Our “mawkishness meter” went pretty high on this story, but we’re curmudgeons. It’s an effective, intimate story of devotion and faith. The two-part series was published on Christmas eve and morning. Manry says she and her editor, Scott North, imagined the story as a gift, delivered on Christmas Eve and opened the next day. The blog entries and song lyrics reinforce the meaning of pivotal events and enhance readers’ sense for the couple’s strong bond.

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