Book Cover and Synopsis:
Curtis Brighton is the enigma of Delta Advertising. Why is the highest
paid, most successful man in the office not getting the promotions that
he has earned? Why is his wallet worn out, his briefcase falling apart,
and why doesn’t he at least participate in the office “Secret Santa?”
are questions that plague Lita Cathey. After three years sitting
across from him, she knows only his work ethic and strange propensity to
disappear from the office in a rush.
As the month counts down,
the most unlikely relationship builds until Lita’s heart is so entangled
that she has to face her own fears.
This is overall a fun and very enjoyable read. Lita is quite pushy in her pursuit of Curtis, which is something you don't see a lot of in Christian fiction, but in this case it makes for a really fun time. Curtis's love for his mother is amazing; he is unbelievably patient with her and is very self-sacrificing in his own desires, to the point that you might think "is this guy for real?", but somehow it completely works and doesn't seem forced at all.
Towards the end I lost a little enthusiasm when an issue from Lita's past suddenly pops up and starts to cause trouble in her relationship with Curtis. I wasn't thrilled how she had so doggedly pursued Curtis when she must've known this particular issue would eventually cause problems. It's just a minor annoyance, it certainly didn't stop me from reading, but in my mind it just didn't quite fit with the rest of the story.
Chautona Havig is a very unique voice in the Christian fiction market; I'm so glad to have discovered her books. Her stories and characters are fresh and original; definitely not cookie-cutter copies of everything else out there! As for this book, Advent, I do recommend it if you're looking for a nice Christmas-time story. It's unique and enjoyable, and I'm glad to have read it.
My Rating: 4.5 stars