Bethany and Sam have been together for eight years and they are both happy in their relationship. There is just one little thing: Bethany thinks it is time to take the next step and get married, while Sam hasn't even considered it. When he gives her a charm bracelet instead of an engagement ring for Christmas, Bethany confronts him and leaves him. Knocked for a loop, Sam soon figures out what he should have put in the little jeweler's box.
Despite the worn premise of getting engaged at Christmas, the author does a good job by creating a female character who knows what she wants and makes a good argument that marriage is the plausible next step. Sam is a bit of a dunce, but he does get his act together with a little help from their various friends, who argue out the pros and cons for marriage versus continuing to live together. With a quick reconciliation, Sam gets the girl for Christmas.
When Sam gives Bethany a charm bracelet instead of an engagement ring, she realizes he's given her a memorable past--but no future promise. With a renewed commitment after Bethany leaves, Sam is ready to reclaim his charmed life.
Bethany and Sam are deeply in love and have lived happily together for the past eight years. Bethany is eager to get married and start a family and is convinced this is the Christmas when Sam will propose to her.
When Bethany opens the jewellery box and finds a beautiful charm bracelet commemorating their life together instead of an engagement ring, she realizes Sam has given her a memorable past--but no promise of a future. The painful conversation that follows reveals they want different things and, devastated, Bethany leaves.
Stunned by her sudden departure, Sam suddenly appreciates the precious gift he has lost. With a renewed commitment to their relationship, Sam goes in search of Bethany, ready to reclaim his charmed life.