Adapted from the Amazon website:
“Christmas is a time for miracles,” Ryan McDougal tells his mother, when he is told that a long lost cousin, Millie, has resurfaced after nearly forty years, the cousin whose picture his mother clasped the day his father abandoned him. Though the events occurred decades apart, he always believed the two disappearances were connected like opposite links of a chain. With Millie’s arrival, perhaps he might finally receive the answers he so desperately sought. However, Ryan has a third thorn in his side, more devastating than any mystery. His wife, the love of his life, has left his arms and his bed. How long before she moves out of the house and takes his beloved son with her? He prays for his own Christmas miracle. Millie’s anticipated visit prompts Ryan’s mother to reveal secrets that bring all to light. However, when past and present collide, the truth is more than Ryan can bear.
Although a fictional story, "Miracle on Maple Street" deals with life's gritty side. Because of the topics, this reviewer found it to be a difficult book to read, but one that kept me flipping pages way past my bedtime. A very well written novel, the plots and subplots reveal a side to life many of us would rather ignore, but if truth were told, is more common than many realize. Each character tells the story from his or her own point of view. Each one must make choices which impact at least four others. This book delves deeply into the psyches of the characters as each one experiences the events as they unfold. The reader sees how the decisions one makes sets in motion events that lead to consequences in the lives of others around them. The intricacy of the story keeps the reader's interest right up to the very satisfactory conclusion. I heartily recommend "Miracle on Maple Street" for readers beyond the early teenage years. A word of caution, some may find the topics in this novel too grim for sensitive, tender readers, nevertheless, it is a very good book.