Dan has done another incredible job with writing this novel. The characters come to life and work their way into your heart as you empathize with their current life situations and as you struggle right along side them to come to terms with changes that have taken place forcing them to adjust to losses in traditions and family times.
Stan had no idea this year would be so difficult for Judith, and he had no idea how to help her at first. This couple has just celebrated Thanksgiving alone, to Stan it was seemingly not a big deal, but when he arrives home the following day to a house completely void of Christmas decorations and his wife struggling with the holidays and lack of family surrounding her, he realizes just how difficult it is. Judith is struggling with the fact that she does not have a purpose in life anymore as she is seemingly not needed, not an important piece in her children and grandchildren's lives as they live so far away, living their own lives.
I highly recommend "Keeping Christmas" as a must-read this Christmas season as you will not be able to read this without your heart becoming fully involved in the story and intertwined in the characters' lives.
*Thanks to the Revell Reads Program for the complimentary copy of this book in exchange for a honest review.*