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Publisher Description

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.

GENRE
Fiction & Literature
RELEASED
2014
September 1
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
208
Pages
PUBLISHER
Tyndale House Publishers
SELLER
Tyndale House Publishers
SIZE
2.7
MB

Customer Reviews

Sonnie17 ,

This is worth the wait!

The Christiansen family has been such a joy to read. This one was no exception. I like that this novel focused on the matriarch Ingrid Christiansen and patriarch John Christiansen. It is great to see their relationship in a new light. They are at the empty nester stage of life and trying to figure out what to do with their time. John knows that he would like to take Ingrid on a European trip because he knows that something needs to change in their relationship. The cracks in their marriage are revealed through a series of different circumstances. You understand how important communication is between couples and how things not dealt with can fester. You see John trying to fix things and Ingrid just doing things to keep busy. There were some harsh dialogues between them and it made me tear up. You will experience a variety of emotions while reading this book. You see that marriage takes work and that we cannot expect each other to read our minds.

I loved the name of the book and this quote that explained why the author chose the name.

It’s a miracle how, when an evergreen burns, the pinecones burst open, dropping seeds into fertile soil of the charred land. Saplings now edge our property, sprouts of green against the white landscape.

In the wake of goodbyes, life endures. Even flourishes. Page 184

We make not see or understand why things are happening but we have to trust that God is in control. We may see dying as the end but nature has shown us that sometimes it is a new beginning. There are times when we have to let go of our vision for our future and listen to the voice of God directing us.

I received this book for free from The Book Club Network in exchange for my honest review. I also posted this review on Amazon, Barnes and Nobles, Goodreads, Deepershopper, etc.)”

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