This is a wonderful story. I love to read Christmas stories this time of the year, and this was one of my favorites. I have never read anything by this author before, but I really enjoyed the development of her characters and the way she presents the plot, which was interesting, though predictable. A wonderful happy ending topped of a great story.
This author made you feel as though you were right with the family as they faced their problems. It hits home, as it really affects a family when there is an illness, the fact that she felt guilty made it more real. I really liked the ending.
If your looking for the happy-go-lucky Christmas book, this isn't for you...however if your looking for a wonderful look at how we deal with life and how we often screw everything up, this us for you. One of the hardest things for us to deal with is our regrets, and its hard to see good in what we feel is all bad. This book takes you through it all and will leave you crying in the end! Perhaps I haven't put it down great so I will just say ... I loved it.
The main character in this book was overly obsessed with what she perceived to be her "duties". I think we all could take a lesson from her and learn to trust more in our God and less in our ability to control situations.