Saturday, December 7, 2013

Advent Reads Day 7: Audio Review of Christmas Jars Reunion by Jason F. Wright

Synopsis: "The New York Times bestseller Christmas Jars has sold nearly 500,000 copies. Thousands of people across the country have emailed the author at ChristmasJars about how the Christmas Jars tradition has touched their lives� either by receiving a jar or by giving one. Hope Jensen's story continues in Christmas Jars Reunion. It's been two years since Hope was reunited with her biological mother on Christmas Eve at Chuck's Chicken 'n' Biscuits. Hope has never felt more complete. She's writing full- time for a family magazine and, with the help of her mother, Marianne, leading the Christmas Jars Ministry out of Chuck's quirky restaurant. To top it off, she's dating a marketing executive in a comfortable long- distance relationship. Her life is right where she wants it to be� a state of orga - nized chaos� as another Christmas rolls around. Then her world changes forever over Thanks - giving weekend. The Maxwells hire a nephew to take over the family furniture restoration business. Someone that Hope can't stop thinking about. Then an out- of- town stranger shows up at the diner asking to help in the ministry� a stranger whose motives are yet unclear. Before the sun sets on Christmas Day, two men will try to change Hope's life forever. In the process, Hope will be reminded of the immense power of a single jar, and the healing that sometimes comes only with forgiveness."

My Review: I love the message of the Christmas Jars but this follow up book just didn't hit me the way the first one did. Maybe it had just been so long since I read the first one that it took a while to get the characters straight again or maybe the fact that it was an audio book and the voice didn't match the characters I had in my mind. I did enjoy Queen and Al and their relationship. The Christmas Jars message got a little lost as Hope strived for greater things, but it was all brought back by the end. It is still a wonderful Christmas story, especially for those who enjoy books with a strong Christian basis.
My Rating: I still enjoyed the message of the Christmas Jars but this one wasn't on the same level as the original Christmas Jars story.  I still am giving it a rating of Three Paws!

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