Author: Chautona Havig
Publisher: Create Space
Release Date: November 23, 2016
Rating: 5 Stars
Reviewer: Jessica Higgins
When the thing you least expect to happen to you happens, how do you handle it?
Every year Emily Byrne plans a project she can do that is a way to give back. This year she sits in her daughter’s kindergarten classroom to draw portraits and write little stories of what each child’s deepest wish is. Everything is going good until Joey Cordell sits in front of her with tears in his eyes and says the only thing he wants for Christmas is to find his father. His mother is dying and came to Rockland to find his father. She had been living in Las Vegas as a prostitute and Joey’s father is a man she met there and she fell in love with after a few short hours. She knew he was married but as usual it didn’t make a difference to her. Emily meets her and promises to do all she can to help her find Joey’s father. As time runs out and Joey’s mother is about to die, Emily doubts she can find the father in time. With death seconds away, Emily promises to continue looking and to care for Joey who she has already fallen in love with. As the truth emerges, a family is crushed and the damage is going to be hard to overcome.
While reading this story, several times I pictured myself as these characters and tried to determine how I would act if this happened to me. I don’t want to give too much away in the synopsis or review, but I will say it is a story to be read by those in a marriage or preparing for marriage. Infidelity in marriage is a horrible thing. Some can get past it and some can’t. Seeing the way Chautona Havig crafted these characters, the situations they found themselves in, and how they dealt with it all put the reader in those situations as those characters. A few characters annoyed me, but not enough to pull me from the rest of the story. I really don’t know how I would feel if I was placed in this situation but am glad I read Christmas Embers to have a better understanding of the biblical principles behind infidelity and how it affects all those involved. A lot of this I didn’t know and am better for learning it all in this way. This was a very quick enjoyable read that I recommend to all.