AN IRISH CHRISTMAS is a well crafted story of family secrets and internal struggles that challenge the human spirit. The cast is a strong ensemble; the characters are realistic and full of human flaws. Colleen and Jamie are so genuine they feel remarkably like family. I was soon captured by Colleen's fears of losing her son to his music and the military, her fears of being alone and her life spinning out of control. Devoting herself as a wife and mother for so many years, she has lost touch with who Colleen is and the journey to finding her identity is a poignant one. Jamie's bid for independence is a vivid reminder to all parents that children make decisions we often don't agree with. His journey toward adulthood is realistically presented and endeared me to his character all the more. Melody Carlson has penned a good solid story that will capture the hearts of many this holiday season.