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 20 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.
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- Clare Campbell
A beautiful story that delves deep into a woman’s heart.
At 28, single, and no kids in sight (unless you consider one spoiled cat a dependent) I wouldn’t be the typical reader of this kind of book. BUT, I do love anything Christmas. Also, I grew up with a country obsessed family so just hearing the narrator read in that Georgia drawl had me swooning. From the get-go I felt like I’d lived this life. I saw myself in Felicia’s daughter and in a young, stubborn, way-to-serious Felicia. After helping my parents, and especially my own mother, through a period of separation the beginnings of this book brought with them a lot of emotions and memories. Not in a negative way, but in a gentle way that rang with a lot of truth though I knew it was a piece of fiction. Following Felicia’s story as it wove with ease from memories from a time past to her present day reality, was so artfully crafted. I found myself growling at her for being so blind or nodding in agreement - Yup, I’ve said that/felt that/almost messed up with that too. Put simply, following the major points of Felicia’s life was like a mirror. Felicia could reflect the trials of any woman reading this-regardless of age-because we’ve all experienced those feelings; hurt, bitterness, guilt, anger, jealously, hardness of heart. This story encapsulates, for me, the heart of a woman. Yes, it is a love story but it’s definitely deeper than that. It’s a heart story. A reminder that God makes the most beautiful masterpieces out of what may appear like a stupid mistake (or string of them). There are so many themes packed into this story. So very powerful that they impacted me at a personal level. Forgiveness of self being so interlaced with forgiving another - this was so perfectly written that I felt the a-ha moment with the main character. Finding peace and letting go in order to see how great your life is and how loved you are, was yet another great theme. And I especially enjoyed when Felicia was finally able to confront her insecurities and jealousy that the silly notions and damaging paranoia surrounding her husband vanished. Those thoughts were so real and justified - as they always are - but when confronted with truth those lies vanished. All in all this novella is a mirror into the life and hearts of women everywhere. It reflects back our deepest fear and regrets in the life and story of Felicia, and reminds us that life is to be enjoyed. That God wills us to forgive in order to free ourselves from those fears so that we can fall in love with our lives, our partners, our families, ourselves all over again. Because there’s no greater peace than the peace we find within ourselves when we love, and no better season to remind us of that gift than Christmas. The Ornament Keeper is more then just a holiday season read. It’s a soul book. A story to remind us to be gentle on others and ourselves. A story to mend the old heartaches. A story that reaffirms the truth that nothing surrendered to God is broken, and that even our stupidest mistakes are the paving stones that lead us straight back to His heart for us.