Review + Giveaway || An Endless Christmas
by Cynthia Ruchti
Release date: October 13th 2015
Publisher: Worthy Inspired
Genres: Holiday, romance, Christian
Age category: N/A
No. of pages: 240 (hardcover)
ISBN/ASIN: 1617955876 (ISBN13: 9781617955877)
Too many people, too much snow, and too little room should be a recipe for disaster.
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.
*I received a complimentary copy via Litfuse Publicity for review purposes*
Christmas, my child, is love in action. Every time we love, every time we give, it's Christmas ― Dale Evans
I love holiday-themed books, especially the Christmas ones. And this book is no exception. The premise of the book was especially great. This book revolves around Katie, Micah and his family, and their Christmas all together. What's worst than having to say "no" to a wedding proposal? Being stuck with him and his family. Talk about awkward.
Katie came from a far-from-perfect family (and definitely far different from Micah's loving family) and she was convinced that this runs in her family, that's why she can't marry Micah; she can't ruin his life. Even when Katie turned down Micah's proposal, the Binder family treated her no differently. With just Christmas around the corner, Katie and the Binder family might just find the true meaning of the occasion.
I didn't had a problem getting on the story, at first. It was easy to delve into this book; it was greatly constructed and beautifully built. But where lies my problem? The book revolves around Katie and Micah's family. Micah's family is pretty big and with that big of a family, there's bound to have a lot of happenings. And there are a lot. There are a lot going on that I had a hard time following the story. It has multiple point of views and there's no warning when will the point of view shift (or maybe it's just the ARC I received).
As I've said, there are a lot of characters in this book. I don't normally love big set of characters but the Binder family ― Micah included, of course― isn't hard to like. This family lives every day like it's their last day because you never really know, right? Together with Katie, I found out that each and every member of the Binder family is self-less, generous and loving. There are no bone I can pick from them, really.
Overall, I enjoyed reading this book. I'm glad I picked it up because there are a lot of things I have learnt from this. It was amazing how a book, as simple as it is, can be really heartwarming. I highly recommend this to lovers of holiday-themed books!
Did I like the ending? Yes, though I believe that it's a bit rushed, I still liked it.
Is it a page turner? Yesssssssssssssssssssssssss.
Would I re-read it again? An endless yes *wink*. If I can read this every Christmas, I would.
About the author:
Drawing from 33 years of on-air radio ministry, Cynthia Ruchti tells stories of hope-that-glows-in-the-dark through her novels and novellas, nonfiction books and devotionals, and speaking for women’s and writers’ events. Her books have been recognized by Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Awards, Selah Awards, the Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence, Christian Retailing’s BEST Awards, and Carol Award nominations, among other honors, including a Family Fiction Readers’ Choice Award. She and her plot-tweaking husband live in Pittsville, Wisconsin, not far from their three children and five grandchildren.