Sunday, October 12, 2014

Evergreen by Susan May Warren *Review

 I have really enjoyed Susan May Warren's series on The Christiansen Family. With six kids in the family, each book so far has focused on one of the kids and their lives for the most part. They are all pretty close knit, so of course the stories overlap and the other siblings are a part of it. This novella is unique in that we get to see a glimpse into the life of the parents, John and Ingrid. I really loved reading this novella as it is about their first Christmas as empty nesters. They are struggling after so many years of having a full nest, especially Ingrid who seems to be also struggling with something deeper. We wonder what that could be as her attitude toward John seems to get more and more distant.

From Goodreads
"An empty nest has Ingrid Christiansen dreading the upcoming holidays, but her husband, John, couldn't be more excited about this new season of life. He even has a surprise trip abroad planned. He's sure she'll love it. What's more romantic than Christmas in Paris? Before he can stop her, however, Ingrid agrees to spearhead a major church project. Then their faithful dog, Butterscotch, needs emergency surgery, draining their savings. And then--because disasters strike in threes--an unexpected guest arrives, dredging up old hurts.As a beautiful blanket of snow transforms the north woods into a winter wonderland, a deep chill settles over John and Ingrid's marriage. With the holidays fast approaching, their only hope of keeping their love evergreen depends on turning the page on the past and embracing a new chapter of their future".

This novella is a great winter themed novel. It does take place around the Christmas holiday but I really don't find it to be a Christmas only read. 
Being a novella it was easy to read in one evening, and you will probably have a hard time putting it down anyhow!!

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