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From the bestselling author of Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm!Settle in for a heartwarming Christmas in Beulah, New Hampshire, where one special Christmas card has the power to unite the town in the spirit of the season, as two wayward sons find their way home and a lonely young mother’s prayers are answered.Sprinkled with colorful characters and Kate Douglas Wiggin’s signaturFrom the bestselling author of Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm!Settle in for a heartwarming Christmas in Beulah, New Hampshire, where one special Christmas card has the power to unite the town in the spirit of the season, as two wayward sons find their way home and a lonely young mother’s prayers are answered.Sprinkled with colorful characters and Kate Douglas Wiggin’s signature charm and wit, The Romance of a Christmas Card is a vintage holiday treat!Bonus Content: Original Illustrations and New Chapter Artwork, Glossary, "Das Krist Kindel"Legacy Vintage Collection Enhanced Edition eBooks have been professionally edited and professionally formatted for your favorite e-reader! Visit us @ The Vintage Reader...

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ISBN : 9780988462311
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Number of Pages : 58 Pages
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The Romance of a Christmas Card Reviews

  • Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
    2019-03-17 09:33

    I came across this 1916 Christmas-themed novella while on the search for online short stories about Christmas and the holidays, for the Retro Reads December group read.Highly recommended if you like sentimental, nostalgic stories about bygone days, but it has a few fun sprinkles of spice along with its sweetness. The Romance of a Christmas Card involves a spirited minister's wife with a penchant for writing poems and painting pictures, which she decides to turn into a little extra cash (her correspondence with the manufacturer of the greeting card company is hilarious!), a couple of wayward young men who left town three or four years ago and are estranged from their families, and a selfless sister who's taken care of her brother's motherless twins since the day they were born (he's one of the aforesaid young men). Top it off with a dollop of small town gossip, affection and occasional cattiness.The ending was a bit too abrupt - I really needed a couple more scenes for closure, even though it's perfectly clear what's going to happen - and I wanted to slap some sense into the martyr sister and her irresponsible brother. But overall I really enjoyed it, in a nostalgic turn of the century kind of way.Free online here at (it' s also on Project Gutenberg, where you can download it). There are some sweet, old-fashioned illustrations for the story on both sites.And yes, I'm going to recommend it to the Retro Reads group. :)

  • QNPoohBear
    2019-03-01 09:43

    In Beulah, New Hampshire, one Christmas Eve, Reba Larabee, the minister's wife, is struck with inspiration seeing her friend Letty sitting by an open window keeping watch over her twin nephews. Reba intends to draw a picture of Letty's quaint sitting room and sell it to a greeting card company. Letty has been burdened with the care of one family member after another for most of her life. For the last three years she has had the care of her wayward brother David's twin babies. Unwanted and unloved by their father, Letty does her best but she wishes David would show some interest in his own sons. As the months change and Christmas rolls around again, surprises are in store for the good folks of Beulah.This is a sweet Christmas tale very similar in vein to Lucy Maud Montgomery and Louisa May Alcott's children's stories. This one is an adult story, told from the perspective of adults, but with all the wholesomeness of the children's stories. It's a little less preachy than children's stories but still tells the tale of the prodigal son. The plot is predictable except the story ended sooner than I wanted it to.I really liked Reba. She seems to have shaken up the town a bit with her energy and liveliness. She and her husband have such a sweet, loving relationship. I felt bad for Letty. She never has an opportunity to be selfish or do anything for herself. The townspeople are amusing for all their narrow-mindedness. They're very much flatter versions of Lucy Maud Montgomery's staunch Presbyterian Prince Edward Islanders. The illustrations are beautiful. This edition has a couple of lovely color plates in addition to black and white drawings. The cover image is important to the story.If you like Victorian moral tales, you will probably enjoy this one too.

  • Amber
    2019-03-21 06:45

    This was a great story about a minister's wife who made two Christmas cards that brought her son and her friend's brother home for Christmas in this great tale of forgiveness.

  • Colleen Turner
    2019-03-05 10:34

    The Romance of a Christmas Card is a quick, sweet holiday read that makes it hard for the reader not to feel festive and appreciative for all the gifts in their life. Taking the reader to a tiny village in New Hampshire sometime in the early 1900s, this story is one of forgiveness, redemption and a powerful kind of love that makes anything, including a popular Christmas card, seem magical.Reba, the minister's wife in Beulah, New Hampshire, was a model of cheerfulness. After seeing a beautific view of her friend sitting before her front window, candle burning and door open, seeming to wait for someone one lonely Christmas Eve, she decides to make a Christmas card using the image and send it off for publication. After another Christmas card - this one of the front of the same house and poetically talking about the folks back at home - is published they both serve to bring two wayward son's of the village home, both seeking redemption for the wrongs they have done and both finding forgiveness and love waiting for them where they left it.This short story is very endearing but, for me, the true measure of a great short story is when I leave it wanting more. More from the characters or setting or something. After reading this story I feel it ended well and I don't necessarily feel like I need any more. The characters aren't ones I will miss now that I finished reading about them, although I have to say that it was enjoyable reading this short snippet into a small, religious village blanketed in wintery wonder. The beautiful illustrations definitely added to the whimsical, old time feel, something you don't often find in books nowadays. It thoroughly put me in the giving, festive mood of the holidays, which is always a good thing.

  • Victoria Minks
    2019-03-18 13:39

    Aw so sweet! I loved the parallel story lines of Dick and David, and the pastor's wife reminded me so much of myself that it was awesome reading it!

  • Kathryn
    2019-03-14 12:35

    This was such a fun twist on a Christmas story. It's a short little story yet great fun to read.

  • Elisabeth
    2019-03-08 13:37

    This Christmas story is the very definition of 'heartwarming' and 'touching.' If you're easily affected by the books you read, you'll certainly get a lump in your throat reading this one. Lonely Letty Boynton, who has sacrificed her own happiness and a chance at love in order to care for her wayward brother's motherless children, unwittingly provides warm-hearted minister's wife Reba Larrabee with inspiration for a Christmas-card illustration she is working on. The minister has his own troubles—a son who quarreled with him and left home several years before. But Reba's Christmas cards eventually fall into just the right hands to bring unexpected happiness back to both families. Like the best of Wiggin's work, The Romance of a Christmas Card brims with honest sentiment and feeling, with a sparkle of cheerful humor to lighten it at the right moments. A real short gem of a Christmas tale!(Although The Romance of a Christmas Card takes place in a village named Beulah, as in Wiggin's Mother Carey's Chickens, and some of the supporting characters from that book (notable the Pophams) appear, in this story the village is in New Hampshire, not Maine, and there is no other real connection between the stories.)

  • Sylvester
    2019-03-27 08:22

    I wanted to read something Christmasy and this definitely filled the bill. It wasn't terrible, but it was too sweet for my taste. I'll take a little grit and gore, or even swash and buckle with my syrup, please!

  • Maureen E
    2019-03-03 13:19

    a sweet but fairly forgettable Christmas story from the author of Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm.

  • Masina
    2019-03-01 08:46

    This is a quick read .. I gave it a four even though it really isn't my type of book.Does all this goodness in people really exist ? Bah hum bug !

  • Marci
    2019-02-24 06:25

    My best friend sent me this old book, published in 1916. Old books have a feel to them that paperbacks can't match and that are very different from ebooks. It's the aroma and feel of old pages, the beauty of gold on cloth boards. I don't know. I love old books.Well, this is a very sweet Christmas story about a New Hampshire minister's wife named Reba Larrabee who finds inspiration in the view of her neighbor Letty at her window, so Reba paints and sells the idea to a Christmas card company. She paints another card that is even more popular, and together the two cards effect changes in the lives of several people connected with the town in positive ways. It's heartwarming and inspirational. You never know the effect you may have on someone else by a small and simple action that's motivated by good intentions.

  • Cindy Pillatzki
    2019-03-05 09:28

    HeartwarmingA tale of young rebellion and Christmas time reunion to warm the heart. God works his wonders throughout the years.

  • Jo Ann
    2019-03-17 09:35

    This is a short, sweet, Christmas novella that is perfect for a holiday evening at home! I was so surprised to find it in Goodreads since it was published in 1916.

  • Emily Brown
    2019-03-26 11:22

    Sweet story!

  • Melissa Jensen
    2019-03-01 13:40

    Good 👍 but not great!It was okay. Not what I expected. I wasn't able to really follow and enjoy the story like I thought I would!

  • Juergen John Roscher
    2019-03-26 14:34

    I read this short Christmas story, “The Romance of a Christmas Card” by Kate Douglas Wiggins because I read another Christmas story by the author, “The Bird’s Christmas Carol”, which I enjoyed. I think Wiggins is a good, entertaining author from a more principled and conservative era (early 20th century), whose stories depict an old fashion lifestyle that most have no experience with in this crazy, modern world. Moreover, she shares a good Christmas message in her stories.This short Christmas story takes place in a small town in New Hampshire where a preacher’s wife has created Christmas cards, verse and drawings, of scenes in the small town that she sells to a major Christmas card vendor. The Christmas cards are noticed by two former residents of the town, the preacher’s son and his friend during his youth, who had left because their youthful indiscretions were not approved by some in the small community. After seeing the Christmas cards both men were inspired to return home for Christmas. They met on the train going to the small town after not seeing each other for years. Both described the power the Christmas cards had on them and their desire to return and see family. The story concludes with the acceptance of families and friends of the two prodigal sons. I liked that this was a story of redemption for the wayward preacher’s son and his rebellious friend. The story illustrates the power of the Christmas, whether through cards or just the season, both of the men returned to the small town of their youth to make amends with family and friends for the problems they caused when they were younger. I enjoyed the depiction of a small community during Christmas with friendships, petty quarrels, helping each other with children, checking up on others, and a Christmas pageants in the small local church. This story reminded me of my youth in a small town and the joy that each Christmas season brought to me and people of the community.I recommend this short story to those who want a good old fashion Christmas story of redemption and forgiveness. Also, to those who want a Christmas story of a bygone era for most people; when small communities with neighborly relationships and squabbles but a general feeling of belonging and inclusion was the norm.

  • Gale
    2019-03-21 07:40

    THE FOLKS BACK HOME....Two households in a quaint New Hampshire village experience yuletide joy in the 1880's when the handmade Christmas cards of the minister's wife are published and circulated nationally. This simple tale of family loss will probalby not appeal to gradeschool children, since the main characters are all adults. This slender book spirits us gently back to a simpler time, when two village prodigals have been gone for three years, leaving gossip and grief behind--not to mention a minister sorrowing over his rogue son and a sister with orphan twins to raise. This is a quiet, short read for a snowy evening. Makes us wonder what it is about a Christmas card which we find attractive enough to buy and send--the verse or the picture. Someone had to design it, thus sharing a little bit of his/her own heart. Perfect to read aloud on a snowy evening... (December 8, 2012. I welcome dialgoue with teachers.)

  • Lori
    2019-03-01 12:25

    What a charming way to begin my Christmas reading this year! I had not read anything by Kate Douglas Wiggin before, but I will be reading more in the future. The entire story was like a Christmas card; sweet, sentimental, lovely, happily ever after. The parson's wife has always loved writing verse and drawing pictures. She combines the two and sends them off to a stationery publisher. Two of her cards are accepted and shipped around the country for sale. They are seen by former residents of her small town and are reminders of what is true and good.My door is on the latch tonight. The hearth fire is aglow.I seem to hear swift passing feet- The Christ-Child in the snow.My heart is open wide tonight For stranger, kith or kin.I would not bar a single door Where love might enter in.

  • Yolanda
    2019-03-05 06:47

    I loved this little book -it checked all the boxes for a Christmas read. It was like watching a feel good Christmas film with a weepy ending! I loved it so much I am going to read it again but this time I will savour every morsel.Loved this:-'You were born courageous Reba' said LettyMy blood circulates freely; that helps me a lot. Everybody's blood circulates in Racine, Wisconsin.Yours, here abouts, freezes up in your 6 months of cold weather and when it begins to thaw out the snow is ready to fall again'and the account of why Mrs Popham was like she was by her husband'Maria ain't hardly to blame, parson. She come from a gloomy stock. The Ladds was all gloomy, root and branch'Brilliant! Do read it January 2013 - even though Christmas is over - I keep thinking about this book and would even call it a little gem of a book - you should read it next year!

  • Maria
    2019-03-07 11:19

    I read this off of FreeBooks because it took place in December, but there are so many [Illustration Here] in the text that I'm itching to hunt up the illustrated version.Even if this was a short story, it had quite a few chapters. Despite the fact that it was short, I fell in love with Reba and Letty, and could appreciate David and Dick's choices.The idea is so lovely, and I half-wish this book had been longer— I could have gotten to know them all so much better had the book lasted longer! But it didn't unfortunately, and I have to be content with just a glimpse into Beulah and its inhabitants.I'll definitely be looking up more of Kate Douglas Wiggin's work, that's for sure.

  • Theresa
    2019-02-28 12:31

    What a sweet story of coming home again. Coming home after a long absence at Christmas.Two boys who were best friends abandoned their home town for very different reasons. One of them abandoning his twin babies and heaping them on his sister to raise. Such a sad life she lead.The wife of the preacher, who also happens to be the step mother of one of the boys creates two different Christmas cards and purely by chance each of the boys sees one of them. Instantly they head for home, and hopefully forgiveness.I would have liked more of an ending, but it did leave it up to your imagination which was sweet too.

  • Legacy Romance
    2019-03-05 07:26

    New Release just in time for a vintage Christmas! Originally published in 1916, The Romance of a Christmas Card is the perfect blend of humor and eloquence--just what you've come to expect from Kate Douglas Wiggin. The Legacy Vintage Collection Enhanced Edition has been professionally edited and formatted for your favorite e-reader and features new artwork, a glossary, and a very special Christmas poem from James Whitcomb Riley.

  • Chris
    2019-03-21 13:42

    Surprisingly humorous and sweet story about the residents of a small New Hampshire village called Beulah in the 1880s. The pastor's wife designs Christmas cards which find their way into the hands of two people who left Beulah long ago and decide to come back home, looking for forgiveness and a fresh start.

  • Debra Torgerson
    2019-03-17 11:34

    An nice Christmas read.A nice read from long ago. I liked the style of writing and found humor in words used that mean other things now. I also see how some things have remained the same, like what causes people's choices to leave their home town and to return. A nice light read. I say give this book a try.

  • Melanie
    2019-03-17 08:41

    I've been in the mood for some Christmas stories. This one takes place in a small town in New Hampshire, and the ministers wife gets a Christmas card to be mass produced. In turn, it draws back two former residents that play a big part in the lives of the subject and artist of the card. It was a nice story, but has a long build up with a quick ending.

  • Debbie
    2019-03-25 09:27

    My first Christmas read of the season. I enjoyed this classic little novella by the author of Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm. Set in northeast the story of a parson's wife whose two published Christmas cards bring back two young men who left the town most or less in disgrace. They each come into possession of the cards and are drawn back to their town.

  • Kathleen
    2019-03-09 09:42

    This is a sweet, but not very memorable story. It also ended a chapter too soon, and I hate it when books do that! The setting is Beulah, Maine, so it features some of the same characters as Mother Carey's Chickens. I was disappointed the Careys didn't make a cameo appearance.

  • Elizabeth S
    2019-03-19 10:22

    Long for a short story, but short for a book. :) One of those simple and sweet tales that tells of repentance, forgiveness, and the blessing of giving even when you know there is no earthly reward. A nice magic to it, as well.

  • LiteraryChanteuse
    2019-03-06 06:47

    A very unique christmas story based around a small town and it's array of towns people. A christmas card painted of a scene from this town manages to bring it's former residents back and rekindle the love between them and their families. Heart warming and perfect for christmas! 3.5 stars

  • Alicia
    2019-03-23 08:48

    I have a very old, elegant, copy of this, that I read as a child, as did my father, and probably his mother. I like that the story is passed down and shared, giving us common ground and a shared message of love, hope, and forgiveness.