Arianna Tate has a simple and fulfilling life—until four days before Christmas when her young son is kidnapped. For two decades, she grieves the loss of Chase and struggles with her marriage to her husband, Alan.
Meanwhile, Lydia Feller mourns the death of her estranged sister, who spent years living on the streets with mental illness and substance abuse. Lydia adopts the boy that she believes was her sister’s son and raises him in a happy, stable home with her husband, Daniel, and their four children.
God works in miraculous ways as, twenty years later, both women’s worlds collide . . .
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A Wordsowers Review by Shari Woodstein
Losing a child to kidnapping is a fear familiar to any parent. It’s impossible to keep sight and ahold of your child all the time. The loss of a child through tragedy can wreak havoc on a marriage. The 20th Christmas brings out the strength, trials and triumphs of one such couple’s journey.
Andrea Rodgers brings the reader into the story from the start as we empathize with the mother’s panic and guilt which overwhelms her when someone kidnaps her son. Through flashbacks, the reader understands this mother’s pride and joy and love for her child from the day she discovered she was expecting.
Bringing in the story of the abductor’s life pulled on my heart and added to my desire to continue reading, hoping for a happy ending. The 20th Christmas kept my attention as I continued turning pages to see what happened next. The surprising and heartwarming ending brought tears to my eyes.
The 20th Christmas is a story well worth reading.
The author: Andrea Rogers