ONE RED ROSE FOR CHRISTMAS by Paul Horgan

ONE RED ROSE FOR CHRISTMAS

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KIRKUS REVIEW

An unpretentious miracle tale will make an apropos Christmas gift for the theme is love and acceptance. Mother Superior Seraphim, along with the other sisters, has never been able to feel warmly toward unattractive and unpleasing little Kathie and her coolness has grown with her suspicions that Kathie may have set the fire that burned Mount St. Catherine's Home for Girls, a fire which caused the death of the Reverend Mother's twin sister, St. Anne. With the tremendous details of Christmas planning and the Bishop's visit, the Reverend Mother asks for a sign -- one red rose -- to release her from her grieving, to prove St. Anne is in eternal happiness. And when it is the deplored Kathie who brings her the token and investigations prove the deed was not of human origin, she gets her answer from the Bishop. ""..it is the instant of love, the small separate act, with which we must begin"" and makes her beginning with Kathie. Gentle, calm, this has a serenity in, and to, its message.

Publisher: Longmans, Green