Evergreen by Susan May Warren ~ Christmas Gift Guide for Book Lovers

A Christiansen Winter Novella
Contemporary Fiction / Romance

That's the magic of good-bye . . .


An empty nest has Ingrid Christiansen dreading the upcoming holidays, but her husband, John, couldn’t be more excited about this new season of life. He even has a surprise trip abroad planned. He’s sure she’ll love it. What’s more romantic than Christmas in Paris?

Before he can stop her, however, Ingrid agrees to spearhead a major church project. Then their faithful dog, Butterscotch, needs emergency surgery, draining their savings. And then—because disasters strike in threes—an unexpected guest arrives, dredging up old hurts.

As a beautiful blanket of snow transforms the north woods into a winter wonderland, a deep chill settles over John and Ingrid’s marriage. With the holidays fast approaching, their only hope of keeping their love evergreen depends on turning the page on the past and embracing a new chapter of their future.

My Thoughts

Evergreen is everything that we have come to love and expect from Susan May Warren. She takes us to the cozy little town of Deep Haven in northern Minnesota. There we once again meet up with a group of characters that we've come to love like our own family. As we enter the story we find John and Ingrid embarking on a new chapter in their lives. They are beginning to navigate the road of empty nesters.

To say that John is thrilled with the prospect of some longed for alone time with Ingrid is an understatement. For years he's looked forward to this point in their life and has envisioned being able to pursue things that weren't possible with all the kids at home. Unfortunately Ingrid doesn't feel the same. In fact she feels rather lost and empty. Her life centered around her children but now that they have moved on to lives of their own she's left with a deep sense of grief. The impending holidays just magnify her emptiness.

When an unexpected opportunity to nurture a troubled teenager presents itself, Ingrid is thrilled and feels as if she has a purpose again. John on the other hand seems resentful. But there are underlying circumstances that begin to surface that shed light onto the growing distance between John and Ingrid. 

Evergreen is filled with flawed characters in need of God's grace. Through them we get to explore what it means to love and to be loved. We learn about giving unselfishly of ourselves to those who may not seem like they deserve it. Above all we are reminded that grace and forgiveness are the best gifts we can give to ourselves and others.

If you have a book lover on your Christmas gift list, pick this one up. It is the perfect holiday read. It is a novella so it can be consumed in one lovely evening in front of the fire. 

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