Heather Graham has written another “keeper”. I read “A Magical Christmas” and it was truly that. This is the story of a marriage in trouble. A family with Mom, Dad and three kids, none of whom are on the same wave length. They have grown miles apart emotionally. I thought at the beginning that there was no solution for these characters to resolve their issues with each other. However, a Christmas vacation to an antebellum bed and breakfast called Oak River Plantation in rural Virginia was exactly what the doctor ordered for this family.
The novel begins with a Christmas Eve drama taking place in 1862 Virginia on that same plantation. The owner of the plantation, a captain in the Confederate Army is in danger of being hung, along with four of his troops, by order of General Custer. His wife and children are told of the hanging and ride fast and furious to be with him one more time. You really don’t know what happens for sure in 1862, but you get an idea of the reason the Oak River Plantation offers these vacations at Christmas time.
I thought the setting was beautiful and the characters very believable, even the ones who weren't really there. This last sentence should give you a hint of the plot. I enjoyed this story very much and it really brought out the havoc that being too busy, too involved, too interested in money, too wrapped up in the word can bring to family life, especially around the holidays. I recommend this book and will certainly keep this on my bookshelf to re-read when I feel I am on overload.
From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Heather Graham, a wondrous Christmas story to be reread and cherished anew each year…
Jon and Julie Radcliff are facing the last Christmas of a marriage in trouble. The love they once shared has been tattered by time and torn apart by divergent goals. Their teenagers, Christie and Jordan, are rebellious, and their youngest child, six-year-old Ashley, is showing the hurt and confusion of her family’s turmoil.
Yet somehow the Christmas season must be gotten through, even if their holiday spirit is only pretend. The perfect place for this is the Oak River Plantation, where the Radcliffs are promised a traditional Christmas. So imagine their surprise when they are met by the quaint couple in charge, Jesse and Clarissa Wainscott, dressed in costumes dating from before the Civil War. Have they somehow entered a place that spans the gulf between past and present?
Before Jon and Julie and their children can uncover the secrets surrounding their mysterious but marvelous hosts, they become aware of some profound truths about themselves. They discover that love lost can be found, making the bond of marriage and family strong enough to survive—even triumph.