Fabry and Chapman craft a tale of Marlee and Jacob, a married couple on their way to sign divorce papers on Christmas Eve. After they are in a car accident, Marlee finds herself alone in the car and sets off to find Jacob through the falling snow. She comes across a cabin and is welcomed by an older man who begins to question her about her marriage and helps her remember the past, see scenes from the present, and a peek into the future.
This book, a different spin on Dicken’s A Christmas Carol, is interesting. It encourages readers to work at repairing their own marriages instead of opting for divorce. I liked the way it showed how Marlee’s and Jacob’s divorce wouldn’t just impact them and their children, but their extended family as well. I also liked the way it provided hope for ailing marriages.
I think I would have liked this book more if it were longer. It was predictable and felt a little rushed. It is a small book, so I knew even before beginning it that it was a short story. I think it would have had more of an impact if readers had more time to identify with the characters struggles in their marriage before the accident. We get glimpses of why their marriage is in trouble, but it would have been more powerful to have more time with the characters. It also would have been nice to see more of Jacob’s perspective on why he was pursuing the divorce.
Overall, I enjoyed this book. The message is clear, that even when the marriage seems dead, there is always hope. I do think it was good that the authors made it clear that this ailing marriage was due to unhappiness and not to abuse or infidelity, which makes a difference in the consideration of divorce.
If you are looking for a short, feel good story, you might enjoy this one. Fabry and Chapman are excellent authors with nice writing styles. I would love to read another, longer book from them.
I received a copy of this book from Moody Publishers in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.
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