About the book:
Only Love Makes a Christmas Perfect.
Graphic designer Natalie Pearce faces the most difficult Christmas of her life. For almost a year, her mother has lain in a nursing home, the victim of a massive stroke, and Natalie blames herself for not being there when it happened. Worse, she’s allowed the monstrous load of guilt to drive a wedge between her and everyone she loves—most of all her husband Daniel. Her marriage is on the verge of dissolving, her prayer life is suffering, and she’s one Christmas away from hitting rock bottom
Junior-high basketball coach Daniel Pearce is at his wit’s end. Nothing he’s done has been able to break through the wall Natalie has erected between them. And their daughter Lissa’s adolescent rebellion isn’t helping matters. As Daniel’s hope reaches its lowest ebb, he wonders if this Christmas will spell the end of his marriage and the loss of everything he holds dear.
This was an interesting story; I can't imagine how hard it would be to have a parent suffer a massive stroke, especially if you feel like you're to blame. However, I found myself very frustrated with Natalie and I also felt like parts were repetitious where Natalie kept blaming herself. It really shows how important forgiving yourself is and also loving your family and being there for them. I liked the different perspectives so we could understand the story from multiple angles. I thought this would be a lighter read, so just be aware that though this is a Christmas story, it deals with multiple emotional issues and is definitely more serious with a touch of hope.
I received a free e-book of this book from Abingdon Press in exchange for an honest review.