017.



One comment on “Book Review: Christmas Angels: A Novella by Viola Shipman

  1. Reply Caroline Oct 27,2016 9:13 am

    This sounds like a really sweet story, perfect for the holidays. 🙂

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