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ASIN B077L98DRG moved to this edition. From the author of the heartwarming novels "Growing Season" and "Harvest Season" comes this old-fashioned story of family and faith to brighten your holidays! The toy train in the catalog was everything two young boys could ask for: colorful, shiny, and the perfect vehicle for their wild imaginations. But was it meant to be theirs? As ASIN B077L98DRG moved to this edition. From the author of the heartwarming novels "Growing Season" and "Harvest Season" comes this old-fashioned story of family and faith to brighten your holidays! The toy train in the catalog was everything two young boys could ask for: colorful, shiny, and the perfect vehicle for their wild imaginations. But was it meant to be theirs? As the Great Depression's shadows deepen over the Midwest, Horace and Wilbur start to worry that Santa might not stop at their farm. But with a little faith and their parents’ love, the boys just might discover the true spirit of Christmas. (Approx. 12,000 words) And there's more: At the end of the story, you'll discover three holiday recipes handed down in the author's family.


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ASIN B077L98DRG moved to this edition. From the author of the heartwarming novels "Growing Season" and "Harvest Season" comes this old-fashioned story of family and faith to brighten your holidays! The toy train in the catalog was everything two young boys could ask for: colorful, shiny, and the perfect vehicle for their wild imaginations. But was it meant to be theirs? As ASIN B077L98DRG moved to this edition. From the author of the heartwarming novels "Growing Season" and "Harvest Season" comes this old-fashioned story of family and faith to brighten your holidays! The toy train in the catalog was everything two young boys could ask for: colorful, shiny, and the perfect vehicle for their wild imaginations. But was it meant to be theirs? As the Great Depression's shadows deepen over the Midwest, Horace and Wilbur start to worry that Santa might not stop at their farm. But with a little faith and their parents’ love, the boys just might discover the true spirit of Christmas. (Approx. 12,000 words) And there's more: At the end of the story, you'll discover three holiday recipes handed down in the author's family.

30 review for A Tin Train Christmas: (short fiction)

  1. 4 out of 5

    Melanie Lageschulte

    Terribly biased, of course, since I wrote this. Hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it. And try the recipes at the end!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Kathi Gosz

    For someone whose parents lived in the depression years and heard their stories, this was a novella that spoke to my heart and that I recommend for anyone who is too young to understand that this time in our US history brought out the best in many people. Although this is a short book, it said everything I had hoped it would. I think I will read it every Christmas.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Linda

    I loved this story about a struggling family during Christmas in 1933. It was a wonderful story about love. I especially liked how Wilbur, the older brother protected his younger brother Horace from learning about Santa's nonexistence and spoiling his Chirstmas. I would definitely recommend this book. I loved this story about a struggling family during Christmas in 1933. It was a wonderful story about love. I especially liked how Wilbur, the older brother protected his younger brother Horace from learning about Santa's nonexistence and spoiling his Chirstmas. I would definitely recommend this book.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Michelle

    Incredibly beautiful story This may be short fiction but it's long on Christmas cheer! The characters come to life and you can almost put yourself into the scenes. I hope Lageschulte writes more Christmas stories like this. Incredibly beautiful story This may be short fiction but it's long on Christmas cheer! The characters come to life and you can almost put yourself into the scenes. I hope Lageschulte writes more Christmas stories like this.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Sally Miller

    Holiday season A fun quick read that reminds us of the reasons for the season. Christ, family, neighbors, hard work and above all service to our fellow man. Loved sitting by the fire in a warm home reading this book this cold evening.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Abigail Ford

    A lovely story about family, Faith and thankfulness at Christmas What a delightful story. It was sweet and adorable. Warmed your soul while not being cheesy at all. I enjoyed it very much, it was so sweet. A great, quick Christmas read that I would certainly recommend.

  7. 5 out of 5

    C

    Everywhere All the Time What a beautiful Christmas story that brings the past right into the present. It is a very refreshing book to read.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Sharon

    Great read! Very cozy story. Characters came to life. I highly recommend. I remember the cold winter weather in 1960’s Illinois. This book had a way of taking me back.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Angie

    Very sweet story for the Christmas season that would make an excellent family read-aloud. This book would definitely fit the description of “good and beautiful.” I wouldn’t mind reading more from this author.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Donna

    A beautiful story for Christmas Love is powerful and this story is full of love. During the trying times when money is short, miracles do happen.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Connie Huddleston

    Suitable for older middle-grade readers to adult, Lageschulte’s short story will fill you heart with Christmas spirit and remind us all that some have so little but can find a way to share. This was my first book by Lageschulte but I’ll be back for more in the new year.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Windi

    Sweet but seems focused on a younger sudience. Well hmmm. Sweet story but honestly nothing earth shattering here. The writing seemed a bit laborious ... conversations between characters seemed redundant rather than enlightening. I didn't enjoy it well enough to explore this authors other works. Sweet but seems focused on a younger sudience. Well hmmm. Sweet story but honestly nothing earth shattering here. The writing seemed a bit laborious ... conversations between characters seemed redundant rather than enlightening. I didn't enjoy it well enough to explore this authors other works.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Linda

    The Depression is still hitting people hard in 1932. Six year old Horace and 8 year old Wilbur know their parents are struggling but can't help but wish for a Tin Train Set from Santa Claus. While Wilbur knows the truth about Santa, Horace does not. Wilbur has been sworn to secrecy and tries to let his brother know that even Santa can't always deliver what we wish for. As some elderly neighbors join the family for Christmas dinner both Horace and Wilbur learn that miracles can happen. A very swee The Depression is still hitting people hard in 1932. Six year old Horace and 8 year old Wilbur know their parents are struggling but can't help but wish for a Tin Train Set from Santa Claus. While Wilbur knows the truth about Santa, Horace does not. Wilbur has been sworn to secrecy and tries to let his brother know that even Santa can't always deliver what we wish for. As some elderly neighbors join the family for Christmas dinner both Horace and Wilbur learn that miracles can happen. A very sweet Christmas story.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Tom Golding

    A nice Christmas read. Seemed true to ACM earlier life in Iowa, though just a little earlier than my time. A very nice story.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Janet Friesner

    Lovely novella Touched my heart as I was born in 1931, youngest of seven children. We lived in the city and my dad worked, but times were hard but mom made it all work. God is good.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Quentin Wallace

    The perfect Christmas read. This story could turn into a true classic. The author did a great job of crafting a world and characters the readers actually care about in the course of a short story. That is not at all an easy feat. It's a Christmas tale set during the depression in rural Iowa. From what I understand the setting and some of the characters from a novel series, but you need no prior knowledge of that to enjoy this story. It works great as a standalone. The author did a fantastic job o The perfect Christmas read. This story could turn into a true classic. The author did a great job of crafting a world and characters the readers actually care about in the course of a short story. That is not at all an easy feat. It's a Christmas tale set during the depression in rural Iowa. From what I understand the setting and some of the characters from a novel series, but you need no prior knowledge of that to enjoy this story. It works great as a standalone. The author did a fantastic job of portraying life on a farm during the Great Depression and also showing the true meaning of Christmas Spirit. I don't want to go too deep and get into spoiler territory, but if you enjoy classic style Christmas tales you need to check this one out. Highly recommended.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Dale

    Joyful Heartwarming festive season short story that visits the past, creating nostalgia for simpler times, to share the true spirit of Christmas.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Dyan Nees

    A joy to read. I loved this story. It was so sweet how the boys took card of each other during a time when there was not any money for Christmas. From what my parents and grandparents said it was right on.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Linda Hansen

    Loved this book. The brothers return for the Christmas holidays! It takes place at a time so many families were having bad times. All seemed to be short on on income and living from one day to the next. But dreams do come true in many mysterious ways. Will bring tears!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Darla Lynn James

    Nice little story! I wanted to read this book after Growing Season so I could know a little more about Wilbur and Horace. Although this story is short, it was just enough! On to the next book!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Darla James

    Nice little story!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Marilyn Geary

    A delightful little book Another little gem in the series. Nothing complex, just a nice tale of real people. Enjoyed hearing more about Horace. This time, as a child. Recommend.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Gen Keywood

    Sweet, old fashioned short story

  24. 5 out of 5

    Cindy Lea

    I loved this little story of a Christmas almost lost set in a time in history I love.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Susan Simmons

    Nice story for Christmas Enjoyed the story about people living in a difficult period of time and enjoying what they have. They live their faith, love their families and neighbors. Short but sweet.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Alice

    Three recipes. This is a quick read with a heartwarming story.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Candy Mayer

    A nice Christmas story!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Christine Hunter

    I'm not usually one for short stories. I either want them over or I want them to continue. But this one is different. We're going back in time to when Horace and Wilbur are just kids during the depression and it just felt real. You can feel the disappointment of the kids and the discouragement of the parents. But you can also feel the sincerity when they offer what little they have, when they give from the heart. It was an excellent story. I'm not usually one for short stories. I either want them over or I want them to continue. But this one is different. We're going back in time to when Horace and Wilbur are just kids during the depression and it just felt real. You can feel the disappointment of the kids and the discouragement of the parents. But you can also feel the sincerity when they offer what little they have, when they give from the heart. It was an excellent story.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Ella Mueggenberg

    A heart warming short story about Christmas wishes Currently residing in rural Iowa it was easy to picture the cold winter weather. Also, growing up on a farm in Northwestern Kansas, the simple festivities during the Christmas season helped me visualize the story the author presented in this story. Christmas is about celebrating love and hope with family.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Donna Peake

    Christmas during the Depression. This story tugs at the heartstrings. I will read this book again next year, it was that good.

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