Update: I forgot to stipulate in the rules that this giveaway is for U.S. only. If you are not in the U.S. and have already entered, I will give you a pass, but as of today (12/11), the giveaway is only open to U.S. residents...my finances are still not in the position to mail internationally...sorry all!
This giveaway is in honor of my new Christmas blog and to help spread the Christmas spirit (and the word about my blog)! I just wish I could afford to giveaway a big bundle of goodies like other blogs are doing, but alas... I decided to giveaway a copy of one of my most favorite Christmas books (and really, one of my favorites in general). Even better that this copy is a bonus. It is The Christmas Box Collection by Richard Paul Evans which not only contains The Christmas Box, but also Timepiece and The Letter (the Christmas Box Trilogy). It is a gently used copy and it's mass market, but it is still a beautiful little book.
The Christmas Box-Richard, a busy and preoccupied father, discovers a Christmas box full of love letters from an old woman to her dead daughter and, with the help of an angel, begins to learn the true meaning of Christmas.
Timepiece-"Of all, clockmakers and morticians should bear the keenest sense of priority-their lives daily spent in observance of the unflagging procession of time... and the end thereof."
-DAVID PARKIN'S DIARY. JANUARY 3, 1901
So begins Timepiece, the unforgettable story of hope and the source of the wisdom MaryAnne Parkin shared with Richard in The Christmas Box. With the help of David Parkin's diary, Richard discovers the mystery of the timepiece and the significance of MaryAnne's request.
Nineteen years previous, only eleven days before her death, MaryAnne Parkin had bequeathed a beautiful rose-gold timepiece to my keeping.
"The day before you give Jenna away," she had said, her voice trembling as she handed me the heirloom, "give this to her for the gift."
I was puzzled by her choice of words.
"Her wedding gift?" I asked.
She looked at me sadly, then forced a fragile smile.
"You will know what I mean."
The Letter-The Letter, the final episode of Richard Paul Evans's Christmas Box trilogy (The Christmas Box, Timepiece), begins in the winter of 1933. A bent and bereft hag is spotted crouching over the snowy grave of Andrea Parkin, David Parkin's three-year-old daughter who died twenty years prior. When the night watchman approaches the figure and tells her the cemetery is closed, she mysteriously disappears, leaving behind one red rose and a letter. When the child's mother comes to pay respect the following day, she finds the letter and its shocking news. Could David's mother be alive? The search for the answer sends David on a cross-country journey and into the arms of another woman. But the knowledge he gains gives him the strength to make the ultimate sacrifice for his loved ones.
The Rules for Entry:
- You must do this one thing to enter...leave a comment with your favorite Christmas story or book plus your email address.
- +2 for those of you who are already followers
- +1 for NEW followers
- +1 for following me on Twitter @truebookaddict
- +1 get the word out (blog or blog sidebar, tweet, Facebook...1 point for each if you leave a link)
- +5 for every person you tell that follows and enters (they have to mention your name or blog name) and the people you refer will get +5 as well! *Help me get the word out about this blog...Thanks!!!*
I will announce the winner here and email them. Winner must respond within 24 hours (sorry about the short time, but holiday mailing schedules, you know!)
And may you always keep the Christmas Spirit!