On Christmas Eve twenty years earlier, Marlee and Jacob were married in a snowstorm. This Christmas Eve, they are ready to quit, divorce is imminent. Their relationship is as icy as the road they're traveling and as blocked with troubles as the piling snow. They take a shortcut to get to the lawyer's office, on a slippery, no-fault path. She thinks they need to stay on the main road. He disagrees. They fight. Story of their lives and they slam into a bank of snow , spinning, drifting, falling, out of control. Just like their lives. Reluctantly, freezing cold, hungry, scared, she trudges up the hill. Jacob is nowhere to be found. Her ears frozen, fingers and hands red, she comes to a house on the hillside, built like a Bed and Breakfast, a green wreath on the red door and the door-knocker is in the shape of a wedding ring.
The red door opens and the first thing she notices is the fire in the room, blazing hot, a warm, inviting, friendly place and the voice of an old man welcomes her in. There are three golden pots on the hearth, shining, glimmering things. The old man claims that they are used to restore marriages. She laughs-and begins a journey through her past, present, and future that will test how she views her lifelong love. There are two futures available. Which will she choose?
On Christmas Eve (and their 20th anniversary) Marlee and Jacob set out to meet with their lawyer and sign their divorce papers. They'd tried everything -- counseling, retreats, countless books, but Marlee believes it's a lost cause. Their love has died.
"When do we tell the children?" It begins.
But on their way to the lawyer's office, the snowstorm picks up and the car crashes. Marlee finds her way to a nearby house where an old man takes her in, keeps her safe and warm and shares with her three golden pots which reveal the past, present and future of her marriage.
I'm sure you can guess the ending, but it's not about that exactly. "It's about making good choices. It's putting one foot in front of the other on a good path, on that will lead you to a place down the road you can be proud of, no matter what response you get."
I recommend this book for anyone who is married. It's a very quick read -- I read it in just a couple of hours.