12/28/11

One Imperfect Christmas, by Myra Johnson

4 Stars!

ABOUT THE BOOK - 
 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.

MY REVIEW - 
This was a really good book. Kind of sad and very heartfelt.This story takes place over the span of a year from one Christmas to to another as the whole family strives for the perfect Christmas.
Natalie's Mother promised everyone a "Perfect 50th Christmas" but after her stroke takes over her body and her health, is this even possible? Natalie struggles to keep her life together but gives up on her marriage. Now she has something to focus on - The perfect Christmas for her parents, for her Mother. Can Natalie keep up her Hope and Faith to be strong for her Mother? And can she give up her pride and her guilt to save her marriage?
Excellent character development.  I really liked the way the Author, once in a while put in an inside look at what was going on inside the Mother's head after the Stroke. I don't know if that is what stroke victims go through but it did seem very believable.

I got this book as a free download from B&N - HERE
Semi Christian, very clean, definitely worth the read!

6 comments:

  1. I liked this one as well and was surprised when I read a few negative reviews on goodreads. Glad you enjoyed it. Excellent review, btw!

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  2. I just downloaded this one, and think it sounds great. This will make a great holiday read for me next year, when I am hunting around for something to fit the season. Wonderful review today!

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  3. Sounds excellent. Great review. I've been wondering about this one.

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  4. I saw this one for free on the Kindle too. Maybe I should have grabbed it since you liked it.

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  5. Well maybe next year. I am done with Christmas for this year. My stats are on my page.
    Thanks for the Christmas wishes!!

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  6. Thanks so much for your kind words about my book! Not everyone "gets" Natalie--they either really relate to her or want to slap some sense into her--or both! But if my story touched your heart even in some small way, I'm truly honored.

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