The week before Christmas is the perfect time to curl up with a holiday story. Whether it be a long drive cross country, a few stolen moments between festivities, or a quiet afternoon by the tree, a Christmas novel is the best way to warm the heart and get you into the spirit of the season. Over the next seven days I will be sharing the books I am indulging in this season, and hopefully you find one that speaks to you too.
On this Christmas Eve I am happy to share the final book in this seven day series: The Deal of a Lifetime by Fredrik Backman. This novella is the perfect book for some last minute reading before Christmas, I read it in one sitting one quiet night. The story begins with a bombshell. “Hi. It’s your dad. You’ll be waking up soon , it’s Christmas Ever morning in Helsinborg, and I’ve killed a person. That’s not how fairytales usually begin, I know. But I took a life. Does it make a difference if you know whose it was?” And so we hear a father’s confession to his son. In the story we meet a little girl who is dying from cancer, and a father who spent his lifetime chasing success above all else. Their encounter calls for a reflection on the true worth of a life and the importance of family.
This story is a melancholy one at sixty pages, and though it is short it is dense. Illustrated with whimsy illustrations, the book calls for reflection on life: the choices we make, and how they shape us. The novella is an emotional roller coaster ride with highs and lows, a bittersweet tale that will both have you hugging your little ones a little closer while filling you with hope. Another brilliant work by Mr. Backman, the story will stay with you longer than the time it took to read it. 4.5 out of 5 stars.