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
Really good Christmas read
MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK
This was one really awesome Christmas read! When Natalie Pearce chose not to go help her mom take down her Christmas decorations, she never dreamed what the year ahead held for she and her family. When her mom suffered a stroke that left her helpless, Natalie blamed herself for her momÃ¢ÂÂs condition. A string of events lead to Natalie leaving her husband and daughter, accepting a job that would require most of her time, and leaving her with strained relationships that may not be fixable.
Most of the time we like to think that all is perfect at Christmas time, but it is usually not. Life situations just doesnÃ¢ÂÂt look at our calendar first before they happen. It was heartbreaking, yet refreshing to read One Imperfect Christmas because it was sad to see Natalie and her family going through what they had to endure with her mom, yet it was comforting to know that everyone has difficult situations during the Christmas Season, some not as bad as others, but we all have our heartaches. But I really like how Myra Johnson weaves everything together, good and bad, and brings an ending to the story that will give you peace, and make you smile. Not an ending that the Pearce family wanted, but one that gave them hope. This is an amazing debut novel for Ms. Johnson, and yes it was written a few years ago, but the message is still the same. I canÃ¢ÂÂt believe I havenÃ¢ÂÂt read it before this year. I really want to encourage you to pick up a copy of One Imperfect Christmas by Myra Johnson for a few hours for delightful entertainment. You will be glad you did!
December 13, 2013
How Much Does a Promise Mean?
How could the story of a mother's stroke, a daughter's emotional abandonment of her own child,
a loving marriage ship-wrecking on the rocks, and one very wise young girl who sees what needs to be done, how could that be a Christmas story, you ask?
Well, think about what Christmas is all about. Jesus Christ, Son of God, entering this broken world and putting on a body of our fallen flesh, living among us, identifying with us and saving us.
It was in the darkness, sadness, lostness that we all live with that the Light was born.
And it's the same in this story. One imperfect Christmas is not a fluffy holiday comedy, and it is not a book of heavy despair either.
One Imperfect Christmas is a wonderfully real, very human, and dearly beautiful tale.
Reading this was an experience.
It made me sad, it made me get a little misty-eyed, it made me irked at some of the characters choices, and it made me cheer for some of the character's decisions.
I like the way Myra wrote this story, going back and forth between Natalie, her husband Daniel, and their daughter Lissa as their world fell apart.
Blaming herself for not being there the day her mother had a stroke while she was trying to pack away Christmas decorations, Natalie falls into an emotional and psychological whirlpool that sucks her aways from everyone she loves and threatens to drown her.
Daniel doesn't know how to reach his wife. Her focus is on researching strokes and working, not helping Lissa adjust to the new reality of Grandma being in a nursing home.
And Daniel feels like nothing in his power to help her is good enough.
After months with no change, he gives Natalie a shocking ultimatum: be fully present here or leave.
And his wife leaves.
In the center of it all is Lissa, a girl who might just hold the key to some of Grandma's healing and whose knows that her mother and father have a chance for restoration if only they'd try!
How much does a promise mean?
What do you do when you just want out of a situation where you can't see hope?
How much will you risk for the people you know you love?
That is the story of One Imperfect Christmas, one of my favorites of 2013!
Thank you Abingdon for my review copy.
December 13, 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