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My rating: 5 stars / It was amazing
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.
It was a joy to visit the Christiansen family again! Ingrid and John are the heart of the family and learning more about their personal dreams and heartaches was just as emotional as the other books in the series. I loved the theme of unconditional love for family as their teenage nephew Romeo joined them. Ingrid and John both approached his care differently with fears and pain lingering from the past and struggled to become united in their efforts. Most fascinating to me was how each dealt with the emotions of having an empty nest, since I haven't experienced that yet. This is a wonderfully cozy book that captures the ups and downs that feelings during the Christmas season can bring... along with a sweet dose of humor and romance.
(Thank you to Tyndale House Publishers and the author for a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review)
Check out the author's Evergreen Pinterest board of inspiration behind the novel
Susan May Warren's blog post Snapshots & Evergreen shares her feelings about an empty nest