"a heartwarming story of faith, love, determination, and miracles"
In 1870, Martha Tinker stops in Hibbing, MN on her way to
the logging camp of Sawbill Landing. She has left Boston
after the death of her parents, and is going there to meet
her fiancÚ, a man she has only ever spoken to in letters.
When she arrives at the local rooming house, she meets Dr.
Byron Ferguson. The doctor is on his way to Sawbill
Landing to help with a mysterious illness that has
stricken the camp. Against Byrons better judgment, Martha
convinces him to let her travel to the camp. Upon
arriving, Martha discovers that her fiancÚ is among the
dead. She puts on a brave face and works alongside the
doctor to nurse the men back to health. As the men grow
stronger, so do her feelings for Byron. Martha feels
needed in the camp and decides to start her new life
there. Now she needs to convince Byron that they can make
a life there, together. With the help of a friend, she
prepares a majestic tree for a Christmas celebration. She
hopes to bring the gift of faith and hope to the
residents, who desperately need a Christmas miracle.
It is 2002, and the Ferguson family still resides in
Hibbing, MN. The family is in trouble, and is desperate
for a miracle. Seven-year-old Martha Ferguson is convinced
her parents are going to get a divorce. To make matters
worse her grandmother is in a nursing home unable to
speak, her grandfather is so unhappy; even her dog,
Scooter Doo, seems sad. Just when it seems all hope is
lost, she receives help from a most unlikely place. Does
Sawbill Landing have just one more miracle left after all
This is a heartwarming story of faith, love,
determination, and miracles. The characters will capture
your heart, and you will want to revisit them year after
year. Make this book your new Christmas tradition.
Review date: December 17, 2005
Reviewed by Dee Gentle
Posted November 6, 2006
In 1870, Martha Ferguson arrives in Hibbing, MN, intent on
joining the fiancÚ she believes is waiting at the logging
camp of Sawbill Landing. In Hibbing, she meets Dr. Byron
Ferguson, who has been called to deal with a fatal
epidemic. Devastation strikes when Martha finds her
betrothed among dozens of other corpses. Determined to
make the best of a poor situation, she aids with the
crisis and finds herself drawn to the good doctor. As
Christmas approaches, the entire camp needs a miracle.
It is Martha and a very special friend who led the
residents of Sawbill Landing to a special Christmas tree
and the truth that with faith they will find the power of
miracles and love.
Generations later, the Ferguson family, now living in
Hibbing, MN, is as desperately in need of a Christmas
miracle as the family has ever been. Martha, the youngest
member of the family, is sure her mother and father are
getting a divorce. Grandma Ferguson is in a nursing home,
where she has remained silent for months. Grandpa Ferguson
misses his wife so much he can't even see straight any
more, while the town's Jewish Santa still mourns the death
of his wife. Even the dog, Scooter-Doo, isn't herself! The
miracles begin when one by one the family members visit
Grandma and for the first time in months she speaks.
Can two lost hearts find their way back together? Can the
old tree still make miracles? Is it too late to save the
spirit of Christmas and the memories of miracles past?