The Christmas Women
written by Elyse Douglas
published by Elyse Douglas
Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Did I enjoy this book: I did enjoy this book. I love happy Christmas stories. They put me in a good mood. They make me happy. This book made me happy.
The Christmas Women was a sweet story. I liked the romance, the friendship, the show for the retired teacher who touched so many lives. I enjoyed the suspense. It was a fun read. Was it predictable? Yes. But that’s okay. I don’t mind that when I’m reading stories like this. And it did remind me of White Christmas a tiny bit — mainly the show for the retired teacher. I felt that some of the characters’ actions and thoughts weren’t quite realistic enough for me. But those things did not affect my enjoyment at all. I kept reading The Christmas Women, and I didn’t want to put it down until it was over.
Would I recommend it: If you like happily ever after Christmas stories, then you will enjoy this book!
About the book – from Amazon: Twenty years disappear, and it is as if they are back in high school with all its insecurities, romance and dreams.
When 38-year old Trudie Parks learns that her high school drama teacher is seriously ill, she immediately contacts her two best friends in high school, Kristen and Mary Ann. Together, they’d been known as “The Christmas Girls.” They’d produced and starred in the annual high school Christmas show, which their teacher, Mrs. Childs, had directed.
Determined to show their love for Mrs. Childs, they plan a 20-year reunion to recreate the Christmas show for her. What they don’t anticipate is the complicated emotions this provokes, as former sweethearts appear and rekindle romance, painful memories and the sting of unrealized dreams. All three women must reassess their lives and their friendships, while struggling to produce the show, even while Mrs. Childs seems to grow weaker by the day.
As Christmas Eve approaches, The Christmas Women prepare for an event that will take them and the audience to the farthest reaches of the human heart and resonate throughout the rest of their lives.