"Thomas J. Davis writes about the spirit of home and family with simple elegance."
Thomas J. Davis is author of the award-winning novel The Christmas Quilt. Published in 2000 by Rutledge Hill Press, the book has been a selection in the Doubleday Book Club, Crossings Book Club, and Stage and Screen Book Club. It has been published in a special "Sam's Club" edition, and it has appeared in mass-market edition from Steeple Hill. The Evansville Courier and Press enthused that the book is a "fictional jewel," and BookPage declared that the novel "glistens with the wisdom of childhood." Set in 1942 in the north Georgia mountains, the book celebrates the hope and love a grandson learns as he watches his dying grandmother make a Christmas quilt for a son who's been too long gone. As the Knoxville News Sentinal said in a glowing review, "This is one great read at Christmas or anytime of the year." The Christmas Quilt has been a favorite of local book clubs around the country, and it has had such a profound effect on some that it has been included in readings for Christmas Eve church services as well as having been read in tribute to grandmothers who have passed away. No wonder that Philip Gulley, author of the beloved "Harmony" series, has said that The Christmas Quilt "touches the heart and stirs the soul."
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Thomas J. Davis's sequel to the Christmas Quilt is titled The Aluminum Christmas Tree. Readers will enjoy visiting again with the people of Smoky Hollow, whom they came to love in The Christmas Quilt. The Aluminum Christmas Tree was chosen by Ingram Book Company, the world's largest book distributor, as a Premier Pick, raving, "The Aluminum Christmas Tree is more than nostalgia. It touches the soul and feeds the senses.... Read The Aluminum Christmas Tree. It is a beautiful story for any time of the year." The book has been highlighted by Marta Salij of the Detroit Free Press as one of the twelve best holiday books of the year for 2005. Likewise, Dennie Hall of the Oklahoma City Oklahoman chose The Aluminum Christmas Tree as one of twelve Christmas books that would best help a person catch the holiday spirit. It has also appeared as a mass-market paperback from Steeple Hill.