I thoroughly enjoyed bringing you my review of Keeping Christmas a little while back, and here is another great story to get you into the Christmas spirit.
Of all the Christmas stories I have read this last two weeks, An Endless Christmas is my favorite. I am a sucker for a big, sloppy, family on top of everyone kind of Christmas person. While I have never experienced my dream of people sleeping everywhere, family laughing and talking incessantly, and food covering counters and pouring out of the fridge – I still dream about it.
Cynthia Ruchti’s Endless Christmas is a story about my dream. The entire family gathers at the grandparents house, aunt and uncles, cousins, siblings, everyone for an entire week. The house is so full people are sleeping on the breakfast nook bench! One minor detail about this gathering, it is electronic free, no phones, no screens, etc and family of all ages follow this rule.
This year, Micah the only grandson of this large family invites his girlfriend, Katie, to the family gathering. Upon walking into the house, he proposes and she does not accept. The beginning of a sweet story right? Well, not at first, but the way this family loves each other, loves Katie and lives out what they believe is absolutely beautiful!! There are so many sweet elements to this story, so many little rabbit trails of getting to know personalities of the relatives, but the best part is seeing Dodie and Wilson, the grandparents, love each other.
This was such a charming story, so many aspects of life addressed, and so many pictures of reconciliation and restoration. I highly recommend this book for a great gift for the reader in your life, for yourself to push you right into the Christmas season, or for anyone else.
NOTE : I was offered a copy of An Endless Christmas in exchange for an honest review.
More about An Endless Christmas:
Sometimes love looks different than we imagined.
Both in their eighties, Dodie and Wilson Binder celebrate every Christmas as if it were their last. This year, their grandson Micah is planning to ask his girlfriend, Katie, to marry him so they can celebrate with the whole family. But things go very wrong when she says “no.” Now they are stuck. 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.
Cynthia Ruchti tells stories hemmed in Hope through her novels and novellas, speaking for women’s events and retreats, writers’ events, nonfiction books, and devotionals, drawing from 33 years writing and producing an on-air radio broadcast. Her books have been recognized by RT Reviewers’ Choice, Selah Awards, Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence, CR’s BEST Awards, Carol Award honors, Family Fiction Readers’ Choice Award, ForeWord Reviews Book of the Year honors and others. She has a total of 15 books on the shelves, with more contracted. She and her plot-tweaking husband live in the heart of Wisconsin, not far from their three children and five grandchildren.
In 2012, the radio broadcast Cynthia wrote and produced for 33 years–”The Heartbeat of the Home”–drew to a close. The scripted radio drama/devotional broadcast aired on many radio stations across the country and two cable/digital television stations. Cynthia served as the editor of the ministry’s Backyard Friends magazine, a twenty-page, twice annual publication that reached 5,000 homes, churches, and parachurch outreaches.