The Little Corner Christmas Store & Other Stories

A collection of 12 inspirational Christmas stories for all ages

Christian - Fiction
231 Pages
Reviewed on 05/30/2021
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Reviewed by Marta Tandori for Readers' Favorite

Christmas is a season of traditions. Everything is a little special during this time of the year, from the foods we eat, to the songs we hear and sing, to the decorations that brighten up our homes. Part of the joy of Christmas comes from the enduring stories we listen to as children that remain part of the tapestry of our lives and get passed down from generation to generation. The Little Christmas Store & Other Stories, so beautifully written by Kevin P. White, M.D., is the perfect offering of words that have the power to endure.

The Little Christmas Store & Other Stories is a collection of twelve truly inspirational Christmas stories. In effect, it’s a patchwork of very different stories that has universal appeal. From funky titles like When Aliens Came for Christmas and Chicken Soup for Christmas to more traditional titles like A Christmas to Remember, there’s something for everyone. In The Little Christmas Store, Ryan reluctantly goes in search of three gifts and instead finds the true meaning of Christmas after visiting a nondescript little store full of old things that no one would ever want. In Finding Christmas, the whole town of Appleton puts their Christmas festivities on hold as they search for Christmas, the town’s beloved Yuletide cat, and in The Gift, brilliant brain surgeon Emily learns that a person’s title has nothing to do with their measure as a person.

Each of the characters in White’s stories is somehow flawed or vulnerable and the theme of Christmas brings out their vulnerabilities, ripping off the veneers in which each has clothed themselves. White shows us that while the Christmas season is a time of excess, it’s also a time of hope and repair, when things take on a new perspective or are seen through different eyes. Many of White’s stories can’t be read without a box of tissues at hand and all leave an indelible impression. For readers looking beyond the tinsel and glitz of Christmas for some deeper meaning to life in general, look no further than White’s offering. The Little Christmas Store & Other Stories is truly a wonderful collection that has the potential to endure from one magical Christmas season to the next.

Kimberlee J Benart

If you enjoy stories set in the Christmas season, The Little Corner Christmas Store & Other Stories: A Collection of 12 Inspirational Christmas Stories for All Ages by retired physician Kevin White might just be for you. It worked for me. The stories are of varying lengths; take place in different places and times; can appeal to both adult and young adult readers; and contain a wide variety of protagonists and plots. Some deal with very difficult issues; others are romantic, still others are simply entertaining. They all make you feel good. Two of them brought me to tears. Every one of them reminds the reader of some aspect of the meaning of Christmas and the Christian message. “I intended,” Dr. White writes, “to offer something to everyone and anyone, of any age, who believes, like I do, in the unparalleled magic of Christmas.”

I enjoyed reading The Little Corner Christmas Store & Other Stories. I liked the variety, from very serious to magical to lighthearted to fantastical. The stories can be read one by one or enjoyed in larger doses. The narrative is engaging and emotionally evocative. The tone, tempo, and detail in each story are varied to suit the plot and characters, and the characters are sufficiently developed to be relatable and believable. While I enjoyed each story for its own merit, my favorite was “The Gift“ in which a kind and caring physician is reminded that we shouldn’t judge books by their covers and that material wealth without a giving heart has no value. This collection would make a perfect Christmas gift for the person who supposedly has everything. They may find that they’ve been using the wrong measuring stick. A very palatable and uplifting collection of Christmas stories. Highly recommended.

Lesley Jones

In The Little Corner Christmas Store & Other Stories by Kevin White, every one of the 12 charming stories set around Christmas time will not only motivate you to observe the world around you with a clearer perspective, but will also inspire you to become more charitable to others. Each of the stories has a unique message behind it. A malnourished Santa arouses Reverend Miller's suspicions and he learns not to judge people's goodness or values by their appearance. A modern day Scrooge discovers the true meaning behind Christmas when he enters a magical store. How will two aliens who descend to earth for the first time make of the strange planet and the odd creatures called humans that welcome them into their homes? There is a story to touch everyone's hearts and minds and inspire you.

The author has created a superb collection of Christmas short stories, each with strong messages in morality and godliness. Each of the stories has an excellent plot covering subject matters such as family relationships, poverty, losing loved ones and finding love. The stories will trigger every emotion and inspire you to be more charitable, loving and non-judgmental of others. Each of the short stories in this compilation has great three-dimensional characters and excellent plots with the perfect amount of conflict woven throughout. Kevin White clearly is an all-round excellent writer with an eye for detail and a fantastic imagination when building likeable characters and engaging story lines. A perfect and unique Christmas gift. Highly recommended.