Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Keeping Christmas

Keeping Christmas
Dan Walsh
Stan can't seem to get his wife, Judith, out of her depression. She's lived for her children and grandchildren. When they weren't able to come home for Thanksgiving she didn't know what to do. So she puts off putting out the Christmas decorations, since that is what they've always helped her with. But when she learns they can't afford to come home for Christmas either, she sinks into a depression. Stan doesn't understand, but loves his wife and will do anything to help her feel okay again.

There isn't anything dramatic or suspenseful about the story. The reader knows almost immediately what is going to happen in the end. From there it's just reading how the characters arrived at the main point. As a person who suffers from depression, I didn't feel like that aspect of the story was portrayed correctly. I really liked Stan, the husband. But I couldn't connect with any of the other characters. The story has the elements to be a feel good, heartwarming Christmas story. It has a fairy tale ending and some sweet family moments. Overall, I enjoyed parts of the story while reading, but didn't love it enough to keep the book or recommend it to anyone else.

I received this book free of charge from Revell Reads in exchange for my honest review.

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