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An Endless Christmas

4.17  ·  Rating details ·  347 ratings  ·  160 reviews
An award-winning novelist’s heartwarming story about family and love lost, found, and finally truly revealed at Christmas.

Christmas takes a very different turn when the guests of honor break up instead of announcing their engagement. Trapped with his family, they learn that love looks different than either imagined. Both in their eighties, Dodie and Wilson Binder
Hardcover, 231 pages
Published October 13th 2015 by Worthy Inspired (first published October 2015)
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Dec 08, 2016 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of faith-based Hallmark movies
"A family with no treasured traditions isn't very interesting . . . But a family who holds traditions too tightly . . . sets itself up for disappointment. Sometimes detours turn out better than the original plan."

Endearing and warmly satisfying. "An Endless Christmas" celebrates family, joy, unity, forgiveness, new love and lifetime commitments . . . all the things that make Christmastime the season of perpetual hope.

Whatever social graces we might lack, however many skeletons our family's
After grabbing this book for a couple bucks from CBD, I started it with little idea of what to expect... And I was blown away by what I found tucked inside the pages.

First, the Binder family. Can y'all just adopt me already?! I loved the large family, their traditions, their close-ties, their selfless love, and each of their individual uniquenesses. And then the "problem" couple—Micah was a sweetheart, and Katie... Oh, Katie. I related to her so well.

I really enjoy the writing style of this
Deanne Patterson
Nov 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: library-copy
When you start a Cynthia Ruchti book you just know it's going to be a winner! Having her boyriend of 10 months ask her to marry him is a dream come true for Katie. There is just one problem, she can't marry Micah with all the debt she is carrying because she doesn't want to burden him with it. They are already at his grandparents house when he proposes in front of everyone and she says, no.
This does not deter him or the family from being kind to her and treating her as one of their own. Things
4.5 stars
This was a wonderful story for Christmas! If you have ever wanted to be dumped in the middle of a small-town family Christmas, this one is a poster child for the best type. I loved the family, the vibrant individual personalities. The way they treated Katie was revolutionary to her; so was the way they treated each other. You can almost feel Katie's heart warming and opening up under their kind influence.
Nov 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2015
Beautiful story about slowing down, trusting and focusing on what matters most.
Dec 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
This story focuses on family, traditions, savoring simple moments and celebrating the large moments and most of all, celebrating the true meaning of Christmas. At first I felt the writing was sort of choppy and I did't feel very connected to the characters, but the story slowly took form and I found it very enjoyable.
This such a sweet story about grace, love and family. This is a great read for the Christmas season.
Tressa (Wishful Endings)
AN ENDLESS CHRISTMAS was full of the spirit of the holiday, family, a roller-coaster of emotion, love, forgiveness, inspirational moments, and a very sweet romance. With a beautiful story inside and beautiful hardcover binding on the outside, this would make a fabulous gift or book to be read each year around Christmastime. Perfect for inspirational romance readers.

The reasons why Katie was determined that she wasn't the right woman for Micah didn't feel strong enough initially. However, as the

I loved this book!!! It was very heartwarming, perfect for Christmas! I loved the big family togetherness that is portrayed in this book. Also the family's determination to become better people and learn from the past instead of letting regrets and mistakes in life stop you or make you bitter and destroy you. It's advice all of us need to take to heart. (I love the scene where they throw their regrets into the bonfire!)

Katie has VERY dysfunctional parents and has never known what it means to
Vera Godley
Nov 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is an unbelievably delightful read. Unless you’ve been around a large family, you might find some of the scenes unrealistic – yet they are not. Or if you’re from a rather dysfunctional family like Katie is, you might find the Binder clan a bit fairytale unreal – but they aren’t.

As the Binder family and all the inlaws gather in Grandma and Grandpa Binder’s little cottage way up North, layers of sweetness, tenderness, joviality, joyfulness, playfulness, and lots of other things begin to
Claire - The Coffeeholic Bookworm
Micah just heard the saddest answer anyone could think of when proposing. His girlfriend, Katie just said a resounding NO to his wedding proposal. And this happened during their Christmas weekend after he invited her to spend the holidays with his family. Ouch.

A Christmas celebration is supposed to be fun and full of love and be with family. But Katie thought this would turned into an awful lot of awkwardness if she'll spend it with Micah's family after turning him down. Well, surprise,
Nov 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
"She said no?"

After embarassing herself and the man whose heart she holds dear with a public "no" to his marriage proposal, in front of his entire family no less, Katie Vale wonders if she needs to end this Christmas vacation before it has a chance to begin. Micah's noisy, comedic, loving, hugging family is so opposite to her own experience that she is shocked when they take her answer in stride and act as if it's only a temporary blip on the "made for each other" radar. How can she
Sep 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
An Endless Christmas By Cynthia Ruchti is another wonderful novel from an author who never fails to warm me with her writing.
Katie joins Micah for his family Christmas at his grandparents Wilson and Dodie Binder. The whole family is there. The ground is covered with snow. Good food is on the table. Christmas traditions abound. An Endless Christmas is not just a delightful, heart warming novel, it is so much more. It is love in action. Christ's love as described in 1Corinthians:13 is worked out
Carla Johnson-Hicks
I absolutely loved this book. When I picked it up, I thought it was a romance, but it was oh so much more than that. Katie was invited to spend Christmas with Micah's extended family. She was a bit nervous having only been dating for 10 months and coming from a rather dysfunctional family but they packed up and left warm, sunny Fort Meyers for the cold north. When Micah proposes in front of the family, she says no. This does not deter him or the family from being kind to her and treating her as ...more
Sep 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing

Christmas with the Binder family is what most families dream of. The family and extended family members all gather at their grandparents' cottage for a week of celebration. Living quarters are cramped and tempers "could" flare, but there is so much love shared amongst these characters that cramped quarters and chaos are the norm, and laughter abounds.

I loved this story of a Binder family Christmas. Love and respect are highlights throughout this warm and cozy novella. This is not to say the
Nov 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A great story and I loved this family! I fell in love with this place and was right there with this very special Christmas. I am now ready to start my Christmas.
Nov 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: christmas-winter
I really liked this book, but it was a little too over the top. The story is about Katie and Micah. Micah is a member of the Binder family-- a family who is very close knit and spends every Christmas together with no technology-- nothing but quality time. He takes his girlfriend, Katie, with him and proposes, but she says no. However, nobody is upset by that. This family is so positive and upbeat that they all take it as "not yet" and love Katie anyway. I thought it was a little exaggerated how ...more
Amanda Wiseman
So cheesey.....
Carole Jarvis
Reviewed at The Power of Words:

Legacy. Unconditional love. And not only unconditional love, but outrageous, extravagant love.

This and so much more is the essence of An Endless Christmas, one of the most memorable and endearing stories I’ve ever read. While its December Minnesota setting certainly invokes the Christmas spirit, this story gently unfolds messages that readers can take to heart every day of the year. Cynthia Ruchti is one of my favorite
Oct 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
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Christmas books are not my thing. So when I got Cynthia Ruchti's newest novella, An Endless Christmas (Worthy Publishing), I was a bit confused as to why I had agreed to be part of this blog tour. As the stories' Binder family let's go of Christmas traditions each year to just live and enjoy each moment, I'm glad I let go of mine of not reading Christmas stories.

Only grandchild of a large family, Micah Binder, invites his
Carrie Schmidt (Reading is My SuperPower)
Such love and warmth and laughter and friendship emanated from this novella, courtesy of Cynthia Ruchti’s talented pen. Grandma Dodie and Grandpa Wilson are just the absolute sweetest and cutest couple ever! I want to be like them when I grow up.

For as much as I had tears in my eyes while reading An Endless Christmas, I also laughed out loud just as frequently. Sometimes merely lines apart. Between Grandma Dodie and Uncle Paul, I don’t remember the last time I laughed so much at people who weren
Debi Lantzer
Sep 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Even though it is only October, I have officially read my first Christmas book, and it certainly wasn't the story I thought I'd read!

While I read this book in just a couple of hours and loved every page, it doesn't mean the story is too short! Ms. Ruchti certainly gives us a full storyline in this beautiful little novel and the characters are great! The story starts out with Micah, a very tender hearted man proposing marriage to Katie who flatly declines. You would think this would set the tone
Victor Gentile
Nov 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Cynthia Ruchti in her new book, “An Endless Christmas” published by Worthy Publishing introduces us to Micah and Katie.

From the back cover: Both in their eighties, Dodie and Wilson Binder celebrate every Christmas as if it were their last. This year, their only grandson, Micah, asks his girlfriend, Katie, to marry him–in front of the whole Binder family. But things go terribly wrong when she says no. Now Katie is stuck. Too many people, too much snow, and too little room should be a recipe for
Nov 05, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: galleys
*I received a complimentary copy via Litfuse Publicity for review purposes*

Christmas, my child, is love in action. Every time we love, every time we give, it's Christmas ― Dale Evans

I love holiday-themed books, especially the Christmas ones. And this book is no exception. The premise of the book was especially great. This book revolves around Katie, Micah and his family, and their Christmas all together. What's worst than having to say "no" to a wedding proposal? Being stuck with him and his
Barbara Desmond
Nov 24, 2015 rated it it was ok
2.5 Stars

I'm glad they went with a winter cover instead of a Christmas cover. It is really cute. I also love the spine. It is so pretty when you remove the dust jacket and take a look underneath. This novella is so adorable. It is so tiny and short. That makes it ideal for those who want to read something that isn't too long.

I did enjoy this book but I had a few problems with it. It started off at a weird spot. Micah decides to take Katie home for Christmas. It starts right after he asks her to
Oct 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
I love Christmas-themed books around the holiday season. I always get that cozy feeling reading novels that portray all of the emotions that seem to surface during the season. I was delighted when I was chosen to be a part of the Worthy Publishing blog tour for “An Endless Christmas”, by Cynthia Ruchti. The book and the story certainly fulfilled my expectations of a wonderful holiday book. The fact that the first page was a real surprise since I would never suspect that a novel would begin with ...more
Gail Hollingsworth
Dec 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I bought this book over a year ago and had so many others to read and review that I'm just now getting to it. It was such a wonderful, heartfelt story that I wished I had put it to the top of my pile. This book should be kept and read at least once a year. The characters were warm, fun, and loving.
Katie has been dating Micah for ten months and now is on her way to a big family gathering at his grandparents house for Christmas week. He surprises her with a marriage proposal in front of
Karen R
After travelling from Florida to Wisconsin during Christmas break with her boyfriend, and meeting his family for the first time, Katie gets a big surprise: he proposes! She's not ready though and turns him down, starting off a very awkward week with his family. Will the redeeming love story of Christmas soften her heart?

This beautiful little novel is full of sweet surprises. Couldn't help but sigh at the tender steady heart of Micah, and hope things turned out better for him than they began.
Ashley Dawn
Oct 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
I completely enjoyed this novella. Katie didn't have the best of childhoods. Micah has a great big family. He and Katie are going to celebrate with his family for Christmas, but when she answers his proposal with a no instead of yes, both expect the situation to become completely awkward.
I really loved Micah's family. Where Katie expected dislike and rudeness, they gave her love and warmth. Her childhood makes her think that she will mess up the future for anyone else so she says no to Micah's
Maureen Timerman
Nov 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2015
A family that has it right, a family that knows the true meaning of Christmas, and this story shows in more way than one that the Binder family knows why we celebrate.
Micah has brought the woman, Kate, that he believes will be his soul mate, and can’t wait and doesn’t to pop the question. Kate over whelmed and carrying her own baggage says “No”.
Micah is about to get a little help from all of his family, and Kate is about to be overwhelmed, but before we are finished you will wish that you were
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Cynthia Ruchti tells stories hemmed-in-Hope through her novels and novellas, nonfiction books and devotionals, and through speaking for women's and writers' events. Her books have been recognized by many top industry readers', reviewers', library, retailer, and other honors. Cynthia is the Professional Relations Liaison for American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) and a literary agent with Books ...more