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.
I loved this book. It isn’t as long as the other books in the Christiansen family series and is classified appropriately as a novella. However, it was great to read a book focusing on the parental figures of the Christiansen family. We have seen John and Ingrid as the loving parents; in this book we get to see them as a normal couple.
I love this book for the realness of it. John and Ingrid are in one of the big transition periods of life, the empty nest. Warren does a wonderful job describing the feelings husbands and wives experience as they make the transition. She shows that there is never a time in a marriage where husbands and wives can stop trying to reach out and understand each other in order to have a good marriage.
There wasn’t anything I didn’t like about this lovely little story. The only thing that made me a little sad while I was reading it was that I know my mom would have loved this book and she is no longer with me to share good books with. It was the first time I had ever felt that way about a book, so it reinforces to me that this is a good book that many people would enjoy.
If you are looking for a lovely story about a couple facing the empty nest, this is a great book to read. If you are already a fan of the Christiansen series, you will enjoy this book. It is a very quick read.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Tyndale House Publishers in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.