Reviewer: Kimberly Stephens
Title: One Imperfect Christmas
Author: Myra Johnson
Publisher: Abdingdon Press
Release Date: September 2009
Genre/Sub-genre: Inspirational Fiction
Year/Setting: Present Day
Overall Rating: 5.0
Sexual Content Rating: None
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: None
Violent Content Rating: None
Myra's Website: www.myrajohnson.com and www.myra.typepad.com
WOW!! What I book! The tears have finally slowed down to the point where I can see the keyboard to type.† This is by far one of the more touching books that I have read in my whole life.† Itís totally centered in reality and you feel as if you know the characters.† This book grabs your heart in the first ten pages and makes it almost impossible for you to put it down.† This is a story about life, and every emotion that living entails...love, laughter, pain, sickness, family drama, success, failure, guilt, anger, and resentment, just to name a few.† Itís a story rich with†character struggles, emotional pitfalls, and pure American stubbornness.
This remarkable story focuses on Natalie Pearce and her family.† At the start of the book, it appears that Natalie has it all, a wonderful husband, her dream home, a child she adores, and a level of success at her freelance business. By the opening of the third chapter Natalie is losing it slowly, her life is unraveling along with her ability to cope with any sort of emotion and daily living.† By the fifth chapter, her husband and daughter are moving out, and the readerís heart is breaking over this family in crisis.
The remainder of the story is as much about Natalie and her family, as it is about every family that loves each other. Itís a story about kinship and how each member of a family unit is affected by the actions of not only themselves but also every member around them. Itís a story about surviving lifeís events and your reaction to them.† For Natalie, she can not get over the guilt she carries regarding her mothers stroke, so she avoids addressing it. That avoidance causes her to become for withdrawn, angry, and lost to the world. What follows is a story about the rest of her family bringing her back to them, and joining her where she is able to be comfortable. It's truly a story about forgiveness and an everlasting love.
This story is truly touching. Itís a story about the everyday miracles of Christmas, and the rewards of having a little faith. It's a great book for those of you that wonder about God's actions sometimes.† I can't say enough wonderful things about this book, and am reluctant to reveal too much of the plot, as I feel I can't do it justice.† I would recommend everyone read this book, and buy a copy for their friends and family!† This book captivated my interest and has left a mark for the Pearce family on my heart.†
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