Friday, July 22, 2011

A Marriage Carol

Jake and Marlee, a typical couple, are about to call it quits.  Over time they have drifted apart; the sparks are dead.  Marlee is convinced she married the wrong man and Jake feels tied down to the wrong woman.  Jake is distant and tired of being controlled while Marlee is tired of being the only one trying  to the save their marriage.
They go to bed Christmas Eve, in separate rooms, each is too short to be shouldn't hurt like this...their marriage must end for happiness to return.  But their lives are about to take a turn.  The ghosts of Marriage Past, Marriage Present, and Marriage Future reveal to Jake and Marlee how past choices, present realities, and their potential future might look if they do not change their "stories".
Jake and Marlee experience a Christmas gift that will radically change their thinking and cause them to look at marriage not for what they can get out of it but for what God can do in and through their marriage.

My Thoughts:
A Marriage Carol takes the general premise of A Christmas Carol and turns it into a story of a troubled marriage. Instead of ghosts visiting, there is snow melting in pots over a fire revealing events of the past, present and future to Marlee. It's a story of honesty, forgiveness and realization that ending a marriage is not the answer to finding happiness.
While I enjoyed this story, it doesn't have the same intensity as Fabry's other works of fiction - June Bug and Almost Heaven. I must admit I wonder how two authors can collaborate to write one cohesive work.

I'd like to thank the publisher for making a review copy of The Marriage Carol available via NetGalley.

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