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On Christmas Day In The Evening   By: (1866-1959)

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On Christmas Day in the Evening by Grace S. Richmond is a heartwarming tale of love, forgiveness, and the power of reconciliation. Set in a small, idyllic town during the Christmas season, this novel captures the spirit of the holidays beautifully.

The story revolves around the Peabody family, who are facing a time of hardship and discord. As the patriarch of the family, Mr. Peabody, struggles with financial troubles, his wife, Lydia, grows increasingly resentful and bitter. Their children also feel the strain, causing a rift in their once close-knit family.

However, on Christmas Day, a series of events unfolds that prompts the Peabody family to reflect on the true meaning of the season. A chance encounter with a mysterious stranger, who exhibits an unwavering spirit of goodwill, leads the family on a journey of self-discovery and transformation.

Richmond’s writing style is captivating and evocative, drawing readers into the lives and emotions of the characters. She skillfully portrays the complexities of familial relationships, delving into the depths of human nature and the various emotions that arise during tough times.

The themes explored in this book are both timeless and relatable. Through the Peabody family's struggles, readers are reminded of the importance of forgiveness, second chances, and the power of love to heal all wounds. The author artfully uses the Christmas season as a backdrop to emphasize these enduring values, creating a heartwarming and emotionally resonant narrative.

Additionally, the book offers a rich and nuanced portrayal of its characters. Each member of the Peabody family is uniquely developed, enabling readers to empathize with their respective challenges and triumphs. The growth and personal development of the characters throughout the story is a testament to Richmond’s skill as a storyteller.

One minor drawback of the book is that the pacing occasionally feels slow, particularly in the middle chapters. However, this can be forgiven as the author more than compensates for it with her rich descriptions and heartfelt dialogue.

In conclusion, On Christmas Day in the Evening is a delightful read that captures the essence of the holiday season. Grace S. Richmond’s beautiful prose and her ability to craft deep, multifaceted characters make this book a compelling and heartwarming tale. Perfect for curling up by the fire during the holiday season, this novel will leave readers with a renewed sense of hope, love, and the importance of family.

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[Illustration: "It's a good thing to exercise the imagination, now and then. That's the way changes come"]


On Christmas Day In The Evening

by Grace S. Richmond

Illustrated by Charles M. Relyea

A. L. Burt Company Publishers New York

All Rights Reserved, Including that of Translation into Foreign Languages, Including the Scandinavian

Copyright 1910 Doubleday Page & Company

Copyright, 1910, By The Ridgway Company


"It's a good thing to exercise the imagination, now and then. That's the way changes come" Frontispiece

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"Cut it out cut out the steam calliope!" 22

"Billy!" His sister Margaret's voice was anxious. "Are you sure you'd better?" 32

There was flesh and blood in the message he gave them, and it was the message they needed 52




On Christmas Day In The Evening

[Music: Holy night! peaceful night! Darkness flies, all is light!]

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