Why did I pick this book: I’ve read this book before and wanted to read it again. I also just watched Lifetime’s movie adaptation and I forgot how the book went.
Did I enjoy this book: I did but not as much as the first time I read it. The first time I got a big kick out of it. I laughed out loud and nodded my head in agreement. This time, some of the striking women just irritated me. I felt like some of the men…Christmas decorations and family traditions don’t have to be perfect and they don’t have to be exactly how the woman wants it. I do agree with the end…it should be about compromise and helping each other do the things that make your Christmas special together…not relying on one person to do it all.
One of my favorite scenes in the book is Joy’s family Christmas when Bob comes in. I really wish the author would have further developed this story segment. That would have been great!
I also enjoyed Glen’s adventures with his two young children. That was entertaining and I could see the scenes…especially the picture with Santa segment.
Would I recommend it: Yes. It is a cute Christmas read.
Will I read it again: Probably next Christmas.
About the book – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS: Joy Robertson loves the holidays, entertaining, partying, and people. Her husband, Bob, likes a much more quiet setting and more subdued atmosphere. After having to leave her family’s Thanksgiving celebration early because of her husband, Joy decides to show Bob what it really takes to make the holidays special in an attempt to make him want the same holiday experience as she loves and expects each year.
Bob, however, has other plans. Once his wife goes on strike, he helps his fellow man by giving some quick and easy tips to get through the holidays and to make his wife realize that the holidays don’t have to be exactly as she wants them. He includes some advice such as going online to have a “personal shopper” buy your gifts, wrap and ship them to you for the holidays. He also advises the men to purchase the baked goods that their wives usually make from scratch from their local bakery. And precooked dinners from local caterer or restaurant are just as good as homemade.
Soon the other women in Joy’s knitting group join the “cause” and go on strike on Christmas. Each woman experiences different struggles with their husbands and how they take over the Christmas planning, decorating, and other holiday preparations.
If you have read it, let me know what you think!!!