Thursday, September 18, 2014

Evergreen by Susan May Warren

About the Book:

An empty nest has Ingrid Christiansen dreading the upcoming holidays, but her husband, John, couldn’t be more excited about this new season of life. He even has a surprise trip abroad planned. He’s sure she’ll love it. What’s more romantic than Christmas in Paris?

Before he can stop her, however, Ingrid agrees to spearhead a major church project. Then their faithful dog, Butterscotch, needs emergency surgery, draining their savings. And then—because disasters strike in threes—an unexpected guest arrives, dredging up old hurts.

As a beautiful blanket of snow transforms the north woods into a winter wonderland, a deep chill settles over John and Ingrid’s marriage. With the holidays fast approaching, their only hope of keeping their love evergreen depends on turning the page on the past and embracing a new chapter of their future

My Thoughts:

A new novel by Susan May Warren is always a treat, even if it's a novella!  I enjoyed getting to know the senior Christiansen couple in "Evergreen", and I learned a few things along the journey.

Ingrid and John are facing "empty next syndrome", and I'm staring that life moment in the eyeball as well.  But the time for resolving long held wounds in a marriage is NOT once all the children are grown and gone.

That's a recipe for disaster, something John and Ingrid learn the hard way.  Examine your relationship and confess and deeply held hurts or grudges while you have the energy and the drive to work through them. 

Raising children is often used as a distraction from dealing with the muck and mess of relationships, and once the grandchildren start arriving energy is waning and desires need rekindling. 

Just because you can check 'raising family' off of your bucket list doesn't mean you are done setting a Godly example.  Continuing to work on your marriage and renewing intimacy on all levels sets a solid foundation in place for your children's own families to build upon and to thrive.

And you're never too old for something new.  I loved Romeo, and he brought some light and laughter to what could have been a bleak story.  Engaging in the lives of others is a lifelong need and you're never done matter how old you think you are!

I'm excited for the next novel in the Christensen family series, but this was a nice appetizer for what's to come.  I purchased an electronic copy from Amazon, but you can find "Evergreen" wherever books are sold!

Happy Reading!



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