Today, I have 2 different books about Christmas, one non-fiction and one fiction. Each book was written by a lady with the first name Kathi, too!
Return to Christmas: A Novel by Kathi Macias
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?
Kathi Macias has tackled an all too common problem for returning veterans, in her newest book, Return to Christmas.
Chet Mason, a former Marine, has just returned home from Afghanistan. His wife, Janeen, is convinced he has PTSD. As Chet tries to adjust to being back home, the nightmares and inability to find a job, Janeen is trying to make adjustments, too. Chet doesn’t seem to have patience for anyone but their little boy, Kevin, a precocious 3-year-old.
Kevin is an adorable 3-year-old with lots of spunk and personality. He fairly jumps from the pages of the book.
Janeen has become friends with Kevin’s day care provider, Breanna Pritchard, a fellow Christian. Breanna and her husband adopted a little boy, Ryan. Ryan has Attachment Disorder, a condition with many characteristics similar to PTSD.
I enjoyed the story, but I felt it was incomplete and tied everything up in a tidy little bow at the end, in order to complete the story.
Having suffered from (and still having issues with) PTSD and a having raised a child with several disorders, I didn’t feel the story did justice to Chet or Ryan.
However, putting that aside, the book was good.
I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.