Ralf Günther was born in Cologne in 1967. He studied theatre, film and television studies. He is a novelist and writer of screenplays, and has developed TV programmes for ZDF and KiKa. He has written many successful historical novels, including the bestselling Der Leibarzt (Heyne, 2001). rororo has published his Christmas-themed books Ach du Föhliche (2011) and JesusmariaundJosef! (2013). Das Weihnachtsmarktwunder (2014) was published by Kindler. The author lives in Hamburg and Dresden.
A BOX FULL OF CHRISTMAS
Dresden in the year 1890: Vinzent Storch is the man behind the famous “Dresdner Pappen”, decorative paper figures that are immensely popular as Christmas tree decorations. On the day before Christmas Eve he is horrified to find a box that wasn’t delivered. He hurries to his carriage and heads towards Zinnwald to deliver the box in time for Christmas.
On his journey, a young girl wants to hitch a ride but Storch refuses. He doesn’t notice that Lisbeth secretly climbs on anyway. She only makes her presence known when Storch’s carriage is engulfed by a heavy snowstorm and he leaves the roadway. Lisbeth insists that she knows the way. If he is to reach his destination in time, he has no option but to trust her. As they make their way through the cold, Lisbeth tells Storch the tragic story of how she came to Dresden. His heart opens and these two sad souls become the best of friends.