A Heartwarming Christmas Trilogy
"The Reindeer Keeper," "The Snowman Maker," and "The Candle Giver" are available for purchase on Amazon, Kindle, Barnes & Noble Online, Nook, Kobo,
Apple iPad, Google Play, or via this website!
A Review of The Candle Giver from a Reader:
"You did it again Barbara!!! Yesterday Phil and I finished The Candle Giver. Wow!!!! As you recall, with the first two books, Phil and I have been taking turns reading the story to each other. But now I know, after the first two books, why I left Phil do all the reading with this one. If you recall with the first two, the lump in my throat made it impossible for me to read at times. And with this story, I have to say, even Phil, a few times, had to clear his throat.
Barbara, you have a way of using ‘words’ that capture the senses, making the reader not only ‘feel’ the emotions, but also to ‘visualize’ each scene.
Throughout The Candle Giver, it was nice how you tied in parts of the first two books. The ending of a story is like the ending of a movie where you wait for the grand finale. You did it with a simple centerpiece, using the highlights of all 3 stories and binding them together, through the eyes of a little girl.
The Candler Giver was heart-warming, captivating, tender, and magical. You already know how much we love Christmas – it’s the reason we were attracted to all 3 of your books to begin with. Anyone who loves Christmas will find all 3 of your stories a delight to read. We hope there will be more!
So, with a poinsettia still sitting on our coffee table, and with a balsam candle burning, sending a Christmas scent through the air, we just wanted to share with you how we spent our Valentine’s Day afternoon, and early evening, finishing up this wonderful story.
Thank you for capturing what Phil and I love about Christmas.
Have a great day,
Diane & Phil"
Barbara's December, 2011 Interview with Paul Larson-Mountain Lake PBS Plattsburgh, NY
The Reindeer Keeper was chosen as the 2012 Yahoo Christmas Book Club Group Selection!
"The Reindeer Keeper" was chosen as the 2012 December Book Selection by the
Riverfront Library Book Club in Yonkers, NY.
“The Reindeer Keeper was named a Mom’s Choice Awards Gold Recipient in Adult Fiction” August 2011
"The Reindeer Keeper" was featured as Recommended Reading in the Holiday Issue at www.livingbetterat50.com! (Scroll down to Community-Click on Excerpt from "The Reindeer Keeper”)
Barbara's short story, "In Anticipation of Doll Beds", was published in the Chicken Soup for the Soul book-Christmas Magic, released October, 2010. In March, 2012, Barbara's short story, "A Brown Boy of Our Own", was published in the Chicken Soup for the Soul book, Family Caregivers, released March, 2012.
Barbara's short story, "The Great Berry Pie Cook-Off" was a June, 2014 featured work on The Saturday Evening Post website as part of their First Friday Fiction series.