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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
The Christmas Town Calls is a work of fascinating supernatural fiction penned by author J. R. Wirth, and it forms the fourth novel in The Town Beneath the Christmas Tree series. In this novella-length adventure, we return to Hailey, Isaiah, Harper and the rest of the brigade who have previously appeared in the Christmas-themed adventures of the series. There have been no events for a while, and the youngsters have moved into the digital world with screens everywhere. But some of them still keep hope alive, and still abide by their old Christmas rituals, waiting for a new adventure. When it comes, it is not what they expect, and a sudden rescue mystery – and a live baby Jesus – has to be resolved before time runs out.
This was a really fun holiday romp from author J. R. Wirth, who has timed the story perfectly to be a cozy Christmas read that could be completed in one sitting. The work has plenty of charm, most especially in the development of its characters. I liked the grandfather figure very much, and the younger members of the brigade were really cute and amusing. As for the central figures, Hailey and Isaiah stand out the most, taking on the responsibilities of being a little more mature than they are. The plot itself is well constructed and the mystery has plenty of whimsical supernatural turns, which keep readers guessing right up until the end of the tale. Overall, The Christmas Town Calls is a truly charming and engaging holiday read for fans of the existing series.