In The Christmas Box, we are introduced to MaryAnne, the widow whom Richard and his family live with and care for.
Timepiece is the story of MaryAnne and her husband David, their meeting, their courtship and marriage. We learn of their joys and their sorrows, including the death of their three-year old daughter Andrea, the inspiration of the Christmas Angel Statues.
I found myself rushing through the book, knowing full well that a child will die, and with hope to get through that part of the book quickly. However, when the time came, I found myself in an emotional turmoil as it paralleled my own experiences.
While I was grief struck by this book, I still highly recommend it. Richard Paul Evans stories have a way of striking a cord with his readers, and I'm sure that many others will agree.
A couple of quotes in the book caught my attention:
"There is an oft-misunderstood statement: 'Misery loves company.' To some, it implies that the miserable seek to make others like unto themselves. But it is not the meaning, rather there is a universality in grief, a family of sorrow clinging to each other on the brink of the abyss of despair."
"I wondered if, in some unseen realm, MaryAnne was watching and was pleased that I had learned her lesson. That some things, like a parent's love, do last forever in a time and place where all broken hearts will forever be made whole. And if, in the silent vastness of a mysterious universe, or in the quietness of men's hearts, there is such a place as heaven, then it couldn't be more than that. "