Christmas takes a very different turn when the guests of honor break up instead of announcing their engagement. Trapped with his family, they learn that love looks different than either imagined. Both in their eighties, Dodie and Wilson Binder celebrateevery Christmas as if it were their last. This year, their grandson Micah is planning to ask his girlfriend, Katie, to marry him so they can celebrate with the whole family. But things go very wrong when she says "no." Now they are stuck. Too many people, too much snow, and too little room should be a recipe for disaster. But sometimes too much is just enough. Especially when it's Christmas.
My take on this book:
Katie Vale has just traveled half way across the country with her boyfriend to spend Christmas with his family. Within minutes of arriving, in front of all of his family he pops the question! Her answer isn't was what expected though, which might make for an uncomfortable Christmas. Why did she say no, and how can she stay for Christmas with his family now? Well she does, and the lessons she learns will change the way she thinks about family.
A fast paced, heart touching story that pulled me right into t he midst of the Bender family. It was interesting to see the story unfold through the eyes of Katie, who really hasn't experienced a family like the Benders before. The characters in the family really propelled this novel along at break neck speed, never once did the plot lag, instead it moved along so fast that I found myself rereading some things just to catch what the author was trying to convey. I wondered from the beginning how life would work out for the main characters. The author begins the book with the marriage proposal and then takes the reader back to allow us to see what transpired, giving the story of the characters, making it easy to understand why Katie gave the answer she did. I couldn't help but wonder what would happen with Katie and Micah, and really felt like her staying with the family would be awkward, bu instead it made for a great story. My first Christmas read for the season, and I have to say it was a quick easy read that touches on faith, family relationships, love, loss and forgiveness. While there are a few poignant moments, there is enough humor to make you laugh, which helps to keep the story light. Well developed characters and a page turning, fast paced plot who could ask for anything more!
A complimentary copy of this book was provided for review.