Winter's Gift is a love story of sorts. Published in 2004, this book was written and illustrated by Jane Monroe Donovan.
The story begins on Christmas Eve when a huge blizzard has hit the small town. An old man awakes with more aches and pains then normal. As he works to chop and gather wood, he thinks of Christmases past and misses his wife more than ever. She died in the spring. He thinks about how they would decorate the tree and his wife would say, "The star is the most important part of the tree. It's a symbol of hope, and no matter how bad things get, you should always have hope."
"But the old man didn't have hope anymore. This year there would be no Christmas tree, no Christmas star."
Nature has other plans for him because a wild horse is wandering in the blizzard, cold, alone, frightened, and ready to collapse.
This mare brings hope to the old farmer in this heartwarming story that shows that we can go forward even when we think all is lost.
Alysen, this book will make you cry. You've been warned, but read it anyway.