Sunday, October 25, 2015

Book Review: Christmas Beyond the Box by Josh Langston

by M. J. Joachim

For those of us eagerly anticipating the holidays already, Christmas Beyond the Box will be a treasure to engage us in the spirit of the season. Seven short stories, each completely different from the other, all captivating and delightful to read.

Langston has a unique story-telling ability, where scenes and characters come to life. I spent a great deal of time reading these stories aloud, while my granddaughter played with her toys. She enjoys hearing the sound of my voice in the background, and it was a perfect opportunity to tend to her, while reading for my next book review.

Reading out loud is a bit different than reading silently. Characters take on accented voices that boom with the hand gestures bringing them to life. Langston’s characters are quite intriguing and so much fun to animate. It’s easy to feel like you are right there in the middle of the scene, complete with Christmas lights on every lamppost and garland hung between.

Plus, we’ve all had some of “those” relatives in our lives. Relating to the stories is easy, even though they’re all completely unique and different. If you have a chance, I think you’ll enjoy reading Christmas Beyond the Box this season, and you just might revisit it time and time again.

Thanks so much for stopping by today. Best of Sunday to all of you,

M. J.

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