This may prove to be a ""sleeper"" -- one of those unpredictable books that come at the psychological moment to meet a demand. It is a Christmas story -- strong on sentiment (without being corny sentimentality) and perhaps fairly obvious in denouement. The story of one particular Christmas is told through the words of the grandmother, spending the Winter with her daughter, Julie, sharing the small adventures and large of the family. There's in the making- a Christmas party at the church- a party to attempt to cement two factions -- and Julie is running it almost single-handed. Just how her sober husband show a new side; how her sixteen year old son turns his first heartbreak to good advantage; how young Pete and Babe do their share of celebrating- and how a secret romance finds fulfillment combine in a heart-warming story.