A Christmas to Remember by Thomas Kinkade and Katherine Spencer is a story about reminiscing about the past, but learning to live in the present. The little town of Cape Light that this book revolves around consists of a close knit community. And each person in this community has their own troubles in the Christmas season, but the one thing they must all commonly learn is how to live in the moment and enjoy their lives to the fullest.
As Christmas nears in the tiny town of Cape Light, Lillian Warwick is feeling anything but jolly. Upon experiencing a bad fall, she becomes bed ridden and is forced to be taken care of by her two daughters and granddaughter. However, all Lillian wants is to be left alone so she can live in the past with her memories of her first Christmas season with her husband Oliver. Is that really so much to ask?
All Lucy Bates wants is to be a good nurse, but her training isn’t going so well. She’s making all sorts of mistakes and her husband is constantly on her about how little she is really doing for the family and his restaurant. How on earth is she going to make it through this hectic time in her life? But we all make mistakes and we all reminisce. What we have to remember is that we have to learn from those mistakes and cherish the good times so that they can help us live fully in the present. So, can Christmas time bring out the best in all of these rough circumstances?
When you encounter anything created by Thomas Kinkade, you know that it had a lot of thought put behind it and this book is no different. This book had every bit of thoughtfulness behind it that Kinkade’s paintings do. Cape Light is incredibly developed and it’s clear to see that it’s a family town the way Kinkade and Spencer carried its attributes from the past to the present. And they did this so flawlessly that you could see the town progressing through time. Along with the town, each and every character mentioned in the book – even the smaller characters – was beautifully crafted. By the midway point in the book, I actually felt like they weren’t characters at all, but real people. I felt as if I knew them to the point that I could describe each and every one to a T. I knew their personalities and even some of their secrets. But one thing I loved is that the authors didn’t reveal every secret – who wants all their secrets revealed anyway, right? That just made the characters that much more realistic.
It actually took me a while to read this book, but that’s not the book’s fault. I wanted to take this one slow because I wanted to capture every detail that this book had to convey. I knew that by time I reached the third page. It was so beautifully descriptive that I didn’t want to just let this book flit by. So, I took my time and delved into the world of the Cape Light in the now and the past. And I enjoyed it to the fullest. While I didn’t get a lot read during the Christmas season, I’m so glad that I got to enjoy this one as it’s, so far, my favourite Christmas book. I found not one flaw in this entire book and the story was so exciting. I couldn’t stop turning the pages. I would recommend this book to literally everybody for any time of the year. So, overall, I give A Christmas to Remember by Thomas Kinkade and Katherine Spencer a 5 out 5.