October 15, 2014

Forever Christmas

“Don’t it always seem to go, that you don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone.” ~Joni Mitchell, Big Yellow Taxi

Forever Christmas is a magical holiday tale, reminiscent of Frank Capra’s It’s a Wonderful Life, and Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, where divine intervention makes second chances possible.

Andrew and Beth Farmer are childhood sweethearts who’ve slowly become a boring married couple. Andrew is wrapped up in his career and living a selfish life. Beth feels her life is lacking, and wishes their marriage could regain the magic of earlier years. On Christmas Eve, an argument sets off a chain of events that take them down a devastating path. Nothing short of a Christmas miracle can turn things around.

I really enjoyed this short read. It’s a remarkable, unpredictable story. With that said, I wasn’t immediately drawn in. The first few chapters included more telling than showing, and contained scant dialogue. But—and that’s a big but—I’m delighted I kept reading. What a treat! This book is a page-turner, easily read in one sitting, and puts the reader through a gamut of emotions.

Cover: Like it
Title: Love it
Publisher: Harper Collins (Thomas Nelson)
Pages: 169
Pace: Steady/fast
First lines (Chap.1): Andrew was late again. As Beth meandered through rows of pine trees at Ray’s Christmas Tree Lot, she resisted the urge to call her consistently late husband. What good would it do? He’d just apologize as usual, pluck an excuse from the catalogue of excuses he kept tucked away in his coat pocket. “Pick out a tree,” he’d say. “And I’m sure I’ll love it.”

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a Review Copy from the publisher through NetGalley and BookLook. I was not required to write a positive review. The options I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255

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