Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Review by Marion Kelley Bullock

Zack Kahler is ready to leave New York and return to his hometown, Kahlerville, Texas, where he has bought the local newspaper. He slips on the ice and six-year-old twin waifs swoop down and help him up. In the process, they relieve him of his wallet. He goes to the orphanage where they live, to leave money for their care, and ends up adopting them.

So Zack, along with Curly and his sister, Charley, arrive in Kahlerville by rail. They settle in the local boarding house, where Zack stays busy taking over the newspaper and keeping the twins out of trouble. Zack renews his friendship with Chloe Weaver, who works at the boarding house. Back in their school days, when she often had no food, Zack brought her a sandwich for lunch every day. This she remembers, as well as her feelings for him. She has loved him ever since.

The children are endearing and they interact with Zack and Chloe, as well as others, including Mrs. Scott, schoolteacher, and Simeon, the cook. The owner of the boarding house plies Chloe with unwanted attention, and she begins to wonder if romance with him is all she can expect. But she hopes for the love of her heart.

A Christmas miracle is what they all need. And that’s what this story is all about.


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