How would Mary, mother of Jesus, remember the events surrounding his birth? In this understated novella, Mary shares her reminiscences with Luke, the Greek physician who wrote the third Gospel. This is not meant to be her biography, but simply the nativity told from her point of view. No controversial insights into Mary’s character or Luke’s distract from the story at hand. The conflicts are comfortably familiar without unsettling surprises. Although there is little ongoing plot to propel the book forward, the gentle retelling of the Christmas story is enjoyable to read.