Monday, October 28, 2013

A Marriage Carol

by Chris Fabry & Gary Chapman
Moody Publishers

On Christmas Eve twenty years earlier, Marlee and Jacob were married in a snowstorm. This Christmas Eve, they are ready to quit, and 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:

My only complaint about this novel is that it's too short!! It was such a good little book that I hated how it ended so soon. This was a beautiful picture of how marriage can become stagnant, and what it takes to restore it to it's former glory. This story is proof that it is never too late for love, and that it is never too late to change your future. 

Marlee and Jacob are two people I wish were real, that I could talk to and go to for advice. They took something that was broken and looked to God to help them through the hard times. They came out victors for it, and the Lord blessed their efforts. I do wish there would have been a few more pages so we could have gotten Jacob's perspective on what was happening, but the writers did a good job of giving Marlee a voice. A sweet little Christmas novel that will encourage you and aspire you to better all your relationships. 

This book was provided by the publisher for free in exchange for a honest review. 

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