Before the holidays (yes, that long ago), I had the chance to review The Christmas Plains by Joseph Bottum. I decided to take a mini break to finally post the review that I meant to post a month or so ago. It's literally been on my desktop for a month just waiting to be posted here. In case you are wondering, I submitted the written portion to my qualifying exam yesterday and am working on my presentation version now. I've been dedicating most of my time to my qualifying exams lately and haven't had much of a chance to do much else.
Though I enjoyed the memories Bottum shared and the lessons each memory brought, I found some portions of this book a bit incoherent at times due to the flow of the narrative. The manner in which Bottum transitions from one memory to another is not always smooth, making the memoir seem a bit disjointed at times. Even so, the narrative is rich with symbolism and intimate reflections that will certainly strike a chord with readers of all ages. The Christmas Plains was, overall, a very enjoyable read that is bound to be treasured by those who appreciate the nostalgia of Christmases past and anticipate the Christmas seasons to come. Overall, I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to relive the Christmases of their childhood. Bottum’s writing style is rich with detail and certain to invoke the feelings of this holiday.
The opinions expressed herein are my own. I was offered a free eBook copy of this book for review.