"Another amazing story by one of the best."
Reviewed by Sandra Wurman
Posted December 4, 2017
Romance | Holiday
As a longtime fan of Catherine Anderson I'm sure each of us
has a favorite series, mine spans two genres, contemporary
and historical, which probably factors into my choice which
is the Coulter
Family series. However, I must admit I've read just
about everything written by one of the most beloved talented
heartwarming authors. And once again Catherine Anderson
introduces us to some fabulous characters who basically grow
and develop right before our eyes.
The title of THE CHRISTMAS ROOM perhaps narrows the scope of
the story which is far from the truth. The holiday season is
just another characters shall we say in THE CHRISTMAS ROOM,
a supporting member of a great cast.
No one knows more about complex family issues than Catherine
Anderson. I've always applauded her drive to avoid finding
fast, easy or convenient solutions. Life involves an ever
seeking search for whatever will make you happy and more
fulfilled and that's what THE CHRISTMAS ROOM is all about.
The generations of a couple of families face some rather
difficult challenges. Changes in environment, health and
making important vital adjustments. Packing up a family and
trying to finally follow a dream is never easy and Maddie,
Cam, and Caleb are realistic in their expectations and
timeline. Cam basically sets up a tent city on his new
property to accommodate his son and his mother. It all took
work and planning but of course, it isn't ideal, but then
again it is supposed to be temporary.
Unfortunately their closest neighbor Sam looks at the
McClendon family as poor white trash living in tents and
trailers. In fact, he has not even made an attempt to
welcome them, on the contrary Sam is nasty and threatening.
This is the new Sam created by the loss of his wife Annie.
The entire community knows this new Sam and is diligent
about keeping him at arm's length.
But Sam's daughter Kim has been forced to follow some very
strong-armed measures put down by her father. She has no
social life, wouldn't dare go against Sam. Having the
McClendon's next door is bound to have a huge effect on Sam
and Kim. Good people sometimes find themselves in a dark
place. Welcoming a source of light is a difficult step for
some and majorly an issue for Sam.
There's a lot at stake here in THE CHRISTMAS ROOM and
watching these people settle in and find new personal peace
is an absolute delight.
The beloved author of the Mystic Creek series gifts
readers with a novel of homespun holiday cheer, as two
families discover the joy of hope and redemption....
Widow Maddie McLendon has uprooted her life to move to
Rustlers Gulch with her son and grandson. But as a brutal
Montana winter looms on the horizon, contractors have yet to
break ground on their new house, leaving them to live in a
makeshift camp of trailers, tents, and sheds....
Since his wife died six years ago, millionaire rancher Sam
Conacher has been content to wallow in his grief alone while
keeping a tight rein on his twenty-six-year-old daughter.
But now the girl has gone and fallen in love with his
foolish new neighbor’s no-good son....
Maddie and Sam will never see eye to eye on anything, until
a near-tragedy gives them a true glimpse into each other’s
souls. And as the first snowflakes begin to fall, they’ll
discover that an open heart is the biggest gift of all....
What do you think about this review?
1 comment posted.
Re: Another amazing story by one of the best.
Catherine Anderson is fabulous. Thanks for the review. I
have this book and can't wait to read it.
(Kathleen Bylsma 4:15pm December 5)
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