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Reviewed by Jon Michael Miller for Readers' Favorite
In the preface of Mr. Dalton’s Christmas by Robert A. Valle, the author asks us if all the tales about Christmas are only legends. It’s as if his Christmas story is not. Hmm. Legends are time-honored tales, and Mr. Valle’s is new, so I suppose it does not qualify as a legend. However, it is a tale that promises to endure. The setting is New York at Christmas time, and the protagonists are two lonely people. Mr. Dalton is a former Broadway actor injured in a car accident that killed his wife and took him off the stage with an injured leg. He now works as a department manager at Macy’s, where he meets Maria, a kind-hearted associate who invites him for coffee, which he refuses. After ten years of refusals, he finally accepts his college friends’ invitation to meet them at a mountain retreat for Christmas. On the subway, a pleasant elderly gentleman tells Mr. Dalton the mountain is magical in the winter. He also gives him an important message.
The elderly gentleman leaves him with the message, pay attention to people you meet. When Mr. Dalton decides to go to the mountain lodge this Christmas, the real magic begins. Robert A. Valle has written as sweet a story as one can imagine, which is why I plan on adding his tale to our Christmas legends. The prose is effortless and lilting, containing tension and celebration. It is a lovely story that is perfect for enjoying around the Christmas tree. I loved every line and was eager to discover what magic loomed in the snow-covered mountain and its ski lodge. Everyone who loves Christmas should add the unforgettable Mr. Dalton’s Christmas by Robert A. Valle to their winter shopping list.