One Imperfect Christmas - eBook
Who this book is for:
Those, like myself, who enjoy contemporary fiction - specifically women. Those who are struggling in a marriage.
What I liked:
I really felt like I got to know the characters.
What I didn't like:
There is nothing in particular that I didn't like.
Overall, this was a really good read.
I give One Imperfect Christmas 5 out of 5 stars.
*I received this book free to review through a blog tour from the publisher
December 3, 2013
One Imperfect Christmas
One Imperfect Christmas is a unique Christmas story that realistically portrays the struggles and imperfections of life. Natalie Pearce grapples with the guilt she feels over the stroke her mother suffered. Unable to let go of this burden, NatalieÃ¢ÂÂs relationship with her family begins to suffer.
Christmas has always been a time of great celebration for Natalie and her family. Each year, they gather together to enjoy several special traditions. With her mother in the nursing home and her own family falling apart, Natalie soon realizes that this Christmas may not be perfect after all. Can an imperfect Christmas bring this family back together again?
Myra Johnson has penned a Christmas story full of rich layers that will stir your emotions. While I didnÃ¢ÂÂt always agree with NatalieÃ¢ÂÂs choices, she was a very believable character. One Perfect Christmas illustrates the importance of faith, family and forgiveness. Most importantly, it is a reminder that we must always rely on God and cling to hope and faith in the face of adversity!
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Abingdon Press. All thoughts expressed are my own and no monetary compensation was received.
December 5, 2013
A Family In Trouble At Christmas
Myra Johnson in her new book, Ã¢ÂÂOne Imperfect ChristmasÃ¢ÂÂ published by Abingdon Press takes us into the life of Natalie Pearce.
From the back cover: Only love makes a Christmas perfect.
Christmas is the season of miracles, but when blame and guilt keep two people apart, sometimes a miracle needs a helping hand.
Graphic designer Natalie Pearce faces the most difficult Christmas of her life. For almost a year, her mother has lain in a nursing home, the victim of a massive stroke, and Natalie blames herself for not being there when it happened. Worse, sheÃ¢ÂÂs allowed the monstrous load of guilt to drive a wedge between her and everyone she lovesÃ¢ÂÂmost of all her husband Daniel. Her marriage is on the verge of dissolving, her prayer life is suffering, and sheÃ¢ÂÂs one Christmas away from hitting rock bottom
Junior-high basketball coach Daniel Pearce is at his witÃ¢ÂÂs end. Nothing heÃ¢ÂÂs done has been able to break through the wall Natalie has erected between them. And their daughter LissaÃ¢ÂÂs adolescent rebellion isnÃ¢ÂÂt helping matters. As DanielÃ¢ÂÂs hope reaches its lowest ebb, he wonders if this Christmas will spell the end of his marriage and the loss of everything he holds dear
What are the ingredients of Christmas? If you think about it certainly not snow, colored lights, evergreens and brightly wrapped presents. I think the real answer is family and friends. Myra Johnson has not given us the syrupy sweet Christmas stories that you get on the television at Christmas time. Instead Ms. Johnson has given us a story about a real multigenerational family that has some real problems that they have to deal with. That is what makes it imperfect. Natalie, Daniel and Lissa are not the perfect family but they are a family and it great to hang out with them, to suffer when they suffer, cheer when they cheer and, honestly, get mad at Natalie when she deserves it. Ms. Johnson has given us a very interesting Christmas book that will give you new thoughts about Christmas.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Abingdon Press for this review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade CommissionÃ¢ÂÂs 16 CFR, Part 255: Ã¢ÂÂGuides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.Ã¢ÂÂ
December 4, 2013
Traditions tend to run for many generations, often times morphing into something newer with each remembrance of how the tradition began. For instance, in my husbandÃ¢ÂÂs family, we all would make side dishes except for the turkey to go along with his motherÃ¢ÂÂs stuffing. Now, with family in heaven, we still eat a turkey with stuffing and watch football just like way back in the day. In this work of fiction, Myra Johnson paints a tradition built around Christmas.
Natalie is a gifted graphic artist and painter; her mother is a very gifted painter as well. With the 50th Christmas celebration of NatalieÃ¢ÂÂs parents coming closer, some things are going to change. Through the last year, a marriage has been rocky, a daughter has run away twice, and a possible job change for NatalieÃ¢ÂÂs husband has occurred in the life of the family. Driven with guilt, Natalie has pulled away from those closest to her and with her mother gravely ill facing reality is even harder.
All the characters in the book are learning what really matters along with facing who they are and where their faith is during this season. I liked how the author painted in the story the truth that sometimes when very heart-wrenching times come, everyone reacts or handles the emotions that come with the storms of life. I liked how this novel portrayed more realistically how sometimes the holidays arenÃ¢ÂÂt all Rockwell portraits. There are those whose holidays are the hardest times of the year to live through and without Christ there can be no sense of hope or peace.
While reading this novel, I kept thinking how much I didnÃ¢ÂÂt want to read it because this is another hard holiday season for my family and that of my friend. Yet, those who know the Lord donÃ¢ÂÂt mourn as those without hope. Even during the darkest times, God does something that only He can do in our hearts and lives that gives us the strength to take the next step one day a time. One Imperfect Christmas is a tear-jerker for sure, but also one that shows how brightly God shines in the darkest days we will know as we journey here on earth.
If you arenÃ¢ÂÂt having a tough season right now, enjoy it, but remember to pray for those who are. You may never know how your prayers can change the heart of those hurting, but rest assured God hears.
December 3, 2013