Having read and enjoyed all three of the Christiansen Family series as well as the prequel I Really Do Miss Your Smile that was included as a bonus in the second book of the series “It Had to Be You”, Susan’s winter novella “Evergreen” was a must read. I am thankful that Tyldale Blog Network offered it for review.
While the Christiansen Family series focuses on the adult children of John and Ingrid, “Evergreen” is their book. As empty nesters, John and Ingrid are at loose ends. Their relationship is not what it should be and John, being the “fixer” that he tends to be, takes it upon himself to make things right without finding out why his wife never smiles anymore. For some reason, his good intentions never seem to get off the ground – or they make things even worse. Is it even possible for their holiday season to be a happy one?
Several events that put their marriage to the test are a sick dog, a nephew (with the unlikely name of Romeo) comes to live with them, and being in charge of the annual live Nativity. Warren handles it all with her usual style. The story is the perfect blend of serious scenes peppered with her perfect humorous timing. Threaded with wisdom and affirming faith, “Evergreen” is not only an enjoyable read but can be an inspiration to our own lives.
“Evergreen” is one more testimony to why I DO NOT miss any of Susan May Warren’s books. Although quite entertaining, they are absolutely not fluff. I have already preordered the next installment of the Christiansen Family series and cannot wait for it to be released.
This book was provided for review by The Tyndale Blog Network.
ABOUT THE BOOK:
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.
Read an excerpt from “Evergreen” HERE.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Susan May Warren is the bestselling, Christy and 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.
Susan holds a BA in mass communications from the University of Minnesota. 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.
For exciting updates on her new releases, previous books, and more, visit her website HERE.