Synopsis: Emil Rice’s heart is in the right place – it’s just his hands that always seem to end up in someone else’s wallet. Facing yet another Christmas behind bars, he’s surprised when he’s offered a way out – community service at a mental health facility. Emil thinks it will be a piece of cake – but he hasn’t reckoned on two elderly inmates, who need Emil for a very special plan…
My review: This book was just adorable. A Las Vegas retelling of the story of Jesus complete with 2 wise women and one man plus a host of other characters identifiable as from the original story.
I loved all the characters. You can see the story arc a mile off in terms of Emil and his journey but the fun is how he gets there. I really enjoyed the arc of his probation officer Foster – that is probably the most heart warming part of the story and as much as I wondered how his arc would end I didn’t guess at all.
It’s humorous, it has delightful characters, it’s festive and it has a happy ending. After reading a ton of gritty dramas and detective stories it’s a lovely change of pace. What more could you ask for?
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