From Goodreads: An award-winning novelist’s heartwarming story about family and love lost, found, and finally truly revealed at Christmas.
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 celebrate every 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 review: I had mixed feelings about this book. There were parts I liked and really enjoyed. However, there were parts of the book I just found a bit depressing for a Christmas story.
I could relate to how Katie must have felt upon meeting her boyfriend’s entire family and being proposed to right off the bat. That must have been awkward. Especially when her answer was no. But then I was frustrated with Katie because I felt like at times she was a bit on the shallow side with her dwelling on her family’s dysfunction as a reason to not get married. Her reasoning didn’t seem all that logical to me.
I thought the end of life element, while crucial to the story, was just a bit too depressing. This wasn’t something I personally wanted to read about in a story that takes place at Christmas. Thankfully the author lightened the tone a bit with Uncle Paul and his corny jokes.
All in all this was a quick and easy read. A story about family, love, and the meaning of Christmas.
I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for my honest opinion.