The synopsis on the back of the book:
Award-winning author Eva Marie Everson wraps up a Christmas story of hope, love, and forgiveness just in time for the holidays.
The Ornament Keeper, a contemporary Christmas novella, features Felicia and Jackson Morgan who are spending their first Christmas apart after twenty years of marriage. But a lifetime of gifted ornaments helps Felicia piece together the story of their marriage and the one mistake of unforgiveness she made before they said, “I do.”
Can these memory-filled ornaments reunite this family before Christmas? Only time will tell.
Title: The Ornament Keeper
Author: Eva Marie Everson
Publisher: New Hope Publishers
Release Date: September 24, 2018
Genre: Contemporary Fiction, Holiday
Why I Chose This Book
I am partaking in the JustReads tour today for this book! When I received an email announcing that they were hosting a Christmas book blog tour I knew I had to sign up. I LOVE Christmas themed books!
First Initial Thoughts
Felicia and Jackson Morgan are in their middle ages and are recently separated. In the beginning of the book we don’t know why they separated, only that Felicia is devastated by the separation. They have 3 children for the 19 years they have been married- Travis, Hank, and Sarah. Every Christmas Jackson gives Felicia a Christmas ornament, an ornament that symbolizes something that happened that particular year.
Throughout the novel we go back and forth in time- reliving Felicia’s memories of her marriage with Jackson. We learn that when Jackson and Felicia were just 19 they had an intimate moment after Jackson found out his father died and was in the midst of grief. When Felicia found out she was pregnant their parents suggested that she and Jackson get married. I think truly this is where the problems started to begin.
The entire book is set within the Morgan’s home. There are a few instances in flashbacks where the story is taken place other than their home. I really liked that Eva did this because we could focus on the characters and their struggles.
I really liked that the marriage between Felicia and Jackson was very realistic. As the story progresses we learn more about their marriage and their challenges and struggles. At times I wanted to both shake both Felicia and Jackson, but most of all Felicia. She was so angry at Jackson, accusing him of cheating when there was no actual proof. Truly I think she was most angry at herself.
This book even though it didn’t clearly state it, emphasized the effects of Postpartum depression. I think Felicia suffered it - especially after her firstborn, Sarah. Her whole life was changed when she found out she was pregnant, not to mention marrying someone very quickly. She had dreams of going to law school. After their second child was born Felicia wanted to go back to school but Jackson stated they didn’t have the money. Felicia didn’t just want to be a mom, she wanted something more. And I was kind of upset at Jackson for not realizing this.
Issues in marriage such as intimacy issues, financial struggles, having children when not ready were all discussed in this book. I think all marriages go through seasons of struggles but what we do about it will determine if the marriage will succeed or suffer. God is there to help with those struggles. Through prayer and personally working on the marriage can help make the marriage last.
I also think this would make an adorable Hallmark Movie! Don’t you agree?
Would I Recommend?
Yes! I thinks this would be the perfect book to read during the Christmas season.
About The Author:
Eva Marie Everson is a multiple-award winning author and speaker who hails from the picturesque Southern town of Sylvania, Georgia. She is president of Word Weavers International, director of Florida Christian Writers Conference, Managing Editor at Firefly Southern Fiction, and enjoys coaching new authors through her company, Pen in Hand. She is an avid photographer who enjoys turning her photos into inspiring memes for you to share (with proper attribution). Eva Marie and her husband make their home in Central Florida. They are the parents of three fabulous children who have blessed them with the world's greatest grandchildren.
(1) winner will receive:
a print copy of The Ornament Keeper, and
an ornament handpicked by the author
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Note: I was provided a copy of this book to review by the publisher. All opinions are my own.