Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Advent Reads Day 24: The Marriage Carol by Chris Fabry

Synopsis: "On Christmas Eve twenty years earlier, Marlee and Jacob were married in a snowstorm. This Christmas Eve, they are ready to quit, divorce is imminent. Their relationship is as icy as the road they're traveling and as blocked with troubles as the piling snow. They take a shortcut to get to the lawyer's office, on a slippery, no-fault path. She thinks they need to stay on the main road. He disagrees. They fight. Story of their lives and they slam into a bank of snow , spinning, drifting, falling, out of control. Just like their lives. Reluctantly, freezing cold, hungry, scared, she trudges up the hill. Jacob is nowhere to be found. Her ears frozen, fingers and hands red, she comes to a house on the hillside, built like a Bed and Breakfast, a green wreath on the red door and the door-knocker is in the shape of a wedding ring.

The red door opens and the first thing she notices is the fire in the room, blazing hot, a warm, inviting, friendly place and the voice of an old man welcomes her in. There are three golden pots on the hearth, shining, glimmering things. The old man claims that they are used to restore marriages. She laughs-and begins a journey through her past, present, and future that will test how she views her lifelong love. There are two futures available. Which will she choose?"

My Review: I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway it am so glad it arrived in time for me to read it for the holidays. I loved the unique and Christian take on the classic Dickens Christmas Carol. A lot of the story really struck home about opening your eyes and really seeing each other in a marriage as well as our lives and those around us are all impacted by each decision we make. The beginning started off slow for me with a few too many metaphors but once I got to the meat of the story it really flowed and was a quick read.
My Rating: I really did enjoy this one and loved the integration of such a classic story into a new Christmas story. I really became attached to the characters very quickly and was rooting for them throughout the story.  I give it a rating of Four Paws.

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