This afternoon I sat down with this novel in hand. A few hours later I closed the last page being moved greatly from this unexpected blessing.
So different from anything penned by Terri Blackstock. I have been a fan for years of her gifted writing. Loving her thriller and suspenseful novels and series. But this novel, for me today, exceeds them all. I love when God does His thing in His perfect timing.
I wish I had a copy of this novel to give to every friend and family member. A wonderful read for now, before Christmas when all gets crazy and overdone. A novel for the heart to be moved to change. That makes this a standout novel.
A faith-centered read with three characters that stole my heart. I could relate to the cab driver and the granddaughter. The grandmother, she could be my mother. Placing myself in the part of the granddaughter. My mother is in the early stages of dementia. For me, there are times I feel less like a daughter and more so a nurse, a grocery shopper, a driver, fill in the blank. All the while trying to find myself in my own busy life. With all that being said, this novel made me stop and think. A last Christmas? Maybe. We never know, but that is what these three characters help us see through their transparent lives.
A cab driver, living with guilt, is changed forever when he is called to the house of a sweet old lady. This is his second chance. A granddaughter, caught in the life of a job that has taken over her life and trying her best to care for the grandmother who she loves so much. The sweet Callie, she wants to make it the best Christmas ever. These three lives are intertwined as God intercedes and brings them together for a time that will bring unexpected blessings.
I love the sweetness of this story. Such a simple message, but one we easily forget. Beauty fills every page of this novel. I too love that Terri shares how this story was brought to black and white. I am so thrilled she shared it. A story my heart needed and words I needed reminding of today.
This novel was a gift from Thomas Nelson for sharing my review with you.
Terri Blackstock has sold over seven million books worldwide and is a New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author. She is the award-winning author of Intervention, Vicious Cycle, and Downfall, as well as such series as If I Run, Moonlighters, and Cape Refuge.