Susan May Warren
Ah…another trip back to Deep Haven, one of my favorite places to escape to in a book.
In this book, we tag along with John and Ingrid Christiansen. Now that their house is empty and their children are scattered across the globe, they’re trying to figure out life with just the two of them, something they haven’t experienced in many years. Since none of their children are planning to be home for Christmas this year, John plans to surprise Ingrid with a trip to Europe for just the two of them. They’ll go visit their daughter who is currently living there, but more importantly they’ll get to take the romantic vacation John has been dreaming of for a while. John has the whole thing planned, he just has to keep it a secret and surprise Ingrid at just the right time. Unfortunately, things don’t go as he’s planned. John and Ingrid get put in charge of the Christmas program at church, their dog, Butterscotch, gets needs expensive surgery and family needs their help in ways they’d never expected. To top it all off, Ingrid reveals that she’s been harboring anger and resentment against John for years. What was supposed to be an amazing holiday season quickly unravels and it seems like every time J0hn tries to “fix” it he ends up messing something else up. Will life ever be the same for the Christiansen family?
This is one of my favorite books in the Christiansen Family series so far, while the other books focus on the lives of the Christiansen children it was fun to be able to read about the two people that tie the whole family together. The book is shorter than the rest, a novella, but it doesn’t tell any less of a story than any of the other books in the series. The depth of the story of John and Ingrid’s life together is so great and Susan May Warren did a great job of capturing their love and the way it has ebbed and flowed over their many years of marriage. I also liked that we got to meet a few new characters in this book, hopefully we’ll see them again in the future.
If you’re looking for a good book to read and maybe start getting you in the holiday spirit, this is the book for you!
I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for this review. All thoughts are my own and I was not required to write a positive review.