My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Source: Netgalley (2 years ago ~ better late than never!)
Genre: Christian Christmas Tale
Published: August 2011
Book Description: On Christmas Eve twenty years earlier, Marlee and Jacob were married in a snowstorm. This Christmas Eve, they are ready to quit, divorce is imminent. Their relationship is as icy as the road they're traveling and as blocked with troubles as the piling snow. They take a shortcut to get to the lawyer's office, on a slippery, no-fault path. She thinks they need to stay on the main road. He disagrees. They fight. Story of their lives and they slam into a bank of snow, spinning, drifting, falling, out of control. Just like their lives. Reluctantly, freezing cold, hungry, scared, she trudges up the hill. Jacob is nowhere to be found. Her ears frozen, fingers and hands red, she comes to a house on the hillside, built like a Bed and Breakfast, a green wreath on the red door and the door-knocker is in the shape of a wedding ring.
The red door opens and the first thing she notices is the fire in the room, blazing hot, a warm, inviting, friendly place and the voice of an old man welcomes her in. There are three golden pots on the hearth, shining, glimmering things. The old man claims that they are used to restore marriages. She laughs-and begins a journey through her past, present, and future that will test how she views her lifelong love. There are two futures available. Which will she choose?
My thoughts: A couple celebrate their twentieth anniversary by going to the lawyer to sign divorce papers. They do not see a future together and are ready and willing to give up on their lives together.
They take a short cut on a snowy Christmas Eve to see the lawyer before he heads home for the holidays. Their choice leads to an accident and a chance to see what would, could, o shouldn't happen with their decision.
Merilee finds herself in the home of a stranger. She is lost and alone, worried about her husband. She is given the choice to look into three pots. She see's the past, the present, and the future. It is similar to A Christmas Carol in many ways.
I really enjoyed the message that marriage is worth fighting for in many cases. I know that it is not always possible, or desirable, with some relationships. This story brings out a message of hope for families who are struggling. For marriages in tact, it's just a great reminder of traveling life's road side by side.