Sunday, December 20, 2009

On Strike for Christmas

by Sheila Roberts
St. Martin's Griffin, 2007

Joy's had it with husband, Bob Humbug. After all the personal sacrifices she's made over the years to accommodate his dislike of social gatherings, it's time he saw just how much he'd miss if she stopped taking charge of the holiday. It's time for a strike.

When Joy shares her idea with her knitting group, the Stitch 'n Bitchers, Sharon (called Yulezilla by her husband), Laura, and Kay jump at the chance to join her and teach their men a lesson. Only Carol, whose husband died two years earlier, and Jerri, who is battling cancer, opt to sit the strike out.

Many will relate to the feelings these women express, and Roberts provides a light, fun read. Of course, it's not only the men who have something to learn, and as the plot progresses, the women, too, are exposed to some eye-openers.

I love reading Christmas stories at this time of year, and this was a great choice. Need to relax and de-stress? This is the perfect book to read by the fire.

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