Roses & Thorns

Roses & Thorns

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Here's One for Hallmark: The Christmas Lights by Rachel Kosinski


“Where do Christmas lights come from?”

The tiny bulbs of color that burn on a Christmas tree, or outside a house to shine in the night; does anyone really know where they originate? What if someone told you they weren’t intended for Christmas at all, but really for a miracle? That they were for love, a desperate idea, to light a boy’s way home?

In that case, you must have some questions. What boy? What love?

In that case, allow me to tell you a story.

Review by Rochelle Weber:

The Christmas Lights is the story of the love between Louis Eclat, a poor young American man who aspires to design jewelry despite his near-blindness, and Emmy Claiborne the daughter of the wealthiest family in town. Mr. Claiborne tries to get rid of Louis by sending him to work in a sweatshop in Liverpool, saying if he returns home by Christmas with a fortune, he can marry Emmy. Warned away from the sweatshop by fellow passengers aboard ship, Louis ends up in Paris, modeling for a painter. His eyes may not work well, but they’re an extraordinary aquamarine color, and Monsieur Gavon offers to share the sales revenue with Louis. He also encourages Louis to design a jeweled egg, travel to Switzerland, and show the design to his friend, Monsieur FabergĂ©, who helps him produce the egg, and then takes it to Russia.

Louis returns to Paris to find M. Gavon’s studio empty. With just weeks left before Christmas, he ends up broke, working at the sweatshop in Liverpool, and close to death, despairing of seeing Emmy again, let alone amassing the fortune he needs to marry her.

A storm limits visibility on Christmas. Knowing Louis’ difficulty seeing, Emmy wreaths her house in light, hoping to guide him home.

The Christmas Lights is a sweet romance, a story that can be shared with the family—especially one’s young daughters. In fact, I think it would make a wonderful Hallmark movie. I wouldn’t mind watching it annually. Do I need to say more?

Length:  96 Pages

Digital Prices:  $3.50

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Thanks for visiting. Julie, Donna, & Rochelle

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