Every Year, Every Christmas

Celebrate the 25th Anniversary of Luther Vandross holiday classic, "Every Year, Every Christmas," with the novel it inspired.

Fiction - Holiday
200 Pages
Reviewed on 10/19/2020
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Author Biography

Have you ever heard a song and thought, “There's a real story here. Somebody's lived this song?”

Novelist Anthony Lamarr remembers thinking this the first time he heard Luther Vandross' Christmas song, "Every Year, Every Christmas." That was in 1995, when the song, co-written by Vandross and singer/songwriter Richard Marx, appeared on Vandross’ album “This Is Christmas.” Now, 25 years after Lamarr first heard the song, which has become one of radio’s most-played holiday songs, he has written and published a novel, Every Year, Every Christmas, about a fictional couple whose love story is inspired by the song.

Four years ago, during the holiday season, Lamarr was listening to the song on the radio when he began imagining a story about a couple meeting, falling in love, and then parting and promising to meet again. But for some reason they don’t. The following year, when the holidays rolled in and Lamarr began hearing the song, he thought about the story again. This time he gave the couple names—Bryant and Cassie.

During Christmas 2018, Lamarr resolved to do something about the song and the story it evoked. That's when he began writing Every Year, Every Christmas.

This is Lamarr’s third novel. His first novel was the literary romance, Our First Love (2013). His second novel was the USA Today "Must Read Romance," The Pages We Forget (2014), were both published by Zane’s Strebor Books / Atria / Simon & Schuster.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Shrabastee Chakraborty for Readers' Favorite

'Love at first sight' is a myth, or is it? Then how come Bryant Fuller keeps coming back to Pearlie Mae’s Café every Christmas Eve? Three years ago, on this very day, in this place, he had found his soulmate in Cassie. An unforgettable day followed with time spent laughing together and connecting. It was slightly tarnished by the news of Cassie’s upcoming marriage. Undaunted, Bryant promised to be present at the café every Christmas Eve so that she could always find her way back to him. After three years, however, Bryant is now starting to question his decision. Should he move on with his life or wait just a little bit longer? To discover what lies in store for them, you have to read Every Year, Every Christmas by Anthony Lamarr.

Inspired by Luther Vandross’s holiday song of the same title, Every Year, Every Christmas presents a sweet love story with unexpected twists. In an age of broken promises, Bryant’s constancy and devotion help us regain our trust. Anthony Lamarr shows how love transcends the boundaries of time and stays aflame. That is why the aged owner of the café yearns to reunite with his deceased wife or why Bryant’s mother can rely on her newfound love after her husband’s death. Lamarr makes his characters so realistic that readers cannot help rooting for them, cheering them on, or secretly wishing for a happy ending. I would recommend this book not only to those who appreciate romance but also to anyone who needs a feel-good story right now.