The Christmas Truce, by Aaron Shepard, is a fictional letter based on events that happened during World War I between the German and the English soldiers. In the story, the soldier recounts the events that occurred on Christmas Eve in 1914, in a letter to his sister. What began with a few Christmas carols sang across enemy lines, turned into a brief cease fire. The story rings with authenticity and will draw children into the story. As a military family, my children were captivated by the soldier’s tale of peace and finding commonality in their enemy.
I enjoyed the author’s writing style. Though simple in its delivery, it contained an elegance that lent authenticity to its tone. The descriptions were vivid, and you could feel the emotions of the soldier. Also included is a note from the author that explains some of the myths and facts surrounding this true event.
I give this book full stars for its wonderful story, beautiful writing and message.
I was given a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.