Friday, September 12, 2014
Book Review: "Evergreen," a Winter Novella by Susan May Warren
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.
Susan May Warren has become one of my favorite authors, so I was thrilled to have the opportunity to read her new book, Evergreen. I could really relate to the characters in this book, John and Ingrid, because they’re encountering many of the issues of midlife: children all grown up and with their own issues; a marriage in trouble due to old resentments; finding meaning in life besides being a parent; losing a beloved family pet. It’s Christmastime, but the magic seems to be gone from their lives. Ingrid deals with it by withdrawing, while John keeps trying to “fix” things without success. I liked how real this story felt. Problems didn’t magically disappear, but John and Ingrid began to heal through communication and prayer. It’s a story of hope and forgiveness, as well as a reminder that life isn’t perfect, but that’s what makes it worth living.
Susan May Warren is the bestselling, RITA Award–winning author of more than forty novels whose compelling plots and unforgettable characters have won acclaim with readers and reviewers alike. She served with her husband and four children as a missionary in Russia for eight years before she and her family returned home to the States. She now writes full-time as her husband runs a lodge on Lake Superior in northern Minnesota, where many of her books are set. She and her family enjoy hiking, canoeing, and being involved in their local church. Several of her critically acclaimed novels have been ECPA and CBA bestsellers, were chosen as Top Picks by Romantic Times, and have won the RWA's Inspirational Reader's Choice contest and the American Christian Fiction Writers Book of the Year award. Five of her books have been Christy Award finalists. In addition to her writing, Susan loves to teach and speak at women's events about God's amazing grace in our lives. She also runs a writing community for authors. Visit MyBookTherapy.com to learn more. For exciting updates on her new releases, previous books, and more, visit her website at www.susanmaywarren.com.
Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book from Litfuse to facilitate my honest review. This post contains my Amazon affiliate link.