“December 7, 1941–a date which will live in infamy.”
Millions of American remember listening to these very words across the nation in stores, over radios, and at the movie theater. Upon hearing the broadcast, instead of finishing the film or their shopping list, thousands formed lines to sign up for military service. They didn’t ask [what their country could do for them, but what they could do for their country.] Year after year, for four years, one Christmas after another passed by with empty homes and shoe boxes full of letters. Can the broken heart of a child be healed by an unexpected Christmas letter? Robert Reed gave his life for his country in the early days of World War II. His sacrifice was honored when his widow and son were presented with the Congressional Medal of Honor. Each Christmas, the final decoration Madge Reed hangs on the family’s tree is that medal and rather than being a symbol of honor for young Jimmy Reed, that shining star represents loss, pain and suffering.
Then when least expected, a Christmas miracle turns a final bit of holiday sadness into a joy that the boy has never known. From best-selling author of Stories Behind the Best-Loved Hymns, Ace Collins has crafted a novella that prompts memories of Christmases past and shows the power behind the hope and faith of children, honoring the service of those in uniform even 71 years after the day “which will live in infamy.”
About the Author:
Ace Collins has written more than fifty books including novels Farraday Road, Swope’s Ridgeand Words of the Father, as well as the nonfiction Stories Behind The Best-Loved Songs of Christmas, grAttitudes, and Lassie, A Dog’s Life. His books have become movies and network television specials. He has appeared on Good Morning America, the NBC Nightly News andThe Today Show and has been featured in the Distinguished Lecture Series at the National Archives in Washington D.C. Ace Collins has sold more than 1.5 million books during his career. He lives near Little Rock, AR and you can see more about him on his website, www.acecollins.com.