The Reindeer Keeper tells the story of Abbey and Steve-together since the 60s; marrying immediately upon Steve's return from Vietnam. Now thirty years later, Abbey has been
given the gift of an old farmhouse plus 120 acres of fields and pastures and a majestic barn-home to a herd of reindeer tended to by an odd little man. Now with Abbey's cancer in remission, they're looking forward to their boys coming home for Christmas. Sadly Abbey's father had passed away earlier in the year. They'd always spend the holidays together. Abbey still found herself crying at the thought of him. It was a different story when it came to her mother who died when Abbey was just 14. Abbey never shed a tear.
Still to this day, she hadn't shed a single tear.
Turns out this Christmas proves to be more magical than anticipated as Abbey realizes an understanding never thought possible through the rekindling of a belief rooted in childhood. Of course it's who delivers this gift on Christmas Eve that gives Abbey and Steve the strength to face their greatest challenge.
"It's a story about a couple so many can relate to," explains the author. "They had their share of problems as they raised a family and struggled to build and grow a business.
Through it all, their commitment to each other has only strengthened."
About the book:
The Reindeer Keeper by Barbara Briggs Ward
Date of publish: Oct 15, 2010
About the Author/ Illustrator:
Barbara Briggs Ward is the author/illustrator of the Snarly Sally picture book series which include, "The Really, Really Hairy Flight of Snarly Sally"; "Snarly Sally's Garden of ABCs" and "The Really Hairy Scary Butterfly Rescue" soon to be released. Her projects include illustrating, "And Then There Was Hope" and "The Brain Reigns" for the New York State Office of Mental Health. She has been published in Highlights for Children, McCall's", and "The Crafts Report." Her short story, "In Anticipation of Doll Beds" was included in the Chicken Soup for the Soul's book entitled, "Christmas Magic" released October, 2010.
Award-winning graphic artist/illustrator Suzanne Langelier-Lebeda created the beautiful cover and inside illustratiosn for "The Reindeer Keeper." Suzanne has earned national awards for art and publication designs as a coordinator of publications at the State University of Potsdam. Her projects included illustrations for the National Park Service, Cumberland Island National Seashore Visitors Center, Georgia, and Adirondack Life.
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