The Gift of Family by Mary Monroe


Hi everyone!  I hope your week is going well.  As most of us know, life is a journey and sometimes it takes us in a different direction from what we have hoped for or expected. The Gift of Family is one such story that brings joy from disappointment.

40-somethings Eugene and Rosemary Johnson are a couple in love who have everything they had ever wanted. That is, except for a child of their own. Any remaining hope of Rosemary bearing their child is taken away when they learn that Rosemary requires emergency surgery. When trying to find someone to provide support to their household, Eugene suggests a woman that his family had employed in the past and had loved. Rosemary agrees to meet with Ethel Perkins, a feisty Christian woman who proves to be exactly what Rosemary and Eugene need to get Rosemary back on her feet after her surgery.

Ethel’s life has been filled with tragedy. Now left in her sixties to care for her three great-grandchildren, Ethel is not a stranger to hard work. Despite this, she’s having a hard time financially to make ends meet. As they approach Christmas, devastating news comes to Ethel and her family. In the true spirit of the season, Eugene and Rosemary bring the family into their home lightening the load for this hard-working woman. Will this beneficial relationship work beyond the holiday season?

I enjoyed this Christmas story and all the feelings of good will that we associate with Christmas that came from it. I found the characters to be well-developed, highly personable and very likeable. The book flowed well and while absolutely predictable, this worked for this story of love. I really appreciated the metaphor Rosemary uses with Ethel’s Great-Granddaughter and the respectful relationship that was developing between the two near the end of the book. I did, however, feel that the relationship between the two families developed just a little too fast which felt a little unrealistic to me. Having said that, I’d recommend this book to those that appreciate a story of good will at Christmas.

Thanks to Netgalley and Kensington Books for the ARC of this book in exchange for the honest review provided here.  The Gift of Family publishes on September 29.

My rating: 🎄 🎄 🎄 🎄/5.

20 comments:

  1. Sounds like something I'd enjoy reading. Great post xx

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  2. A guilty pleasure I have is reading and watching Christmas things! They're always so adorable, even the heart-breaking ones. This is such a beautiful sounding book and right up my street! Great review!

    Daisy xoxo | AccordingToDaisy

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  3. I’m not normally into Christmas stuff but this seems like a good read. Thanks for sharing!

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  4. I honestly don't think I've ever read a Christmas book. This sounds like it has a good storyline,since it's apparently not all caroling and joy. The thing that would give me pause about this one is that you said it's absolutely predictable.

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  5. Seems like an interesting read, feels weird looking at a Christmas book but it’s not that long away now. I enjoy reading lots more in autumn and winter as it is just snuggle up and read a book weather. Thank you for an honest review.

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  6. I've been looking for a new festive book to read and this sounds like a great, feel good one. Great review.

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  7. Oooh! I love that the holiday themed books are back in season! This book comes with a hard to swallow situation but I am glad that things worked out somehow! Hard work definitely comes with rewards. Glad that you enjoyed the book overall and big plus on the character story!

    Nancy ✨ exquisitely.me

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  8. This sounds like such a charming book! It's easier to ignore the unrealistic developments when it's in a Christmas book, isn't it? Great review!

    Lindsey | https://aramblingreviewer.com/

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  9. Great post! Reminded me of Christmas... :)

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  10. I really enjoyed your review! It seems you are having fun with all the Christmas books. :)

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