Thursday, July 29, 2010

Christmas in July...Day 30

I've spent the greater part of this month spotlighting upcoming books for the Christmas season. For the rest of the month I'll be looking back at some favorite Christmas books I've read or reviewed in past years. Enjoy!

@Home for the Holidays by Myra Johnson:

Like its predecessor, SAHM I Am, this charming holiday novel tracks the e-mail correspondence of a group of stay-at-home moms. As Christmas approaches, their stress levels increase exponentially, but they have friendship and much laughter to sustain them. The women deal with humorous things, like children who get Polly Pockets shoes lodged up their noses, but also with weighty issues: unemployment, decreased sex drive, infertility, cheating spouses and the ups and downs of both pregnancy and adoption. Efken nails the characters' various voices and keeps the pacing brisk, lacing some uproariously funny moments amid the ladies' virtual sturm und drang. Her skillful satire of Rosalyn, the self-righteous and controlling list moderator whose own family is secretly falling apart, is delicious, and she offers a balanced and loving take on gender roles, faith and child-rearing. Both stay-at-home and working Christian moms will recognize their struggles here, and feel the novel's lighthearted humor lessening their load.

Published by Steeple Hill in 2006

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Meredith Efken
Steeple Hill


CeeCee said...

Oooh, I'm going to pull this one off my TBR shelf to read this year. Thanks for the reminder.

Martha A. said...

I read the first one or one of these... is this one all emails too?

Jenny said...

Sorry ... didn't see this comment until just now. Yes, it is in all emails. :)