Susan May Warren continues her contemporary romance series with this novella about the relationship of John and Ingrid Christiansen, parents to the six Christiansen children.
In Evergreen, Ingrid and John are facing an empty nest as their adult children marry, go to live in far-away places, and undergo other life changes. Deep wounds affect their relationship; with the absence of their children in their home, these wounds rise to the surface. Two of their children are estranged, two are married, one is planning a wedding, and the youngest has left to study abroad in Prague.
John plans a surprise trip to Paris for them over Christmas while Ingrid accepts the responsibility for their town’s live Nativity. Their sixteen-year-old dog requires surgery, . Their nephew, a troubled youth, comes to live with them temporarily.
John wants to fix his marriage to Ingrid, but doesn’t know how. Ingrid wants her broken family mended and her heart healed from the pain of a past loss. Ingrid and John’s relationship is cold like winter. Will Ingrid let go of her bitterness? Will John learn to listen to Ingrid more? Will their relationship thaw?
Warren’s other books begin with a letter written by Ingrid. Evergreen begins with part of Ingrid’s Christmas letter about some of the changes in their family during the past year: Darek’s marriage (Take a Chance on Me), Eden’s marriage (It Had to be You), and Grace’s upcoming marriage (When I Fall in Love). The final version of the letter concludes Evergreen. Discussion questions are also included.
Recommended for adult collections in public libraries.
Carol R. Gehringer, CLJ
—reprinted with permission, Christian Library Journal, 2015.