Tuesday, June 28, 2011

A Marriage Carol

A Marriage Carol
Chris Fabry & Gary Chapman
128 pages
Publisher: Moody
Source: the publisher via NetGalley.com

You can read the Goodreads summary here.

I know what you're thinking - a Christmas book in June?  Well, here's what you may not know about me: I am a Christmas-aholic.  I mean I sit in front of the TV for two days straight every July when QVC does their "Christmas in July" special.  I got nuts for the stuff and my favorite books to veg out to are Christmas novels.  So when this popped up in a NetGalley e-mail, I was all over that in a heartbeat.

A play off the classic, A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens, A Marriage Carol follows Marlee the night she and her husband get into an accident on the way to their divorce lawyer.  Stranded in a snowstorm with her husband vanished from the car, Marlee finds shelter from a local man who helps her see her marriage past, present and future.

I thought the authors' writing style was beautiful and very descriptive.  It's not a book to over think or analyze, although it may help to analyze your own relationships. Overall, it was a sweet story about a marriage in trouble that gets a second chance.  I would recommend it anyone who likes Christmas stories and also to couples who are having a difficult time in their marriage, even though the book oversimplified marriages in crisis.  This book is definitely a Christian book, so if you don't like that kind of thing, skip it.

A Marriage Carol will be released in September.

PS: I love the cover.  At first glance it looks like a wreath on a front door with a door knocker, but the door knocker is actually an engagement ring!  Very cute.


  1. Hi. I am wondering why you only gave it 3 stars? You seemed to like the book and you DO recommend it to others. I am interested in why you only gave it 3 stars.

  2. Hi, Amy. I would recommend this book to others - if I know that it's the kind of book they would like. The star rating doesn't really have much to do with whether or not I would recommend it. I go by the Goodreads rating system. One star means "didn't like it," two means "it was okay," three means "liked it," four means "really liked it," and five means "it was amazing." Star ratings are difficult things - they have different meanings from reader to reader.

    So for this book, I liked it and gave it three stars. I didn't "really like" it. It didn't have anything extra special in it that's going to stick with me, which is my personal criteria for a four star rating.

    I hope that helps...


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