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Reviewed by Katelyn Hensel for Readers' Favorite
In The Christmas Cave by David R. Beshears, Jack and Amanda are your typical kids on a trip, packed into a car with Mom, Dad, and each other, with boredom and fighting threatening at every curve of the road. They are supposed to be visiting with Grandma this year for Christmas and are making their way through the mountains. While there, they hear an eerie family tale about their lost great-uncle, who disappeared in the caves more than 50 years ago. Deciding to explore the caves for themselves, and maybe solve the mystery of the shimmering lights and their lost relative, the kids pair up with a local, Daniel, to try to discover the secret of "The Christmas Cave." Their adventure takes them further than they thought possible, and they discover way more than they had planned. The whole family ends up learning quite a bit about themselves and each other.
Short, sweet, and to the point, The Christmas Cave is a quick Christmas novella that explores family, commitment, and dedication to those that you love. It's a good, somewhat thrilling mystery that will have you wanting to go explore in the caves and mountains nearest you. David Beshears' writing style is short, choppy and unique, but really nails the point which he's going for. There's a stark, yet realistic quality to the writing that makes it stand apart. While the story was very short, it never felt rushed and it had a steady flowing pace that complemented the tone of the novella as well.