Fiction Studio Books e-book

ISBN: 978-1-936558-76-6

Publication date: November 18, 2014

128 pages

A joyous and deeply emotional collection of three unforgettable Christmas novellas.

With a series of #1 bestsellers like TWELVE MONTHS, THE ROCKIN' CHAIR and PRESSED PENNIES, Steven Manchester has established himself as one of the premier voices of moving and heartfelt fiction. Now, he collects his three unforgettable Christmas novellas in one volume. 

The Thursday Night Club: Five college friends, three men and two women, have been getting together every Thursday night to share humble meals and an abundance of laughter. But for Christmas this year, they have decided to embark on a contest. The objective of the contest is simple: whoever performs the kindest deed by Christmas night wins the pot – four quarters. And there are only two conditions: the benevolent deed must be anonymous, and it cannot cost a single penny to pull off. As the four friends undertake the contest, they become inspired beyond their expectations. There might be a winner in this competition, but it is very clear there will be no losers.

A Christmas Wish: Steph is on a search for truth in her heart as she faces the prospect of real love for the first time. Brian is out to enjoy his favorite season in a way that doctors never thought he could. And at the center of it all is their grandmother, affectionately known as Mama, a woman of remarkable commitment and charity who knows something very important about making Christmas wishes come true.

The Tin-Foil Manger: Published in this volume for the first time, this is the story of Nancy, an elderly woman with little to live for and Jeanne, the caretaker who wants to believe that Nancy has more to live for. Together, they embark on a journey to the past – a past of modest Christmases, tin-foil mangers, and abundant love – to rediscover the time when Nancy felt truly alive. Nancy's memories and how they touch Jeanne, will turn this Christmas into one for the ages.

Rich with emotion and profound with meaning, these three stories of Christmas spirit that will strike a chord in your heart any time of year and make you look at the holiday season in new ways.


The Thursday Night Club and Other Stories of Christmas Spirit 

Steven Manchester

“I felt like I wanted to curl up near the steamer trunk, cover myself with one of grandmother’s colourful crocheted Afghans, and settle into my own Thursday Night Club.”

– Jaffareadstoo

“If you read one book this Christmas season than it should be The Thursday Night Club by Steven Manchester. It epitomizes the magic that Christmas brings. In this season of giving. Steven Manchester has given us something to cherish and live by.”

– Single Titles

“Not only a perfect holiday read but also one for every day of the year and years to follow. A great read, may it inspire others to live a life with ‘purpose.’"

– Crystal Book Reviews


“A beautiful masterpiece.”
– Hinovelty’s Blog

“A classic Steven Manchester tale, perfect to be shared or savoured, slowly.”
– Life’s Simple Pleasures


“I’ve never read a book by Steven Manchester that I didn’t thoroughly enjoy, but I think this story touched me the most.”
– Sunny Island Breezes


“Heart-warming, charming and gives you so much more than a short and sweet story, it is the real meaning behind the Christmas spirit, to love one another in ways that people could never repay, but in hopes that they will pay it forward in their own way.”
– Reviews from the Heart

“As with all of Manchester’s work, this novella packs a lot of caring, sharing, love, friendship, and growth. Writing stories that come from and are directed right at the heart, Manchester always makes me smile.”
– Read, Run, Ramble

“Again Steven Manchester has written a beautiful story, its message of what giving selflessly truly means.”
– Literarily Illumined

“This is a perfect Christmas/winter book for those who enjoy feeling their hearts grow warm and to those who want to feel like a Christmas miracle is about to hit them.”
– Nothing But Love

“This is a short read but the author has certainly packed an awful lot into it, and I honestly think it's one of the best short reads I've actually read.”
– Bookalicious

“What a great story and beautifully written.”
– Seaside Book Nook

“This story is a hands down winner that you can read in one sitting.”
– Reading Authors

"Steven Manchester has a gift for expressing through his writing the complicated and transcendent beauty of the human experience with poignant clarity," says Yolanda King, eldest daughter of Dr. Martin Luther King. "Steven Manchester writes about life as it really is and really could be," adds Crystal Book Reviews. Steven Manchester’s work has appeared on NBC’s Today Show, CBS’s The Early Show, CNN’s American Morning and BET’s Nightly News. Recently, three of Manchester’s short stories were selected “101 Best” for the Chicken Soup for the Soul series. Manchester writes deeply moving, intensely relatable novels that readers tend to remember and discuss for a long time.