Natalie Pearce faces her first Christmas without the artist mother who has made every holiday perfect...or so she thinks.
Pressures mount in Natalie's graphic design job, the thread that holds Natalie's marriage to football coach Daniel stretches gossamer thin, and sassy teenaged daughter Lissa plots and schemes and backtalks in that so-annoying adolescent way.
Somehow Natalie juggles her roles as mother, wife, daughter of an invalid, and employee. Then the family enters the pressure cooker called holidays, and life snowballs out of control.
In this her debut novel, Myra sets One Imperfect Christmas in the lush environs of a horse farm...as contrasted with the sterility of a nursing home bed.
While Myra entertains you, she weaves in commentary on caring for aging parents, raising teenagers, and finding that balance between family and work.
Don't miss a chance to enrich your holiday season--and your life! Pick up a copy of One Imperfect Christmas--today!!!
I saved One ImPerfect Christmas to enjoy over the Christmas holidays. I picked it up one night and got to read about one page, but alas, my crazy schedule kept me from it. So finally, in February, I was able to pick this book up once again. Wow! What a great story. And it's not just a story about Christmas like I assumed. It's a story about a family struggling with illness, guilt, denial, selfishness...and ultimately forgiveness, letting go, honesty and the power of love.True, I wanted to shake Natalie a few times. But the more I read, the more I understood her and her problems. I was rooting for her and Daniel as the story progressed to an ending that is truly touching. You won't want to miss reading this book any time during the year!
I didn't care at all about these characters. It jumped around too much. If the author could've stayed with the main character Natalie and all she was experiencing with the separation, mother's stroke, guilt, job pressure it would have been a rich book. But, she spent to much time jumping over to the husband and the daughter.
Do yourself a favor and go home for the holidays to experience Christmas like youve never experienced it before! Bravo to Myra Johnson for a debut novel that not only inspires and uplifts, but takes you home to the true meaning of Christmas with a tender tale of healing, hope and new beginnings.With compelling prose, characters who feel like family and a plot so achingly real that the journey becomes yours, Ms. Johnson deftly leads the reader to a place where Christmas is more than twinkle lights on a tree or ribboned gifts beneath a pine-scented bough. A place where hearts reconnect with loved ones and the Saviors message of new birth embraces not only the characters you fall in love with, but you as a reader as well. So brew a cup of Christmas tea, put your feet up and keep the tissues handythe true spirit of Christmas awaits!
I enjoyed this book. It was different from alot of christmas books and the book deals with serious issues. Myra has done a good job with this book. I appreciate how she deals with Natalie and I admit at times I wanted to shake her out of her feelings but I do appreciate guilt that can be associated with an elderly parent being sick or injured or in this case having a stroke. Guilt when a parent is in a nursing home is very hard to deal with but sometimes you have to let go of the guilt to go on. The way Natalies feelings affect the rest of the family is intersting to and I did enjoy how the story played out. The ending was well done and not quite what I expected but it was better. Good read.