Well, Billy Coffey revives that sense of discovery, adventure, comfort, and warmth with his first book, Snow Day. (And lucky you, it is available today. Go ahead and order it. I'll wait here...)
His protagonist, Peter Boyd, is an easy to relate to likable man, who is both proud and humble at the same time. He sees the beauty in the people around him, and finds someone to learn from in every situation. I love how Billy Coffey interweaves the stories of various townspeople into the larger theme of Peter Boyd's search for and finding of purpose.
Snow Day is an excellent book to give away as a Christmas gift, and exceptional book to read any time of year. Allow Snow Day to melt your heart this year!