Journey Into Christmas puts Mrs. Aldrich back in the running for the genre she made her own -- the warmhearted, human interest story, of the small town people, and the small town ways -- ""so dear to our hearts"". Her's is the mid-west, Nebraska, from frontier days on, made memorable for the high spots of their lives rather than the grim hardships in two novels, A Lantern in Her Hand and A White Bird Flying. Wholesome Americana, romance with a salutary touch of corn, and strong spiritual values -- these novels have made their place in people's hearts. Both are included in this Reader, along with a sheaf of might-be-true small town stories, of school girls, screen struck, of romance in youth, and so on. A safe book for your conservatives, with nostalgic, healthy values.