An Endless Christmas (Worthy Inspired, October 2015)
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.
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.
During most major holidays, I get together with my family to celebrate. Christmas is no different. Approximately 35 people get together to feast and exchange gifts. I love the time spent with my family and being able to get together with them. Reading An Endless Christmas reminded me a lot of the love and strong bonds that happens within my own family.
The story tells of a couple, Katie and Micah, who have been in a somewhat long-term relationship. They have a strong love for each other. During the holidays, Micah takes Katie to his grandparents home to spend several days with the entire extended family. While there, Micah proposes to Katie. To everyone's surprise, she says no. To Katie's surprise, the family doesn't hate her.
Rather than have anger and strife towards Katie, they take her in and treat her like one of their own. Katie cannot fathom how a family can be so close knit and forgiving. She was raised in a home of polar opposites. Katie has her own reasons for declining the proposal, and it's not because she doesn't love Micah.
The characters in An Endless Christmas were so realistic and relatable. The author wrote the story so well that I could envision myself in the middle of the hubbub. The entire narrative, from beginning to end, was close to flawless. An Endless Christmas is a story about love, redemption, and true family ties.