Review: The Christmas Angel by Jane Maas + A delicious cookie recipe

Title: The Christmas Angel
Author: Jane Mass
Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books
Published: November 19, 2013
Hardcover, 173 pages
ISBN: 978-1-250-03757-2
Genre: Holiday, Fiction
Source: Publisher

Goodreads Summary:
In 1875, Owen Thomas, a poor Welsh coal miner, falls in love with a beautiful London actress, Jessica Lavery. He builds her a cottage in his village, and enchants her with the promise of the holidays they’ll share after they marry. According to his special Thomas family tradition, the Christmas tree must always be outside, where it can look up to God. Owen carves her an angel to go on top of their tree, with lavender eyes like hers, a token more meaningful to her than any engagement ring. When Jessica breaks off their romance, Owen, broken-hearted, wraps the angel in his mother’s shawl and brings her to America. There, she looks down over five generations, witnessing peace and war, triumphs and tragedies, reminding all who see her that Christmas is the time when families and sweethearts can come together, laughter and goodwill can lighten even the heaviest burden, and magic fills the earth. Jane Maas' book is a story of faith and love. And of the miracle that brought the angel home again. 

My thoughts:
Get ready for the warm and fuzzies. The Christmas Angel by Jane Maas is an
incredible, heartwarming book that will soon become one of your holiday favorites. It follows a hand-carved Christmas Angel from generation to generation in the Thomas family. Through good times and bad, through heartache and triumph. 

I loved how the story is told through journal entries, letters, flash backs, and narrative. It made if feel real as if I were reading someone's diary. I experienced so many emotions while reading this book. And the ending, oh, the ending, made me want to weep with joy. I loved that you got a glimpse into the lives of the Thomas family. I only wish this book was a bit longer so that I could learn more about the characters. However it didn't take long for me to fall in love with the characters, so I guess the length is perfect. This is a book I will read time and time again. Especially around the holidays. I enjoyed reading every page.

My rating:

Confession time: I'm not an avid baker. When it came time to come up with a cookie recipe I froze. I have cookie recipes, but they all seemed bland, boring, and overdone. So I reached out to a friend who makes these delicious cookies. I was all set to give her the credit for this delicious recipe when I inadvertently found out that it was the same recipe on the back of the Hershey Kiss bag. Well played, Becky. Well played. 

Anyway here's the recipe:
peanut butter / Hershey kiss cookies:
1 3/4 cup flour
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 cup Crisco
1/2 cup peanut butter
1 egg
2 tbsp. milk
1 tsp. vanilla
Hershey Kisses

Blend all ingredients well (I use a mixer, but the dough will get sticky.) Roll the dough into balls (about 1 inch across), then roll in white sugar and place on ungreased cookie sheet. Bake at 375 for 8-10 minutes, and immediately top with Hershey kisses when they come out of the oven.
Allow to cool until the kisses harden (they'll melt but keep their shape, so be careful not to touch them!) I usually let them sit overnight. This makes about 4 dozen cookies.

The recipe is really easy to follow. The hardest part is that the dough is really sticky and it gets a little hard to stir. This is a great recipe to do with kids. Once the dough is ready, the little ones will have fun rolling it into balls. Also depending on the size of the balls you may not get 4 dozen cookies.

Be sure to check out these other tour stops for more about The Christmas Angel and some yummy cookie recipes!

December 1- Emmy Neal
December 2- Read For Your Future
December 3- The Hiding Spot
December 4- The Bookish Daydreamer
December 5- Literally Jen
December 6- To Read or Not To Read
December 7- Reading Nook Reviews
December 8- A Bookworm's World

And here's another recipe from St. Martin's Press.


  1. Fantastic review! ANNNNNND my boyfriend (and co-blogger) wanted me to tell you that he consumed all of the cookies in one evening. :P They were delicious, thank you!! :)

    1. Thanks! I'm so glad that he enjoyed them. I hope he saved you some too!

  2. This is one of my favorite cookies! Good choice. :-)


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