Thomas Kinkade emphasized simple pleasures and inspirational messages through his art. Thom believed that both the ability and inspiration to create his paintings had been given to him as a gift. His goal as an artist was to touch people of all faiths and to bring peace and joy into their lives through the images he created. Kinkade was the creator of both the Angels Island and the Cape Light series.
Katherine Spencer was a fiction editor before turning to a full-time career as a writer. The author of more than thirty books, she also writes the Inn at Angel Island series, as well as the Black Sheep Knitting Mysteries under her real name, Anne Canadeo. She lives with her husband and daughter in a small village on the Long Island Sound. Outside of her office, she is active in many community charity projects.
In the little town of Cape Light, Reverend Ben Lewis reflects on Christmas pastwhile his beloved daughter, Rachel, looks to the future.
A box of old photographs sparks long forgotten memories for Reverend Ben, images of himself when he was a young minister, a newcomer to Cape Light and his congregation. He remembers the very first Christmas at his new church, when nothing turned out as he expected. A prominent church member and benefactor, Oliver Warwick, stood accused of a serious crime, and the entire town and congregation were quickly torn apart. Ben knew that he must carry the banner of God’s love and mercy into the fray, all the while struggling to win his church’s confidence and respect and prove to allincluding himselfthat he was worthy of his calling as a minister.
As her father looks back, Rachel Anderson looks to the future, trying to imagine a life without her beloved husband, Jack. But then, single-dad Ryan Cooper appears on her doorstep like an unexpected package. Her son’s basketball coach is just the man Rachel needs to shake up her world and show her there’s such a thing as focusingand frettingtoo much. Ryan’s gentleness, charm, and understanding are a convincing combination, and Rachel soon finds herself imagining a new world filled with hope and love. But deep loss and old fears are not so easily dispelled, and Christmas brings Rachel a serious choice: cling to a past filled with comforting memories, or reach for a future of bright possibilities.