November 15, 2012
Her holiday book, for this year, focuses on homelessness. I did not realize until I began reading Unexpected Christmas Hero how little I really knew about this subject. For example, I was unaware of the fact that about 25% of the homeless in America are families (one or two parent) with young children.
There was much that I learned from the story of Josie and her two children. Thrust into poverty suddenly through no real fault of their own they struggle to survive daily and do so only because of the goodwill and help of others. Along the way they meet Rick, a homeless Vietnam vet, who does a great deal to help them navigate the streets. He also becomes their unexpected Christmas hero. To say more would ruin your reading experience but I really was touched by this novel.
In the meantime I am delighted to feature an interview with the author which provides background information for the readers of this story as well an inside story regarding the cover of the book. You have the opportunity to possibly help a family be reunited. Don't miss the "story behind the story."
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