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These Christmas paperback books include historical stories from the time of the Nativity from to present-day tales of finding the peace of the season.

"CHRISTMAS NOTES," by Clint G. Cox, American Book Publishing, $18, 165 pages (f)
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Max Fox is lacking in the Christmas spirit this year. He's out of work, has alienated his parents and he and his wife, Jenny, recently found out they cannot have children. An orphan girl comes to live with them for the holidays and changes everything.



This debut novel by Clint G. Cox of triumph over tragedy and adversity is well-written, despite some predictability. It is a satisfying read that reminds us about the importance of forgiveness, hope and charity.



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— Stephanie Abney

"MARIAN'S CHRISTMAS WISH," by Carla Kelly, Sweetwater Books, $8.99, 298 pages (f)
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In the Regency-era love story by Utah author Carla Kelly, unconventional Marian Wynswich is determined to enjoy this Christmas as it may be the last in their ancestral home. However when her brother brings friends to visit for the holidays, her determination to avoid love may be in vain. — Christine Rappleye



"THE WISE MAN RETURNS," by Kenny Kemp, Sweetwater Books, $16.99, 354 pages (f)



One of the wise men who sought out Jesus as a baby returns to Judea to seek his counsel and is surprised to learn he is not king. He follows the rumors of miracles and changed lives because of Jesus Christ as he searches for soul-healing answers. — C.R.


"THE WISE MAN RETURNS," by Kenny Kemp, Sweetwater Books, $16.99, 354 pages (f)
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One of the wise men who sought out Jesus as a baby returns to Judea to seek his counsel and is surprised to learn he is not king. He follows the rumors of miracles and changed lives because of Jesus Christ as he searches for soul-healing answers. — C.R.

"MIRACLE OF THE CHRISTMAS STAR," by Susan Dean Elzey, Sweetwater Books, $12.99, 169 pages (f)

Sariah's daughter Hannah was born the night a new star was shown in the sky, but she is stricken with palsy. Through the struggles of raising her, Sariah knows she must have faith and hope as she seeks a healing miracle from Jesus. — C.R.

"THE GIFT," by Cecelia Ahern, William Morrow Paperback, $11.99, 200 pages (f)
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“The Gift,” by Cecelia Ahern is a story within a story about the gift of time. Lou has his priorities upside down — material wealth, fame and power first. His family relationships last. Feeling generous one morning, he offers a homeless man named Gabriel a job, and things begin to change.



The book contains frequent use of offensive language. Drinking and non-marital sex are integral to the story, although not portrayed as acceptable. — Rosemarie Howard



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"COMFORT AND JOY," by India Knight, Penguin, $14, 230 pages (f)
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This is not the typical Christmas story. "Comfort and Joy" tells the story of Clara Dunphy and her rather unique collection of ex-husbands, friends and family as they all share the Christmas holiday and their opinions on a wide variety of topics. This book contains strong language and deals with a number of adult topics. Author India Knight tries to add some warmth by detailing the tumultuous relationships between the main characters. However, even with this it still falls way short of being a feel-good holiday novel.



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— Steve Larson