One Imperfect Christmas by Myra Johnson
★★★★★Have you ever taken your life and the people you love for granted? Planned the perfect Christmas only to have it all shatter into pieces? Natalie Pearce is having that kind of a holiday season. She has a nice life, a loving husband and teenage daughter. However, she and her husband, Daniel, have been quarreling as of late over his job as a Junior-high basketball coach. Then in an instant everything changes. She gets a phone call that her mother has had a stroke.
Believing that the stroke is somehow her fault, Natalie spirals into a tunnel of despair. She should have been there for her mother. And now it’s the holiday season and her father is putting on a brave front for the family. Natalie isn’t buying it and doesn’t want to even be part of the family festivities.
Daniel is helpless, trying at first to console his wife and then leaving her to herself as she copes with the problems she faces. He tries hard to give his wife the support she needs, but she turns away.
The couple’s daughter, Lissa, has been the perfect daughter until now. She is afraid, torn between the two people she loves most in the world when her father finally asks her mother to leave. But Lissa has a trick or two up her sleeve and she’s one smart cookie.
Natalie’s father and brother are also heartbroken but Natalie doesn’t seem to care about them at all, refusing to come to holiday dinners and get-togethers. Natalie and her mother were close and she can’t even bear to look at or even ride her horse, Windy. It doesn’t look like a good Christmas at all.
Sometimes you’d like to give Natalie a swift kick in the seat of the pants, even as you empathize with her pain. Anyone who has lost someone can understand her need to blame herself and wonder if she had done enough. But she carries it to the extreme – acting more like a spoiled child at times than an adult. And standing in the wings waiting for her is her family, who also bear her pain.
Will Natalie come to her senses? Should Daniel take that promising job and move away? Is Lissa ever going to have a family again? This book will make you think about your own family dynamics and the love that binds a family together. But is love enough? You’ll have to read the book to find out.
If you’d like to know more about author Myra Johnson read my interview with here here.