Kathi MaciasIron Stream Media / 2015 / Trade PaperbackOur Price$3.994 out of 5 stars for Return to Christmas. View reviews of this product. 8 Reviews
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shirley4 Stars Out Of 5Return to ChristmasNovember 2, 2020shirleyQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This book is very good...it is one of those books that once started I did not want to put it down until I was finished..
Laura HiltonHorseshoe Bend, ARAge: 45-54Gender: female3 Stars Out Of 5Return to ChristmasJune 10, 2016Laura HiltonHorseshoe Bend, ARAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 3Value: 2Meets Expectations: 1I've read one of Ms. Macias's Christmas novellas and really loved it so I had high hopes for this one. I admit I don't know much about PTSD or attachment issues that adopted children have so I can't say whether or not the author got them right or not. What bothered me most about the story is that Chet was a major jerk and I couldn't believe how much garbage his wife put up with. I don't think I wouldn've been so calm, especially when Chet passed out drunk and left his three year old son to take care of himself for hours! And his wife didn't have anything to say about it - to him.
There are two different stories in here, one of Chet and his issues and his wife and the other of another family with the little boy who had attachment issues. Ryan and Chet really didn't have much to do with each other throughout the book so the ending was rather surprising in that way. I loved the strong faith message. I also loved how Chet's wife and Ryan's mother bonded.
LimeLAAge: 45-54Gender: female1 Stars Out Of 5Was glad when it was overDecember 17, 2015LimeLAAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 1Value: 1Meets Expectations: 1I understand that this is a difficult issue to deal with, but I felt like the writing simply jumped back and forth, like this happened here, then that happened there. Back and forth, then all of a sudden it seemed to be resolved, voila!
Just didn't work for me. Don't think I'll bother to look up this author again.
Rhonda Nash-hallMadison Heights VAAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5incredible bookNovember 17, 2015Rhonda Nash-hallMadison Heights VAAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Kathi Macias has written a beautiful, stirring tale of PTSD, death, attachment disorder, and forgiveness. This is such a timely story as we currently have so many young soldiers are returning from deployments with PTSD and desperately need counseling and love. The families are also deeply affected by the emotions and actions of the veterans. Jeneen and precious little three-year-old Kevin are dealing with the fallout of Chet's issues from his most recent deployment but they are not giving up on their beloved husband and daddy. Jeneen was unsaved when Chet went away to the Middle East but she has since become a Christian and Chet is not happy about this turn of events. He does not appreciate her efforts to get him to attend church with her and Kevin and wishes she would leave him alone about it.
There are other important relationships explored in the novel with the owner of Kevin's daycare and their adopted son and the young assistant and her boyfriend who hope to become involved in mission work together someday. This book is all about Christmas miracles and how God works in the lives of three families. I loved this book and can not say enough good things about it. I have several relatives who are active military and know the power of prayer for each of them and their families.
I rate this book 5 stars and give it high recommendations.
I received a free ebook of this novel from netgalley in exchange for my honest review.
Debbie from ChristFocusHarrison, ARAge: 35-44Gender: female3 Stars Out Of 5Guy with an ego problem. Not really PTSD like in the memoirs I've read.November 5, 2015Debbie from ChristFocusHarrison, ARAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 3Value: 3Meets Expectations: 3"Return to Christmas" is Christian fiction. Chet knows his wife doesn't want to work, but he can't seem to get a steady job. He often stays at home with their 3-year-old while his wife works. He feels like a failure as a bread winner. He refuses to take any opportunities to go to college or otherwise improve his chances of getting a job. Since his wife doesn't complain about working, he's mean to her in an attempt to make her hate him. He starts binge drinking so he's not even watching out for his kid anymore. The wife draws strength from God to love her husband, but she can see all the things he should be doing and can't understand why he won't.
Frankly, Chet came across as mainly having an ego issue, yet everyone thinks he'd get better if only he'd go into PTSD counseling. He did have a few nightmares, and he's afraid to make new friends due to losing friends while in the military. However, the point that he keeps going on about is his inability to get a steady job and how that makes him feel like a failure as a husband and father. He gets worse until, in the last chapters, he suddenly realizes his need for Jesus and immediately decides to go to counseling, etc. He doesn't even know why he lost his faith.
I liked the kids, but I had a hard time feeling sympathy for Chet. Unfortunately, when an author spends the whole book with a person stuck in a downward spiral, a sudden complete turn-about doesn't feel realistic to me. There was no bad language or sex.
I received an ebook review copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley.