Mr. Dalton's Christmas


Fiction - Holiday
93 Pages
Reviewed on 07/25/2021
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Author Biography

Robert A. Valle is an author and a songwriter/composer. His most recent novels are two books in his Mage's Quest series. "Mr. Dalton's Christmas" is his latest work of fiction, and somewhat of a departure from his usual genre. He has also scored music and written songs for various projects, including the upcoming "ZombieCon" movie.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Jon Michael Miller for Readers' Favorite

In the preface of Mr. Dalton’s Christmas by Robert A. Valle, the author asks us if all the tales about Christmas are only legends. It’s as if his Christmas story is not. Hmm. Legends are time-honored tales, and Mr. Valle’s is new, so I suppose it does not qualify as a legend. However, it is a tale that promises to endure. The setting is New York at Christmas time, and the protagonists are two lonely people. Mr. Dalton is a former Broadway actor injured in a car accident that killed his wife and took him off the stage with an injured leg. He now works as a department manager at Macy’s, where he meets Maria, a kind-hearted associate who invites him for coffee, which he refuses. After ten years of refusals, he finally accepts his college friends’ invitation to meet them at a mountain retreat for Christmas. On the subway, a pleasant elderly gentleman tells Mr. Dalton the mountain is magical in the winter. He also gives him an important message.

The elderly gentleman leaves him with the message, pay attention to people you meet. When Mr. Dalton decides to go to the mountain lodge this Christmas, the real magic begins. Robert A. Valle has written as sweet a story as one can imagine, which is why I plan on adding his tale to our Christmas legends. The prose is effortless and lilting, containing tension and celebration. It is a lovely story that is perfect for enjoying around the Christmas tree. I loved every line and was eager to discover what magic loomed in the snow-covered mountain and its ski lodge. Everyone who loves Christmas should add the unforgettable Mr. Dalton’s Christmas by Robert A. Valle to their winter shopping list.

Jamie Michele

Mr. Dalton's Christmas by Robert A. Valle is a holiday novella that revolves around a man named Edward Dalton who, ten years on from losing his beloved wife in a traffic accident, is set in his isolated ways. From Broadway to a famous New York department store, Dalton has all but given up and merely exists to get through any given day. The loss and guilt he feels make the annual trip to the ski lodge with old friends out of the question. But then an attractive and interested co-worker convinces Dalton to go, which he does, only to find himself on the brink of tragedy once more. A life-saving encounter turns out to be just the serendipitous thing Dalton needs in order to learn to live again.

City boy going to the country? Check. A wounded heart and body? Check. Spiritual mental intimacy in a snowstorm? Check. A man who promises Christmas magic? Yup. This is the checklist for every person who lives for the Christmas movie marathons playing on cable television, and their requirements for anything new are even worthy of consideration. Robert A. Valle ticks all of the boxes with Mr. Dalton's Christmas, crafting a lighthearted and frothy feel-good novella that is warm enough to carry a reader comfortably through an hour or two in the winter. The writing is simple and narrated in the third person omniscient, which allows for a couple of scratches below the surface that let us get to know Dalton, and also puts us in the thoughts and motivations of other characters. Overall, this is an enjoyable story that will connect well with those who enjoy folksy Christmas romances.