Matt’s Christmas Angel by Mary Marvella

Mary Marvella is here with her Christmas Story Matt’s Christmas Angel. A Christmas Short Story previously published in A Stone Mountain Christmas Anthology.

A collection of Christmas stories ranging from romance, to fairies and superheroes, to people who need to believe again. Set in Stone Mountain, Georgia, these stories are filled with Southern-style tradition, love and the magic of Christmas.


Sleep captured Gwen in its gentle arms and eased her into her fondest memory. She was three years old and playing in her sandbox, the one mama said had been hers once upon a time. A child she’d never seen walked up to her sandbox and stood, staring at her.
     “You Gwen?” His face puckered up in a frown.
     Gwen nodded slowly. “Uh huh. Who are you?”
     The boy looked bigger than she was and real skinny. His glasses made him look like an owl. He carried a pail and a shovel. His light hair was short.
     “Matthew Henry Simmons,” he said. He must be serious about the long name, because he wasn’t smiling.
     “This is my sandbox. Wanna play?”
     “Sure.” He still didn’t smile.
 Gwen smiled when she thought about his red plastic bucket and shovel. She remembered the gentleness of five-year old Matt. He had been her playmate ever since. That Christmas he had told her about the Twelve Days of Christmas song he’d learned in kindergarten. He’d also taught her to count to one hundred.
Check out her other book:
When Brock, a wealthy lawyer in Atlanta, Georgia, loses a bet with his partners, he must take up the challenge to get a job in a Waffle House and work there after office hours in their law firm for a month.
By C.A. Szarek on December 28, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
Great Heartwarming Christmas story. Loved it. It was laugh out loud funny, too! I am curious about this law partners. Would love to see their stories as well.
By GAReader on January 2, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
This makes three guys look really good. Symbolic and heartwarming all over the place. I won’t spoil it for you, but if you’ve ever ordered diced, chopped, smothered and covered, you know who you are and what you like. Well done, Ms. Marvella. Write many more like this.  
Not a romance
The Christmas Promise

However, “The Christmas Promise: A Short Story” by Mary Marvella is so compelling I think it applies to any time of year.
Writing about domestic abuse is not an easy thing. If you have experienced it, it is a painful telling. If you have not experienced it, it can be difficult to relate to. Whatever Ms. Marvella’s personal story, her story of a woman’s abuse is powerful.
About the author:
Mary has been a storyteller for as long as she can remember.  She made up stories for the other children and created the details for their “play like” or “let’s pretend” games. Sometimes the details were so real they scared Mary.
Mary was born in Augusta, Georgia to two eighteen-year olds. She taught language arts for 15 years, perfect for her BA in English.  Her M.Ed in Counseling served her well during her years as a school counselor and as a teacher later.
Now she tutors, teaches writers, and edits. Her inner English teacher loves the editing part. Mary helped her husband photograph hundreds of weddings. Her daughter is her cover artist now. Danielle was raised in the photography business. She doesn’t read Mary’s books. Something about TMI.
Follow Mary Marvella on Twitter @mmarvellab

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