There’s no getting out of Christmas now, despite Katie rejecting Micah’s marriage proposal. Cozy up this holiday season with Cynthia Ruchti’s new novella, An Endless Christmas. The Binder family celebrates every Christmas as if it were their last. Too many people, too much snow, and too little room should be a recipe for disaster. But sometimes too much is just enough. Especially when it’s Christmas.
Such love and warmth and laughter and friendship emanated from this novella, courtesy of Cynthia Ruchti’s talented pen. Grandma Dodie and Grandpa Wilson are just the absolute sweetest and cutest couple ever! I want to be like them when I grow up.
For as much as I had tears in my eyes while reading An Endless Christmas, I also laughed out loud just as frequently. Sometimes merely lines apart. Such as one particular scene where Katie is hiding out in the mudroom, looking through photo albums during a sleepless night and stumbling across something in one of them that breaks her heart. The following falls at the end of that section:
“Katie? Is that you in there?” Grandma Dodie sounded concerned.
She swiped at her eyes. “I was… reading. Didn’t want to disturb you.”
“Take your time. But you should know, dear, there’s a bra strap sticking out from under the door.”
Between Grandma Dodie and Uncle Paul, I don’t remember the last time I laughed so much at people who weren’t real!
And the other people? Oh goodness, that family. Next to my own, the Binders are my new favorite family. Grandpa Wilson and his nightly blessings and song. Micah and his steady heart. Brogan and his choice of sleepwear. All of them welcoming Katie as family even though – maybe especially because – she said ‘no’ to Micah’s proposal. The adorable girls and the Christmas pageant. Oh my heart, the pageant! A word of advice for when you get to that part in the story — keep a tissue or two handy for the tears that will leak out but also… eat or drink at your risk until it’s over. Laughter-induced choking hazards ahead 🙂
Probably the best part though? The fact that this family – even in their cute, sweet, humor-filled LOVE for each other – is full of a bunch of people who are human. Sure, they teased and bantered and hugged a lot. But they also cried sometimes. They admitted past failures. Some of them were struggling to make it as single parents or new parents or parents whose parents were aging. Through it all though, they loved each other deeply and steadily.
I think everyone is craving that in today’s world. Someone – a person, a family, a community – who will love them that completely. Warts, scars, debts, track records and all. During this season where we celebrate Jesus’ birth, An Endless Christmas is such a beautiful reminder that Someone does love all of us – each of us – just like that.
The earth shall soon dissolve like snow
The sun forbear to shine
But God who called me here below
Will be forever mine
(I received a copy of this book in exchange for only my honest review.)
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About the Author:
Drawing from 33 years of on-air radio ministry, Cynthia Ruchti tells stories of hope-that-glows-in-the-dark through her novels and novellas, nonfiction books and devotionals, and speaking for women’s and writers’ events. Her books have been recognized by Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Awards, Selah Awards, the Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence, Christian Retailing’s BEST Awards, and Carol Award nominations, among other honors, including a Family Fiction Readers’ Choice Award. She and her plot-tweaking husband live in Pittsville, Wisconsin, not far from their three children and five grandchildren.