Thursday, August 7, 2014

Evergreen by Susan May Warren

Evergreen is the story of John and Ingrid Christiansen.  They are the parents to six children who have all recently left the nest.  Christmas is approaching and John is about to surprise Ingrid with a trip to Europe for Christmas. What could be more romantic that Christmas in Paris?  At a church function Ingrid volunteers to spearhead the live Nativity for Christmas Eve.   When John tells Ingrid about his surprise trip she is flabbergasted that he would even think of leaving at Christmas time. 

Then their dog, Butterscotch, gets sick and needs an emergency operation. John doesn’t want Butterscotch to have the operation because of the expense.  Ingrid is just as determined the dog will have the operation.  John reluctantly agrees to the operation and it just about drains his vacation fund. The discord brings to the surface the unrest that has been hovering over their marriage for awhile.

Ingrid’s nephew arrives on the scene to live with them just ahead of Christmas.  John is resentful of all the interruptions to his vacation plans.  He can’t understand why Ingrid doesn’t see what all this is doing to his trip plans.

I would recommend this book to anyone. It can be read in one setting. I’m not sure what genre I would call this book.  It’s not what I would call a romance, but maybe just a cozy read. References are made to other books in the series but it isn’t necessary to read those books.  This book addresses the issue of how we can drift from depending on God and how not being open with our spouses can have a lasting effect on a marriage. 

I was given this book by the publisher for an honest review.  I was not compensated in anyway.

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