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December 1, 2014

Forever Christmas {Robert Tate Miller}

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This Christmas will change Andrew Farmer’s life forever.
Andrew can’t remember the last time he spent Christmas away from work. The end of the year is crunch time for literary agents. But when your career is your life, your life starts to suffer . . . beginning with your marriage.
When a heart-wrenching accident in a Christmas Eve snowstorm jars this high-powered agent from his obsession with success, a Christmas miracle will give him a second chance at love, life, and gratitude, but only if he can put aside his own ambition and learn to appreciate each moment.
Sometimes it takes a tragedy to change a man’s life—and to teach him to treat every day as if it were his last.

This story started out, and I really thought it was going to have such a predictable ending. Andrew and his wife, Beth, have been best friends since there were young children. Lately their marriage has been struggling as Andrew has had a rise in his career and has begun to lose track of all things important. A tempting relationship on a business trip leads you to believe that something bad is going to happen.
I was pleasantly surprised when the story did not go in the direction that I thought it was going to go. True, there was a tragic event that changed Andrew's way of thinking. But the aftermath of that event took me completely by surprise.
A second chance - Andrew had a second chance to make it all right. 
The story began to have several unexpected twists going forward, each one making me keep turning the pages to see how it would all end. Would Andrew learn his lesson? Would Beth find a way to be happy? Would it all work out in the end?
And then I was shocked when the story took another tragic and unexpected turn. But then it ended so, so well. I loved the ending of this story and found myself smiling as I read the last few paragraphs. The author did an amazing job of bringing everything full circle and reminding us of one very important lesson - treasure the ones you love.
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Robert Tate Miller began his writing career with homespun essays of small town life that were published by Reader's Digest, The Christian Science Monitor, and the Chicken Soup for the Soul book series. He moved to Los Angeles in the late 1980s and wrote successful family-oriented telefilms for NBC, ABC Family, and the Hallmark Channel. Robert lives in Northridge, CA, with his wife Gina and stepdaughter Chloe June.