About the Book
Name of book: Christmas Embers
Author: Chautona Havig
Genre: Contemporary Christmas
Release Date: November 25, 2016
It’s a truth universally unacknowledged that sin will hunt you down and advertise its presence the moment you try to hide it.
Emily Byrne sits in her daughter’s classroom listening to the deepest wishes of twenty kindergarteners as she sketches them. But when little Joey Cordell breaks down, weeping and insisting the only thing he wants to find is his father, she isn’t sure where her Christmas project will take her.
Davia Cordell came to Rockland for one purpose–find her son’s father before she dies. An ex-prostitute, she’s well aware that the news will cause waves, but what’s a mother to do?
As these women join forces to search for Joey’s father–a Rockland area pastor, no less– Emily learns compassion for a woman who just wants the best for her son and can’t quite imagine that Jesus wants anything to do with her.
Each day, Davia weakens until Emily isn’t confident she’ll find the boy’s father in time–if at all. Doubts form. Should she look? Is it right to risk destroying a family like this–an entire church? The weight of that responsibility crushes her as Davia wastes away before her eyes.
A mother’s love. A boy’s confidence. A family’s faith. A preacher’s failure. Is redemption even possible anymore?
Christmas Embers: a story of love, failure, and redemption.
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My Review: Sometimes I sit down to write a review for a book, and my fingers fly over the keyboard as I type with a happy (albeit goofy) smile on my face. (Because happy endings rule.) Sometimes I write a review almost in a state of mourning, because finishing the book was like saying goodbye to a much-loved friend. And then other times, I type with one hand while shoving Peanut M&M’s into my mouth with the other hand because the book made me feel hard feelings. (#ComfortEating #AdultingDoneRight)
Christmas Embers is one such book. I have mentioned before how much I love holiday books. They always have such a hope-filled, beautiful feel to them. Christmas Embers by Chautona Havig however, is much harder-hitting than I had anticipated. It is not for the timid, and definitely tested the resolve of this reader, who is not one to dive into the calamitous. But oh, what a magnificent read.
The book follows the story of a married couple, dealing with the realities of infidelity. The heart-wrenching, gut-punching, rippling effects of infidelity. On one hand, you have a married couple, trying to hash out this devastating secret come to light. On the other hand, you have a little boy, trying desperately to find his father before Christmas. Part of me didn’t want to read this. Didn’t want to read about the pain, or deal with the memories it brought back from my own past. Part of me was livid that infidelity was at the core of this book to begin with, and wanted to wring the neck of more than one character. The rest of me couldn’t find a way to put it down. (Also, can I please hug Chautona Havig? I can’t imagine how hard it must have been to write this book. On second thought, I think I’ll just pass her my M&M’s.)
The thing is, even though this book was heavy, it was still about those things that make holiday reads so lovely; redemption, hope, new beginnings, forgiveness. I can honestly picture counting this book amongst my favorite Christmas reads. Sometimes the book that makes you take a hard look at yourself in the mirror is the one that needs to be reread. Plus, I love the voice of this author.
Get yourself some tissues, a punching pillow and a big ole’ bowl of your favorite comfort food, and jump right in to Christmas Embers.
About the Author
Author of the Amazon bestselling Aggie and Past Forward Series, Chautona Havig lives and writes in California’s Mojave Desert. With dozens of books to her name, Chautona spends most of her time writing, but when she takes the rare break, she can be found reading, sewing, paper crafting, or sleeping and dreaming of finishing the dozens of books swirling in her overly-active imagination at any given moment.
Guest Post from Chautona Havig
Infidelity to the Tune of Adeste Fideles
“I think my husband is having an affair.”
An explanation followed. Look, I tend to be one who assumes the best of others—to a fault even. I read the “evidence” and frankly could see it going either way. It’s hard to tell across thousands of miles. While others on the message board saw red flag after red flag—and frankly, I did, too—I also saw perfectly innocent explanations for things. It’s a curse sometimes—that ability to see both sides of an issue. I cautioned against assumptions no one would want other people to make of themselves. And I prayed she was wrong.
It wasn’t the first time I’d come face to face with infidelity. As a child, there was an extended family member. As a newlywed, one of my wedding party—then another. Then another. The excuses, the justifications. Friends and I went to confront a sister in Christ on her affair with her husband’s best friend. We foolishly asked “what happened?” regarding her marriage. Her words: “We drifted apart.”
I wanted to scream the words that battered my brain and heart. “Then row back together!”
But over the years, it just grew worse. One by one, wives and husbands tossed aside vows made to a brother or sister in Christ—vows made before the Lord—in favor of what sometimes were serial affairs. Abuse. Horror.
I’ve prayed women I love through court cases, medical visits, and disclosures from children no mother should ever have to hear. I’ve prayed for men I didn’t even like because of the pain their wives inflicted each time she left them alone with the kids. He knew. He always knew.
Adultery is real. It’s ugly. And there’s absolutely a cure for it. Jesus. 100% surrender to Jesus. But as long as we rely on those little loops on the back of our boots instead of the saving, healing, strengthening power of Jesus, we’re just as vulnerable as the next person.
And that’s why I wrote Christmas Embers. I took every heartbreaking story I’d observed over the years and put in each character for a reason. Every scene, every plot point, every twist—I put them exactly how and where they are for a reason.
They’re there as a warning.
This isn’t your lighthearted Christmas novel. Some have suggested I shouldn’t have set it at Christmastime. But you know what? Over half the disclosures I’ve ever heard of happened between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day. I couldn’t get the idea of Joey’s story out of my head. And to write his story, it had to be at Christmas.
Let me say it again. While Christmas may not seem like the optimal time for a hard-hitting book like this, I had to do it. Adultery is reaching epidemic proportions in the church. There’s a solution. His name is Jesus.
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