A terrible accident in a strange town leaves nine-year-old Michael Downing alone and his mother hospitalized in a coma. Social workers place him under the charge of two women--Harley-riding Samantha Porter and her spinster sister, Hannah Allen.
As they care for him, Michael visits his mother each day in the hospital, singing and reading to her, and his spirit touches the town in miraculous ways.
When his unloving grandparents try to take custody of young Michael, his local caregivers resist them in court and help to shape Michael's future in a series of events that climax on a wonderful, life-changing Christmas day.
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JoAnn Arnold has a life-long background in the arts. Born in Price, Utah, she grew up in the rural town of Huntington, Utah and attended North Emery High School. In high school she was involved in music and drama, and even won a "Superior" in state competition for one of her humorous readings.
When she and her husband married, she worked for Hercules Powder Company and the Salt Lake City Police Department until her husband graduated from college. Together, they raised four sons. After the youngest son started school, she went back to work part-time, as the Orangeville City Treasurer, a postition she filled for eighteen years.
She helped organize the Emery County Community Theatre and served as its chairman for 15 years. During that time she directed several musicals and had the lead in several others. She wrote two Children's Musicals for an elementary school, even sharing the role of songwriter for them. She's written several other plays and has written several children's books and ghostwritten two other books for another author.
Now that she and her husband have reached their retirement years, they live in Santa Clara, Utah. JoAnn sings in the Southern Utah Heritage Choir, and enjoys numerous hobbies. She says, "I love to paint. My favorite paintings are those that I do of my grandchildren. I have sold several of my paintings. I also enjoy pastel, colored pencil, and acrylic. I sew, quilt, crochet, knit, bottle, and bake. Canning and baking I do because I was taught the importance of it. The rest I do for fun. I love to restore old furniture and have some beautiful antiques. I collect dolls, miniature tea sets, and bells too."
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