Return to Christmas By Kathi Macias
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Return to Christmas beautifully blends the two struggling worlds of a former marine and a little boy with attachment disorder. Former Marine Chet is having a hard time adjusting to civilian life. He doesn’t need help. He needs employment. He doesn’t have issues. The little boy his friends adopted has issues. But there is something about that little boy that draws him. Will the events leading up to this Christmas be able to melt his soldier heart or will he spiral into a dark depression?
Return to Christmas by Kathy Macias is a story that touched my heart. I immediately fell in love with both families in this story. The first with Chet, who is a former Marine and has done two tours in Afghanistan and seen more there than anyone should. His wife Jeneen who loves him deeply and their 3 year old son Kevin. When Chet decide to leave the Marines he had a hard time dealing with being home and trying to find work and also the issues going on in his head. His wife had to take on a full time job and there 3 year old son had to go to preschool while she worked. Chet did do some odd jobs when he could find work, but that didn’t happened as often. Jeneen kept her faith in God and kept going to church and praying even though Chet didn’t want to participate. I really loved how the author incorporated prayer and the bible. I loved that she kept her faith and depend on God to help her through and not to destroy their marriage.
Breanne is the owner of the preschool that Kevin goes to was also dealing with their own family problems, her and her husband Steve adopted a little boy Ryan, who is now also 3, he has attachment disorder. Breanne and her husband believe in God and ask for his help and know they are meant to be Ryan’s parents. I also love the way the writer developed these characters and made them also very interesting.
I find it interesting how they all end up together, and with having faith also helps. I also thought this was a good story and a great topic, could have been developed more on the topic but this is a good start and also shows that having faith and to keep trying and it can work. This story also gave me goose bumps, I felt it is well written and also reminds of the reason for the season. This is a clean story, shows strong and courageous men and women that are determined to overcome their difficulties that life hands out. For me a lot of emotions came to my mind. I am glad I was able to read this story.
I definitely give this book five stars.
I love this quote, Diana
“I’m wondering what to read next.” — Matilda, Roald Dahl