kode adsense disini
Hot Best Seller

The Ornament Keeper

Availability: Ready to download

Award-winning author Eva Marie Everson wraps up a Christmas story of hope, love, and forgiveness just in time for the holidays. The Ornament Keeper, a contemporary Christmas novella, features Felicia and Jackson Morgan who are spending their first Christmas apart after twenty years of marriage. But a lifetime of gifted ornaments helps Felicia piece together the story of th Award-winning author Eva Marie Everson wraps up a Christmas story of hope, love, and forgiveness just in time for the holidays. The Ornament Keeper, a contemporary Christmas novella, features Felicia and Jackson Morgan who are spending their first Christmas apart after twenty years of marriage. But a lifetime of gifted ornaments helps Felicia piece together the story of their marriage and the one mistake of unforgiveness she made before they said, "I do." Can these memory-filled ornaments reunite this family before Christmas? Only time will tell.


Compare
kode adsense disini

Award-winning author Eva Marie Everson wraps up a Christmas story of hope, love, and forgiveness just in time for the holidays. The Ornament Keeper, a contemporary Christmas novella, features Felicia and Jackson Morgan who are spending their first Christmas apart after twenty years of marriage. But a lifetime of gifted ornaments helps Felicia piece together the story of th Award-winning author Eva Marie Everson wraps up a Christmas story of hope, love, and forgiveness just in time for the holidays. The Ornament Keeper, a contemporary Christmas novella, features Felicia and Jackson Morgan who are spending their first Christmas apart after twenty years of marriage. But a lifetime of gifted ornaments helps Felicia piece together the story of their marriage and the one mistake of unforgiveness she made before they said, "I do." Can these memory-filled ornaments reunite this family before Christmas? Only time will tell.

30 review for The Ornament Keeper

  1. 5 out of 5

    Tressa (Wishful Endings)

    4.5 Stars THE ORNAMENT KEEPER is so much more than a sweet historical romance. It's a heartfelt story of lost dreams, second chances and redemption. It's the story of learning to accept imperfections and past mistakes in order to begin healing. Between the Christmas small-town setting, the strong family dynamic, and sweet romance, readers are sure to fall in love with this story. I was expecting this to be a short and sweet story, especially at novella length, but what I found was a deeply emotion 4.5 Stars THE ORNAMENT KEEPER is so much more than a sweet historical romance. It's a heartfelt story of lost dreams, second chances and redemption. It's the story of learning to accept imperfections and past mistakes in order to begin healing. Between the Christmas small-town setting, the strong family dynamic, and sweet romance, readers are sure to fall in love with this story. I was expecting this to be a short and sweet story, especially at novella length, but what I found was a deeply emotional story of this couple's history and current situation where they find themselves separated. I loved the genuine characters from the start, although I would have loved to get a better view of Jackson. Felicia is a strong character who is lost and has let something that happened years ago blind her to what she has in her marriage and with Jackson. I appreciated that no one spelled it out for her. She had to figure things out on her own. It's heartbreaking and emotional, bringing me to tears in a few places. I could see how both her and Jackson had created issues in their marriage until they were no longer partners. I loved how she finally figured out what her issues were and faced them. I did want more from Jackson's end as he played his own role in the fallout and I felt that was somewhat unresolved, but otherwise it was a satisfying, and perfectly sweet, ending. In the end, was it what I wished for? A thoroughly enjoyable story of heartbreak, love, and forgiveness that inspirational romance readers will love. I certainly did. Content: Clean Source: I received a complimentary copy from JustReadTours, which did not require a positive review nor affect it in any way.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Nora St Laurent

    This story begins with Felicia and her children discussing the up-coming holiday season. Felicia didn’t want to put up a Christmas tree this year because her husband Jackson had moved out of their home 6 months ago. She wasn’t feeling very festive, but her children Sara, Travis and Hank step up for the occasion. The kids would go to Steadman’s Christmas Tree Farm to get the tree (like they’d always done) and help get the house ready for Christmas. Felicia tells her children she’d take care of the This story begins with Felicia and her children discussing the up-coming holiday season. Felicia didn’t want to put up a Christmas tree this year because her husband Jackson had moved out of their home 6 months ago. She wasn’t feeling very festive, but her children Sara, Travis and Hank step up for the occasion. The kids would go to Steadman’s Christmas Tree Farm to get the tree (like they’d always done) and help get the house ready for Christmas. Felicia tells her children she’d take care of the ornaments. As she puts an ornament on the tree she day dreams about the time each ornament was purchased and what it signified. Readers experience events the ornaments celebrated. The Ornament Keeper is a book that will not only prepare your heart for the Christmas season but will give you encouragement as the author’s characters take a closer look at Mary and Joseph’s story and all that happened to them as they awaited Jesus’s arrival. Just like this young couple who didn’t have an easy time in the beginning, main characters Felicia and Jackson had a hard beginning too; for other reasons. This is a sweet love story that celebrates family, Christmas memories, gives hope and talks about forgiveness, as there is a powerful realization and growth experienced by both main characters that will choke you up and have you cheering for them. This small book packs a powerful punch as it celebrates family, fun and Christmas. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the Publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising” Nora St. Laurent TBCN Where Book Fun Begins! www.bookfun.org The Book Club Network blog www.psalm516.blogspot.com Book Fun Magazine https://www.bookfun.org/page/past-iss... SVP Promotion

  3. 4 out of 5

    Suzie

    Sometimes it takes years to figure out the truth. Sometimes that truth is kept hidden (even from ourselves) deep within, under piles of memories, arguments, and resentment. In The Ornament Keeper, the journey to healing comes through unpacking twenty plus years of memories in the form of Christmas ornaments, one given each year to commemorate an event. I love a good Christmas story, and The Ornament Keeper comes complete with self-discovery, forgiveness, and a small Christmas miracle. And it ends Sometimes it takes years to figure out the truth. Sometimes that truth is kept hidden (even from ourselves) deep within, under piles of memories, arguments, and resentment. In The Ornament Keeper, the journey to healing comes through unpacking twenty plus years of memories in the form of Christmas ornaments, one given each year to commemorate an event. I love a good Christmas story, and The Ornament Keeper comes complete with self-discovery, forgiveness, and a small Christmas miracle. And it ends with the absolute perfect gift. Disclosure statement: I receive complimentary books from publishers, publicists, and/or authors, including NetGalley. I am not required to write positive reviews. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Ginny Cruz

    Eva Marie Everson has penned an exquisite tale of how unresolved emotions and lost dreams can harm a marriage. I love how she weaves the tradition of the annual Christmas ornament into the journey toward forgiveness and resolution. Absolutely a joy to read! This would make an excellent Hallmark movie! There's only one thing I found disappointing--it was too short! You'll enjoy this book, I guarantee it!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Deana Dick

    This is one of the classiest, emotional and pivotal books about Christmas and family I have ever read. It drips with poignant moments that caught me off guard. We all have been there at times in our marriage where we become unhappy but don't quite know why. Our lives seem happy with healthy children, a lovely home and a marriage that has endured loss and triumph, but we feel empty inside. I adored the significance of the ornaments in the story. It told in compassionate detail every important mome This is one of the classiest, emotional and pivotal books about Christmas and family I have ever read. It drips with poignant moments that caught me off guard. We all have been there at times in our marriage where we become unhappy but don't quite know why. Our lives seem happy with healthy children, a lovely home and a marriage that has endured loss and triumph, but we feel empty inside. I adored the significance of the ornaments in the story. It told in compassionate detail every important moment shared between Felicia and Jackson as they married and raised a family. There is a point in the story that made time stop for a minute. Felicia senses she is unhappy but blames everything else but the real reason she is sad. Maybe it was the realization that she hadn't forgiven herself for something that happened in their past. Does she blame Jackson for not allowing her to pursue her dreams? On this Christmas of 2018 everything has changed in the family. Christmas was always special because Jackson gave a special gift to his wife every year that spoke to their hearts. Will it happen this year? How did they drift apart? The story is of two people trying to find their way back to each other and along the way experience Christmas like never before. The reference to Mary and Joseph in the story is very significant and it brings deep feelings to Felicia. I cried throughout the book as it really hit home for me. It has been so hard all these years for me to enjoy the holidays. My childhood was filled with violence and abuse. Christmastime was the worst because I never once received a present my entire childhood. My brothers were blessed with gifts but I had to sit and watch them open them. When I became a mother I did everything I could to make sure that my children had a good Christmas. I put on a good front, but inside I cried for that little girl who wanted a doll and stuffed animal so bad. Over the years I gradually have begun to forgive my parents. What spoke to me the most in this book is two things. The first was how Felicia forgot to forgive herself. That was so powerful and something we often overlook. Thank you for reminding me that I still need to work on that myself. The second thing is how blessed I am to have a man who has stood by me all these years and showed nothing but unconditional love. Felicia didn't understand what she had in Jackson until it was almost too late. I loved when Jackson told Felicia, "I've been in love with you since high school." Jackson and Felicia have each realized they need to work on their marriage and communicate. Will they be able to safe their marriage? Can they remember those special moments at Christmas that are shared with a small gift so precious it reaches into their soul and brings hope? Jealousy and trying to get approval from your parents can stay with you for a long time. Will Felicia and Jackson be able to accept that God is proud of them? This story will need to be read with tissues handy as you read about a family that goes through trials and leaves you with hope, and a feeling of God's love as He wraps His arms around you. He reminds us that we should treasure our memories and love each other like he loves us. "The wounds of unforgiveness are not healed at once, but by the proper application of love and time." I received a copy of this book from the author. The review is my own opinion.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Connie Saunders

    As I read this new novella by Eva Marie Everson I could totally understand how a group of Christmas ornaments could play such an important role in this story. I often recall certain events from my life as I pull out my Christmas ornaments each year and Felicia is no different. Christmas 2018 finds her separated from her husband and she really has little desire to decorate a Christmas tree. It is her daughter who encourages her to pull out the ornaments and it is through these ornaments that we s As I read this new novella by Eva Marie Everson I could totally understand how a group of Christmas ornaments could play such an important role in this story. I often recall certain events from my life as I pull out my Christmas ornaments each year and Felicia is no different. Christmas 2018 finds her separated from her husband and she really has little desire to decorate a Christmas tree. It is her daughter who encourages her to pull out the ornaments and it is through these ornaments that we see the life that Felicia and Jackson once shared. He had given her an ornament for their first Christmas together and each Christmas that has followed and she has established the tradition of hanging each ornament in its same special place each year. As Felicia slowly decorates the tree we are offered glimpses of a very complicated marriage that now seems to be over. During one painful memory Felicia asks herself "Was he baiting me? I honestly couldn't tell, and I wasn't sure I knew him well enough anymore to know. Maybe I'd never known him at all. Maybe I'd spent the last twenty years of my life with a man I'd only gone through the motions with." I must say that I found myself sometimes impatient with Felicia because her memories show a husband who was devoted to her and their children. It is only as she continues to peel back the layers that I realized why Felicia was both un-giving and unforgiving. She is probably like many women who have harbored feelings of low self-esteem and long felt resentment for the lost dreams that they have given up by choosing a marriage and family. It wasn't until Felicia realized this that she could finally understand why she had never felt satisfied and truly happy. The Ornament Keeper gives us a view of a wife who has often doubted her husband's love and glimpses of the good man who has never loved or wanted anyone else. It is a compelling story of family traditions, treasured memories that are both good and bad and the ultimate understanding that forgiveness is a necessary element in all relationships. It also shows that forgiveness of one's self is just as important as being able to forgive others. Eva Marie Everson has written an entertaining and inspiring Christmas novella and I highly recommend it! I voluntarily reviewed a digital copy of this book provided by JustRead Publicity Tours. A favorable review was not required. All views expressed are my own.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Alysha (For The Love of Christian Fiction)

    3/5 stars. Full review to come.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Heidi

    Felicia and Jackson Morgan are in their middle ages and are recently separated. In the beginning of the book we don’t know why they separated, only that Felicia is devastated by the separation. They have 3 children for the 19 years they have been married- Travis, Hank, and Sarah. Every Christmas Jackson gives Felicia a Christmas ornament, an ornament that symbolizes something that happened that particular year. Throughout the novel we go back and forth in time- reliving Felicia’s memories of her Felicia and Jackson Morgan are in their middle ages and are recently separated. In the beginning of the book we don’t know why they separated, only that Felicia is devastated by the separation. They have 3 children for the 19 years they have been married- Travis, Hank, and Sarah. Every Christmas Jackson gives Felicia a Christmas ornament, an ornament that symbolizes something that happened that particular year. Throughout the novel we go back and forth in time- reliving Felicia’s memories of her marriage with Jackson. We learn that when Jackson and Felicia were just 19 they had an intimate moment after Jackson found out his father died and was in the midst of grief. When Felicia found out she was pregnant their parents suggested that she and Jackson get married. I think truly this is where the problems started to begin. I really liked that the marriage between Felicia and Jackson was very realistic. As the story progresses we learn more about their marriage and their challenges and struggles. At times I wanted to both shake both Felicia and Jackson, but most of all Felicia. She was so angry at Jackson, accusing him of cheating when there was no actual proof. Truly I think she was most angry at herself. This book even though it didn’t clearly state it, emphasized the effects of Postpartum depression. I think Felicia suffered it - especially after her firstborn, Sarah. Her whole life was changed when she found out she was pregnant, not to mention marrying someone very quickly. She had dreams of going to law school. After their second child was born Felicia wanted to go back to school but Jackson stated they didn’t have the money. Felicia didn’t just want to be a mom, she wanted something more. And I was kind of upset at Jackson for not realizing this. Issues in marriage such as intimacy issues, financial struggles, having children when not ready were all discussed in this book. I think all marriages go through seasons of struggles but what we do about it will determine if the marriage will succeed or suffer. God is there to help with those struggles. Through prayer and personally working on the marriage can help make the marriage last. **I was provided a copy of this book to review by the publisher. All opinions are my own.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    The Ornament Keeper by Eva Marie Everson is a novella that resonated with me, and I suspect will resonate with others as well. Felicia and Jackson Morgan have been married for 20 years; recently separated, the Jacksons are looking at spending their first Christmas apart since college days. As everyone tries to figure out how to approach the holidays, the Morgan’s college aged daughter encourages mom to decorate, at least for the younger siblings sake. The Jacksons have a tradition...every year, The Ornament Keeper by Eva Marie Everson is a novella that resonated with me, and I suspect will resonate with others as well. Felicia and Jackson Morgan have been married for 20 years; recently separated, the Jacksons are looking at spending their first Christmas apart since college days. As everyone tries to figure out how to approach the holidays, the Morgan’s college aged daughter encourages mom to decorate, at least for the younger siblings sake. The Jacksons have a tradition...every year, since their very first year, Jackson has presented Felicia with an ornament with special meaning. Their first Christmas together, first baby... Felicia has always been the first one to put ornaments on the tree, in order, of the special ones received from Jackson. Always in the same place, every year. This year, Felicia reluctantly begins the tradition with the first ornament, and the memories come flooding back. With each ornament, Felicia remembers. This, this is how the book resonated with me. A curio cabinet display full of my memories, associated with friends, family or occasions; sometimes it is just a glance that bring those memories back; sometimes I need to hold the item. How about a fragrance? Avon’s Sweet Honesty I will forever associate with my grandmother. A song, memories. A winter scarf, memories of my nephews making it. Sometimes I’ve forgotten the memory until I see a picture of a childhood toy, memories. And just as the actual event helps mold us, so too does our memories... I received an e-copy of this novella from the publisher via Just Read Tours, and am not required to right a positive review. All thoughts and opinions, therein, are solely my own.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Hallie Szott

    A novella that intertwines memories of Christmases past and present, The Ornament Keeper by Eva Marie Everson offers a heartwarming read for anyone who wishes to begin the holiday season a little early. Jackson Morgan has given Felicia an ornament to commemorate each year of their marriage. Now, after twenty years together, the couple is living separately and Felicia is putting up the decorations by herself. With each ornament she unpacks, she reflects on the joys, the struggles, the disappointm A novella that intertwines memories of Christmases past and present, The Ornament Keeper by Eva Marie Everson offers a heartwarming read for anyone who wishes to begin the holiday season a little early. Jackson Morgan has given Felicia an ornament to commemorate each year of their marriage. Now, after twenty years together, the couple is living separately and Felicia is putting up the decorations by herself. With each ornament she unpacks, she reflects on the joys, the struggles, the disappointments her marriage has endured. From her memories flow honest self-discovery, forgiveness, and the possibility of reconciliation—perhaps, just in time for Christmas. The story is simultaneously sweet and frustrating—I couldn’t help hoping for a happy ending—and I enjoyed it. The Ornament Keeper is a wonderful holiday story. This review is also posted on Book by Book. Thanks to JustRead Tours, I received a complimentary copy of The Ornament Keeper and the opportunity to provide an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review, and all the opinions I have expressed are my own.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Beckie Burnham

    Small town Georgia is the setting of the novella, The Ornament Keeper by Eva Marie Everson. A Christmas gift for the reader, this book is a look into what can go wrong in a marriage. But there’s plenty of good among the hurt feelings, unforgiveness, missteps, and misunderstandings. Short in length, The Ornament Keeper is long on excellent writing, engaging characters, and a message of reconciliation. This one is a good choice for holiday reading. The opening pages of The Ornament Keeper reveal a Small town Georgia is the setting of the novella, The Ornament Keeper by Eva Marie Everson. A Christmas gift for the reader, this book is a look into what can go wrong in a marriage. But there’s plenty of good among the hurt feelings, unforgiveness, missteps, and misunderstandings. Short in length, The Ornament Keeper is long on excellent writing, engaging characters, and a message of reconciliation. This one is a good choice for holiday reading. The opening pages of The Ornament Keeper reveal a family in crisis. The problems between Leesha and her husband Jackson affect not just them, but their three children. As Christmas approaches, Leesha must confront her true feelings regarding her husband, their marriage of convenience, and her feelings about God. I love that the story was told in Leesha’s first person voice. Although her bias colors the reader’s view of events, she admits past mistakes and skewed perspectives. Conversations between her and her family, husband, and friends give the reader a broader perspective on what is really happening within the marriage. The author uses Christmas ornaments as a springboard for past memories, sweet and bittersweet, allowing the reader to get a fuller view of the life that Leesha and Jackson have lived. Themes include lost/denied dreams and past regrets. The struggles the characters face resonated with me. There are always things we wished we had done differently or better. The Ornament Keeper was a bit more serious than most Christmas novellas, but I liked that. I became involved in the intricate tale and was surprised to find I finished so quickly — it was a wonderful way to pass a lazy Sunday afternoon. Recommended. Audience: adults. (Thanks to JustRead Book Tours for a complimentary copy. All opinions expressed are mine alone.)

  12. 4 out of 5

    MJSH

    I haven't read much from Eva Marie Everson in a couple of years and this Christmas novella was a treat. The first person limited narrative is so melodic, authentic, nostalgic, and emotional. The story is told from Leesha's perspective as she struggles through her separation from her husband of 20 years during the Christmas season. Present day Christmas season is intertwined with flashbacks from their past, mostly centered around Christmas and the stories behind the ornaments Jackson, Leesha's hu I haven't read much from Eva Marie Everson in a couple of years and this Christmas novella was a treat. The first person limited narrative is so melodic, authentic, nostalgic, and emotional. The story is told from Leesha's perspective as she struggles through her separation from her husband of 20 years during the Christmas season. Present day Christmas season is intertwined with flashbacks from their past, mostly centered around Christmas and the stories behind the ornaments Jackson, Leesha's husband, has gifted her every year. Leesha's voice is so real and I totally empathized with her from page one. Her struggles as a mother of three, her constant and persistent worry and fear, and her buried anger, blame and unforgiveness for the past which led to unfulfilled dream resonated deeply with this mother of four. Leesha also voices the struggles that our marriages, burdened by need to provide and "do right" by our children while trying to hold it all together, face daily even though we're all seeped in God's glorious Grace and Mercy. And, in spite of Leesha acting out in selfishness and self-centeredness, Jackson remains solidly devoted and loyal to her and their children, even when he decides to move out. Jackson's romantic heart is unbelievable, his faith in God unshakable. What a fantastic read, especially for the Christmas season! I was given a copy of the book by the author/publisher via JustRead Publicity Tour and was under no obligation to write a favorable review. All comments and opinions are solely my own.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Patti Whitson Stephenson

    Can a marriage of twenty years that’s been broken be made whole again? Jackson and Leesha are separated with no hope of reconciliation in sight. Despite their separation, their children want to continue with family holiday traditions, which include decorating the Christmas tree. Jackson bought Leesha a special Christmas ornament each year. As Leesha and her children place these ornaments on the tree, Leesha looks back at her marriage through the years and the situations that lead to their estran Can a marriage of twenty years that’s been broken be made whole again? Jackson and Leesha are separated with no hope of reconciliation in sight. Despite their separation, their children want to continue with family holiday traditions, which include decorating the Christmas tree. Jackson bought Leesha a special Christmas ornament each year. As Leesha and her children place these ornaments on the tree, Leesha looks back at her marriage through the years and the situations that lead to their estrangement. This story, while not quite a Christmas miracle, shows that love, forgiveness, and faith can work healing in hearts that are hurting. This was a sweet, thoughtful story. I enjoyed this book and am glad it has a place on my Christmas bookshelf. I received a copy of this book from the publisher. All opinions are my own.p

  14. 4 out of 5

    Pam

    Felicia Morgan has always followed a set traditional routine when it comes to setting up the family Christmas tree but after twenty years of marriage, she and her husband have separated and she doesn’t have the heart to celebrate. When persuaded to keep up the tradition for her younger children’s sake, Felicia reluctantly agrees and one painful ornament after another, she slowly adds them to the tree as the memories attached to each one overtake her. The Ornament Keeper is a beautifully written s Felicia Morgan has always followed a set traditional routine when it comes to setting up the family Christmas tree but after twenty years of marriage, she and her husband have separated and she doesn’t have the heart to celebrate. When persuaded to keep up the tradition for her younger children’s sake, Felicia reluctantly agrees and one painful ornament after another, she slowly adds them to the tree as the memories attached to each one overtake her. The Ornament Keeper is a beautifully written story that is both sentimental and poignant yet filled with meaning for each of its readers. I loved how the author used the memories behind each ornament to take Felicia through the events from each year to give her a true context of her marriage and helped her understand her own role in why it fell apart. This is a lovely, lovely book with a clear message of forgiveness and reconciliation, the true meaning of the season. I enjoyed it so much and hope others will read it also. Perfect for a cozy evening by the fire after a long day of shopping or baking. I voluntarily reviewed a digital copy of this book provided by JustRead Publicity Tours. A favorable review was not required. All views expressed are my own.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Candy

    Wow,I'm still emotional over this read! There's some good memories and some tough ones that Felicia aka Leesha,has to process as she painstakingly hangs each of the nineteen ornaments on the Christmas, remembering what each memory signifies. I was determined not to cry but atlas, the author grabs my heart with a revelation that hits close to home. I really enjoyed this read and look forward to reading more from this author. This is a very touching story that teaches about love and forgiveness th Wow,I'm still emotional over this read! There's some good memories and some tough ones that Felicia aka Leesha,has to process as she painstakingly hangs each of the nineteen ornaments on the Christmas, remembering what each memory signifies. I was determined not to cry but atlas, the author grabs my heart with a revelation that hits close to home. I really enjoyed this read and look forward to reading more from this author. This is a very touching story that teaches about love and forgiveness that I'm sure we can all learn a little from the lessons Felicia learns. I recommend this book hundred percent!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Carey Clark

    Felicia seems to have it all but doesn't know that she does. She's let her past define her, and she isn't even aware of how much she has allowed unforgiveness to tear at her heart and her marriage. As she unpacks her treasured Christmas ornaments, she unpacks the past, and we have the privilege of following her journey toward forgiveness and hope. This is a beautiful story, beautifully told. You won't be disappointed—or left unchanged—by reading this book!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Michele

    I always love stories about Christmas but I think this book is absolutely the best Christmas book I have read. The characters and story are real ... the story doesn't feel forced or overly sweet. A marriage is in trouble and a family is being torn apart. The history of the relationship and the current happenings are revealed as the wife decorates the family Christmas tree and reminisces over each ornament -- reflecting on the circumstances and memories involved with each ornament. While dealing I always love stories about Christmas but I think this book is absolutely the best Christmas book I have read. The characters and story are real ... the story doesn't feel forced or overly sweet. A marriage is in trouble and a family is being torn apart. The history of the relationship and the current happenings are revealed as the wife decorates the family Christmas tree and reminisces over each ornament -- reflecting on the circumstances and memories involved with each ornament. While dealing with a very emotional and troubling subject, the story line still delivers a wonderful message of forgiveness and Christmas miracles.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Worthey Smith

    This book absolutely touched my heart Well written relatable characters who lived out a scene far too common in this world. As they deal with the past, it threatens their future, yet there is a way to a happy future, if she chooses to follow the advice of one dear friend. The real pain, the real regrets, the real doubts, all struck a chord in me.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Deb Gardner Allard

    This is a touching story about a broken marriage of twenty-one years. Instead of discovering the details of what caused Felicia and Jackson's separation all at once, we learn little snippets as Felicia slowly pulls Christmas tree ornaments from a box to decorate her Christmas tree. The marriage had built-in problems from the start. Had Jackson really loved her or had he married her simply to satisfy family? And what about Monica Craig? Wasn't she the real object of his desire since high school? This is a touching story about a broken marriage of twenty-one years. Instead of discovering the details of what caused Felicia and Jackson's separation all at once, we learn little snippets as Felicia slowly pulls Christmas tree ornaments from a box to decorate her Christmas tree. The marriage had built-in problems from the start. Had Jackson really loved her or had he married her simply to satisfy family? And what about Monica Craig? Wasn't she the real object of his desire since high school? When Monica shows up in town right after Jackson leaves home, it adds gasoline to the already blazing fire. But there is hope for the marriage, and it arrives in a tradition Jackson started the year he and Felicia got married. As she pulls the meaningful Christmas tree ornaments from a box to hang on her tree, they awaken loving memories, and we begin to view the couple as real people struggling through good times and bad. I found myself rooting for Felicia and then for Jackson. But I began wondering if the marriage could be saved. Many women ask that very question--is there hope for my marriage? The ending of The Ornament Keeper satisfies the soul like a velvety sip from a steaming mug of hot chocolate. It leaves the reader with the equivalent of a melted marshmallow mustache, a sweet taste to savor a while longer until the book is tucked away. Yum. (less) flagcomment · see review

  20. 5 out of 5

    Deb Gardner Allard

    This is a touching story about a broken marriage of twenty-one years. Instead of discovering the details of what caused Felicia and Jackson's separation all at once, we learn little snippets as Felicia slowly pulls Christmas tree ornaments from a box to decorate her Christmas tree. The marriage had built-in problems from the start. Had Jackson really loved her or had he married her simply to satisfy family? And what about Monica Craig? Wasn't she the real object of his desire since high school? This is a touching story about a broken marriage of twenty-one years. Instead of discovering the details of what caused Felicia and Jackson's separation all at once, we learn little snippets as Felicia slowly pulls Christmas tree ornaments from a box to decorate her Christmas tree. The marriage had built-in problems from the start. Had Jackson really loved her or had he married her simply to satisfy family? And what about Monica Craig? Wasn't she the real object of his desire since high school? When Monica shows up in town right after Jackson leaves home, it adds gasoline to the already blazing fire. But there is hope for the marriage, and it arrives in a tradition Jackson started the year he and Felicia got married. As she pulls the meaningful Christmas tree ornaments from a box to hang on her tree, they awaken loving memories, and we begin to view the couple as real people struggling through good times and bad. I found myself rooting for Felicia and then for Jackson. But I began wondering if the marriage could be saved. Many women ask that very question--is there hope for my marriage? The ending of The Ornament Keeper satisfies the soul like a velvety sip from a steaming mug of hot chocolate. It leaves the reader with the equivalent of a melted marshmallow mustache, a sweet taste to savor a while longer until the book is tucked away. Yum.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Angela Walker

    I absolutely love traditions, and reading about what other families/couples do. Each year of their marriage Jackson gave Felicia an ornament that symbolized something special from that year. After being separated and living apart from her husband of 20 years, her three children encourage Felicia to decorate the Christmas tree per tradition starting with the special ornaments from Jackson forcing her to relive those moments. Told from Felicia's point of view 2018 Christmas season with memories bo I absolutely love traditions, and reading about what other families/couples do. Each year of their marriage Jackson gave Felicia an ornament that symbolized something special from that year. After being separated and living apart from her husband of 20 years, her three children encourage Felicia to decorate the Christmas tree per tradition starting with the special ornaments from Jackson forcing her to relive those moments. Told from Felicia's point of view 2018 Christmas season with memories both good and bad from her marriage, she works though what went wrong. There was so much tension! Women feel deeply, and hold on. I completely sympathize with the main character. I've been married half as long and know the damage lack of communication or misinformation can do. Sometimes unforgiveness and resentment sneak up on us but love overcomes everything. Its a beautiful story about recognizing what is important and letting go of what's not. I received a pdf digital advanced reader copy of this book from the publisher. I do not need to leave a positive review, all opinions are my own.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Kathy Bruins

    The cover of The Ornament Keeper gets one in the mood for Christmas … simple yet elegant. Eva Marie Everson crafts a story about the effects of separation of people who are deep in the heart of individuals such as family members. In this story (I received an advance copy of the book in order to review), Jackson, the husband of Felicia and father of three children, separates from Felicia. The children are ready to get a tree and decorate it for Christmas because it was a huge part of their holida The cover of The Ornament Keeper gets one in the mood for Christmas … simple yet elegant. Eva Marie Everson crafts a story about the effects of separation of people who are deep in the heart of individuals such as family members. In this story (I received an advance copy of the book in order to review), Jackson, the husband of Felicia and father of three children, separates from Felicia. The children are ready to get a tree and decorate it for Christmas because it was a huge part of their holiday celebration. Because of Jackson leaving home, Felicia doesn’t feel like celebrating, but for her children she agrees to let them get the tree and she will decorate. What she discovers is an amazing gift as she takes each ornament out of storage and remembers the story behind the decoration. This is the perfect read for anyone who wants a heart prepared to receive the perfect gift this Christmas.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Deb Haggerty

    Deb’s Dozen: A ornament every Christmas; a grudge held every year. This year—forgiveness? I have been a fan of Eva Marie Everson’s since the late 1990s. I’ve read everything she’s written and have fallen in love with many of her characters. The Ornament Keeper is her first book for New Hope Publishers, adding yet another publisher and book to her accomplishments. Everson wrote a strangely poignant Christmas novella. She uses flashbacks artfully as she takes her characters from Christmas season 201 Deb’s Dozen: A ornament every Christmas; a grudge held every year. This year—forgiveness? I have been a fan of Eva Marie Everson’s since the late 1990s. I’ve read everything she’s written and have fallen in love with many of her characters. The Ornament Keeper is her first book for New Hope Publishers, adding yet another publisher and book to her accomplishments. Everson wrote a strangely poignant Christmas novella. She uses flashbacks artfully as she takes her characters from Christmas season 2018 to Christmas season 1998 when they were first married. Felicia Morgan and her husband, Jackson, are estranged. As a result, she declares to her daughter that decorating for Christmas will not be happening this year. Her daughter persuades her to at least get a tree—that she and the two boys, Travis and Hank, can get the Fraser fir and string the lights. With a heavy heart, Felicia brings down the Christmas ornaments. The first memory occurs as she unwraps the crèche Jackson bought for her Christmas 1999. That starts her on a journey of remembrance from their marriage in 1998—because Sara was on the way—to the present via the mechanism of each Christmas ornament Jackson gave her along the way. The novella touches many topics every husband and wife will relate to from the blush of early marriage days to the flush of anger at perceived slights. As Christmases come and go, the anger and doubts become entrenched. Husband gets involved in work—wife with children. Conversation becomes minimal and only about necessities. Conflict stifles intimacy. Everson brings all of these to life wrapped in Christmas ornaments—the unhappy and the happy times. I usually don’t like novellas because they’re too short and don’t allow for the nuances of character development. However, Eva Marie uses dialog with a flair to give us those clues. The Ornament Keeper is a keeper. Four stars. Eva Marie Everson has many ornaments on her tree. She’s a best-selling, multiple award-winning author and speaker, serves as president of Word Weavers International, and co-directs the Florida Christian Writers Conference. She and her husband, Dennis, live in Central Florida.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Phyllis

    The Ornament Keeper by Eva Marie Everson Mending a marriage through memories My rating is 4.5 stars In The Ornament Keeper, Leesha had a very specific way their Christmas tree had to be decorated. You see, each year of their marriage, her husband gave her an ornament. And those 19 special treasures had to be hung by her before any of the other decorations could be added to the tree. But this year, she fought the memories with each one and it took forever for her to accomplish just this simple task. The Ornament Keeper by Eva Marie Everson Mending a marriage through memories My rating is 4.5 stars In The Ornament Keeper, Leesha had a very specific way their Christmas tree had to be decorated. You see, each year of their marriage, her husband gave her an ornament. And those 19 special treasures had to be hung by her before any of the other decorations could be added to the tree. But this year, she fought the memories with each one and it took forever for her to accomplish just this simple task. The author did such a great job in crafting this story. With ornaments triggering flashbacks and bits of the picture placed into the puzzle a little at a time to keep and pique my interest, she led me through an emotional journey as Leesha examined all that had gone wrong with her marriage and her life. Leesha felt trapped. Making what she felt was her only choice, she married her best friend – because she had to. And then, as she raised their children, she never had the chance to go back to school like she wanted. Unlike Jackson who was actively pursuing his dreams. What would it feel like to know that your husband married you out of obligation? Doing the right thing, but still! Not because he chose to. My heart was touched and I wondered about things that I had never considered before. As in real life, things are not always what they seem and assuming one knows what others are thinking is never a good choice. There were some lovely lessons about marriage and communication. Despite being a short story, it was the perfect length and didn’t feel rushed or like details were skimped on. It is a wonderful story with a message of hope. This review was originally posted on Among the Reads I was given a free copy of this item. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Carole Jarvis

    Reviewed at The Power of Words: https://bit.ly/2MMh4pN The Ornament Keeper by Eva Marie Everson is among the best novellas I’ve ever read, with an impact far greater than its size. The writing is strong, characters well drawn, and I was connected emotionally from the first page. Often novellas feel under developed or needing more, but The Ornament Keeper is the complete package. The story is set during the Christmas season as Felicia, separated from Jackson after twenty years of marriage, reluctan Reviewed at The Power of Words: https://bit.ly/2MMh4pN The Ornament Keeper by Eva Marie Everson is among the best novellas I’ve ever read, with an impact far greater than its size. The writing is strong, characters well drawn, and I was connected emotionally from the first page. Often novellas feel under developed or needing more, but The Ornament Keeper is the complete package. The story is set during the Christmas season as Felicia, separated from Jackson after twenty years of marriage, reluctantly promises their children that she will decorate the Christmas tree. As she slowly unpacks special keepsake ornaments celebrating yearly events in their lives together, a lifetime of memories come flooding back. “I had lain my naïve body alongside Jackson’s and fallen into a trap offered on a platter of guilt.” The Ornament Keeper is the story of a marriage, revealed in layers with the opening of each ornament. It’s a poignant story, raw and emotional at times, but with the promise of God’s grace and hope throughout. There’s the message that I always need to be reminded of, that God never wastes a tragedy and always uses our mess-ups. And at it’s heart is the sharp reminder of the effects of unforgiveness in any relationship. In Felicia’s words … “I’d dropped a seed of unforgiveness into the fertile ground of our marriage and, over time, I’d watered it and nurtured it until … the tiny seedling burst from the ground, ready to bloom and produce its poisonous fruit.” The Ornament Keeper concludes in a beautiful, touching way. “Best of the best” for me. Very highly recommended. I received a copy of this book through Just Read Tours. The opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Veronica

    I really enjoyed this well-written story that showed the importance of forgiveness and communication! I loved how the story went back and forth in time from the present day to events in the past as Felicia remembered scenes from their dating and married life. Jackson seemed like a great guy, pretty understanding and with a strong faith but with workaholic tendencies, so not perfect. I went back and forth in my feelings about Felicia. Sometimes I really felt for her and other times I felt like sh I really enjoyed this well-written story that showed the importance of forgiveness and communication! I loved how the story went back and forth in time from the present day to events in the past as Felicia remembered scenes from their dating and married life. Jackson seemed like a great guy, pretty understanding and with a strong faith but with workaholic tendencies, so not perfect. I went back and forth in my feelings about Felicia. Sometimes I really felt for her and other times I felt like she created her own problems. Part of her problem was not communicating with her husband if something was bothering her; she just stuffed it down and let it fester. Her dad and a couple friends were pretty great and gave her lots of helpful advice. I especially liked something her dad said, "You make your own happy," Her husband made a good point, too, saying that "God uses everything... even our mess-ups." I liked that the characters had a strong faith. These were good reminders for me to be content and know that somehow God will work things for His good purpose. There was some romance and humor. This story will put you in the Christmas spirit and make you think about the important things in life. I highly recommend it! I received this e-book from JustRead Tours. I was not required to write a positive review and have not been compensated. This is my honest opinion.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Winnie

    The lovely, stunning cover drew me to this poignant, touching story of a couple who have separated after 20 years of marriage. Although Felicia is reluctant to decorate for Christmas, the children talk her into putting up a tree. Through a series of flashbacks skillfully spaced, the reader gets glimpses of happenings in Felicia and Jackson’s life together. The misunderstandings and distorted views of situations due to lack of communication have built walls and resentment. As Felicia sorts throug The lovely, stunning cover drew me to this poignant, touching story of a couple who have separated after 20 years of marriage. Although Felicia is reluctant to decorate for Christmas, the children talk her into putting up a tree. Through a series of flashbacks skillfully spaced, the reader gets glimpses of happenings in Felicia and Jackson’s life together. The misunderstandings and distorted views of situations due to lack of communication have built walls and resentment. As Felicia sorts through the gifted ornaments to hang on the tree, her regrets and suppressed feelings come out. Everson masterfully weaves a thread of forgiveness of self and others through the story. The growth the couple goes through during the story is a powerful testimony to communicating with each other and forgiving mistakes—both your own and those of others. A sweet message of hope resonates also to bring the Christmas spirit into the hearts of readers. Beautiful writing and a realistic cast of characters makes this a memorable and touching story that will stay with me for a long time. I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Amanda

    On the one hand, I would of liked for this book to be a bit longer, so that the memories could of been longer, at times. On the other hand, the struggles that Felicia is dealing with suited the length of a novella. I loved the tradition of receiving an ornament for every year that they were married and how they brought special memories to mind for Felicia. This is a darling story of forgiveness and Christmas. I received this book through Just Read tours. This is my honest review and is in no way On the one hand, I would of liked for this book to be a bit longer, so that the memories could of been longer, at times. On the other hand, the struggles that Felicia is dealing with suited the length of a novella. I loved the tradition of receiving an ornament for every year that they were married and how they brought special memories to mind for Felicia. This is a darling story of forgiveness and Christmas. I received this book through Just Read tours. This is my honest review and is in no way influenced by receiving a complimentary copy.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Becca (Reflections From My Bookshelves)

    I thought this book was pretty good. I enjoyed the story and the message of second chances and hope. I found that there was a ton of flashbacks and memories which made the story a bit choppy for me. The flashbacks were interesting and created a depth to the story. Christmas is one of my favorite times of year and I love the tradition of giving an ornament to represent that year. I recommend this book to my family and friends. I received this book from the publisher to read and give my honest rev I thought this book was pretty good. I enjoyed the story and the message of second chances and hope. I found that there was a ton of flashbacks and memories which made the story a bit choppy for me. The flashbacks were interesting and created a depth to the story. Christmas is one of my favorite times of year and I love the tradition of giving an ornament to represent that year. I recommend this book to my family and friends. I received this book from the publisher to read and give my honest review.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Melony

    Eva Marie is a new author to me so I was not sure what to expect. I enjoyed this book and a look into a marriage falling apart. The holiday flavor and the meaningful memories the tree ornaments bring up help tell the story and I loved that special touch. This book is creative and thought-provoking. Life is not easy and the author brings some of these issues to life and the consequences of each decision made along the way. This book comes to a satisfying conclusion and I'm glad I read it. I recei Eva Marie is a new author to me so I was not sure what to expect. I enjoyed this book and a look into a marriage falling apart. The holiday flavor and the meaningful memories the tree ornaments bring up help tell the story and I loved that special touch. This book is creative and thought-provoking. Life is not easy and the author brings some of these issues to life and the consequences of each decision made along the way. This book comes to a satisfying conclusion and I'm glad I read it. I received a copy from the publisher, my opinions are my own.

Add a review

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Loading...
We use cookies to give you the best online experience. By using our website you agree to our use of cookies in accordance with our cookie policy.