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- ASIN : B07X3QJN8F
- Publication date : October 8, 2019
- Language : English
- File size : 2399 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 176 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1698176104
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #7,444 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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It's about a couple who try but not hard enough, to keep their commitment to each other.
This story, for me, becomes about a woman, on her own, who goes through too much loss. How she turns the page and starts to enjoy life instead of grieving for the past losses is what stands out as the real story here.
She inadvertently finds friendship, a girlfriend, to be one of the best ways to overcome loss. Thank God she realizes the importance of friendship instead of rehashing the past. Friends will help so much to get a person through things.
This book was a really good read for me. I found it very true to life and also love. It made me feel good to read it's hopeful message.
Fern had a cameo in The Schoolhouse: A Hickory Grove Novel which left me with the impression she might not be dealing with a full deck, but that's definitely not the case. We learn through chat room flashbacks why Fern moved back to Hickory Grove a few years ago, and how she met Stedman, whom she would marry.
Maggie, who we also met in The Schoolhouse, is Fern's nearest neighbor and offers to help her go through everything she's collected in the four years since her mother's death. I liked Maggie a lot more in this book than in the previous one. We find out a little bit more about Maggie. I think she's a great friend to Fern and I enjoyed their friendship.
In the midst of what I call "Fern's rebirth" she and her estranged husband Stedman start communicating again. I kind of understand why he left but don't understand why he never contacted Fern in four years. The only reason they're even speaking now is because Fern called him to ask where the water shut off valve was to stop her house from flooding from the burst pipe. I hope these two had more communication than was on the written page if they want to make their marriage work. Having suffered from depression I was aggravated with this character and that he would just leave his wife because she fell into a depression after her mother died.
I adore the cover of the book--it's a perfect Christmas house. I LOVED when Fern, Maggie and Becky redid the decorations outside and inside the house. That part really made me feel the spirit of Christmas.