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Sonny, a Christmas Guest   By: (1856-1917)

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Sonny, a Christmas Guest by Ruth McEnery Stuart is a heartwarming novella that beautifully captures the spirit of the holiday season. Set in the small town of Cottonville, the story unfolds during a time when people are preparing for Christmas festivities and eagerly awaiting the arrival of loved ones.

The narrative centers around a young boy named Sonny, who unexpectedly finds himself all alone on Christmas Eve. Abandoned by his alcoholic, neglectful father, Sonny takes refuge in the local church where he is discovered by a kind-hearted minister and his empathetic wife. The couple, touched by the boy's vulnerability and loneliness, immediately take him into their home and embrace him as part of their own family.

What unfolds is an incredibly touching and tender tale of compassion, love, and the true meaning of Christmas. As Sonny becomes acquainted with the other members of the minister's family, he slowly learns the value of family bonds, trust, and unconditional support. With each passing day, he blossoms under the nurturing care and finds solace in the warmth of the household, experiencing a sense of belonging and security that he had never known before.

Stuart's writing style is enchanting, effortlessly capturing the essence of the holiday season through vivid descriptions and heartfelt emotions. The imagery and detailed depiction of festive decorations, merry celebrations, and the spirit of generosity evokes a strong sense of nostalgia and invokes the reader's own cherished memories of Christmases past.

One of the strongest aspects of this novella is the portrayal of the characters. Stuart crafts them with such authenticity and depth that they feel like real individuals with their own unique quirks and qualities. The minister and his wife are portrayed with genuine warmth and compassion, while Sonny's transformation from a wary, timid child to a confident and loved young boy is portrayed convincingly and with great sensitivity.

While the story predominantly focuses on the theme of Christmas and family, it also subtly highlights the broader message of reaching out to those in need, particularly during the holiday season. Stuart effortlessly demonstrates the power of empathy, goodwill, and the ability to make a positive impact on someone's life, no matter how small the gesture may seem.

Sonny, a Christmas Guest is a heartwarming tale that will leave readers with a renewed sense of hope and a reminder of the true meaning of Christmas. Filled with endearing characters, evocative descriptions, and a message of love and compassion, this novella is a perfect read for the holiday season, inspiring readers to cherish the bonds of family and extend a helping hand to those who need it most.

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[Illustration: "I reckon the thing sort o' got started last summer."]







A Christmas Guest

The Boy

Sonny's Christenin'

Sonny's Schoolin'

Sonny's Diploma

Sonny "Keepin' Company"

Weddin' Presents


"I reckon the thing sort o' got started last summer"

"Seem to me he favors her a little thess aroun' the mouth"

"Quick ez he see the clock, he come thoo"

"She does make 'im so contented an' happy"

"Name this child"

"An' then Sonny, seein' it all over, he come down"

"He was watchin' a bird nest on the way to that school"

"He had been playin' out o' doors bare feeted"

"Any question he missed was to be passed on to them thet had been grad'jatin' so fast"

"'This orange is the earth, an' this here apple is the sun'"

"What could be sweeter 'n little Mary Elizabeth?"

"When I set here by myself on this po'ch so much these days an' think"

"Seem like a person don't no mo''n realize he's a descendant befo' he's a' ancestor"



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Boy, you say, doctor? An' she don't know it yet? Then what 're you tellin' me for? No, sir take it away... Continue reading book >>

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