What a wonderful, deep, truly insightful novella! Evergreen is another addition to the Christiansen family series and I am again amazed with the author’s ability to craft such a deep story, filled with emotional highs and lows, and pack it into a novella.
The Christiansen family series is definitely one of my favorites of all time. Each book focuses on one of the Christiansen children, however, the stories are all connected. Various family members appear in each novel, and although some can be read as stand alone books, they really work much better as a series. There are also two novellas in the series, and both of them focus on John and Ingrid Christiansen, the parents of the Christiansen clan. I Really Do Miss Your Smile covers the early years, when they were falling in love. Now, Evergreen delves into another very emotional time period in a family’s life…the empty nest.
This was a very easy and smooth read, and I loved getting an inside look into John and Ingrid’s relationship. What I learned surprised me! Although they have deeply loved each other and raised a large family together, simmering below the surface is pain and resentment. The empty nest, that John views as an opportunity for he and Ingrid to travel and spend time together, serves as a catalyst for the release of emotions that Ingrid has buried inside for so long.
For a short book, Evergreen packs a big punch! Old hurts are brought to light, an opportunity to open their hearts to someone God has sent into their care emerges, and John and Ingrid must both learn to give over control to God and trust that He has a plan for them that is better than any they themselves could devise. This book definitely sent me on an emotional roller coaster and it was an amazing ride! I highly recommend Evergreen and the entire Christiansen Family series. (5 stars)
My thanks to Tyndale House Publishers and Litfuse Publicity for the copy of this book in exchange for an honest review, which I have given.
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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.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Growing up in Minneapolis and attending the U of MN, I learned to love city life, although I’m a woodsy girl at heart. Or maybe I’m an adventurer — having lived and traveled all over the world, including Siberia Russia as a missionary for eight years. Probably that’s why my characters can’t sit still, and seem to get into one scrape after another — they’re too much like me! I love God, my family, my country, my church, and feel privileged every day to be able to write stories, that I hope inspire and entertain!